Lambe gives Mansfield some breathing room
Reggie Lambe came off the bench to fire Mansfield Town to a vital win at Newport County last night.
The Bermuda striker struck three minutes from time to end his side's run of five successive away defeats.
On as second half substitute for Jeffrey Monakana, Lambe made sure he was in the right place at the right time, hammering in a cross from Callum Elder, only seconds after Adam Chapman, the former Mans- field midfielder, had rattled the woodwork at the other end.
Victory was the least Mans- field deserved after an incredible defensive effort left Adam Murray, the Mansfield manager, hailing his side's “superb performance.”
“[It's been] One of the days I've enjoyed in the job so far,” Murray said. “I'll enjoy this for a few hours, it means a lot.
“A shout goes out for our fans, to get behind our boys like they did and have done in recent weeks — it's a huge three points.”
The win moves Mansfield up to 17th in League Two, seven points above the relegation zone, and while Murray said he would enjoy the win his thoughts are already turning to his team's next game away at relegation-threatened Cheltenham on Saturday.
“We always want to get better, but I'm so proud of the players that haven't been playing, to come in and give that kind of performance is superb,” Murray said. “We'll enjoy the couple of hours home, but my mind is already on Cheltenham.”
n Nahki Wells missed his second straight game as Hudders- field Town slumped to a 4-1 defeat at Brentford yesterday.
Wells has still not recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained in the win over Reading.
Chris Long scored twice for Brentford, either side of a Harry Bunn strike for Huddersfield. Two goals in the final 20 minutes, from Alex Pritchard and Jon-Miquel Toral, gave the scoreline a slightly lop-sided feel, with Huddersfield missing several good chances in the second half.
Defeat dropped Hudders- field to 15th in the Championship, although they are still 11 points clear of the drop zone and play Rotherham, who are fourth from bottom, at home on Saturday.