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Mansfield Town conceded two penalties and had Krystian Pearce sent off in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Hartlepool United.

Boss Adam Murray admitted his side has shot themselves in the foot as they lost a game in which they often dominated and could have won on the day.

Mansfield Town's Jack Thomas is brought down  - Pic Chris Holloway

Mansfield Town's Jack Thomas is brought down - Pic Chris Holloway

Two Billy Paynter penalties proved the difference but the Stags, down to 10 men for over an hour after Krystian Pearce’s red card, fought ferociously in a game full of effort and honesty.

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The first-half was all about former Stags winger Nathan Thomas, now at Pools, who caused problems galore for his former club – and angered the travelling fans in the process.

The Stags can be proud of their efforts at Victoria Park – Colin Daniel levelling at one point in the second half – but they left disappointed after a seventh game without a win.