Anthony Howell's goal in the final minute settled a physical clash in favour of struggling Mansfield to deny Newport a hard-earned point.

Matt Rhead's nod down was finished in style by Howell's diving header.

The home side went ahead when goalkeeper Elliot Parish failed to hold on to Ryan Tafazolli's header.

Mansfield goalkeeper Alan Marriott spilled Tom Naylor's free-kick and Rene Howe was on hand to score Newport's equaliser, before Howell's late winner.

The game included seven bookings and it was just a surprise it ended with 22 players on the pitch.

Newport's best chances saw Adam Chapman shoot narrowly wide from 25 yards, with Lee Minshull also firing a 20-yard effort just over the angle.

For the Stags, Howell flicked a header over from five yards as Parish left his line to challenge him.

But Howell's big moment came in the 90th minute and provided the Stags with three crucial points.

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

Post-match: Mansfield manager Cox

"I don't think we played particularly well, I don't think both sides played well.

"There wasn't a lot of quality on show, but it games like that you have to grind them out and pick up the three points.

"It's a massive three points for us and all I'm focusing on is our results and our performances.

"We have some big games in front of us now and we need to make sure we maintain our place in this league."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It is very disappointing [conceding a late goal] and we should have dealt with it better.

"For long periods of the second half we dominated and if we don't win the game we certainly make sure we don't lose it.

"Unfortunately we have and that is hugely disappointing and we have to respond because that is not good enough.

"We did enough not to lose the game but the spell after we scored is when we have to be more clinical."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Mansfield Town

  • 01 Marriott
  • 28 Westlake
  • 30 Daniel
  • 12 Tafazolli
  • 04 Dempster
  • 02 Sutton (Meikle - 86' )
  • 13 Howell Booked
  • 21 Murray Booked
  • 18 Hutchinson (Palmer - 68' )
  • 11 Clucas Booked
  • 09 Rhead

Substitutes

  • 07 Briscoe
  • 10 Stevenson
  • 17 Beevers
  • 20 Meikle
  • 23 McGuire
  • 24 Cain
  • 36 Palmer

Newport County

  • 29 Parish
  • 18 Jackson
  • 15 Burge
  • 03 Hughes Booked
  • 21 Anthony Booked
  • 19 Naylor
  • 07 Chapman (Flynn - 86' )
  • 08 Minshull
  • 11 Zebroski Booked (Jolley - 92' )
  • 45 Howe Booked (Jeffers - 92' )
  • 12 Willmott

Substitutes

  • 02 Pipe
  • 09 Crow
  • 14 Jeffers
  • 17 Flynn
  • 22 Worley
  • 23 Jolley
  • 24 Amadi-Holloway
Ref: Andy Davies
Att: 2,756

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

3 1

Corners

6 9

Fouls

19 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Mansfield Town 2, Newport County 1.

90:00 +5:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 2, Newport County 1.

90:00 +4:34 Booking

Booking Andrew Hughes (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:25

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Newport County).

90:00 +4:25

Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:49

Andrew Hughes (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:49

Foul by Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town).

90:00 +1:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Christian Jolley replaces Chris Zebroski.

90:00 +1:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Rene Howe.

90:00 +1:02

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

90:00 +1:02

Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 Booking

Booking Byron Anthony (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

89:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Newport County 1. Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Rhead.

88:43

Hand ball by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

87:40

Attempt missed. Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

85:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Lindon Meikle replaces Ritchie Sutton because of an injury.

85:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Adam Chapman.

81:07

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Newport County).

81:07

Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:45

Attempt saved. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:50

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:50

Foul by Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town).

77:12

Attempt missed. Darryl Westlake (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

76:49

Attempt missed. Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

75:17

Attempt missed. Lee Minshull (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

73:39

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

72:59

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Byron Anthony.

72:30

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

72:30

Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:09

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Lee Minshull.

70:08

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by John Dempster.

69:31

Attempt missed. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

68:54

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:54

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

67:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Ollie Palmer replaces Ben Hutchinson.

67:18

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

67:18

Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:52

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:52

Foul by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town).

64:28 Booking

Booking Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

63:49

Rene Howe (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:49

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

63:30

Attempt blocked. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:02

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

63:02

Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:48

Rene Howe (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:48

Foul by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town).

60:25

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by John Dempster.

59:35

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ben Hutchinson.

58:48

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:48

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

58:05

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

55:12

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

53:30

Hand ball by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

52:04

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matthew Rhead.

49:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Newport County 1. Rene Howe (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

49:09

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town).

49:09

Rene Howe (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:34

Attempt missed. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

47:49

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Anthony Howell.

47:20

Attempt blocked. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:21

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

46:21

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:30

Foul by Ben Hutchinson (Mansfield Town).

45:30

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Mansfield Town 1, Newport County 0.

45:00 +2:27 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, Newport County 0.

45:00 +1:23 Booking

Booking Rene Howe (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +1:10

John Dempster (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:10

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

45:00 +0:15

Foul by Darryl Westlake (Mansfield Town).

45:00 +0:15

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:29

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matthew Rhead.

41:43

Foul by Colin Daniel (Mansfield Town).

41:43

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:52 Booking

Booking Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

40:44

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

40:44

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:37

Foul by Ben Hutchinson (Mansfield Town).

39:37

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:36 Booking

Booking Chris Zebroski (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

38:24

Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:24

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

35:23 Booking

Booking Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

35:00

Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) has gone down, but that's a dive.

31:17

Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:17

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

29:29

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

27:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Newport County 0. Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Hutchinson.

27:16

Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:16

Foul by Byron Anthony (Newport County).

26:41

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

23:07

Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:07

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

20:38

(Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:38

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

20:00

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:58

Foul by Ben Hutchinson (Mansfield Town).

18:46

Attempt missed. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

15:05

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

15:05

Byron Anthony (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:42

Attempt blocked. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

13:12

John Dempster (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:12

Foul by Byron Anthony (Newport County).

12:51

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

12:12

Hand ball by Darryl Westlake (Mansfield Town).

8:08

John Dempster (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:08

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Newport County).

7:40

Foul by Darryl Westlake (Mansfield Town).

7:40

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:32

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

6:16

Attempt blocked. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

4:19

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

3:33

Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:33

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

1:12

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

1:12

Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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