MANSFIELD Town made the perfect comeback from Saturday’s home humiliation by Kidderminster when they pulled off a sensational 3-1 away win at table-topping Wrexham last night.
It meant that Stags had now showed their mettle after both of their only two defeats of the season, the last time going on an eight-game unbeaten run which was ended at the weekend, this time shocking the leaders in their own back yard.
So often an unhappy hunting ground for Mansfield, this was Stags’ first league win at the Racecourse Ground in just under 26 years, when they won 2-1 in February 1986.
After a torrid first 15 minutes, Mansfield found their feet and deserved their interval lead through Danny Wright’s 39th minute own goal, Adam Murray also rattling the crossbar.
Lee Fowler levelled for the Welsh side on 64 minutes. But when Nat Knight-Percival’s foul on Matt Green in the box gave away a penalty and saw the Wrexham man sent-off for a second bookable offence, Green bagged his eighth goal of the season from the penalty spot.
However, Stags also finished with 10 men in a nailbiting last six minutes when Tom Naylor also saw a controversial second yellow card, before a late Paul Connor strike made it safe.
Green often found himself isolated up front as Stags defended with a 4-5-1 formation before Andy Todd and Ross Dyer pushed up in possession to go 4-3-3. But the combination worked a treat and produced a fourth successive away win.
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