Tensions boiled over as Mansfield were able to salvage a point from another disappointing performance. James Olayinka scored a fantastic goal as his curling effort went into the top corner of Marek Stech’s goal in the 27th minute. Jordan Bowery levelled the score at 1-1 after his low effort beat Mark Oxley in the 79th minute.
The first controversial decision of the match happened in the eighth minute. Simeon Akinola looked to get past Ryan Sweeney as the defender barged the forward. The Southend player went down but the referee blew his whistle and awarded Mansfield Town a free-kick due to thinking Akinola simulated the dive.
George Maris had the first shot of the half. The midfielder found himself on the ball outside the area and decided to shot with his shot ending up over the bar and off target.
Harry Charsley made an overlapping run and Kellan Gordon passed the ball to the midfielder. Stags’ number seven ran to the byline and crossed the ball into Bowery. His header was cleared off the line and on the second attempt Oxlry claimed the ball with ease.
Southend had a very good chance of their own. Ryan Sweeney looked to shepherd the ball out of play but was disposed by two Southend players. The ball was cut back to Alan McCormack but the midfielder’s low shot was dragged wide of Stech’s goal.
Emile Acquah had a chance to have a shot on goal. The forward capitalised on some miscommunication between Sweeney and Ferrand Rawson and shot at goal but his tame effort was saved by Stech.
Bowery had a chance to drive to Stags forward into the lead. The forward searched for the goal as he got into the penalty area. His shot from a tight angle hit the side netting as the amber and blues looked to gain the upper hand at home.
It was Southend that got the first goal of the game. Olayinka received the ball and his curling effort went into the top left corner of the goal and most importantly beyond Stech to give the Shrimpers a one-goal lead.
The Stags look to beg back three minutes later. George Lapslie received the ball on the edge of the area and fired at goal which Oxley saved and then the Southend goalkeeper claimed the ball after Charsley’s rebound.
McCormack had the last chance of the first-half but his effort didn’t trouble Stech in the slightest as his effort was over.
Half-Time: Mansfield Town 0-1 Southend United
Stephen McLaughlin looked to make a difference as he came onto the pitch in place of Jamie Reid. The versatile midfielder whipped the ball into the area as Bowery’s shot towards goal was put onto the crossbar and the ball bounced away from danger.
Sweeney played a ball into the path of Andy Cook as the striker nodded the ball into the path of Bowery. The forward played it across to Lapslie but the midfielder’s shot missed the target in what should have been a goal.
In the 79th minute, Bowery equalised for the Stags. The forward’s shot was low and one with pure venom as he buried the ball underneath Oxley as the ball ended in the back of the net.
The Stags fell down to 20th after the draw and Southend stayed in last-place as the Stags have recorded their 11th draw of the season already.
Full-Time: Mansfield Town 1-1 Southend United
Man of the Match: Jordan Bowery
The forward continued to run and run and his pressure paid off. He netted his second goal of the season and his first since September as the striker continues to grow in confidence under Clough and hopefully he prove to the manager that he deserves to play week in week out and continue to score goals and return to his best.