Lincoln City 1-1 Mansfield Town

Matthew Green scores Mansfield's equaliser against Lincoln
Matthew Green nets from close range to earn Mansfield a point

Matthew Green scored a late equaliser to earn Mansfield a 1-1 draw against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

Green netted four minutes from time to cancel out Gavin McCallum's 76th-minute opener and earn the Stags a point.

The Imps' Karl Cunningham headed wide early on, while visiting striker Lindon Meikle missed the target from 12 yards.

Lincoln looked on course for victory when McCallum found the bottom corner from 12 yards, but Green converted Paul Connors' cross from six yards to level.

Meikle almost broke the deadlock after 37 minutes, but his 20-yard strike cannoned back off the post.

After the break, Sam Smith tested Alan Marriott in the Mansfield goal, while Marriott's opposite number Joe Anyon had to be alert to keep out Martin Riley's 12-yard strike.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Imps caretaker manager Grant Brown told BBC Lincolnshire:

"A point's always good but, when you get as close as we did tonight, it's tinged with a bit of disappointment that we didn't see the game out.

"It wasn't really like a local derby. It seemed a bit tentative. Both sides had lost their last game and were feeling each other out, but there were opportunities.

"It certainly wasn't a dull game but we're disappointed not to get three points."

Mansfield were unlucky not to win - Cox

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"We played some really good stuff and created quite a few chances - especially in the second half. But we conceded a really sloppy goal which is something we have to put right.

"We came in for some criticism at the weekend and rightly so and we put it right. We were probably a little bit unlucky we didn't get three points.

"Our appetite looked back. All the fundamentals that I said weren't there on Saturday were there tonight and we played some good stuff as well."

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