Mansfield held on for a draw at Forest Green despite being reduced to 10 men for the whole of the second half.

Ross Dyer gave the Stags the lead inside the opening minute with a volley from the edge of the box.

Kieron Forbes equalised for the hosts when his low shot eluded visiting keeper Alan Marriott.

Anthony Howell was given a straight red for a reckless two-footed tackle on Forbes but the hosts were unable to break down Mansfield's defence.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Hockaday rues opponents' red card

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

"Mansfield going down to 10 men was the worst thing that could have happened. We'd pulled back into the game at 1-1 and were the better team going into the second half, but then they got their man sent off and just went deep.

"They worked their socks off and kept their shape which we struggled to break down because as a young inexperienced team we haven't got the patience.

"In the final third we were poor, putting balls in from the wrong angles and not beating the first man.

"We lack belief. When these young players start believing in themselves then I believe we will do very well. Today was a lesson on how not to play against 10 men."

Stags have no nasty players - Cox

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox told BBC Radio Notingham:

"This is an honest bunch - I prefer telling the truth - if I knew that I had a horrible, nasty so-and-so in our team, I'd be open enough to say that's his personality and we're going to lose him five times a season.

"We haven't got really a nasty person in our side. What we have, we've got fully committed players, as soon as they pull on this shirt."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green

  • 01 Bittner
  • 02 Hodgkiss Booked
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley
  • 16 Graham
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes Booked
  • 19 Rowe
  • 21 Thomson (McDonald - 67' )
  • 07 Norwood (Allen - 81' )
  • 10 Griffin (Taylor - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Imudia
  • 04 Turk
  • 17 McDonald
  • 18 Allen
  • 14 Taylor

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 03 Kendrick
  • 06 Riley
  • 16 O'Neill
  • 17 Sutton
  • 04 Worthington Booked
  • 11 Murray
  • 20 Todd (Bolland - 52' )
  • 21 Howell Dismissed
  • 10 Green (Meikle - 83' )
  • 15 Dyer (Connor - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Redmond
  • 22 Day
  • 14 Bolland
  • 09 Connor
  • 24 Meikle
Ref: Andy Davies
Att: 893

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

2 3

Corners

3 5

Fouls

13 19

Live Text Commentary

93:09 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +2:31

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:31 Booking

Booking Jared Hodgkiss receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lindon Meikle by Jared Hodgkiss.

90:00 +1:39

Yan Klukowski takes a shot. Blocked by Ritchie Sutton. Corner taken right-footed by James Rowe from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Luke O'Neill.

90:00 +1:21

Chris Allen delivers the ball, clearance by Martin Riley.

90:00 +1:01

Foul by Joe Kendrick on Matty Taylor, free kick awarded. James Rowe takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:05

Centre by Matty Taylor, Alan Marriott makes a save.

87:27

Curtis McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Bolland. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

86:46

Jonathan Worthington challenges Chris Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Rowe takes the free kick.

86:25

Paul Connor challenges Jamie Turley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

85:31

Chris Stokes takes a shot.

84:03

Martin Riley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. James Bittner takes the free kick.

83:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Connor by Luke Graham. Joe Kendrick restarts play with the free kick.

82:42 Substitution

Substitution Paul Connor replaces Ross Dyer.

82:42 Substitution

Substitution Lindon Meikle is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Green.

82:26

Keiron Forbes has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

79:29

James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

79:29 Substitution

Substitution Chris Allen comes on in place of James Norwood.

79:29

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joe Kendrick, Unfair challenge on Jamie Turley by Martin Riley results in a free kick.

79:22

Luke O'Neill delivers the ball, clearance by Luke Graham.

78:33

James Rowe crosses the ball, Alan Marriott makes a save.

77:30

A cross is delivered by James Norwood, clearance by Martin Riley.

76:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ross Dyer. Free kick taken by Jamie Turley.

73:24

Luke Graham challenges Ross Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke O'Neill restarts play with the free kick.

72:55

Chris Stokes crosses the ball, Matty Taylor has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

70:30

Matthew Green takes a shot. Luke Graham gets a block in. Corner taken by Joe Kendrick, Curtis McDonald manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Luke O'Neill from the left by-line played to the near post, Ross Dyer takes a shot.

68:32

Martin Riley concedes a free kick for a foul on Matty Taylor. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James Rowe, clearance made by Luke O'Neill.

66:43 Substitution

Substitution Curtis McDonald replaces Jake Thomson.

66:28 Substitution

Substitution Matty Taylor comes on in place of Charlie Griffin.

66:08

Handball decision goes against Matthew Green. Jamie Turley takes the free kick.

64:37

James Norwood is caught offside. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

64:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Green on Luke Graham. James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

63:59

James Norwood takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

61:52

Unfair challenge on Matthew Green by Luke Graham results in a free kick. Luke O'Neill produces a cross, Ross Dyer takes a shot. Jamie Turley gets a block in. Joe Kendrick takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Martin Riley challenges Luke Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

61:27

The offside flag is raised against Yan Klukowski. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

59:34

Chris Stokes is penalised for a handball. Joe Kendrick crosses the ball in from the free kick. Martin Riley concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Griffin. Chris Stokes takes the direct free kick.

57:26

Corner taken by James Rowe from the right by-line, clearance by Ross Dyer.

55:26

James Rowe takes a shot. Ritchie Sutton gets a block in.

54:47

Luke O'Neill takes a shot. Save by James Bittner.

52:55

Yan Klukowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Murray. Free kick taken by Ritchie Sutton.

51:51 Substitution

Substitution (Mansfield) makes a substitution, with Paul Bolland coming on for Andy Todd.

51:38

The referee penalises James Rowe for handball. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

50:14

James Norwood takes a shot.

47:23

The ball is delivered by James Norwood.

45:32

Free kick taken by James Bittner.

45:32 Booking

Booking Jonathan Worthington receives a caution.

45:15

Jonathan Worthington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keiron Forbes.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:26 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:05

Joe Kendrick fouled by Jake Thomson, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

44:55

James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

44:55 Dismissal

Dismissal Anthony Howell dismissed for violent conduct.

44:27

Anthony Howell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keiron Forbes.

43:04

Centre by Jake Thomson, James Norwood produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

41:38

Shot from a long way out by Adam Murray goes wide of the left-hand upright.

40:07

The assist for the goal came from Yan Klukowski.

40:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Keiron Forbes - Forest Grn 1 - 1 Mansfield Keiron Forbes gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-1 Mansfield.

39:41

Chris Stokes fouled by Adam Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Stokes restarts play with the free kick.

35:18

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

35:18 Booking

Booking Keiron Forbes is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

35:09

Foul by Keiron Forbes on Adam Murray, free kick awarded.

33:35

Corner taken right-footed by James Rowe from the left by-line, save by Alan Marriott.

33:05

Adam Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Keiron Forbes. James Bittner takes the free kick.

31:19

Foul by Jonathan Worthington on James Rowe, free kick awarded. James Rowe restarts play with the free kick.

27:52

Effort on goal by James Norwood from just inside the area clears the bar.

25:01

Adam Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jared Hodgkiss. James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

22:12

Yan Klukowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Worthington. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

21:03

Joe Kendrick challenges Charlie Griffin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yan Klukowski restarts play with the free kick.

20:25

The assistant referee flags for offside against Charlie Griffin. Direct free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

18:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Riley on James Norwood. James Rowe delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Anthony Howell makes a clearance.

17:44

Matthew Green challenges Luke Graham unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

17:12

Shot on goal by Charlie Griffin from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

16:45

Ross Dyer takes a shot. Save made by James Bittner.

16:03

James Norwood challenges Anthony Howell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Riley.

12:35

Foul by Chris Stokes on Matthew Green, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Joe Kendrick, Martin Riley produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

11:44

Foul by Anthony Howell on Yan Klukowski, free kick awarded. James Rowe takes the free kick.

11:21

The referee blows for offside. James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

10:40

Centre by Jake Thomson, save by Alan Marriott.

8:15

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill played to the near post, clearance by Yan Klukowski.

7:22

Foul by Luke Graham on Ross Dyer, free kick awarded. Adam Murray restarts play with the free kick.

6:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Green on Jamie Turley. James Bittner takes the free kick.

5:07

Luke O'Neill delivers the ball, Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

2:38

Luke Graham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Green. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Joe Kendrick, Luke Graham manages to make a clearance.

0:21

Assist on the goal came from Adam Murray.

0:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Ross Dyer - Forest Grn 0 - 1 Mansfield Ross Dyer finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Forest Green 0-1 Mansfield.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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