MATCH REPORT: Wycombe Wanderers 1 Mansfield Town 0 - Stags eight points off play-offs

Mansfield Town's Mitchell Rose - Pic Chris Holloway
Mansfield Town's Mitchell Rose - Pic Chris Holloway
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Mansfield Town suffered their fourth 1-0 defeat in five matches with Michael Harriman’s fortuitous strike enough for promotion-hopefuls Wycombe Wanderers to claim the points.

In a contest where there was little to choose between the teams, the Wycombe winger’s left-footed cross eluded everyone inside the box and found the bottom corner.

Mansfield Town's Ryan Tafazolli heads clear - Pic Chris Holloway

Mansfield Town's Ryan Tafazolli heads clear - Pic Chris Holloway

The Stags best chance arrived midway through the first half, but Chris Clements could find no way past keeper Ryan Allsop.

Adam Murray’s men have now scored just once in 456 minutes of football and the manager will be desperate to see the goal burden taken off Matt Green’s shoulders from elsewhere in the team.

The Mansfield defence stood firm in the first half, with Wycombe limited to little in front of goal and Paul Hayes was forced to try his luck from 25 yards but struck wide.

On 23 minutes an incisive through ball from Matty Blair released Clements in behind the Wycombe defence, but he could only prod a tame effort straight at Allsop.

Mansfield Town's Matt Green is denied by the Wycombe keeper - Pic Chris Holloway

Mansfield Town's Matt Green is denied by the Wycombe keeper - Pic Chris Holloway

After the break Wycombe looked reinvigorated and should have been ahead on 51 minutes when right-back Jason McCarthy latched onto a loose ball inside the six-yard box, but he pulled his shot wide with Scott Shearer’s goal gaping.

Mansfield were eventually undone on 68 minutes with a rare moment of quality and added stroke of luck in an otherwise poor game.

Winger Harriman brilliantly brought down a ball on the right-flank and jinked past Mal Benning before aim a curling cross towards Hayes.

The ball deceived the Wycombe forward, as well as the Mansfield defence, skidded off the turf and nestled into the bottom-right corner.

The result leaves Mansfield 13th in the League Two table, eight points behind the play-offs with runaway League Two leaders Northampton the visitors to Field Mill on Monday.