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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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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
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1 Wycombe Wanderers 13 28
2 Bury 13 26
3 Burton Albion 13 25
4 Luton Town 13 24
5 Plymouth Argyle 13 22
6 Morecambe 13 22
7 Shrewsbury Town 13 21
8 Southend United 13 21
9 Newport County AFC 13 19
10 Cheltenham Town 13 19
11 Cambridge United 13 18
12 Northampton Town 13 18
13 AFC Wimbledon 13 18
14 Portsmouth 13 17
15 Stevenage 13 17
16 Mansfield Town 13 17
17 Exeter City 13 16
18 Accrington Stanley 13 16
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 13 14
20 Oxford United 13 13
21 Carlisle United 13 12
22 Hartlepool United 13 11
23 York City 13 10
24 Tranmere Rovers 13 9