Mansfield Town 3-0 Rochdale

Mansfield stunned title-chasing Rochdale and boosted their own play-off hopes with victory at the One Call Stadium.

Scott Hogan went close for the visitors, forcing a good low save from Lewis Price.

Martin Riley and Matt Rhead both headed in from James Jennings corners to give the Stags a two-goal lead late on.

And Dale were undone from a set-piece again as Ryan Tafazolli headed in Chris Clements' free-kick in stoppage time.

Mansfield now lie in 10th, six points behind seventh-placed Oxford. Rochdale are second, a single point behind Scunthorpe in the race for the League Two title.

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox

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Post-match: Mansfield manager Cox

Mansfield manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I think we are playing well at the minute and without shouting from the roof tops, I think we can beat anyone when we are playing like this.

We've come up against a very good side who will get promotion.

"But its what we've been doing over the last couple of months and we are enjoying our football at the minute."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

Keith Hill

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Rochdale manager Keith Hill on Mansfield defeat

"We knew we were going to endure a direct style of play but they've got good players once they get the ball into that final third.

"I have to be able to forgive the players and I will do. We're in a great position and I'm really looking forward to the remainder of the season.

"Arguably the game was always going to hinge on the first goal, but when we concede one we shouldn't be conceding two more after that."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Scunthorpe42191942576
2Rochdale42229112275
3Chesterfield42201482774
4Fleetwood42209131369
5Burton42181410568
6Southend421614121262
7Oxford Utd42161412862
8York42151611861
9Plymouth42161016-258
10Mansfield42141414-656
11Bury42121812554
12Dag & Red42131514-454
13Newport42131415-353
14Wimbledon42131316-552
15Cheltenham42121614-852
16Portsmouth42121515-1251
17Accrington42121416-350
18Hartlepool42131019-249
19Morecambe42121317-1449
20Exeter42121218-648
21Bristol Rovers42111417-947
22Wycombe42111318-946
23Northampton42111318-1946
24Torquay4210923-2339
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