Substitute Lindon Meikle's last-minute strike gave Mansfield a dramatic win at Luton and boosted their play-off hopes.

Matt Green's penalty gave the visitors the lead after Steve McNulty brought Colin Daniel down in the box.

Scott Rendell struck back for Luton immediately, only for Daniel to fire home from the edge of the area and restore Mansfield's lead.

Andre Gray's close-range finish levelled things before Meikle poked home the winner.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"The first 20 minutes I think both teams nullified each other. But after that it was a cracking game of football.

"Both teams played the right way - it was a great spectacle - and at 2-2 I don't think anyone in the ground could actually complain.

"But we nicked the winner late on and I thought it was what we actually deserved today."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Luton

  • 01 Tyler
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 05 McNulty
  • 22 Thomas
  • 25 Henry Booked
  • 07 Lawless
  • 18 Martin (Fleetwood - 55' )
  • 20 Neilson (Howells - 63' )
  • 24 Smith
  • 10 Rendell
  • 27 Gray

Substitutes

  • 33 Brill
  • 11 Howells
  • 12 Ainge
  • 14 Mendy
  • 13 Fleetwood

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 04 Dempster
  • 05 Jones
  • 17 Beevers
  • 29 Jennings
  • 14 Clements
  • 21 Murray
  • 26 Stevenson (Hutchinson - 74' )
  • 31 Daniel
  • 10 Green (Wright - 90' )
  • 11 Briscoe (Meikle - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 07 Meikle
  • 12 Wright
  • 16 Rhead
  • 25 Hutchinson
Ref: Johnson
Att: 5,968

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

6 6

Corners

4 4

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:41 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:59 Substitution

Substitution Matt Green leaves the field to be replaced by Nick Wright.

90:00 +2:34

Alex Lawless crosses the ball, save made by Alan Marriott.

89:19

The assist for the goal came from Chris Clements.

89:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Lindon Meikle - Luton 2 - 3 Mansfield Lindon Meikle fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Luton 2-3 Mansfield.

88:53

Chris Clements takes a shot. Save made by Mark Tyler.

88:06

The referee blows for offside against Matt Green. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

86:38

Jonathan Smith takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

85:54 Substitution

Substitution Lindon Meikle comes on in place of Louis Briscoe.

85:37

Ronnie Henry produces a cross, clearance by James Jennings.

84:46

The ball is delivered by Colin Daniel, save made by Mark Tyler.

84:01

The ball is sent over by Jake Howells, clearance by Luke Jones.

82:28

Scott Rendell takes a shot. Blocked by John Dempster. Ronnie Henry takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by Alan Marriott.

82:21

Centre by Jonathan Smith.

79:50

A cross is delivered by Matt Green.

78:38

Chris Clements has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

78:03

Ben Hutchinson takes a shot. Blocked by Steve McNulty.

77:34

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner crosses the ball.

77:01

Inswinging corner taken by Jake Howells from the right by-line.

73:13 Substitution

Substitution Ben Hutchinson is brought on as a substitute for Lee Stevenson.

72:59

James Jennings challenges Andre Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Howells delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

72:14

A cross is delivered by Colin Daniel.

70:53

Foul by Jonathan Smith on Colin Daniel, free kick awarded. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

70:27

Centre by Alex Lawless, John Dempster manages to make a clearance.

70:18

A cross is delivered by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

70:04

Stuart Fleetwood produces a cross.

69:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Thomas by Luke Jones. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

69:12

Unfair challenge on James Jennings by Andre Gray results in a free kick. James Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

68:30

Andre Gray takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

68:01

Unfair challenge on Steve McNulty by Matt Green results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

67:29

Shot by Jake Howells from outside the box goes over the target.

66:25

John Dempster challenges Scott Rendell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Howells takes the free kick.

65:30

Louis Briscoe sends in a cross, clearance made by Ronnie Henry.

62:14 Substitution

Substitution Jake Howells is brought on as a substitute for Scott Neilson.

61:33

Centre by Louis Briscoe, save made by Mark Tyler.

57:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Alex Lawless, Header from deep inside the area by Wayne Thomas goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

56:10

Foul by Matt Green on Steve McNulty, free kick awarded. Alex Lawless takes the free kick.

54:08

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Clements, Foul by Luke Jones on Wayne Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

54:08 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Fleetwood comes on in place of David Martin.

50:24

Louis Briscoe takes the direct free kick.

50:24 Booking

Booking Booking for Ronnie Henry for unsporting behaviour.

50:17

Colin Daniel fouled by Ronnie Henry, the ref awards a free kick.

49:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Colin Daniel by Jonathan Smith. James Jennings takes the direct free kick.

47:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Green by Steve McNulty. James Jennings produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Mark Tyler makes a save.

46:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Andre Gray - Luton 2 - 2 Mansfield Andre Gray finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Luton 2-2 Mansfield.

46:33

Assist on the goal came from Scott Rendell.

46:01

Shot from long distance by Louis Briscoe misses to the right of the goal.

45:21

Inswinging corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +3:50 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:41

Louis Briscoe sends in a cross, save by Mark Tyler.

45:00 +0:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Dempster by Scott Rendell. Direct free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

43:40

Assist on the goal came from Lee Stevenson.

43:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Colin Daniel - Luton 1 - 2 Mansfield Colin Daniel fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Luton 1-2 Mansfield.

43:25

The ball is delivered by Louis Briscoe, clearance by Steve McNulty.

41:33

Short corner worked by Andre Gray.

41:08

Andre Gray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Jones. James Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

39:57

Unfair challenge on Adam Murray by Jonathan Smith results in a free kick. Alan Marriott takes the direct free kick.

38:42

The ball is crossed by David Martin, save by Alan Marriott.

36:26

Jonathan Smith takes a shot. Luke Jones gets a block in.

36:00

Assist by Jonathan Smith.

36:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Rendell - Luton 1 - 1 Mansfield Scott Rendell grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Luton 1-1 Mansfield.

31:33

Scott Rendell challenges Luke Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

31:05

Assist on the goal came from Colin Daniel.

31:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Green - Luton 0 - 1 Mansfield Placed penalty scored by Matt Green. Luton 0-1 Mansfield.

30:00

Unfair challenge on Colin Daniel by Steve McNulty results in a Penalty.

27:07

Lee Beevers crosses the ball.

26:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andre Gray. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

25:54

A cross is delivered by Colin Daniel, save by Mark Tyler.

20:39

Louis Briscoe takes a shot. Mark Tyler makes a save.

18:50

Andre Gray delivers the ball, blocked by Adam Murray. Alex Lawless takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Luke Jones.

18:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Smith by John Dempster. Wayne Thomas restarts play with the free kick.

13:05

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Green. Adam Murray takes the free kick.

12:25

Unfair challenge on Alex Lawless by Adam Murray results in a free kick. Ronnie Henry takes the direct free kick.

11:27

Andre Gray has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

10:02

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Jennings, save by Mark Tyler.

9:00

John Dempster challenges Andre Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ronnie Henry takes the direct free kick.

8:06

Unfair challenge on Luke Jones by Wayne Thomas results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

7:25

Adam Murray challenges Alex Lawless unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ronnie Henry.

6:28

Unfair challenge on Matt Green by Wayne Thomas results in a free kick. James Jennings takes the direct free kick.

5:03

John Dempster challenges Scott Rendell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Alex Lawless, Luke Jones manages to make a clearance.

3:59

The ball is swung over by Louis Briscoe, save made by Mark Tyler.

3:26

Corner taken left-footed by James Jennings from the left by-line, clearance by Steve McNulty.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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