Darren Carter extended Northampton Town's unbeaten run with a second-half equaliser against Mansfield Town.

The visitors went ahead when Oliver Palmer beat the advancing Matt Duke.

Chris Wilder's men drew level from the penalty spot after Chris Hackett's cross was handled by Darryl Westlake, who was sent off, and Carter beat Alan Marriott from the spot.

Hackett missed a great chance in the closing stages when he volleyed Alan Connell's cross over the bar.

But a sixth league game without defeat leaves Northampton within two points of safety.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"From my point of view we've got to keep calm and get that calmness into the players.

"We need to make sure things externally don't run away from us because we're in a relegation scrap.

"I know people will have thought this was a big opportunity missed, but it's another point to the total on a day where a lot of sides around us have lost."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 29 Robertson
  • 34 Ravenhill
  • 23 Diamond
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11 Hackett (C. López - 88' )
  • 04 Carter
  • 18 Connell
  • 07 Sinclair
  • 35 Dickenson (Morris - 51' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Morris
  • 10 C. López
  • 12 Tozer
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 20 Moyo
  • 24 Toney

Mansfield Town

  • 01 Marriott
  • 28 Westlake Dismissed
  • 16 Jennings
  • 12 Tafazolli
  • 04 Dempster
  • 06 Riley Booked
  • 21 Murray
  • 13 Howell
  • 10 Stevenson (Meikle - 69' )
  • 36 Palmer (Daniel - 68' )
  • 09 Rhead Booked (Dyer - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Briscoe
  • 15 Dyer
  • 17 Beevers
  • 20 Meikle
  • 23 McGuire
  • 24 Cain
  • 30 Daniel
Ref: Andy Haines
Att: 5,129

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

4 4

Corners

8 8

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 1.

90:00 +5:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 1.

90:00 +4:48

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

90:00 +4:48

Ross Dyer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:59

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

90:00 +1:25

Cristian (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:25

Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield Town).

87:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Cristian replaces Chris Hackett.

85:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Ross Dyer replaces Matthew Rhead.

85:16

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

84:51

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

81:22

Attempt missed. James Jennings (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

76:48

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by John Dempster.

75:33

Attempt missed. Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

75:09

Attempt saved. Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

74:40

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Richard Ravenhill.

74:08

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

74:08

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

70:58

Attempt missed. Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

70:42

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by James Jennings.

69:48 Booking

Booking Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

69:42

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:42

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

69:14

Alan Connell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:14

Foul by John Dempster (Mansfield Town).

68:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Lindon Meikle replaces Lee Stevenson.

67:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Colin Daniel replaces Ollie Palmer.

63:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 1. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

63:11 Dismissal

Dismissal Darryl Westlake (Mansfield Town) is shown the red card for hand ball.

63:02

Penalty conceded by Darryl Westlake (Mansfield Town) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

60:37

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Alan Marriott.

60:22

Attempt saved. Ian Morris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

55:55

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Emile Sinclair.

55:37

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ian Morris.

55:00

Attempt saved. James Jennings (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:22

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

54:22

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

53:17

Attempt missed. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

51:35

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by James Jennings.

50:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Brennan Dickenson because of an injury.

49:55

Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:55

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

48:58

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Emile Sinclair.

48:26

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

47:25

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

47:25

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:28

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by John Dempster.

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 0, Mansfield Town 1.

45:00 +2:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Mansfield Town 1.

45:00 +2:04

Attempt missed. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00 +1:49

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by James Jennings.

45:00 +0:16

Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

45:00 +0:16

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

44:18

Attempt missed. Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

41:50 Booking

Booking Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

41:29

Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield Town).

41:29

Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:50

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

35:00

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

34:58

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

31:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 0, Mansfield Town 1. Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Rhead.

26:45

James Jennings (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:45

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

25:09

Foul by Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town).

25:09

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:04

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

24:04

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

19:46

Attempt saved. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:06

Foul by Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town).

19:06

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:55

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

16:30

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

16:30

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:49

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

15:49

Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:09

Foul by Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town).

15:09

Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:43

Attempt saved. Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

14:00

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

13:59

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

12:08

Attempt missed. Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

10:26

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Darren Carter.

7:02

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

7:02

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:59

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

3:57

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Brennan Dickenson.

1:20

Attempt saved. Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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