MANSFIELD Town were easily outclassed by a rampant Fleetwood Town side as they crashed out of the FA Cup 5-0 at Highbury Stadium tonight.
Cash-rich Fleetwood showed just why they are one of the BSP promotion favourites as they dominated the entire game to tear struggling Stags apart.
Big-money signing Richard Brodie opened the scoring on 28 minutes after showing a true striker’s instinct to be perfectly placed to tap in from close range.
Sean Clancy doubled the home side’s lead with another tap in after he had evaded the Mansfield defence just before the break and it was effectively game over.
Gareth Seddon and Jamie Milligan found the back of the net in the second half to further add to Mansfield’s misery and secure a home tie against Wycombe Wanderers for the Cod Army, long before Mangan added a fifth goal with the last meaningful touch of the cup replay.
In truth woeful Stags were never in the game and can only count a skied Anthony Howell effort and a tame Ben Futcher header as their only efforts on goal in the entire game.
And it could have been an even heavier defeat for the visitors had it not been for the wasteful finishing of Brodie and Vardy and the heroics of shot-stopper Alan Marriott.
It was a poor performance from Stags, who all too often failed to retain possession in key areas and looked badly exposed at the back.
At the other end Mansfield looked far too lightweight without the presence of Matt Green and will need to boost their attacking options.
It was the first time since the 1927/28 season that Mansfield Town were not in the FA Cup first round.
See this week’s Chad, on sale on Wednesday, for a match report.