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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Walsall 1, Mansfield Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Mansfield Town 2.

Hand ball by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

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

Foul by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Oladapo Afolayan replaces Andy Cook.

Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. CJ Hamilton replaces Nicky Maynard.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Jack Rose.

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

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

Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

Foul by Andy Cook (Mansfield Town).

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

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

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

Foul by Wesley McDonald (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Kory Roberts (Walsall).

Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Sweeney (Mansfield Town).

Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Liam Kinsella.

Attempt missed. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town).

Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Mansfield Town. Neal Bishop tries a through ball, but Nicky Maynard is caught offside.

Foul by Kellan Gordon (Mansfield Town).

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

Foul by Andy Cook (Mansfield Town).

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

Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Danny Guthrie (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wesley McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Wesley McDonald replaces Rory Holden.

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

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Cameron Norman.

Foul by Andy Cook (Mansfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe159332617930
2Exeter168532318529
3Cheltenham1484226121428
4Forest Green15843189928
5Swindon168352619727
6Bradford158342215727
7Newport157621611527
8Northampton167362016424
9Colchester166551914523
10Plymouth166552420423
11Port Vale165742122-122
12Salford165651924-521
13Cambridge165562016420
14Mansfield165562422220
15Macclesfield155551618-220
16Leyton Orient165562427-320
17Crawley165562327-420
18Grimsby155462020019
19Oldham163671624-815
20Carlisle164391628-1215
21Walsall164391123-1215
22Scunthorpe163582125-414
23Stevenage162681221-912
24Morecambe1624101429-1510
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