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One Call Stadium (ATT 3,055) 8th February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Mansfield Mansfield Town vs Southend United Southend

Mansfield 2

S Clucas (36)
J Jennings (65)

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Southend 1

C Clifford (S/O 81)
R Leonard (90+6)

Stags stun Shrimpers

Last Updated: 10/02/14 10:55am

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James Jennings: Got the winner

James Jennings: Got the winner

Mansfield ended promotion-chasing Southend's eight-game unbeaten run with a long-awaited first home win since September, winning 2-1.

In a game spoiled by swirling high winds, Stags went ahead through Sam Clucas and sealed the points courtesy of James Jennings' finish.

United ended a disappointing afternoon with 10 men after substitute Conor Clifford was sent off for showing his studs in a tackle on Matt Rhead, but Ryan Leonard grabbed a late consolation to ensure it finished 2-1.

The first half saw few chances in the wind, but the chances that were created all fell to Mansfield.

Shrimpers goalkeeper Daniel Bentley superbly parried Clucas' first-time finish from seven yards from a Darryl Westlake cross.

Rhead then shot straight at Bentley before Clucas broke through after 36 minutes.

Martin Riley hooked the ball upfield from his own half and Clucas outpaced two defenders to drill home low under the 'keeper from the left of the penalty area.

It took Southend 56 minutes to fashion a chance, Barry Corr dummying from a free-kick to allow Lee Barnard to send a low 12-yard shot wide.

Instead Stags doubled their lead after 65 minutes as Jennings rammed home from close range after Bentley could not hold on to a Rhead header from Chris Clements' corner.

Southend almost pulled one back as Clifford tried to lob Alan Marriott from 18 yards after the 'keeper had left his line to punch but saw his effort hit the crossbar.

United frustrations then boiled over nine minutes from time as Clifford dived into a tackle on Rhead for a straight red card.

Then in the last of five minutes of stoppage time, Corr struck the woodwork with a low shot and seconds later, from 18 yards, Leonard drilled across 'keeper Marriott and just inside a post.

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2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39