Adam Murray helped Mansfield leapfrog AFC Wimbledon in the League Two table with victory against the Dons.

The Stags captain lashed in a 30-yard free-kick to give the home side the lead, after Ollie Palmer's attempted clearance put off keeper Ross Worner.

George Francomb had a chance to equalise from Kwesi Appiah's cross but sliced over.

Mansfield's Jamie McGuire then denied the Dons a late equaliser, clearing Alan Bennett's effort off the line.

The Dons were not helped by a 15th-minute change that saw Darren Jones carried off on a stretcher after taking a high boot in the face from Anthony Howell.

The visitors rarely threatened however, with Francomb's sliced shot and Kwesi Appiah's weak half-volley their only chances of note.

The result sees Mansfield, who now lie 12th, achieve back-to-back wins for the first time since September while the Dons drop to 16th, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Mansfield manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Until we are mathematically safe we have to keep going.

"I am proud of the whole football club. The players were running on empty at times but we carried them over the line.

"We have got to keep going, but hopefully we have sent the fans home happy today. It's a long hard season and we are feeling it right now, I am glad we haven't got a game midweek.

"We will regroup, charge the batteries and go again next Saturday."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Mansfield Town

  • 01 Marriott
  • 30 Daniel (Meikle - 54' )
  • 17 Beevers
  • 02 Sutton
  • 06 Riley
  • 12 Tafazolli
  • 13 Howell Booked (Clucas - 54' )
  • 23 McGuire
  • 09 Rhead Booked
  • 36 Palmer (Speight - 65' )
  • 21 Murray Booked

Substitutes

  • 04 Dempster
  • 10 Stevenson
  • 11 Clucas
  • 14 Speight
  • 19 Clements
  • 20 Meikle
  • 28 Westlake

AFC Wimbledon

  • 01 Worner
  • 36 Richards (Arthur - 52' )
  • 02 Fuller
  • 14 Antwi
  • 06 Bennett
  • 28 Jones (Appiah - 15' )
  • 35 Collins
  • 27 Morris Booked
  • 07 Francomb
  • 26 Wyke Booked (Sainte-Luce - 62' )
  • 08 Moore Booked

Substitutes

  • 04 Sweeney
  • 11 Moore
  • 12 Pell
  • 16 Sainte-Luce
  • 19 Arthur
  • 22 Brown
  • 37 Appiah
Ref: Robert Lewis
Att: 3,292

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

5 2

Corners

6 3

Fouls

14 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

90:00 +1:40

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

90:00 +1:40

Aaron Morris (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:24

Attempt saved. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:04

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

89:35

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Alan Bennett.

88:54

Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:54

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon).

87:26 Booking

Booking Aaron Morris (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

87:02 Booking

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

86:22

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

86:22

Foul by Chris Arthur (AFC Wimbledon).

84:45

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

84:45

Foul by Will Antwi (AFC Wimbledon).

83:30

Attempt missed. Lindon Meikle (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

82:51

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

82:51

Foul by Michael Collins (AFC Wimbledon).

81:51

Foul by Jake Speight (Mansfield Town).

81:51

Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:43

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:43

Foul by Kevin Sainte-Luce (AFC Wimbledon).

79:10

Attempt saved. Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

78:54

Attempt missed. Michael Collins (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

78:34

Attempt blocked. Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

78:04

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Lee Beevers.

77:22

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

76:34

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Martin Riley.

76:17

Attempt blocked. George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:44

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

74:44

Kevin Sainte-Luce (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:28

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Chris Arthur.

71:40 Booking

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

71:32

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

71:32

Will Antwi (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:45

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

70:45

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:05

Attempt saved. Jake Speight (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67:12

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

67:12

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

64:17 Booking

Booking Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

64:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Jake Speight replaces Ollie Palmer.

63:37

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

63:37

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

63:05

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

63:05

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon).

61:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Kevin Sainte-Luce replaces Charlie Wyke.

59:00

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

58:56

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

57:48

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

57:48

Foul by Will Antwi (AFC Wimbledon).

56:47

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

56:47

Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:42

Attempt missed. Aaron Morris (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

53:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Samuel Clucas replaces Anthony Howell.

53:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Lindon Meikle replaces Colin Daniel.

53:04

Attempt missed. George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

52:03

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

52:03

Charlie Wyke (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Chris Arthur replaces Tom Richards.

49:01

Attempt missed. George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

45:24

Foul by Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town).

45:24

Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Mansfield Town 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

45:00 +5:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

45:00 +4:26 Booking

Booking Charlie Wyke (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +4:15

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +4:15

Foul by Charlie Wyke (AFC Wimbledon).

45:00 +3:10

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

45:00 +3:10

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

45:00 +2:45

Attempt saved. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:37

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

45:00 +0:37

Aaron Morris (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:45

Attempt missed. Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

43:12

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ross Worner.

42:44

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Alan Bennett.

42:12

Attempt missed. Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

41:36

Attempt saved. Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

40:10

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

40:10

Will Antwi (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:42

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

39:42

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon).

32:25

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

32:25

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

30:37

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield Town).

30:37

Aaron Morris (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:14

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

29:14

Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:18

Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:18

Foul by Charlie Wyke (AFC Wimbledon).

27:06

Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:06

Foul by Will Antwi (AFC Wimbledon).

24:53

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

22:51

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

21:32

Attempt blocked. Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:31

Foul by Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon).

18:31

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

17:41

Michael Collins (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:41

Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).

14:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Kwesi Appiah replaces Darren Jones because of an injury.

11:50 Booking

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

11:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

11:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

10:58

Delay in match Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon) because of an injury.

10:17

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

10:17

Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Mansfield Town 1, AFC Wimbledon 0. Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

5:20

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

5:20

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

4:30

Attempt missed. Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

4:04

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Alan Bennett.

1:13

Attempt missed. Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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