League Two
WalsallWalsall1MansfieldMansfield Town2

Walsall 1-2 Mansfield Town

Mansfield's Andy Cook and Mal Benning returned to haunt their former club as they helped inflict a fifth successive league defeat on Walsall.

Cook headed the Stags ahead and Benning set up Alex MacDonald's winner after Elijah Adebayo levelled for the Saddlers.

Both sides threatened early, Nicky Maynard's glancing header well saved by Walsall goalkeeper Jack Rose before Stags stopper Conrad Logan's legs denied Saddlers striker Rory Gaffney.

Mansfield led on 30 minutes as Otis Khan's deep cross was headed home by summer signing Cook - Walsall's top scorer last season - from close range.

Walsall could have equalised immediately as Adebayo robbed Krystian Pearce and backheeled to Gaffney but his goalbound shot was blocked by Benning.

The hosts did level on 45 minutes as Adebayo buried a close-range header from Rory Holden's free-kick.

They should have led midway through the second period, but Gaffney was again denied one-on-one by Logan.

And Walsall, who drop to 21st, were made to pay as Benning charged into the area to feed MacDonald to rifle home the 68th-minute winner from six yards.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Rose
  • 2Norman
  • 14Roberts
  • 6Scarr
  • 21Cockerill-Mollett
  • 15HoldenSubstituted forMcDonaldat 72'minutes
  • 7SinclairBooked at 37mins
  • 20BatesSubstituted forGuthrieat 63'minutes
  • 8Kinsella
  • 10GordonSubstituted forAdebayoat 26'minutes
  • 30Gaffney

Substitutes

  • 1Roberts
  • 11Adebayo
  • 16Guthrie
  • 17Hardy
  • 24Facey
  • 25McDonald
  • 26Liddle

Mansfield

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Logan
  • 20Gordon
  • 5PearceSubstituted forPrestonat 59'minutes
  • 17Sweeney
  • 3Benning
  • 7MacDonaldBooked at 17mins
  • 15Shaughnessy
  • 10Khan
  • 6Bishop
  • 19CookSubstituted forAfolayanat 90+1'minutes
  • 11MaynardSubstituted forHamiltonat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Preston
  • 12Olejnik
  • 16Tomlinson
  • 18Afolayan
  • 22Hamilton
  • 28Knowles
  • 30Smith
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
4,521

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Mansfield Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Mansfield Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

  4. Post update

    Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Oladapo Afolayan replaces Andy Cook.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Mansfield Town. Conor Shaughnessy tries a through ball, but CJ Hamilton is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. CJ Hamilton replaces Nicky Maynard.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Jack Rose.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Otis Khan.

  14. Post update

    Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andy Cook (Mansfield Town).

  17. Post update

    Dan Scarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wesley McDonald (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  19. Post update

    Kellan Gordon (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).