VIS­I­TORS HAUL THEM­SELVES OFF ROPES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

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.

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