Coventry City 0-1 Mansfield Town Player Ratings: Logan’s run of saves

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Mansfield Town moved within two points of the League Two play-off places after Alex MacDonald’s impressive late strike helped them to a 1-0 win at promotion contenders Coventry City. Here’s our player ratings from the game.

Coventry City

Lee Burge – might have been more commanding on occasions, but saved from Anderson on 20 minutes and could have done little about the goal. 5

Jack Grimmer – didn’t get forward as often or as effectively as hoped, especially in a team with two holding midfielders. Struggled to handle Hamilton. 4
Jordan Willis – difficult to argue with him winning the official man of the match award, even if he was guilty of letting Rose win a few flick-ons. 6
Rod McDonald – his defensive headers tended to get the ball clear, although better direction wouldn’t have gone amiss. Didn’t make many direct errors, but didn’t exude the confidence that might have loosened up midfielders. 5
Ryan Haynes – got forward well early on to create space for Jones, but didn’t push on with the same confidence once Anderson got his bearings right. His attempts at deliveries in the second half were poor and he might have closed down MacDonald for the goal. 4

Michael Doyle – gave the ball away in a dangerous area on one or two occasions. Plenty of commitment but not necessarily the type of player you’d want on the pitch when in need of a goal in the closing stages. 3
Liam Kelly – very receptive to danger, which helped Coventry ride out spells of pressure and deny Mansfield space in the box, but it also made it harder for his side to get a grip of proceedings further up the pitch. 4

Peter Vincenti – tracked back well to protect Grimmer, or Haynes when he moved to the left and was the only aerially-competent attack-minded player in the team. His use of the ball on the floor could have been better though. 4
Marc McNulty – his clever movement was key to Cov’s bright start, but when he had less support, he was asked to do more physical work which didn’t suit him. 3
Jodi Jones – looked lively early on when the pitch was stretched, but couldn’t influence things when he didn’t have the space to cut inside from the left, or the right when he switched flanks. Asked to do too much on his own at times. 4

Jordan Ponticelli – forced a close-range save from Logan on 10 minutes, but he was thereafter dominated by Diamond and forced wide in the second half. Didn’t appear to relish tussles, which made him unsuited to Coventry’s long ball tactics. 2

Maxime Biamou (on 65) too similar in style to Ponticelli and McNulty. On paper, Beavon might have been more comfortable holding the ball up, but he remained an unused sub. 5
Tom Davies (on 74) – did well at Accrington but has struggled to get regular football since moving to bigger clubs – couldn’t be blamed for the goal, however. 5

Mansfield Town

Conrad Logan – made key saves at important times: one from Ponticelli early on when momentum was with Coventry, another in the dying moments to secure the three points. Looked brave throughout a performance that saw him answer his critics. 8

Hayden White – appeared more comfortable going forward than defending one on one, but after a nervy start, he benefited from extra support from Anderson to stop Cov’s left-siders exposing him. 4
Rhys Bennett – dominated Ponticelli for the most part and made some impressive interceptions. 9
Zander Diamond – looked strong in the air throughout and showed great leadership qualities, with a passionate celebration in front of the travelling fans after the game. 9
Johnny Hunt – looked more dependable than dropped left-back Mal Benning, if lacking his colleague’s capacity for the spectacular. Discipline was the name of the game though and Hunt gave little away. 6

Paul Anderson – did a job on Haynes to stop Coventry getting two-on-one situations down Mansfield’s right. Could have scored on 20 minutes but his shot from inside the box was saved by Burge. 6
Alex MacDonald – had a quiet first half but he came to the fore in the second with three bites of the cherry. His improvized effort hit the roof of the net, his free-kick hit the wall but as they say: if at first you don’t succeed, eventually you’ll score a 25-yarder on 84 minutes for the winner. 7
Joel Byrom – perhaps the most tactically disciplined midfielder of the quartet, who put defensive responsibilities before anything else. Capped an iron-willed performance with a strong block on Doyle while the game was at 0-0. 7
CJ Hamilton – not a constant influence on the game, but when given the ball he always had the beating of Grimmer. Proved there’s more than one sport-based speedster named Hamilton. 7

Danny Rose – surprisingly effective in the air for a striker of modest height, getting a couple of good flick-ons for Hemmings and others his teammates weren’t alert to. Ran the channels well in the second half. 6
Kane Hemmings – might have done better with one or two first half efforts and came closer in the second, curling narrowly wide midway through the half. Like his partner, he was always happy to press centre-backs and help his side further up the pitch. 5

Will Atkinson (on 82) – stole the ball in the lead-up to the winner just two minutes after coming on. The very definition of an impact sub. 8
Calum Butcher (on 90+2)
Paul Digby (on 90+4)