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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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1 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13