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Northampton 0-1 Mansfield (agg 1-3): Steve McLaughlin's winner secures League Two play-off final

Steve McLaughlin scored his eighth goal of the season to restore Mansfield's two-goal cushion in the tie
Steve McLaughlin scored his eighth goal of the season to restore Mansfield’s two-goal cushion in the tie

Mansfield Town booked their place in the League Two play-off final at Wembley as they won at Northampton to complete a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Stags left-back Steve McLaughlin’s controversial first-half winner completed a disappointing 11 days for the Cobblers, after being dramatically denied automatic promotion.

The Stags will meet the winners of Thursday’s Port Vale-Swindon game.

Josh Eppiah came closest to scoring for Jon Brady’s Cobblers on the night.

But his header was brilliantly saved by Mansfield keeper Nathan Bishop.

More to follow.

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Northampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Roberts
  • 23MillsSubstituted forRoseat 65′minutes
  • 6HorsfallBooked at 90mins
  • 5Guthrie
  • 14Koiki
  • 4Sowerby
  • 17McWilliams
  • 21Felix-EppiahSubstituted forZimbaat 68′minutes
  • 11PinnockBooked at 87mins
  • 7Hoskins
  • 24Appéré

Substitutes

  • 2Harriman
  • 8Lewis
  • 18Zimba
  • 19Kanu
  • 26Maxted
  • 32Rose
  • 35Dyche

Mansfield

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bishop
  • 4Hewitt
  • 12Hawkins
  • 14Perch
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 35O’TooleBooked at 53mins
  • 23WallaceBooked at 63minsSubstituted forO Clarkeat 85′minutes
  • 16QuinnSubstituted forLapslieat 83′minutes
  • 34Akins
  • 18Oates
  • 9Bowery

Substitutes

  • 6Rawson
  • 7Murphy
  • 8O Clarke
  • 24Stech
  • 25Stirk
  • 32Lapslie
  • 44M Longstaff
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
7,619

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Mansfield Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Mansfield Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ali Koiki (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mitchell Pinnock.

  4. Booking

    Fraser Horsfall (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Chanka Zimba (Northampton Town).

  6. Post update

    Stephen McLaughlin (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Oliver Hawkins.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Mansfield Town. Rhys Oates tries a through ball, but George Lapslie is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Northampton Town. Danny Rose tries a through ball, but Chanka Zimba is caught offside.

  11. Booking

    Mitchell Pinnock (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mitchell Pinnock (Northampton Town).

  13. Post update

    Stephen McLaughlin (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Ollie Clarke replaces Kieran Wallace.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jordan Bowery.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. George Lapslie replaces Stephen Quinn.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Louis Appéré (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Hoskins.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Kieran Wallace.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Sowerby (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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