Rochdale 0-1 Mansfield Town – BBC Sport

Jordan Bowery scores
Jordan Bowery scored for the first time in six games to seal Mansfield’s win

Mansfield boosted their play-off chances with a 1-0 win over Rochdale thanks to substitute Jordan Bowery’s late strike at the Crown Oil Arena.

Jay Lynch denied Rhys Oates on four occasions but Bowery’s late effort helped seal the points for the visitors.

Dale came close on 13 minutes when James Ball saw his effort from outside the area deflect wide.

The Stags could have gone ahead just before the half-hour mark when Oates capitalized on some loose Rochdale possession but smashed straight at Lynch.

The hosts nearly had the opener in the 54th minute but Matt Done could not quite entertain his half-volley past Nathan Bishop.

The best chances of the second half fell to the visitors, with Oates’ powerful effort from 20 yards saved by Lynch before Jamie Murphy failed to guide his strike on target.

The decisive moment came in the 86th minute when Oates’ low driven cross found Bowery at the far post and he emphatically finished to reduce the gap to the top seven to just two points and leave Rochdale without a win in six.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Rochdale

Training 3-4-1-2

  • 1Lynch
  • 17downingBooked at 31mins
  • 6O’Connell
  • 12Dorsett
  • 2O’Keeffe
  • 14Broadbent
  • 7Dooley
  • 26clark
  • 8BallSubstituted forgrantdid 41′minutes
  • 16DoneSubstituted forCharmandid 85′minutes
  • 29CampbellSubstituted forNewbydid 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McNulty
  • 9Charman
  • 10Newby
  • 11grant
  • 13Keohane
  • 23Kelly
  • 33Coleman

Mansfield

Training 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Bishop
  • 4Hewitt
  • 35O’Toole
  • 14perch
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 25StirkeSubstituted forLapsliedid 82′minutes
  • 44M Longstaff
  • 16quinnSubstituted forWallacedid 73′minutes
  • 7MurphySubstituted forBowerydid 78′minutes
  • 18Oates
  • 12Hawkins

Substitutes

  • 6Rawson
  • 9Bowery
  • 10Husbands
  • 11Johnson
  • 23Wallace
  • 24Stech
  • 32Lapslie

Referee:
Seb Stockbridge

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