Salford 2-2 Mansfield: Hosts’ play-off hopes ended by draw as guests miss likelihood to go third

Salford’s play-off hopes have been ended because the spoils have been shared in an entertaining 2-2 draw with promotion-chasing Mansfield.

The Ammies secured a dream begin inside 90 seconds when Jordan Turnbull met an attractive Ibou Touray supply with an emphatic header.

Nigel Clough’s males responded positively and have been quickly rewarded when a curling Stephen McLaughlin free-kick nestled within the nook.

Buoyed by a 1,286-strong travelling help, the Stags appeared to finish a fast turnaround, with Rhys Oates threatening.

And their persistence paid off when Turnbull dealt with within the space and McLaughlin notched his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot.

Regardless of the setback, the hosts returned from the interval within the ascendancy and located an equaliser by way of Matty Lund’s exact header.

Lund then struck the woodwork from shut vary, but neither aspect may discover a winner because the Ammies have been resigned to a different marketing campaign in Sky Guess League Two whereas Mansfield missed an opportunity to climb into the highest three with one sport to go.

What the managers mentioned…

Salford boss Gary Bowyer: “The lads are completely gutted as a result of they gave every thing this season like they’ve executed right this moment.

“They’re an important set of lads to work with and we have to come back again stronger now. You have a look at the way in which that we’re on the pitch and we’re going the correct means, however we have to get higher.

“We began the sport ever so nicely, however I am disenchanted with the way of the 2 objectives that we concede. It grew to become a little bit of a basketball sport the place we needed to go for it, nevertheless it was that little little bit of craft and guile within the closing third which we missed.

“I did not assume it was refereed notably nicely, particularly with the way of the 2 selections that led to their two objectives. It wasn’t a troublesome sport to referee, however he wished to blow his whistle fairly a bit. However the way in which we went about it, we have been terrific.”

Mansfield boss Nigel Clough: “Each groups needed to go for it, however I am unbelievably disenchanted with the objectives we have conceded right this moment. Two headers from the center of our purpose, unchallenged, and that is what’s price us the sport.

“We have had sufficient probabilities to win 3-2 or 4-2, particularly on the finish. They’d received to win and needed to go for it, in order that they have been leaving areas, however our entrance 4 did not exploit it. We simply wanted someone to provide just a little little bit of high quality right this moment to win the sport.

“We received into some nice positions and (Nathan) Bishop did not have an excessive amount of to do. I am simply disenchanted after that basically good 20 minutes that we performed that we did not actually get again onto it.

“It appears like a possibility missed right this moment as a result of the objectives that we conceded have been actually poor.”

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