Emirates FA Cup Third Round
Cardiff City 0-0 Mansfield Town
League 2 side Mansfield Town took third place Championship side Cardiff City to a replay in the third round of the FA Cup today.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock made five changes to the side that lost to QPR on New Year’s Day while Mansfield boss Steve Evans named an unchanged side following a 3-1 win over Carlisle United on the same day.
It was an uneventful opening half hour to the game, with the first real chance coming in the 36th minute when Callum Paterson linked well with Kenneth Zohore, and the former’s effort was parried away by Mansfield keeper Conrad Logan.
Youngster Rhys Healey then came close for the hosts four minutes later forcing another good save from Logan, who punched the ball away.
Mansfield came close on the brink of half time when CJ Hamilton headed over on the end of a good Paul Anderson cross.
Early in the second half, Cardiff’s defence looked rather shaky and the visitors came close six minutes in when defender Joe Bennett gifted the ball to Alex MacDonald and his long range strike went just wide.
Evans’ side then came close again in the 60th minute when Lee Angol got the ball in space and his shot was blocked by Sean Morrison.
Cardiff’s best chance came moments later when Healey cut in from the left and his effort was cleared off the line by Malvind Benning.
Mansfield then came close in the 79th minute when Anderson cut in on the right and his shot was blocked by Jazz Richards.
Desperate not to take the game to a replay, Cardiff looked for a winner in the late stages and Lee Tomlin’s well driven shot in the 90th minute was well saved by Logan.
Four minutes into added time, Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce nearly headed the ball into his own net following a free kick, but Logan managed to keep it out.
The result means the two sides will meet again at the One Call Stadium on the week commencing 15 January.
Cardiff City: Murphy, Richards, Morrison (c) (Damour 75), Manga, J Bennett, Paterson, Halford, Tomlin, Healey (Hoilett 77), Mendez-Laing, Zohore (Pilkington 80).
Subs not used: Feeney, Etheridge (GK), Bogle and M Harris.
Mansfield Town: Logan, Anderson, Pearce, R Bennett, Benning, Potter, Mellis (Atkinson 90+2), MacDonald, Hamilton, Hemmings (Spencer 45), Angol (Sterling-James 75).
Subs not used: Digby, Olejnik (GK), White, Butcher.