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23rd November 2003 20:54

Sport First

Thanks to Carole for the transcription

Curle's subs work a treat for the Stags
By John Lomas

MANSFIELD boss Keith Curle's second-half substitutions certainly worked for him as all three combined to snatch a dramatic injury time equaliser.

The Stags, on a four game winning streak and top scorers in the country, had already clawed back from 2-0 down to level only to see John Stead net his second goal of the afternoon, which looked set to be the winner.

But Neil MacKenzie found Iyseden Christie and his low cross was tucked away from close range by Craig Disley to earn a share of the spoils against a side looking to end a run of six successive away defeats.

Delighted Mansfield manager Curle said “We gave Huddersfield a run for their money after gifting them a two-goal head start.”

Mansfield keeper Kevin Pilkington tried to pass the ball to Lee Williamson after 15 minutes but gave it to Danny Schofield, who gratefully chipped the ball back over his head into the net.

Worst was to come as Schofield broke down the right before setting up the unmarked John Stead to round Pilkington and tuck away the second.

Mansfield needed a goal before the break and it arrived in stoppage time as defender Rhys Day popped up to head home a Liam Lawrence corner.

And the Stags were level after 61 minutes when Huddersfield failed to clear their lines after a free-kick and Dave Artell was allowed to turn and drill home.

Huddersfield boss Peter Jackson said: “It was a big disappointment to only come away with a point when we thought we'd got all three, though we'd have settled for that before the game with our away form.”


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