Saturday’s trip to Bristol Rovers saw a third successive 1-0 defeat for Mansfield Town as Adam Murray’s men dropped to 11th, now five points outside the play-offs.
It was also a fourth defeat in five games and a fourth defeat in five without scoring as ex-Stag Darrell Clarke’s Rovers side took another step towards cementing their own promotion challenge.
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In a tight game with few chances the winning goal came from Matty Taylor on the hour.
Stags now have 10 games left, starting with the visit of rivals Portsmouth this Saturday.
STAGS PLAYER RATINGS AT ROVERS BY MARTIN SHAW
Shearer 6.5 - Didn’t have many shots to save. One decent save. Came out of his area twice, once doing well and once rescued by Pearce.
Alfei 7 - Defended well apart from Montano getting past him once or twice. A couple of good blocks and challenges.
Pearce 7 - Solid performance.
Tafazolli 7 - The best player in the first half. Solid generally.
Benning 5 - Switched off for the goal. Some poor corners. The loss of his shooting boots seems to be affecting his performances.
Collins 7.5 - Looked good in his new role in front of the back four and nearly capped his performance with what would have been a stunning equaliser.
Blair 5 - Didn’t offer enough. Far too quiet.
Rose 5.5 - Frustrated as he started the game so promisingly with a couple of surging runs, and then barely made another in the rest of the game. Need to see more of that from him.
Clements - 5.5 Disappointing. Didn’t affect the game as we know he can.
Lambe 6 - One or two good bits of skill, and did well to show quick feet before shooting just over.
Green 5.5 - Almost completely starved of service. But didn’t have his best game either when he did get the ball.
Daniel (for Blair, 54) 4 - Very disappointing. Didn’t show the energy I expected to see when he came on as sub.
Beardsley (for Lambe, 64) 5 - A couple of poor headers.
J.Thomas (for Rose, 88) - On to try to grab a late equaliser a-la-Oxford I suppose. I would have brought him on earlier for the frustrating Rose.
Subs not used: Jensen, Chapman, McGuire, Baxendale.