Mansfield Town’s 10 men just held out for a thrilling 3-2 home win over bottom side Dagenham & Redbridge at One Call Stadium today.
Stags had won 4-3 at Dagenham earlier in the season and deserved a hard-earned three points today
Trailing 1-0 at the break, Stags had hit back through Matty Blair and birthday boy sub Adi Yussuf and looked home and dry.
But a nailbiting finish saw Krystian Pearce sent off on 82 minutes for hauling down Jamie Cureton in the box.
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Cureton missed the target with the spot kick and it all looked safe as the 10 men grabbed a third on 84 minutes through Matt Green.
But veteran Cureton atoned for his spot kick miss on 87 minutes as he made it 3-2 and it took a brilliant last ditch save from Scott Shearer to preserve three hard-earned points and move up to fifth.