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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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2 Shrewsbury Town 43 83
3 Wycombe Wanderers 43 80
4 Bury 42 76
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6 Stevenage 43 68
7 Plymouth Argyle 43 65
8 Luton Town 43 62
9 Newport County AFC 43 62
10 Exeter City 43 61
11 Northampton Town 43 58
12 Morecambe 43 57
13 AFC Wimbledon 43 56
14 Portsmouth 43 53
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 53
16 Oxford United 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 52
18 York City 43 51
19 Cambridge United 43 48
20 Mansfield Town 43 48
21 Carlisle United 43 46
22 Hartlepool United 43 41
23 Cheltenham Town 43 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 43 39