FOREST Green earned a credible draw against Mansfield Town on Tuesday night after Reuben Reid's header cancelled out Jorge Grant's first half strike.

It was an entertaining affair between two promotion chasing clubs as they both showed why they are fighting for a place in League One.

Here are five talking points from the match at the New Lawn.

Fair play James Montgomery

James Montgomery played a crucial part in helping Rovers earn a point but in doing so, he's lost three teeth and part of his lip missing.

He put his head in where it hurts after Gavin Gunning miscued a cross and the ball bobbled into the path of Gethin Jones but Montgomery managed to push the ball away before Mansfield's new signing caught him in the face with his boot.

The former Gateshead stopper was brave and that moment ensured Mansfield didn't go 2-0 up and kept Rovers alive.

Lewis Ward did look like a good replacement as he came on for his Rovers debut but here's to a speedy recovery for Montgomery.

Cooper's tweaks gave Rovers a foothold

Mansfield were the better team in the first half. They were excellent in transition and seemed to get quite a lot of joy on Forest Green's left side.

Forest Green didn't see as much of the ball as they would have liked so Cooper switched to a back four and sacrificed McGinley for Lloyd James and Rovers had more control in the middle and created a lot more chances.

Cooper's second substitution wasn't bad either, Reuben Reid replaced George Williams early in the second half and he scored the equaliser.

Mansfield capable of title charge

Mansfield really looked the part at the New Lawn, particularly in the first half.

January signings Jorge Grant and Nicky Ajose were excellent and really showed their class.

The Stags were also very well organised and made life difficult for Rovers. They broke very quickly and it was clear to see why they are second in the league.

They are just four points behind Lincoln so they should not be ruled out of the title race.

Rovers top three contenders

If there was any question marks about Forest Green's automatic promotion credentials before the game then there certainly shouldn't be now.

In terms of performances, they've never been outplayed by any of the divisions leading lights and more than matched a team who have lost just three games all season.

Rovers are two points off third and just four behind Mansfield in second. They've lost just one of their last 10 games.

Top three is on which would be a remarkable achievement.

Solid foundations

While their run of clean sheets came to an end, Rovers were still pretty solid defensively.

They rode their luck on a couple of occasions as Mansfield struck the woodwork twice but to concede just the once against an attacking quarter of Grant, Ajose, Tyler Walker and CJ Hamilton wasn't too bad.

Forest Green have the third best defensive record in League Two and concede an average 0.93 goals per game.