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9th December 2016 19:02

audio interview with Steve Evans from BBC Radio Nottingham:

audio interview with Danny Rose from BBC Radio Nottingham:


Boss lauds match-winner Rose after spectacular strike
mansfieldtown.net, 6th December 2016

Stags’ boss Steve Evans has said that match-winner Danny Rose deserves all of the credit after seeing the frontman score his third goal in as many games in tonight’s victory over Carlisle United.

The 22-year-old climbed off the bench to score his second match-winning goal in his last three games to send Stags in to the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy after Evans’ men had earlier let a two-goal lead slip after leading 2-0 at half-time.

Rose had drifted out on to the left wing and was found by a wonderful lofted pass by midfielder Kevan Hurst. He brought the ball down, cut inside and hammered a shot in to the top corner from 25 yards out to send Stags in to the last 16 of the competition.

And speaking post-match, new Stags’ boss Evans has praised Rose’s hard work since the former Leeds United manager joined the club as he looks to force his way in to the starting XI by improving his match fitness.

“I thought we got our substitutes right, especially young Danny Rose who gets three off the bench in three games. [It was] an absolutely fantastic strike, worthy of winning the competition itself,” the manager said.

“He’s a wonderful player, we never doubted that. He’s a real natural talent, but you don’t get fit by playing football - you get fit to play football, and I mean match fit.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/boss-lauds-match-winner-rose-after-spectacular-strike-3455076.aspx#tgoxCI2BI3QIcftp.99

“Danny’s fit - he takes his shirt off and he’s got the body of a competition, but a body of a competition doesn’t make you match fit. It’s the sharpness, the little one-twos, and the touch and the strikes and to be fair to the kid, there’s nobody else taking the credit bar him.”

After seeing Rose’s hard work on the training ground and in the substitute appearances he’s made since the Stags’ chief joined the club, the manager has reiterated the need for his squad to prove to him why they should be in the team.

“He’s had his head down, we’ve not picked him for weeks when he’s come on and been effective and got a goal and we’ve still not picked him.

“He’s not even spoken to me [about not being in the team] but I’ve just said to him in front of the group in there (the dressing room), a lot of people try and make a point and some people prove a point and we want players who want to prove a point and Danny Rose is trying his best to be in the team.

“We’re here to improve them (the players), we’re here to make sure that if they’re not in the team then they’re ready to be in the team and you can’t be in the team if you’re not playing any minutes in a week.

“You hear the best managers in the world talk about being match fit and we’ve got several who are not match fit, but it’s my job to make sure and Paul’s (Raynor) job to make sure [they become match fit].

“I said to the whole group yesterday and today after the game, it’s my job to make sure they’re getting game minutes, if it’s not on the first team pitch, they’re getting games elsewhere.”

The manager’s final words were for the supporters, of both the Stags and Carlisle United, who turned out for this evening’s cup tie.

“It’s not just the Mansfield Town fans who should be applauded tonight, but the Carlisle United fans as well.

“I don’t think there’s anyone who’s left the stadium tonight and not think they’ve had value for money. I’ve always said to the players, make sure that our chairman and our supporters get value for money and the people that’s made the long trip up from Mansfield today, thank you for the support, it never goes unnoticed with me, whatever club I manage.”

Supporters can watch Steve Evans’ post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.


Hero Rose pushing hard for a start in Stags first team

Manager Steve Evans hailed substitute Danny Rose’s latest goal from the bench that tonight won the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Carlisle, but said the young striker still needed to prove he was fit enough to start a game.

A late 25-yard piledriver saw Stags take tonight’s tie 3-2 after the home side had wiped out the visitors’ 2-0 interval lead, making it three goals for Rose from the bench since Evans took over.

But, with suspension and injury hampering his season, Rose continues to struggle to gain a first team start.

“He is a fantastic talent Danny Rose, but we’ve played behind-closed-doors games and the tightness and the data shows these boys haven’t been given matches,” said Evans.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/hero-rose-pushing-hard-for-a-start-in-stags-first-team-1-8277217

“We have some players that we are trying to get fitter, as they are not fit enough to start.

“It’s my job and Paul Raynor’s job, and all the staff’s jobs, to make sure if players are not in the team that they are ready to be in the team. You can’t be ready if you’re not playing any minutes in the week.

“He is a wonderful player - we never doubted that. He is a real natural talent.

“But you don’t get fit by playing football. You get fit to play football - and I mean match fit. When Danny takes his shirt off, he’s got the body of a competition. But that doesn’t make you match fit - the sharpness, the little one-twos, the touch and the strikes. “He’s had his head down. We’ve not picked him for weeks when he’s come on and been effective and got a goal. Some people make a point and some people prove a point. “We want players that will prove a point and Danny Rose is trying his best to be in the team. “Whether he’s good enough to be in the team on Saturday, we’ll see how he trains in the next few days.” Stags were beaten 5-2 at high-flying Carlisle in their last game just 10 days ago in League Two. So revenge tonight was sweet.

“We came to try to improve from the last time we were here and I don’t think there’s any doubts that we’ve done that. The journey home will be nicer,” said Evans.

“For the people that made the long trip up from Mansfield tonight, thank you for supporting, it never goes unnoticed whatever club I manage.

“It’s not just the Mansfield Town fans that should be applauded tonight but the Carlisle United fans as well on an atrocious night. I don’t think anyone will have left the stadium tonight thinking they’ve not had value for money.”

A see-saw match saw Stags throw away a two-goal lead before the late winner and Evans smiled: “There’s two men with two white coats and a little white van out there waiting to take me away as that would drive you to that place.

“First 10 minutes we didn’t start the game particularly well. To be fair to Carlisle, they started on the front foot.

“But we got the opening goal of the game and from thereon in for 25 minutes we were outstanding. It should have been 5-0, but we missed chances.

“We know 2-0 is always a dangerous scoreline. We gave the ball away sloppy at the end of the first half. And I have just told the players I am not happy at all with the second half as I think we gave the ball away far too cheaply, and it’s two big errors for the goals.

“Then we suddenly found ourselves 2-2 with a team that were sending their big guns onto the pitch to resurrect a cup tie. They’d done part of the job.

“I thought we got our substitutes right, especially in Danny Rose who’s got three off the bench in three games, It was an absolutely fantastic strike, worthy of winning the competition itself.

“I was having tongue in cheek banter with him saying he’d watched me do that in training yesterday. I think the difference is my right boot flew over the stand and I don’t know where the ball went.”


Rose fires Stags through with his ‘best ever goal’

Mansfield Town striker Danny Rose celebrated his ‘best ever’ goal as he put Mansfield Town into the hat for the Checkatrade Trophy third round with his spectacular late thunderbolt at Carlisle United last night.

It was his third goal in as many games from the bench and now he hopes his recent run of improved luck will see him get a first team recall.

Stags had thrown away a 2-0 lead at Brunton Park last night before Rose found the top corner to win it 3-2.

“I am speechless,” he smiled. “I just hit it from about 25 yards and thankfully it’s gone in the top bin.

“As soon as I’ve hit it, it’s sailing about two yards over the bar, but I think the wind has took it in. I think it’s an own goal from the wind!

“I think 100 per cent it’s the best goal I’ve scored. I don’t really score good goals from outside the box to be fair, it’s a decent effort. It’s a bit of luck I’ve been having.”

The goal was sweet revenge for the Stags after their beating at Carlisle 10 days previously.

“We were hurting from when we got beat 5-2,” said Rose.

“So to come here now and beat them 3-2 and go into the next round, it’s a great achievement.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/rose-fires-stags-through-with-his-best-ever-goal-1-8277552

“I thought we were comfortable at 2-0, then they scored from a cross and we were on the back foot.

“Then they’ve got the equaliser, but luckily I’ve put one away in the final minutes and we’re through to the next round.”

Rose must now wait and see if boss Steve Evans considers him fit and ready for a recall to the starting XI.

“I will continue to work hard in training and in games and, hopefully, as long as I am scoring goals and the team is winning I’m not really bothered what’s happening,” he said.

“We’ve had a good start and now we’ll take that into Saturday’s game against Colchester.”

Rose puts his current goals rush down to nothing more than luck and insists he is simply working as hard as ever.

“I’m not really too sure (why he is doing so well) to be honest,” he said.

“I am just coming on and working hard like I was before so I think it’s a bit of the rub of the green.”

On a possible recall, he added: “I’d like to think so, but I will continue to work hard in training and see what happens on Thursday.”

Rose admitted the prospect of a Wembley final in the Checkatrade does get the butterflies going in the stomach, but said: “We are still three games away from Wembley. “We’ll take it game by game. We’ll look forward to the draw, see who we get and take it from there.”


Rose 'speechless' after wonder-strike
mansfieldtown.net, 6th December 2016

Match-winner Danny Rose dubbed tonight’s 25-yard strike against Carlisle United ‘the best goal of his career’ as he catapulted Stags in to the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The former Bury frontman cut in from the left-hand side and drilled a shot in to the top corner of the Carlisle net after the Cumbrians had drawn level with the Stags, despite Steve Evans’ men leading 2-0 at half-time.

And after scoring the incredible match-winning goal, the 22-year-old striker said the effort stands out as the best of his career to date.

“I’m speechless to be fair, I just hit it from about 25 yards and found it’s gone in the top bin,” Rose said.

“I don’t really score good goals so to score from outside the box is a decent effort.”

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/rose-speechless-after-wonder-strike-3455106.aspx#rU7O1DUSYdWTkjDi.99

The Barnsley-born forward said he thought Stags deserved the victory and was pleased his effort secured a spot in the third round.

“I thought we were comfortable at 2-0 and then they've scored from a cross and they were on the back foot, and then they’ve got the equaliser, and luckily i’ve put one away in the final minutes so thankfully we’re through to the next round.

“We’re still two or three games away from the Wembley area final so we’ll take it game by game, we’ll look forward to the draw and see who we get and we’ll take it from there.”

Rose, who scored his third goal in as many games this evening, said his immediate aims are to continue working hard to a cement a starting place in Steve Evans’ Stags’ side.

“I’ll continue to work hard in training and in games and hopefully, as long as I’m scoring goals, I’m not really bothered with what’s happening, as long as the team’s winning.

“I’m just coming on and working hard, I think a bit of the rub of the green [is key to my goalscoring run], I don’t really score goals like but to score one like that, it’s a little bit of luck I’ve been having.”

Supporters can view Danny Rose’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.


MANAGER: There are always lessons to learn
by Andy Hall, carlisleunited.co.uk

Keith Curle with Checkatrade Trophy match reaction

Manager Keith Curle gave us his reaction to the Tuesday night Checkatrade Trophy home game against Mansfield Town.

“Obviously what going out of the competitions means now is that there are no more distractions,” he said. “We’re pushing on with the league campaign and the focus now is to get this football club promoted. I’m disappointed that we’re out of the competition but you have to say it was a fantastic strike from the lad who scored the winning goal.

“Overall there were some pleasing things and other things we still have to use as a learning curve. I thought we started very well and we had them on the ropes through the opening exchanges. We created two very good opportunities and it’s always a concern when you don’t take them.

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“We showed good character to get back in the game having become a little bit hesitant in our play. After that good start we started to see the formation we wanted to play wasn’t working, but within that we did create some great chances. Jamie Devitt, Alex McQueen and Shaun Miller absolutely cut through them but we didn’t put them away. Being honest, they didn’t have a clue how to deal with us in the first ten minutes, but we missed those golden opportunities to put the game out of sight.”

“The way we allowed them to score their first goal was very disappointing,” he commented. “Goals do change games and it was a simple free kick into the box. We were outmuscled which allowed one of their lads to have a free header at goal. That’s got nothing to do with preparation or formations or anything like that. That’s about the man you’re looking after having more desire to get to a ball than you have. It was weak defending and if you don’t defend your box you’re going to cause yourself problems.

“Some of our decision making was calamitous in the build up to their second goal. Once you’re two goals down you need to change things round a bit, so that’s what we did. We went back to a back four and we started to get more balls into their box and, once it was back to 2-2, you felt there was only going to be one team to win it. I always believe we’re going to score goals and, on reflection, it was the early chances we needed to take.

“Unfortunately we made more poor decisions when we had the right players in the right places, but that happens. We’re striving for improvement so we’ll look at all of the key situations in the game and we’ll learn from them. The players understand that if they don’t improve they won’t be playing, and that’s why we’ve been on the run we’ve been on, because they all want the best for themselves and the club.”

“Tonight was an opportunity for some of those players who haven’t been playing regularly to get 90 minutes under their belt,” he told us. “They needed to be involved in competitive football, so that box has been ticked. Ideally you won’t ever have to make five changes but we had a bigger picture in mind with our team selection. Those players have got to now try to force their way into the reckoning by performing to the levels expected.

“They need to work harder than the lads who are playing so that when they do get an opportunity they’re able to take it. There are bits and pieces from what I’ve seen that I’m happy with because you have to take the plus points out of games, even when you’ve lost. Nobody in this football department likes to lose, but we don’t get off the bus just because it’s happened.”

Speaking about a first appearance of the campaign for Kevin Wright and Alexander McQueen, he said: “The best way to integrate players into the group is out there on the pitch. They’ll both have been nervous but it’ll have done them the world of good.

“Alex started very well but a lack of game time and understanding meant that he didn’t pick up on the fact that a player will come and mark you when you’re causing him problems. You have to deal with that and start to run him away to give him another type of problem.

“Kevin has got dynamics and he set up the second goal by causing a little bit of mayhem. It’s a huge step for the lad and there’s more to come from him. Both of these lads have a month to impress, but they’re good bodies to have in the building.”

On the absence of Jabo Ibehre, he said: “He’s getting close. He’s training with Dolly and Lee Fearn and we’ll see where he is on Thursday morning. Hopefully he’ll be back on the grass with us, but what we don’t want to do is take a gamble and lose, because that would mean we’ve lost a very good player.”



Wonder strike from @dannyrose_32 win any game that goal safe trip to home to fans that traveled ! Hopefully a home draw @mansfieldtownfc

Ashley Hemmings @AshHemmo23
Great win tonight, good shift from the lads. Buzzing to get through to the next round @mansfieldtownfc



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