SLIDESHOW: Stags v Villa

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There were encouraging signs from Mansfield, despite losing 3-1 to big-name opponents Aston Villa in their first pre-season run-out.

Star-studded Villa gave a debut to former England star Joe Cole, who joined the club earlier in the week, while Darren Bent started the second half.

Alex Fisher wheels away after  scoring for The Stags-Pic by: Richard Parkes

Alex Fisher wheels away after scoring for The Stags-Pic by: Richard Parkes

But the Stags actually took a well deserved half-time lead , and competed all the way with their more fancied opponents.

Here is the match in pictures.

Photos by Richard Parkes