Substitute Lindon Meikle rescued a point for Mansfield in an entertaining draw with Portsmouth.

Ben Hutchinson gave the Stags the lead with a superb 22-yard dipping volley.

Pompey levelled when Andy Barcham grabbed his first goal for the club from close range and his solo run and shot then set up David Connolly who slotted home the rebound from close in.

But Meikle capitalised on an error in the visitors' defence to fire home and grab a share of the points.

The result leaves both clubs in mid-table with five points from their four games.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

Post-match: Portsmouth's Whittingham

"I think we played some decent stuff in the first-half and I felt we should have gone in front before they did, but I'm very pleased to come back into the game and take the chances that we did.

"Obviously the goal gave them a lift. We're a big scalp for teams in League Two and we realise that so know when we come to places like this, players are going to be fired up for us.

"I thought what we did magnificently well today was our defending from set-plays.

"We defended our box really well. Mansfield get the ball forward, they get throw-ins, they get free kicks, they put the ball in the box on every occasion they can so you're always going to be under pressure and we dealt with that quite well."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 02 Sutton
  • 04 Dempster
  • 06 Riley
  • 11 Clucas (Palmer - 53' )
  • 16 Jennings
  • 17 Beevers (Meikle - 67' )
  • 19 Clements
  • 23 McGuire
  • 18 Hutchinson
  • 24 Andrew (Rhead - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Mitchell
  • 12 Tafazolli
  • 21 Murray
  • 09 Rhead
  • 10 Stevenson
  • 20 Meikle
  • 36 Palmer

Portsmouth

  • 01 Smith
  • 03 Ngala
  • 05 Devera
  • 06 Bradley
  • 14 Painter (Moutaouakil - 75' )
  • 07 Barcham
  • 08 Padovani (Ertl - 69' )
  • 16 Ferry
  • 35 Wallace
  • 09 Connolly
  • 23 Agyemang (Bird - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Sullivan
  • 02 Moutaouakil
  • 04 East
  • 34 Butler
  • 13 Ertl
  • 11 Holmes
  • 18 Bird
Ref: Stephen Martin
Att: 4,574

Match Stats

Shots

14 9

On target

6 4

Corners

7 7

Fouls

6 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:13

Free kick taken by Ritchie Sutton.

90:00 +2:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Ertl on Ben Hutchinson.

86:12

Header by John Dempster goes over the bar.

85:58

Corner taken by Chris Clements from the left by-line.

85:40

Centre by Martin Riley.

85:18

Corner taken by Ben Hutchinson from the right by-line.

85:02

Ben Hutchinson sends in a cross.

83:28

Yassin Moutaouakil makes a clearance.

83:24

The ball is delivered by Ritchie Sutton.

82:01

Jed Wallace takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

81:26

Lindon Meikle has an effort at goal.

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Bird joins the action as a substitute, replacing Patrick Agyemang.

80:12

Shot by Chris Clements cleared the bar.

79:53

Bondz N'Gala makes a clearance.

79:49

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Hutchinson.

79:28

The ball is crossed by Oliver Palmer.

78:29

Clearance made by Martin Riley.

78:24

The ball is crossed by Yassin Moutaouakil.

77:49

Lindon Meikle takes a shot. Bondz N'Gala gets a block in.

76:15

John Dempster manages to make a clearance.

76:11

The ball is delivered by Jed Wallace.

74:15 Substitution

Substitution Yassin Moutaouakil comes on in place of Marcos Painter.

73:05

Shot by Oliver Palmer missed to the left of the net.

71:27

The assist for the goal came from Matt Rhead.

71:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Lindon Meikle - Mansfield 2 - 2 Portsmouth Lindon Meikle grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Mansfield 2-2 Portsmouth.

70:43

Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

70:36

David Connolly is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

69:02

Sonny Bradley makes a clearance.

68:56

Chris Clements restarts play with the free kick.

68:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Connolly on Jamie McGuire.

68:32 Substitution

Substitution Johnny Ertl comes on in place of Romain Padovani.

66:29 Substitution

Substitution (Mansfield) makes a substitution, with Lindon Meikle coming on for Lee Beevers.

66:11

A cross is delivered by Ben Hutchinson.

63:12 Substitution

Substitution Matt Rhead replaces Calvin Andrew.

62:03

Shot by David Connolly went harmlessly over the bar.

61:50

Jed Wallace crosses the ball.

61:17

Clearance by Martin Riley.

61:13

Corner taken by Jed Wallace.

59:51

A cross is delivered by Ben Hutchinson.

58:03

Ben Hutchinson takes a shot. Simon Ferry gets a block in.

57:07

The ball is swung over by Jed Wallace.

55:45

Jamie McGuire takes a shot. A parry by Phil Smith prevents the goal.

55:33

Clearance made by Bondz N'Gala.

55:24

James Jennings crosses the ball in from the free kick.

54:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Connolly on Ben Hutchinson.

54:41

Clearance by Bondz N'Gala.

54:36

Corner taken by Ben Hutchinson.

53:21

Phil Smith restarts play with the free kick.

53:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Calvin Andrew on Marcos Painter.

52:25 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Palmer joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sam Clucas.

50:20

David Connolly has an effort direct from the free kick that flies over the crossbar.

49:02

Andy Barcham fouled by Lee Beevers, the ref awards a free kick.

48:10

Free kick taken by Phil Smith.

48:03

Sam Clucas is ruled offside.

46:48

Ben Hutchinson takes a shot and cleared the net.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:23 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:09

Free kick taken by Phil Smith.

44:58

Calvin Andrew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sonny Bradley.

44:48

Sonny Bradley makes a clearance.

44:45

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Clements.

44:06

James Jennings takes a shot.

43:26 Goal scored

Goal! - David Connolly - Mansfield 1 - 2 Portsmouth David Connolly grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Mansfield 1-2 Portsmouth.

42:58

Andy Barcham takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Alan Marriott parries the effort to safety.

38:46

Assist by Jed Wallace.

38:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Barcham - Mansfield 1 - 1 Portsmouth Andy Barcham grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Mansfield 1-1 Portsmouth.

37:42

Clearance made by Jed Wallace.

37:34

Lee Beevers crosses the ball.

37:18

Sonny Bradley makes a clearance.

37:14

Calvin Andrew delivers the ball.

35:21

Clearance made by John Dempster.

35:15

Marcos Painter delivers the ball.

33:48

Martin Riley makes a clearance.

33:41

Free kick crossed by Marcos Painter.

33:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Barcham by Jamie McGuire.

32:28

Jamie McGuire provided the assist for the goal.

32:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Hutchinson - Mansfield 1 - 0 Portsmouth Ben Hutchinson slots the ball right footed into the goal. Mansfield 1-0 Portsmouth.

30:27

Clearance made by Bondz N'Gala.

30:21

The ball is swung over by Lee Beevers.

29:44

Martin Riley makes a clearance.

29:38

Jed Wallace sends in a cross.

28:25

Bondz N'Gala manages to make a clearance.

28:19

The ball is crossed by Jamie McGuire.

25:51

Free kick taken by Phil Smith.

25:43

The official flags Calvin Andrew offside.

25:14

Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

25:04

Patrick Agyemang challenges Calvin Andrew unfairly and gives away a free kick.

24:54

Free kick taken by Jed Wallace.

24:37

John Dempster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Agyemang.

23:50

David Connolly takes a shot and struck the post.

23:22

David Connolly takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Riley.

22:19

Lee Beevers crosses the ball.

22:00

Clearance by Phil Smith.

21:50

Free kick crossed by Chris Clements.

21:38

Unfair challenge on Ben Hutchinson by Jed Wallace results in a free kick.

21:08

Sam Clucas takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Phil Smith prevents the goal.

20:47

Clearance made by Sonny Bradley.

20:39

Corner taken by Chris Clements.

18:30

Corner taken by Marcos Painter.

17:55

The ball is crossed by Andy Barcham.

17:29

James Jennings has an effort at goal. A parry by Phil Smith prevents the goal.

15:54

James Jennings manages to make a clearance.

15:32

Corner taken by Jed Wallace.

15:08

Clearance made by Lee Beevers.

14:49

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jed Wallace.

14:41

Clearance by Martin Riley.

13:59

Jed Wallace sends in a cross.

13:40

Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

13:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie McGuire by Simon Ferry.

11:17

Centre by Jed Wallace.

10:00

Jamie McGuire delivers the ball.

9:05

Free kick crossed by Marcos Painter.

8:54

Unfair challenge on Andy Barcham by Chris Clements results in a free kick.

8:21

Clearance made by Phil Smith.

8:15

Corner taken by Chris Clements.

7:46

Calvin Andrew takes a shot.

6:53

The ball is delivered by Andy Barcham.

5:50

James Jennings makes a clearance.

5:45

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jed Wallace.

4:32

Clearance by Martin Riley.

4:26

The ball is delivered by Andy Barcham.

3:50

Free kick taken by Phil Smith.

3:15

Clearance made by Lee Beevers.

3:04

Corner taken by Marcos Painter.

2:27

Andy Barcham takes a shot.

2:03

Clearance made by Lee Beevers.

1:56

Corner taken by Marcos Painter.

0:00

The match begins.

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