ROSE MAKES COW­LEY WILT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alan John­son

DANNY COW­LEY was left dis­ap­pointed af­ter Lin­coln fell one day short of com­plet­ing a year un­beaten in all com­pe­ti­tions at Sin­cil Bank.

Mans­field sub­sti­tute Danny Rose came off the bench to head his side to vic­tory with his first touch while some heroic de­fend­ing from David Mirfin kept the Imps at bay.

“It’s al­ways dis­ap­point­ing to lose at home – it’s some­thing we’re not used to do­ing,” said Cow­ley.

“When we last lost here just shy of a year ago, we re­sponded pretty well, so we’ll have to do the same again this time.

“It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause we lim­ited them to just one or two shots at goal, but they’ve still man­aged to find a way to win the game.

“We’re used to get­ting on the right side of these tight games but to­day we couldn’t man­age it for one rea­son or an­other.”

For­mer Mans­field striker Matt Green, who moved to Sin­cil Bank in the sum­mer on a free trans­fer, added: “Of course it’s harder to take when it’s against a for­mer team but I’m part of Lin­coln City now and I am so happy to be part of this great club.

“We have an ex­cel­lent man­ager here and a very tight group of lads, so I have no doubt that we’ll dust our­selves down on move on.”

A se­ries of blocks by Mirfin kept the scores level at the break, with the de­fender twice deny­ing Michael Bost­wick and then Billy Knott as Lin­coln pressed for an opener.

At the other end, Alex Mac­Don­ald went close with a clever free-kick mid­way through the first half that de­ceived the Lin­coln wall and goal­keeper Paul Far­man but crept just wide.

Mans­field man­ager Steve Evans then in­tro­duced Rose just be­fore the hour, much to the de­light of the trav­el­ling 1,459 sup­port­ers, and it was a move that im­me­di­ately paid dividends.

Hay­den White’s ma­raud­ing run down the right flank re­sulted in a pin­point cross to the head of Rose and the sub­sti­tute made no mis­take from close range. It was Mans­field’s first and only ef­fort on tar­get in the whole game.

An­other sub­sti­tute, Lin­coln’s Sean Long, al­most picked out Knott for an equaliser 10 min­utes from time, but the mid­fielder just failed to con­nect with his cross.

Evans was clearly de­lighted with the re­sult. “We’ve had a few dis­ap­point­ing away days so far this sea­son, par­tic­u­larly at Ac­cring­ton, so it was nice to ap­plaud our mag­nif­i­cent sup­port­ers off at the end,” he said.

“I have to say there wasn’t re­ally any­thing in the game.

“We have come and won at a dif­fi­cult venue against play­ers that we have enor­mous re­spect for.

“I ques­tioned our boys’ char­ac­ter in the week about work­ing hard, but they have come through the week against two strong sides, firstly in Wy­combe, and now Lin­coln.

“We stood up to both of those chal­lenges well.”

PIC­TURES: Andrew Vaughan

BLOOM­ING: Danny Rose cel­e­brates his win­ner and, inset, Mans­field boss Steve Evans wel­comes the fi­nal whis­tle

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