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Mansfield Town 1-1 Cheltenham Town

A late Cheltenham equaliser denied new Mansfield player-manager Adam Murray victory in his first home game.

The best chance of a goalless first half fell to Kane Ferdinand but the Robins midfielder was denied by a goal-line clearance by Luke Waterfall.

The Stags took the lead in spectacular fashion as Vadaine Oliver's audacious 30-yard half-volley beat Trevor Carson in the Cheltenham goal.

Substitute Zack Kotwica ensured the points were shared with a rasping shot.

Mansfield manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:

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Murray on Mansfield v Cheltenham

"We're very disappointed to concede a late goal today. We should have had enough in us to see the game out and grab the three points.

"The lads know I'm not happy. We've been in two games now where we've conceded late on, and that's down to a lack of focus and leadership.

"That said, we're doing a lot of good things and it's time to take it to the next level."

Cheltenham Town manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Buckle on Mansfield v Cheltenham

"That is the third game where we're 0-0 at half time, which is a huge (improvement) from the goals that we've been letting in, prior to me coming in.

"I always had a feeling we'd get back into it. I had a plan B ready with the boys coming on and it goes to show the importance of the whole squad.

"There's a lot of talent at the club, let's get them in, let's train them hard, and let's try and have more performances like that."

Line-ups

Mansfield

  • 23Evtimov
  • 2Sutton
  • 26WaterfallBooked at 76mins
  • 6TafazolliBooked at 90mins
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forBeeversat 45'minutes
  • 17LambeSubstituted forTaylorat 79'minutes
  • 28Clements
  • 16Heslop
  • 24Brown
  • 7BellSubstituted forBinghamat 88'minutes
  • 25Oliver

Substitutes

  • 9Rhead
  • 11Bingham
  • 12McGuire
  • 14Palmer
  • 18Beevers
  • 22Taylor
  • 30Bishop

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 15Deaman
  • 5Brown
  • 4TaylorBooked at 42mins
  • 3Braham-Barrett
  • 7Ferdinand
  • 16HanksBooked at 84mins
  • 8RichardsSubstituted forHaworthat 65'minutes
  • 28De VitaSubstituted forSterling-Jamesat 65'minutes
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forKotwicaat 72'minutes
  • 10Gornell

Substitutes

  • 11Haworth
  • 12Gould
  • 17Kotwica
  • 18Black
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 21Williams
  • 22Dale
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
3,324

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

Attempt blocked. Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town).

Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town).

Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Rakish Bingham replaces Fergus Bell.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1. Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Booking

Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Rob Taylor replaces Reggie Lambe.

Fergus Bell (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Luke Waterfall.

Booking

Luke Waterfall (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Mansfield Town).

Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Reggie Lambe (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

Attempt blocked. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Mansfield Town).

Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zack Kotwica replaces Byron Harrison.

Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Haworth (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Reggie Lambe (Mansfield Town).

Kane Ferdinand (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Luke Waterfall (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Andy Haworth replaces Matt Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Omari Sterling-James replaces Raffaele De Vita.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

goal

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12Cambridge208483124728
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