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St James Park (ATT 3,303) 4th January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Exeter Exeter City vs Mansfield Town Mansfield

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City undone in smash-and-grab

Last Updated: 04/01/14 6:47pm

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Lee Stevenson: Scored the winner

Lee Stevenson: Scored the winner

Mansfield performed the perfect smash-and-grab raid to pick up a crucial away win with a 1-0 success at Exeter.

The Stags scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time before withstanding a second-half barrage from the Grecians, who did everything but score in a one-sided second half.

But that will be of little comfort to Exeter manager Paul Tisdale, whose side have now lost six league games at home this season already.

Mansfield edged the first half, but it was not until the stroke of half-time that they went in front. The Exeter defence failed to deal with a long ball forward and Lee Stevenson danced through before planting a low shot across goal and into the corner.

Exeter laid siege to the Mansfield goal after the break and created several chances to equalise. Tom Nichols fired straight at visiting goalkeeper Alan Marriott, who also saved well from Liam Sercombe and substitute Jimmy Keohane.

The Stags had chances on the counter-attack, but Anthony Howell was twice foiled by Exeter keeper Artur Krysiak and with virtually the last kick of the game, home striker Alan Gow was denied by the inside of the post.

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1 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27