The EFL Trophy isn’t the most liked competition in the country, but that’s not stopped Mansfield Town’s fans being angry at their elimination last night.
The Stags came through the group stages to set up a trip to Vale Park to meet FA Cup heroes Port Vale. They’ve just bagged a third-round tie with Premier League giants Manchester City, but were back in action last night looking to keep their season alive on three fronts.
CJ Hamilton gave John Dempster’s side a second-half lead, looking to ease the pressure on the beleaguered manager. Rhys Browne levelled for the home side and Jake Taylor then slammed a nail in Dempster’s coffin with an 82nd-minute strike.
Just as the game looked to be over, Omari Sterling-James popped up with an equaliser in injury time to give the Stags a penalty shoot-out. Sadly, they don’t like spot-kicks in that part of Nottinghamshire, having been eliminated from the play-off semi-final by that method. Morecambe, Crewe and Everton Under 21s have already beaten the Stags on spot-kicks this season too.
CJ Hamilton set the tone for the sudden death period by missing his kick first and when Mal Benning also failed to score the game was up. Will Atkinson scored the fourth for Port Vale to send the Stags home dismayed.
Going out of this competition is a blessing for some, but for these Stags fans it is the continuation of a run of form that will surely soon see Dempster fired.
Right @JRadfordMTFC we’re out of all Cup competitions now so the money making potential is over. Can we end this circus now and appoint a proper manager to try and save this tragic season?
— Jack Richardson (@92_jackrich) December 3, 2019
Literally no one in Mansfield surprised…love the owners …. get rid of the mediocre manager. Isn’t working . No one excited #mtfc
— RichardNicho (@RichardNicho) December 3, 2019
At this point we can only just laugh because of how ridiculous this is getting
— Natasha.Swales (@natasha_swales) December 3, 2019
Embarrassing. Something not right at all when you lose 4 penalty shootouts in a season, each with a 50/50 chance. Also a reminder that they made 7 changes and we still couldn’t beat them. Get him out this club @JRadfordMTFC
— Matt Welham (@MattWelhammm) December 3, 2019
Turn lights off on your way out dempster
— Josh Lonsdale (@JoshLonsdale1) December 3, 2019
Wow awful penalty’s there! Turn light off on ya way out!
— Keetz (@jordankeeton1) December 3, 2019
What an absolute joke. Can we concentrate on the league now where they board are still telling the fans we are in for promotion – absolute joke @JRadfordMTFC
— Julian Kingswood (@JulianKingswood) December 3, 2019
I’m not even mad any more I cba with this club man
— Ben💛💙 (@SyncBen_) December 3, 2019