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.
- 17downingBooked at 31mins
- 8BallSubstituted forgrantdid 41′minutes
- 16DoneSubstituted forCharmandid 85′minutes
- 29CampbellSubstituted forNewbydid 63′minutes
- 25StirkeSubstituted forLapsliedid 82′minutes
- 44M Longstaff
- 16quinnSubstituted forWallacedid 73′minutes
- 7MurphySubstituted forBowerydid 78′minutes
- Seb Stockbridge
Match ends, Rochdale 0, Mansfield Town 1.
Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Mansfield Town 1.
Foul by Luke Charman (Rochdale).
Kieran Wallace (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Handball by George Lapslie (Mansfield Town).
Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Eoghan O’Connell.
Attempt blocked. George Lapslie (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rhys Oates.
Goal! Rochdale 0, Mansfield Town 1. Jordan Bowery (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the center of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Rhys Oates with a cross.
Substitute, Rochdale. Luke Charman replaces Matt Done.
Attempt saved. Conor Grant (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Dooley.
Foul by George Broadbent (Rochdale).
George Lapslie (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. George Lapslie replaces Ryan Stirk.
Attempt blocked. Alex Newby (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Clark.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Jordan Bowery replaces Jamie Murphy.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by James Perch.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Kieran Wallace replaces Stephen Quinn.
Offside, Mansfield Town. Stephen McLaughlin tries a through ball, but Jamie Murphy is caught offside.
Jamie Murphy (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Max Clark (Rochdale).