League Two
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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.

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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:

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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."

Line-ups

Mansfield

  • 33Price
  • 28Westlake
  • 16Jennings
  • 12TafazolliBooked at 14mins
  • 6Riley
  • 2Sutton
  • 21Murray
  • 19Clements
  • 36PalmerSubstituted forClucasat 80'minutes
  • 9Rhead
  • 30DanielSubstituted forJ Thomasat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dempster
  • 7Briscoe
  • 10Stevenson
  • 11Clucas
  • 14Speight
  • 20Meikle
  • 26J Thomas

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16DoneBooked at 40mins
  • 4CavanaghBooked at 61minsSubstituted forDonnellyat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Bennett
  • 6LancashireBooked at 27mins
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forCumminsat 66'minutes
  • 24Allen
  • 11HoganBooked at 52mins
  • 12LundSubstituted forKennedyat 66'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 5Eastham
  • 8Kennedy
  • 9Donnelly
  • 21Thomson
  • 25Rose
  • 29Cummins
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,843

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away18
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Mansfield Town 3, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 3, Rochdale 0.

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

Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

Booking

George Donnelly (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Jack Thomas replaces Colin Daniel.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 3, Rochdale 0. Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Clements with a cross.

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

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Foul by Chris Clements (Mansfield Town).

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Rochdale 0. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Jennings with a cross.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

Attempt missed. Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Martin Riley.

Attempt saved. Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Samuel Clucas replaces Ollie Palmer.

Attempt missed. Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Martin Riley.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Peter Cavanagh.

Foul by Colin Daniel (Mansfield Town).

Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Rochdale 0. Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Clements with a cross.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jason Kennedy replaces Matthew Lund.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Graham Cummins replaces Peter Vincenti.

Foul by James Jennings (Mansfield Town).

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

Attempt saved. Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Booking

Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

goal

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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