Date: 30th April 2017 at 10:13am
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There was one very high level moment of controversy in the Stags 1-0 loss to Portsmouth which virtually ended the play off hopes of Mansfield Town.

Stags striker Danny Rose nicked the ball from Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke on 48 minutes and was through on goal just metres from the penalty area, when he was pulled down, cue delarium in the stadium as everyone expected a red card for the defender.

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans raged after the game to BBC Radio Nottingham ‘It’s a red card all day long, the player has his head in his hands and is heading towards the tunnel.’

Clarke receives a yellow card after the referee has spoken to his assistant on the West Stand side of the ground, to howls of non approval from the home section.

Even Portsmouth manager Paul Cook said after the game, in his press conference “He`s got to go! You can sit on the fence all you want, but it was a poor decision by the referee. I`d love to know what he was thinking, but we`re obviously delighted that he only showed the yellow card!”

Such fine margins has been a feature of the Stags run, during the past couple of months. Who knows if Danny Rose would have gone onto score, but facing ten men for most of the second half would certainly have given Mansfield the lift they needed to try and win such a vital match.