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The Crown Ground (ATT 2,092) 18th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Accrington Accrington Stanley vs Mansfield Town Mansfield

Accrington 1

K Naismith (pen 90+5)

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Mansfield 1

J Speight (75)

Naismith makes Stags pay penalty

Last Updated: 18/04/14 6:53pm

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Kal Naismith: On target from the spot

Kal Naismith: On target from the spot

Kal Naismith rescued a late point for Accrington from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw with Mansfield.

The Stags looked like they were going to make it five wins on the bounce after substitute Jake Speight's 75th-minute goal but, in the fifth minute of injury time at the end of the game, Martin Riley fouled James Gray inside the area and Stanley sub Naismith held his nerve to secure a precious point for his side in their battle against relegation.

It was a close game which could have gone either way as the visitors looked to mount a late challenge for the play-offs.

In the first half, goalkeeper Lewis Price kept out Stanley striker Shay McCartan's drive with his legs and also tipped over a Peter Murphy effort on the stroke of half-time.

Accrington keeper Marcus Bettinelli also had to be in top form, turning Oliver Palmer's effort round the post and palming away Matt Rhead's fierce strike.

After the break, Ryan Tafazolli should have done better with a thumping header for Mansfield but could not find the target while Sam Clucas could only find the side netting.

Speight then made his effort count when he fired into the roof of the net from eight yards out after fellow sub Clucas had beaten two players on the right wing before playing in an accurate cross.

Mansfield almost had a second goal when Bettinelli's kick rebounded off Speight and hit the post in injury time.

But Stanley went straight down the other end and referee Richard Clark pointed to the penalty spot for Naismith to secure a point.

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1 Burton Albion 45 91
2 Shrewsbury Town 45 89
3 Southend United 45 84
4 Bury 45 82
5 Wycombe Wanderers 45 81
6 Stevenage 45 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 45 68
8 Luton Town 45 65
9 Newport County AFC 45 65
10 Northampton Town 45 61
11 Exeter City 45 61
12 Morecambe 45 60
13 Dagenham & Redbridge 45 59
14 Oxford United 45 58
15 AFC Wimbledon 45 57
16 Portsmouth 45 56
17 Accrington Stanley 45 53
18 Cambridge United 45 51
19 York City 45 51
20 Carlisle United 45 49
21 Mansfield Town 45 48
22 Hartlepool United 45 44
23 Cheltenham Town 45 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 45 39