Sky Bet League 2
Mansfield Town 2-1 Oxford United
One Call Stadium
Attendance: 3042 (away support 405)
opening two games of the season, with striker Ollie Palmer and centre-back Martin Riley also limping off injured, and the Stags boss was left with just 14 fully-fit outfield players to select from going into the first home match of the new campaign. As Cox would put it in his post-match interview, it was already a case of being “down to the bare bones”.