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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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, Northampton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matt Preston (Mansfield Town).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by James Clarke.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Harry Smith (Northampton Town).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matt Preston (Mansfield Town).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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