Green dropped as goalshy Stags give Hoban debut at Accrington

Pat Hoban.
Pat Hoban.

Mansfield Town goal ace Matt Green was dropped to the bench as Stags boss Adam Murray tried a different combination to try to end a miserable 451-minute goal drought away to Accrington Stanley tonight.

In his place for a full debut came Irish striker Pat Hoban.

Murray made two other changes with Jamie McGuire and Chris Clements coming into the midfield, defender Alex Iacovitti and midfielder Oscar Gobern dropping to the bench.

That appeared to force Stags to bring skipper Lee Collins back into central defence, McGuire likely to be the holding midfield player.

Accrington, aiming for a fourth straight win, included former Stags loanee striker Billy Kee.

ACCRINGTON: Elliot, Vyner, Beckles, Pearson, Donacien, McConville (C), Lacey, Hewitt, Clark, Gornell, Kee. Subs: Hughes, Davies, Jones, Boco, Chapman, Eagles, Sykes.

STAGS: Shearer, Benning, Pearce, Collins (C), Bennett, McGuire, Clements, M. Rose, Hurst, D. Rose, Hoban. Subs: Jensen, Hemmings, Henderson, Iacovitti, Gobern, Hamilton, Green.

REFEREE: Darren England of South Yorkshire.