Mansfield Town 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

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:

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Post-match: Mansfield manager Cox

"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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale402281064392574
2Scunthorpe401818461372472
3Chesterfield401913862362670
4Fleetwood401981357461165
5Burton40171494237565
6Southend4015141148361259
7Oxford Utd401514114941859
8York401514114638859
9Plymouth391510144444055
10Dag & Red401315124847154
11Cheltenham401215134653-751
12Mansfield401214144252-1050
13Hartlepool401310174646049
14Accrington401213154749-249
15Newport391213144751-449
16Wimbledon401212164248-648
17Morecambe401212164558-1348
18Bury391017124543247
19Exeter401211174751-447
20Bristol Rovers391113153643-746
21Portsmouth401015154056-1645
22Wycombe401013173948-943
23Northampton40913183354-2140
24Torquay4099223558-2336
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