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One Call Stadium (ATT 2,756) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Mansfield Mansfield Town vs Newport County AFC Newport

Mansfield 2

R Tafazolli (28)
A Howell (90)

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Newport 1

R Howe (50)

Howell leaves it late for Stags

Last Updated: 08/03/14 8:05pm

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Anthony Howell: Scored in the dying embers

Anthony Howell: Scored in the dying embers

Anthony Howell's close-range header in the final minute settled a physical clash 2-1 in favour of struggling Mansfield over Newport.

Matt Rhead headed a right-wing cross back in front of goal, where a brave Howell stooped to apply the killer blow.

Earlier it had been a tale of two goalkeeping errors that had seen Stags go ahead and Newport level matters.

The game ended with seven bookings and it was just a surprise it ended 11 v 11.

The first half was a physical affair which lacked quality and goalmouth excitement.

But the home side did go ahead after 28 minutes when Ryan Tafazolli headed Ben Hutchinson's free-kick goalwards from six yards and goalkeeper Elliot Parish failed to hold on to the ball and allowed it to drop over the goal-line.

However, the visitors were level five minutes into the second half.

Alan Marriott came out to claim Tom Naylor's long free-kick from the right, but the 'keeper failed to hold on and spilled the ball at the feet of Rene Howe, who flicked it into the empty net from eight yards.

Newport enjoyed their best spell of the afternoon, Adam Chapman narrowly wide from 25 yards with Lee Minshull also firing a 20-yard effort just over the angle.

For Stags, Howell flicked a header over from five yards as Parish left his line to challenge him.

But Howell's big moment came in the 90th minute and provided Stags with three crucial points.

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Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Luton Town 17 34
2 Shrewsbury Town 17 33
3 Wycombe Wanderers 17 32
4 Burton Albion 17 32
5 Plymouth Argyle 17 30
6 Bury 17 30
7 Southend United 17 28
8 Morecambe 17 26
9 Newport County AFC 17 25
10 Cambridge United 17 24
11 Stevenage 17 24
12 Exeter City 17 24
13 Portsmouth 17 23
14 AFC Wimbledon 17 23
15 Accrington Stanley 17 23
16 Cheltenham Town 17 22
17 Northampton Town 17 21
18 Oxford United 17 19
19 Mansfield Town 17 19
20 Carlisle United 17 18
21 York City 17 15
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 15
23 Tranmere Rovers 17 12
24 Hartlepool United 17 12