Lincoln City 0-1 Mansfield

Matt Green

Matt Green's injury-time winner took in-form Mansfield into the play-off places for the first time this season with victory at managerless Lincoln.

The Imps were on top before the break but wasted numerous chances, with Alan Power twice missing the target and Vadaine Oliver shooting wide.

An equally lively but more even second period seemed set to end goalless.

But in a frenetic finale, Green won the points with a low finish and Lincoln's Dan Gray was sent for a late tackle.

It was a cruel end to the game for the struggling Imps, who have now won just one game in 12 in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

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Cox delighted with Stags response

However, they will take great heart from an impressive display against the division's in-form team and they could easily have had the game wrapped up by half-time.

Power shot wastefully wide after being teed up by Mamadou Fofana and Jake Jones, who on Tuesday signed a loan extension, had a shot blocked after hesitating when well placed.

Lincoln goalkeeper Paul Farman did make an incredible point-blank save to keep out a John Dempster header, but the home side continued to dominate.

Oliver wasted a glorious opportunity when he sidefooted wide from 10 yards following a defensive mix-up, Power blazed a shot over and Oliver was denied by a smart piece of goalkeeping by the on-rushing Alan Marriott.

However the Stags, who had a Green goal disallowed for handball in the closing stages of the first half, looked more solid after the break and the clear-cut chances dried up.

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Missed chances cost Imps - Brown

Both sides had numerous long-range efforts and Lincoln's pace and movement continued to pose problems.

At the other end, Matt Rhead's introduction helped the Stags retain possession up front and Dempster forced another fine stop from Farman and a Colin Daniel cross drifted narrowly wide.

But neither side looked like finding a breakthrough until Green's cool finish earned Mansfield an eighth win in nine game and left the 1100 Stags fans celebrating wildly.

Tempers flared in the dying moments with substitute Gray seeing red to complete a miserable evening for the hosts, who are just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Mansfield move up to fourth, five points behind leaders Wrexham with a game in hand.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 05 Boyce
  • 06 Garner
  • 20 Miller
  • 08 Power
  • 12 Sheridan
  • 16 Nicolau
  • 18 Jones (Smith - 87' )
  • 35 Turnbull Booked (Larkin - 90' )
  • 37 Fofana Booked (Gray - 63' Dismissed )
  • 14 Oliver

Substitutes

  • 31 Preece
  • 15 Gray
  • 07 Smith
  • 10 Taylor
  • 34 Larkin

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 04 Dempster Booked
  • 05 Jones Booked
  • 17 Beevers
  • 29 Jennings
  • 14 Clements
  • 21 Murray
  • 26 Stevenson (Rhead - 62' )
  • 31 Daniel
  • 10 Green Booked (Hutchinson - 90' )
  • 11 Briscoe (Meikle - 64' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 07 Meikle
  • 12 Wright
  • 16 Rhead
  • 25 Hutchinson
Ref: Handley
Att: 2,734

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

0 2

Corners

4 6

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:52 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +5:01

Luke Jones takes the direct free kick. The referee blows for offside against Ben Hutchinson. Direct free kick taken by Paul Farman.

90:00 +5:01 Dismissal

Dismissal Daniel Gray shown a red card for violent conduct.

90:00 +4:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Gray on Matt Rhead.

90:00 +3:21 Substitution

Substitution Colin Larkin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Turnbull.

90:00 +2:36 Substitution

Substitution (Mansfield) makes a substitution, with Ben Hutchinson coming on for Matt Green.

90:00 +2:01 Booking

Booking Matt Green goes into the book.

90:00 +1:00

Assist on the goal came from Lindon Meikle.

90:00 +1:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Green - Lincoln 0 - 1 Mansfield Matt Green fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Lincoln City 0-1 Mansfield.

89:23

John Dempster concedes a free kick for a foul on Vadaine Oliver. Free kick taken by Paul Turnbull.

88:49

Matt Green has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

86:45

Paul Farman takes the free kick.

86:45 Substitution

Substitution Jake Jones goes off and Adam Smith comes on.

86:45

The referee blows for offside.

86:17

John Dempster fouled by Vadaine Oliver, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

85:41

Lindon Meikle has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

83:15 Booking

Booking Lindon Meikle is cautioned.

80:45

A cross is delivered by Colin Daniel, inswinging corner taken by James Jennings. Outswinging corner taken by James Jennings from the left by-line.

78:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Rhead by Daniel Gray. Free kick taken by James Jennings. John Dempster takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman. John Dempster is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Tom Miller.

78:26

Paul Turnbull produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

77:20

Jake Sheridan has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

75:08

Colin Daniel is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

70:47

Inswinging corner taken by Alan Power from the left by-line. Foul by Daniel Gray on Adam Murray, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

70:06

Luke Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Vadaine Oliver. Free kick taken by Alan Power.

67:47

Alan Power takes the direct free kick.

67:47 Booking

Booking Luke Jones is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

66:28

Free kick taken by James Jennings. Andrew Boyce fouled by Matt Green, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Farman. Jake Jones fouled by Luke Jones, the ref awards a free kick.

66:28 Booking

Booking Paul Turnbull is given a yellow card.

65:36

Lindon Meikle fouled by Paul Turnbull, the ref awards a free kick.

64:59

Tom Miller fouled by Matt Green, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Miller restarts play with the free kick.

63:42 Substitution

Substitution Louis Briscoe leaves the field to be replaced by Lindon Meikle.

63:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Alan Power. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

60:38 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Gray on for Mamadou Fofana.

60:38 Substitution

Substitution (Mansfield) makes a substitution, with Matt Rhead coming on for Lee Stevenson.

60:38

Direct free kick taken by Adam Murray.

60:38 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Mamadou Fofana for unsporting behaviour.

60:18

Unfair challenge on Chris Clements by Mamadou Fofana results in a free kick.

59:23

James Jennings takes a outswinging corner.

57:01

Jake Sheridan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

55:38

Corner from left by-line taken by Alan Power.

54:52

The offside flag is raised against Matt Green. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

50:35

Mamadou Fofana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Briscoe. Direct free kick taken by James Jennings.

49:22

Matt Green is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +4:05 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:20

Foul by Mamadou Fofana on Chris Clements, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James Jennings.

38:58 Booking

Booking John Dempster shown a yellow card.

37:27

Matt Green fouled by Andrew Boyce, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Jennings.

35:56

Inswinging corner taken by Alan Power, Lee Beevers makes a clearance. Corner taken by Jake Jones, Alan Marriott makes a save.

33:15

Adam Murray takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.

32:08

Corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line.

31:08

The referee gives a free kick against Colin Daniel for handball. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

30:17

Paul Turnbull produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

26:16

Close range shot by Alan Power goes wide of the left-hand upright.

25:32

Chris Clements challenges Jake Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Miller.

24:10

Foul by John Dempster on Vadaine Oliver, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alan Power.

21:41

Corner taken left-footed by James Jennings. John Dempster takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Murray from the left by-line.

18:49

Vadaine Oliver challenges Adam Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

13:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vadaine Oliver by Lee Beevers. Free kick taken by Alan Power.

12:47

Matt Green is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Paul Farman.

11:25

Luke Jones challenges Jake Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Farman.

10:06

Jake Sheridan takes a shot. John Dempster gets a block in.

8:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Jones on Jake Sheridan. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Nicolau. Effort from outside the penalty box by Nicky Nicolau goes wide right of the goal.

7:50

Matt Green is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

3:26

Shot by Alan Power from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

2:54

Nicky Nicolau takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

1:50

James Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Sheridan. Nicky Nicolau restarts play with the free kick.

1:08

Effort on goal by Adam Murray from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

0:40

Foul by Andrew Boyce on Chris Clements, free kick awarded. James Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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