REPORT: Mansfield Town 1-0 Carlisle United

Action from Stags' game with Carlisle.
Action from Stags' game with Carlisle.

Tyler Walker's second-half penalty kick proved enough to give Mansfield Town a 1-0 victory over visiting Carlisle United and maintain their unbeaten start to their League Two campaign

It also ended a frustrating run of four draws for David Flitcroft's men.

The home side dominated throughout and the four added minutes would not have been so nervy had they taken one of several gilt-edged chances spurned.

Indeed, Bobby Olejnik had one of only two good saves to make at the death to deny United an unlikely point as they halted a run of three wins on the trot for the Cumbrians.

Stags played some excellent football all afternoon and thoroughly deserved the win, but they know they need to convert more of the numerous chances they are creating to make life easier for themselves and the anxious home fans who were left on the edge of their seats.

Striker Danny Rose made his first start of the season. Transfer-listed at his own request, Rose is now ready to play a full part in Mansfield's campaign after staying with the club when the loan window closed last night.

His inclusion was one of four changes. From the side that went down battling at West Brom in the Carabao Cup in midweek, Calum Butcher, Mal Benning, Will Atkinson and Craig Davies were all dropped to the bench.

Matt Preston was restored to central defence after recovering from concussion, Hayden White had shaken off a tight hamstring to play right wing back and Alex MacDonald was restored to central midfield.

Mansfield defended a United free kick in the opening minute, then Rose sent a low ball across the box from the right with no one able to get on the end of it.

Walker then forced the game's first save on five minutes as Collin was forced to dive to his left to block the striker's low 20-yard shot.

Eight minutes later MacDonald scuffed a first time effort wide from a half-clearance as United stood firm under increasing pressure.

But on 23 minutes Stags came desperately close as Khan's right wing corner picked out Rose unmarked seven yards out onto to see Liddle clear his header off the line.

In reply, Devitt whipped a dangerous cross right in front of goal from the right and out for a goalkick.

After another long spell of home pressure United worked the ball down the right and Devitt's cross landed on top of the goal.

Stags should have gone ahead on 44 minutes as Khan sent Hamilton away one on one with the keeper down the middle with a great pass.

However, the legs of keeper Collin kept out his shot and Liddle was on hand to hook clear the loose ball before Stags could follow up.

Khan's shot on the turn from 25 yards in stoppage time was headed away by Parkes for the home side's fourth corner of the half.

This time Preston ran in to meet it, but saw his header go down into the turf and fly up and over as the half ended scoreless.

Mansfield had the first chance of the second half on 53 minutes as Walker intercepted a loose pass by Glendon and tried to cue up Rose, who pulled his finish narrowly wide.

A minute later Gerrard and Liddle got in a tangle and Rose nipped in to go one-on-one with Collin, the keeper's legs again coming to United's rescue.

But the opener wasn't far behind and on 55 minutes Mansfield took the lead from the spot.

Hamilton was felled in the box by Devitt and Walker coolly sent the keeper the wrong way with his low spot kick.

Olejnik finally had a save to make on 61 minutes as he held onto Yates' fierce drive.

Rose then made way for Davies a minute later to warm applause.

MacDonald won a free kick 24 yards from goal, but Khan was too high as he tried to loop it into the top left corner.

Davies should have doubled the lead on 70 minutes when Sweeney sent him clear with a great a ball over the top, but with the keeper in no man's land and a perfect chance to chip into an empty net, he tried to take the keeper on, defenders got back and he finally shot wide.

Davies looked to have won a penalty on 74 minutes as he was shoved in the back trying to reach a White cross, but all Stags won was a corner.

Referee Drysdale angered home fans again a second later as he waved play on with Walker down at the other end of the pitch with a head injury, Stags only just managing to prevent a United equaliser.

A great burst of pace from Hamilton won Mansfield another corner from which Pearce headed over at the home side went in hunt of a killer second.

The home side should have wrapped it up on 82 minutes as Davies squared a pass for Khan in front of goal, but, as two defenders closed on him, his finish hit the post and Walker somehow blazed over the open goal with his close range follow-up.

Stags then won a corner which saw Sweeney's header force Collin into another save.

In four added minutes Olejnik superbly tipped over a far post header by Yates to preserve the win.

STAGS: Olejnik; Pearce, Preston, Sweeney; White, MacDonald, Khan (Butcher 90+3), Bishop, Hamilton; Rose (Davies 62), Walker. Subs: Logan, Gibbens, Mellis, Atkinson, Benning.

CARLISLE: Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Hope, Devitt (Sowerby 59), Glendon (Nadesan 59), Gillesphey, Bennett (Campbell 70), Yates, Etuhu. Subs: O'Reilly, Miller, Slater, Adewusi.

REFEREE: Darren Drysdale of Lincolnshire.

ATTENDANCE: 4,470 (373 away).

CHAD STAGS MAN OF THE MATCH: Alex MacDonald.