My after-game forum comments:
That's my second visit to Mansfield. For 1, against 15. I will unequivocally never return to the place. The eight represents a high water mark for my football watching career. I was on record before the game as expecting a shellacking and being remarkably prescient, it happened. It's not difficult to see why. Mike Pearson had an astonishingly awful game in the centre of defence. He was continually roasted and caught out by their pacey strikers. It would be unfair to criticise Eckersley too much since it was his first game and he was thrown in at the deep end, but technically he didn't look up to snuff to me, and his movement was slow. Maybe he was just a little ring rusty, so time will tell. Flynn was abysmal and his performance was as bad as Luton away. Sean in goals I believe was responsible for two of the eight, but others will probably disagree with that. Alex Harvey is an enigma to me - when he's got the ball he looks classy but when he hasn't I don't see enough endeavour and there is not enough protection for our defence. Danny Old Rowe reconfirmed (wasn't required actually) that he's an impact player for the last 15 minutes of a game - he isn't good enough to start; not that McConMan is either. Even the normally dependable Boyes looked disheartened and disinterested.
The worst person on the pitch was the referee. Mansfield's first penalty was one of the most ludicrous decisions I've seen by a man in black. Mansfield's second penalty was probably as bad judging by the reaction of the Barrow players, but since it was at the far end, I can't comment. The referee's decision making for the entire game was risible - a clear Barrow corner right in front of him was adjudged to be a goalkick, and a shocker tackle on Harvey went unpunished. There were many other instances of his incompetence. Would it have made a difference? I suspect not, but you never know in sport.