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Mansfield Town 2-3 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers scored three goals in the final 11 minutes to come back from 2-0 down and pull off an unlikely victory at in-form Mansfield Town.

The Stags, who were unbeaten in eight games, were 2-0 up thanks to goals from Ollie Clarke and Jamie Reid.

But Wanderers fought back as Declan John's effort and Mal Benning's own goal levelled the scores before substitute Arthur Gnahoua struck an 89th-minute winner.

In an exciting first half, Dapo Afolayan struck the home post with a low 20-yard shot on the half-hour.

Mansfield's best moment saw Alex Baptiste clear Ryan Sweeney's header off the line.

But in the 65th minute keeper Matt Gilks was caught out by the sheer power of Clarke's 25-yard strike from Jordan Bowery's pass as the ball flew through his hands.

The hosts doubled that lead after 72 minutes, Stephen Quinn opening up Bolton down the middle and Reid crashing home a low finish.

Bolton rallied and Kieran Lee turned a low Nathan Delfouneso cross against the near post in the 77th minute.

Two minutes later the Trotters had a lifeline from nowhere as John's long cross from the left sailed straight in under the far angle.

Then after 85 minutes John's firm low cross from the left by-line deflected in off home substitute Benning's leg amid a crowd of players.

The game was turned on its head a minute from time as Gnahoua smashed an unstoppable finish across Aiden Stone from the edge of the box to snatch victory.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Mansfield

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Stone
  • 14PerchBooked at 11mins
  • 6Rawson
  • 5Sweeney
  • 20McLaughlin
  • 16QuinnSubstituted forBenningat 83'minutes
  • 10Maris
  • 8O Clarke
  • 7CharsleyBooked at 3mins
  • 19Reid
  • 9Bowery

Substitutes

  • 1Stech
  • 2O'Keeffe
  • 3Benning
  • 15O'Driscoll
  • 21Clarke
  • 27Sinclair
  • 29Law

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Gilks
  • 2Jones
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 27Baptiste
  • 28John
  • 4Williams
  • 29LeeSubstituted forThomasonat 83'minutes
  • 14MaddisonSubstituted forDelfounesoat 62'minutes
  • 30AfolayanSubstituted forGnahouaat 72'minutes
  • 23IsgroveSubstituted forMillerat 82'minutes
  • 9Doyle

Substitutes

  • 7Delfouneso
  • 8Comley
  • 18Tutte
  • 20Miller
  • 24Gnahoua
  • 25Thomason
  • 32Jackson
Referee:
Antony Coggins

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mansfield Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephen McLaughlin (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Clarke.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 3. Arthur Gnahoua (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.

  5. Post update

    Matthew Gilks (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Sweeney (Mansfield Town).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Reid (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Bowery.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Reid (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by George Thomason.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Charsley (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Shaun Miller.

  14. Goal!

    Own Goal by Malvind Benning, Mansfield Town. Mansfield Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 2.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ryan Sweeney.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Malvind Benning replaces Stephen Quinn.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. George Thomason replaces Kieran Lee.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Shaun Miller replaces Lloyd Isgrove.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Isgrove (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Stephen McLaughlin (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 17th February 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge29147844281649
2Forest Green27139537261148
3Cheltenham27138637241347
4Salford27128737221544
5Newport2712873729844
6Tranmere2713593532344
7Exeter271110649341543
8Morecambe2812793739-243
9Carlisle24133834231142
10Leyton Orient27115113429538
11Bolton28108103540-538
12Walsall2781273436-236
13Harrogate28106123234-236
14Crawley269893635135
15Mansfield2771373736134
16Bradford2697102931-234
17Oldham27104134450-634
18Colchester2771283036-633
19Port Vale2895144043-332
20Scunthorpe26102142834-632
21Stevenage29711112330-732
22Southend2866161844-2624
23Barrow2658133137-623
24Grimsby2756162046-2621
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