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Lincoln 3 Mansfield 3 - full-time

By LeighCurtis  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

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Super sub Matt Rhead's injury time header ensured Mansfield remained in the third round of the FA Cup as his late header snatched a 3-3 draw at derby rivals Lincoln City.
The Stags had taken the lead in the 21st minute when Matt Green rounded Paul Farman to give them a deserved lead.
But Alan  Power hauled Lincoln level on the stroke of half-time with a glorious 20-yard free-kick after Adam Murray had fouled Jamie Taylor.
David Holdsworth's side then took the lead just after half-time when top scorer Taylor rattled in at the second attempt.
But Louis Briscoe pulled the Stags level just moments later with a blistering 20-yard drive which gave Farman no chance.
In what was a terrific cup clash, Power put Lincoln back in front when he rounded off a searing counter attack.
Just as Lincoln sensed victory though, Rhead powered a header beyond Farman.
However, the Stags were indebted to Briscoe who cleared a Vadaine Oliver header off the line with the last kick of the game.

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  • redIMPoster  |  December 03 2012, 7:39PM

    I can concur that the players were tucking into pizza after the game but I can guarantee you that it was mostly the reserve players and non-starters for the first team. Players did come in and grab a slice and a quick drink but most were back on their way out and off home within minutes of being upstairs in the VIP area. I have to say they were all more than happy to sign autographs and have a quick chat with us. Much respect fellas! UTI

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  • eatmygoal  |  December 03 2012, 6:12PM

    "By contrast our players look like athletes, even if they are eating Pizzas after the game" Indeed. Sports scientists would encourage them to take on board calories as soon as the game has finished to help with recovery and Pizzas are fine as long as they don't go crazy with the toppings.

  • nigelsparky  |  December 03 2012, 4:57PM

    Just to be clear, I was actually referring to some of the Mansfield players being overweight. By contrast our players look like athletes, even if they are eating Pizzas after the game. Once in a while a little of what you fancy does no harm at all, especially when you are working hard on the training ground and in the gym. Keep up the good work guys.

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  • russ_t_nails  |  December 03 2012, 1:50PM

    I heard from a good source that the Lincoln players were scoffing pizza and drinking pints of cola after the match in the players lounge. No wonder they are all Billy Bunters!

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 03 2012, 12:22PM

    Manchesterimp yes I also saw their rather "podgy" keeper stamp on Taylor's foot, and if you look at the gallery of the game on Lincoln's website, you can see it was caught on camera too. Just going onto the point that some fans have been critical of the Imps players fitness levels in recent times, how fat and overweight were some of their players! "Food for thought"

  • OldLincolnia  |  December 03 2012, 11:51AM

    It is a serious banana skin if you're in Brendan Rogers shoes. Things are not happening yet for him, and it is probably the last thing he needs. If Suarez gets injured he could have real issues. Win or lose, if the big day happens, just think of the money. Hope when it's all over we get to hear just how much this cup run has been worth.

  • eatmygoal  |  December 03 2012, 10:49AM

    The game on Saturday was fantastic. It was one of the games where I put all tactics and watching different players to one side and just got stuck into the narrative of the game, going behind then going ahead, then the sickner of losing in the last minute as I was getting my stuff together to head for the exit and think who we will get in the draw. Seems to be our pattern now in the FA cup, draw at home and win away. As it is another midweek game I won't be able to go but will have the radio on from about 6pm ready. Have had a lot of stick already about losing to Liverpool but don't even want to look that far ahead as Tuesday could go either way. I thought Mansfield looked decent but will be interesting to see how they get on when the pressure is on them from their fans who have a habit of turning on the team.

  • Resurrection  |  December 02 2012, 10:43PM

    Agree with the comments regarding Smith, he has had a good level of games and has yet to produce any end product or a consistent performance to warrant his place in the side that I can note. Woking on Tuesday should allow DH to have a longer look at Baselle or put Nicolau back in the side who has performed much better than Smith. As ManchesterImp referred too the MTFC Centre Halves were 'doing a job' on JT and for the replay Oliver has got to be considered to give JT some support, offer another goal threat and give Geohaghon and Dempster some problems.

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  • Swindon_Imp  |  December 02 2012, 9:16PM

    I bet the Scousers are quaking in their boots ;-)

  • Kiwipuskas  |  December 02 2012, 8:25PM

    What a dream draw, especially coming in the week that the great club servant Bert Linnecor has died. I well recall Bert scoring a hat-trick at Anfield in April 1960 to give us a memorable double over Liverpool (we won 4-2 at home earlier in the season). I also remember in my first full season of watching the Imps in 1955 that we drew 1-1 at home with Reds before losing the replay 1-0 after extra time. If we can repeat that feat (assuming we can get past Mansfield) we won't have done too badly. It's brilliant that at last Lincoln seem to be re-engaging with the fans. UTI.