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Mansfield Town 1-1 Northampton Town

Graham Coughlan's hopes of winning his first game as Mansfield manager were ruined by an 84th-minute Harry Smith equaliser as visiting Northampton claimed a draw.

Smith's strike wiped out Andy Cook's 74th-minute goal as the Stags, who appointed former Bristol Rovers boss Coughlan this week after sacking John Dempster, went a seventh game without a win.

The Cobbles came close to taking the lead inside 15 seconds as Sam Hoskins crashed a shot against the bar.

It was end to end as Will Tomlinson sent a 25-yard volley wide for the hosts, then Mansfield goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik had to beat away a far-post effort from Nicky Adams.

Danny Rose sent an overhead kick straight at David Cornell while Ryan Watson's cross had Olejnik clawing the ball from under the crossbar as the half ended 0-0.

Home midfielder CJ Hamilton went close on the break as he cut inside but just missed the target after 61 minutes.

But Cook then broke the deadlock as he turned from Malvind Benning's throw and drilled inside the near post from 25 yards.

Hamilton blazed over a glorious chance to seal it in the 82nd minute and two minutes later Northampton substitute Smith levelled when he looped a header over Olejnik and under the bar from Adams' ball.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Mansfield

  • 12Olejnik
  • 21ClarkeBooked at 36mins
  • 4PrestonBooked at 90mins
  • 17Sweeney
  • 3BenningBooked at 59mins
  • 7MacDonald
  • 6BishopBooked at 90mins
  • 16TomlinsonSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes
  • 22Hamilton
  • 19CookBooked at 72minsSubstituted forDaviesat 82'minutes
  • 32RoseSubstituted forMaynardat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Logan
  • 5Pearce
  • 9Davies
  • 10Khan
  • 11Maynard
  • 28Knowles
  • 30Smith

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 5Goode
  • 16Wharton
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 38mins
  • 23HarrimanSubstituted forMartinat 80'minutes
  • 4McCormackBooked at 12minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 63'minutes
  • 8WatsonBooked at 56mins
  • 10Adams
  • 44AndersonBooked at 56minsSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes
  • 7Hoskins
  • 19Oliver

Substitutes

  • 2Hall-Johnson
  • 3Martin
  • 9Smith
  • 11Williams
  • 17McWilliams
  • 20Warburton
  • 25Arnold
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
4,496

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

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

Booking

Matt Preston (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matt Preston (Mansfield Town).

Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Northampton Town. Nicky Adams tries a through ball, but Vadaine Oliver is caught offside.

Booking

Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town).

Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by James Clarke.

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town).

Scott Wharton (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Charlie Goode (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Vadaine Oliver following a set piece situation.

Foul by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

Harry Smith (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ryan Sweeney (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Smith (Northampton Town).

Foul by Matt Preston (Mansfield Town).

Harry Smith (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Craig Davies (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Northampton Town 1. Harry Smith (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicky Adams.

Attempt missed. CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander MacDonald.

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Craig Davies replaces Andy Cook.

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by CJ Hamilton with a cross.

Offside, Northampton Town. Joe Martin tries a through ball, but Andy Williams is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Alistair Smith replaces Willem Tomlinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Joe Martin replaces Michael Harriman.

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Cook.

Attempt missed. Matt Preston (Mansfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Malvind Benning following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Scott Wharton (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Harry Smith (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Williams with a cross.

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Malvind Benning.

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Northampton Town 0. Andy Cook (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Malvind Benning.

Booking

Andy Cook (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town).

Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon22134539241543
2Exeter2211743125640
3Crewe21115538241438
4Cheltenham2199333171636
5Bradford2110652819936
6Forest Green2210662618836
7Northampton2210573223935
8Colchester2197529191034
9Plymouth209563022832
10Port Vale227962627-130
11Cambridge227782723428
12Scunthorpe227783028228
13Newport207761918128
14Salford226882431-726
15Leyton Orient226793037-725
16Walsall2266101930-1124
17Mansfield225892831-323
18Crawley225892633-723
19Oldham215882230-823
20Grimsby205692026-621
21Carlisle2256112035-1521
22Macclesfield205961922-318
23Morecambe2246121940-2118
24Stevenage2121091427-1316
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