VISITORS HAUL THEMSELVES OFF ROPES
BEING on the wrong end of a late goal is an unusual feeling for Lincoln City fans.
The Imps have made a habit of striking late in games during Danny Cowley’s success-filled era.
They did it again when Kellan Gordon fired home with just four minutes of normal time remaining, but Jacob Mellis struck even later to ensure that this League Two heavyweight contest ended all square.
What was not unusual for Cowley was the absence of a clean sheet.
It’s now nine games since their last shut-out, which is clearly an annoyance to the Imps boss, who prides himself on his side’s defensive solidity.
But credit to Mansfield, who hauled themselves off the ropes to snatch a point following a punishing run of games across three competitions.
Cowley felt the ball was out of play before the ball was swung into the City box in the third minute of added time.
Nevertheless, it was still a stunning finish from Mellis, who once again underlined his importance to the Stags.