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13th January 2017 14:44

Boss seeing progress in Stags' performances
mansfieldtown.net, 7th January 2017

Stags’ boss Steve Evans believes supporters are beginning to see his ethos translate into performances on the pitch following today’s 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at One Call Stadium.

We secured our biggest win of the season against the Alex this afternoon thanks to three players scoring their first goals for the club. New signing Yoann Arquin bagged a fifth-minute opener before second half strikes from loanee Ben Whiteman and full-back Rhys Bennett secured a comfortable victory for the Stags.

And the boss says the work which he and his coaching staff put in on the training ground is now beginning to come to the fore on the pitch.

“I think we’re starting to see some of the things we’re working on come to fruition. We’re looking at the new players settling in really well and it’s always the sign of a good dressing room and a good club when they get as [well] received as they’ve been,” the Stags’ manager said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/boss-seeing-progress-in-stags-performances-3507128.aspx#TieszgT0YZJE4vlQ.99

“We have a real positive attitude about our football club, led by our chairman and chief executive. We have down days and we have down moments but I’m the motivator and the only person who will motivate the motivator is me.”

Full-back Rhys Bennett missed two good chances in the second half before he forced the ball over the line in the 83rd-minute to score his first goal in Stags’ colours and the gaffer was encouraged by the determination showed by the former Rochdale man to continue making runs into the box.

“The wonderful thing is that six weeks ago this kid wasn’t getting in the box from a full-back position. We’ve got him arriving in the box and we’ve got an extra man [in the box].

“We’ve always encouraged them to be brave and make mistakes and although Rhys missed a couple of, what looked like simple chances at first sight, then you have to say he was never, ever thinking about confidence.

“I’d rather he miss three or four [chances] than not be prepared to go in there on the third or fourth time.”

After seeing Ben Whiteman and striker Yoann Arquin find the back of the net with their first goals for the club, the manager is pleased to see all of his new signings settling in quickly.

“I was particularly pleased with a number of players and I don’t like picking out individuals but young Ben Whiteman only left the pitch because he was in danger, maybe, of a second yellow, which would have been unfair because some of his play in the second half and late in the first half was just outstanding.

“I though Yoann led the line really well today and gets a goal, which is always good. You’ll see when we get Joel Byrom [fit], he’s hardly played a game of football, when we get him a little bit fitter, [we'll see] what he can bring to the team.

“Some of his execution of the passes in the second half, they had the Stags’ fans on their feet, and that was just from some of the passing.”

Supporters can view manager Steve Evans’ post-match reaction on Stags PlayerHD.


Evans: We made it hard for ourselves
chad.co.uk, JOHN LOMAS,Saturday 07 January 2017

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans admitted his side had made hard work of today’s 3-0 home win over struggling Crewe Alexandra at times.

Stags failed to build on taking a fifth minute lead and, even after doubling their lead after the break, Crewe enjoyed a lot of possession and made the home defence work hard until Rhys Bennett’s late third goal finally killed them off.

“If I am being honest we made it a bit more difficult than perhaps we should have done,” said Evans.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/evans-we-made-it-hard-for-ourselves-1-8322730

“We had a great start to the game and we got the goal through Yoann, a great striker’s goal.

“But then we probably didn’t do as much in the first half as we should have done in terms of moving the ball quickly.

“I told the lads at half-time if we move it quickly we’ll give them a problem, and we did that.

“I have seen my side score three goals at home and we probably rode our luck once or twice to get a clean sheet, though we could have scored six or seven.”

Right back Bennett was the man who finally sealed the points, making up for two misses earlier in the half when he put far post chances wide.

“I have seen the two worst misses by a full back in the history of football,” smiled Evans.

“But the wonderful thing is six weeks ago this kid wasn’t getting in the box from the full box position.

“We’ve got him arriving him in the box as an extra man.

“Like we’ve seen with CJ Hamilton, if you’re told you’re not very good a lot of the time you’ll end up not very good.

“I think we are the catalyst by saying we have players that make mistakes. Leeds United have players that make mistakes and they have some wonderful talent.

“But they make mistakes. We always encourage them to be brave and make mistakes. Although Rhys missed a couple of simple chances, he was prepared to go back in there and scored.”

Evans took off home debutant midfielder Whiteman on 77 minutes to huge applause after his first senior goal had doubled the Stags’ lead.

“Young Ben Whiteman only left the pitch as he was in danger of a second yellow which would have been unfair,” said Evans.

“I thought some of his play, especially at the start of the second half and the end of the first half, was just outstanding.

“He had his family here as well and that will mean more to him. He is from a lovely family and a good foot6ball club in Sheffield United where Chris Wilder thinks highly of him.

“I thought Yoann led the line well today and gets a goal, which is always good.

“Joel Byrom has hardly played a game of football but when we get him fit you will see what he can bring to the team. Some of his execution of passes in the second half had the Stags fans on their feet just from the passing.”

Evans will continue to try to add to his squad this week, and stressed it wasn’t necessarily going to be one in one out.

“We’ve had four in and four out,” he said. “But it’s not about players going out.

“We have a thin squad so if we can add three or four more quality players, people we think can help the group, I have inherited some wonderful players here who just needed some help.”


Steve Evans: More Mansfield Town signings to come in January

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans says the club will continue to bolster their squad in the transfer window.

The Stags have already made four signings since the start of January.

Evans told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We're hopeful (this week), but there'll certainly be more signings in the transfer window.

"Even the chairman was getting withdrawal symptoms, he was on the phone to me asking if we'd signed anyone. There's one or two close."

The Stags have already signed striker Yoann Arquin and midfielder Joel Byrom, while goalkeeper Jake Kean and midfielder Ben Whiteman have joined on loan.

Arquin and Whiteman scored in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra, which saw Mansfield move up to 14th in League Two, just six points adrift of the play-off places.

"They (further signings) may not be in for Tuesday, but certainly before we go to Notts County on Saturday," continued 54-year-old former Rotherham and Leeds boss Evans.

"For me personally, I would be disappointed if we have not got one of two additions to the group. That's what we are trying to do as we have a great group."


Loanee delighted with first professional goal
mansfieldtown.net, 7th January 2017

Stags’ midfielder Ben Whiteman says he is ‘on top of the world’ after scoring his first ever professional goal in this afternoon’s 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra.

The Sheffield United loanee struck a sweetly hit shot past Crewe ‘keeper Ben Garratt in the 48th-minute after striker Yoann Arquin had earlier scored a fifth-minute opener. Defender Rhys Bennett then capped off an excellent afternoon for the Stags with his maiden goal for the club seven minutes from time.

And although he admits he can’t remember much about the goal, Whiteman says it’s a great feeling to score your first senior goal.

“I can’t really remember it but I can remember the celebration, pointing up to my dad, and that’s about it,” Whiteman said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/loanee-delighted-with-first-professional-goal-3507331.aspx#bexKBpm8hMI0FR40.99

“I’ve struck it well and it’s gone in so I’m over the moon. It was my first goal and it’s one of them that only comes around once.

“I think I owe the ‘keeper a bit of credit but I’m glad that I’ve scored.”

The 20-year-old has been involved in back-to-back wins since joining the club a week ago and he says it’s now time to build on those performances.

“I thought it was a battling performance, like last week. We scored more goals and we were more clinical than last week. We’re delighted with the six points over the two games.

“That’s why I’ve come here, to play games, and hopefully help the team to climb the table and push for that promotion.

“With the gaffer here, he’s had countless promotions and I think he’s going to bring some more players in and we really want that promotion.”

The former Manchester United trainee says he has settled in well since making the switch to One Call Stadium and says he jumped at the chance to join the Stags after hearing of the interest from manager Steve Evans.

“The gaffer was on the phone to my agent and really wanted me here and as soon as I knew there was interest, I had no hesitation to come.

“He’s (the manager) been first class with me. The lads have been first class as well, I feel really welcome and I can’t thank them enough.

“I’m a footballer so I want to play football games and luckily Mansfield have come in for me and hopefully I can play games [here].

“The gaffer’s had countless promotions and that’s why I’ve come here because hopefully we can get ourselves up.”

Supporters can view Ben Whiteman’s first interview since joining the club on Stags PlayerHD.


Whiteman delight on home Stags debut
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Mansfield Town’s 3-0 home win over Crewe yesterday was a day that home debutant loanee Ben Whiteman will never forget after bagging his first senior goal in front of his family.

The 20-year-old midfielder from Sheffield United helped his new side to six points out of six with a rasping first time drive from 18 yards that somehow passed through the hands of Crewe keeper Ben Garratt.

“I am buzzing - on top of the world,” he smiled.

“I struck it well and it went in. I think I owe the keeper a bit of credit but I am glad I scored.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/whiteman-delight-on-home-stags-debut-1-8322762

“It’s something that can only happen once, scoring your first goal, but getting three points was the most important thing.

“I dedicated my celebration to my dad. I can’t really remember much about the goal but I remember the celebration pointing up to my dad.

“CJ should have really passed it to me but it broke to me and I struck it well.”

He added: “I think sometimes we rode our luck, but I thought deserved the win and a clean sheet and three goals, you can’t really ask for more.”

Whiteman was withdrawn on 77 minutes to avoid a red card after an earlier yellow.

He said: “It was a harsh booking, I thought I won the ball, but the gaffer said to me after the game I was on my last warning so that’s why he brought me off so I didn’t get sent off.”

Whiteman has quickly settled into his new surroundings. “The lads have been first class with me and settled me right in, and to get six points over two games you can’t ask for more,” he said.

“I have come here to play games and hopefully help the team climb the table, push for that promotion, and see what the future holds.

“Footballers want to play football games and luckily Mansfield Town came in for me.

“The gaffer had had countless promotions and that’s why I have come here.”


Steve: "Players Massively Lacking In Confidence"
crewealex.net, 7th January 2017

Boss gives us post-match reaction from Field Mill following 3-0 defeat.

Steve Davis could not hide his disappointment as his Crewe Alexandra side were beaten 3-0 by Steve Evans' Mansfield Town. Crewe were undone by two early goals at the beginning of each We didWe half and Rhys Bennett completed the scoring with a late tap in. The defeat leaves Crewe in18th spot in League Two and without a win in seven games.

Afterwards, Steve told the club's official web-site: "We didn't start both halves well enough and it was disappointing to concede so early. I thought we should have had a penalty at 1-0 because he has caught Zoumana's heal. Maybe he should have dived and then we would have probably given it but he tried to keep his feet. It should still be a penalty.

"Those key moments can decide games and we were disappointed not to get it. We went in at half time 1-0 down. We put Lowey on to give Daggers some help up there. Alex was ill so we had to come off and then a few minutes later we are 2-0 down.

Read more at http://www.crewealex.net/news/article/2016-17/steve-3506157.aspx#0SSblJKMtXaFr2GM.99

"So for all the possession we had, it all comes down to what happens inside the two boxes. They seized on things that dropped for them and we didn't. There were some good performances from us. I thought the two full-backs were good, Jon did well but there were a lot of disappointing performances as well. It was below the standard and when you are like that, it is very hard to wing games. Although we controlled parts of the game and I was pleased with us in possession at times, but what matters is that we have lost the game 3-0 and it looks as though we have been battered.

"It is hard personally and it is hard for the club. We are all suffering. The staff, players and the fans who have come here. They will be frustrated and disappointed with the way the game went. We want it to be right and we want to work hard to put it right. I've never quit anything. That is not in my nature and I work as hard as I can until I'm told otherwise. I want to work hard and turn things around and we do have some fighters in the camp.

"I've spoken to the board about what we are going to try and do in January. Who we want to loan some out and who we want to bring in and that has taken place. Those conversations will resume next week because we do need one or two new faces in to help the group.

"The players are lacking massively in confidence and we have got to get results and put in good performances to get that back. "


Club Part Company With Steve Davis
crewealex.net, 8th January 2017

Former Club Captain David Artell to take over as first-team manager

Crewe Alexandra can confirm that we have parted company with first-team manager Steve Davis.

The Club would like to thank Steve for his service and endeavour as both manager and previously in his role as assistant manager.

The Football Club wishes Steve well and every success for the future.

Read more at http://www.crewealex.net/news/article/2016-17/club-part-company-with-steve-davis-3508191.aspx#5ir30G1BPzL8LRkR.99

The Club’s former promotion winning Captain David Artell has been appointed manager and further details will be announced in due course.



yoann @arquinyoann
Well done lads great 3 point tonite 3-0 now be focus on next game tuesday #comeon#mansfield #ya17#bleuandyellow

Ben Whiteman @BenWhiteman17
Buzzing to score my first senior goal today, made up to get the three points aswell #stags



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