HALF-TIME: Mansfield Town 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

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Another tight half ended scoreless as Stags took on high-flying Forest Green Rovers at the One Call Stadium this afternoon.

Mansfield, without a win in four games, were held 0-0 at home by Lincoln in midweek and, apart from a dipping Junior Daniel shot that was saved by Sam Russell, Stags rarely looked like netting.

The visitors played the better football but failed to seriously test Liam Mitchell either.

Rovers defended Stags’ first corner in the third minute while an offside flag halted the visitors’ first counter-attack a minute later.

Some poor defending by the Stags saw a harmless left wing cross allowed to bounce through everyone to Norwood at the back stick and Mansfield were grateful for Sutton’s block on Norwood’s finish.

Taylor pulled a low shot wide from 20 yards as Rovers finally began to press with some purpose on 11 minutes.

And they should have been ahead on 15 minutes when Brogan spread a pass wide from right to left that stretched the home defence and offered Klukowski the chance to burst into the box and run at goal only to slip his finish wide with only Mitchell to beat.

Geohaghon could not get any direction on his header from a Roberts free kick on 20 minutes.

Russell finally had a save to make on 22 minutes as a Roberts shot was blocked and rolled out to Daniel 30 yards from goal who lashed a rasping first time half-volley at goal that was dipping under the bar before the keeper turned it away at full stretch.

Russell then rode his luck from the corner as he rose to grab it but dropped it and was relieved to see no Stags players able to capitalise.

Green was too high with his dipping shot from distance soon after.

Roberts was booked for hauling back Brogan on 26 minutes for his sixth caution of the season so far.

Dempster did well to slide in and concede a corner on 34 minutes as Klukowski tried to pick out Taylor in front of goal, Mitchell confidently leaping to clutch Rovers’ first flag kick.

You could almost hear a pin drop around the stadium at this point with a total lack of atmosphere.

Forest Green were beginning to get back on top and a good run from Forbes saw him fire across Mitchell and narrowly wide of the far post with Norwood just unable to get there in time to divert into the net.

Norwood then outjumped Geohaghon at the far post to head over in their next raid.

Mitchell was fortunate on 40 minutes when he failed to get any distance on an attempted punch to clear a Hodgkiss cross and Asafu-Adjaye turned the loose ball into the net only to see a raised offside flag against him.

In the last minute of the half Todd’s shot was controlled by Green who was in a better position, only to see Green slide in to make a crucial block.