EVANS, PEARCE AND SHAUN DERRY REACTION
Stags set benchmark with U's victory - Evans
mansfieldtown.net, 21st January 2017
Stags’ boss Steve Evans says his side's 3-1 victory over in-form Cambridge United at the Cambs Glass Stadium this afternoon sets a benchmark for the rest of the season.
Cambridge took an early lead through George Maris but it was all-square at the break thanks to Leon Legge’s own goal just before half-time. The second half was a much more one-sided affair as goals from defender Krystian Pearce and debutant Shaquile Coulthirst handed Stags their fourth win in their last five games.
And the boss says he believes his side deserved to beat Shaun Derry’s Cambridge after controlling much of the game.
“I think it was a benchmark. We’ve come here and we’ve beaten a very good team,” the Stags’ chief said.
“The way to beat Cambridge United is to go toe-to-toe with them and get the ball down and pass it and move it. I think in the second half we were streets ahead and deserved to win the game.
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“I think the first half performance we controlled for long spells. I think over the piece in the second half, we dominated for spells but it was a real tough battle and credit to Cambridge United. I don’t change my views from before the game - they’re a team who will be in the play-offs at the end of the season."
The manager praised the performance of midfielder Joel Byrom this afternoon, whilst also stating that latest recruit Shaquile Coulthirst caused problems for the U’s defence.
“I thought Joel Byrom was absolutely stunning today. His performance and his array of passing short and long brought some good players into the game.
“I thought he (Coulthirst) gave them a real problem. The two centre-backs knew that when the ball went in to Shaq, it was a problem for them.
“His movement was terrific and I liked the build-up to the goal. It’s a good strike, the goalkeeper gets a good save, because I thought it was in, and Coulthirst does what he does. I’ve seen him do it many times and he bundles in there with his pace and puts it in an empty net.”
Looking ahead to the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening, the gaffer says there will be changes to the squad for the visit of the Chairboys.
“I just said to the players in there, we have to trust all the players. We made a couple of changes today and we’ll make some changes for midweek, some enforced, some not and we’ll make some changes for Leyton Orient whatever some individuals do.
“There’s no point in having some players here if you don’t trust them.”
The boss said to http://www.mansfieldtown.net yesterday that he had to put negotiations for two or three players on hold to place his focus entirely on this afternoon’s match. However, speaking after the win at Cambridge, he revealed that they are awaiting written permission from an un-named club to speak to one of their players.
“We’re waiting for confirmation in writing. I got a call this morning from their chief executive to say we were at a liberty to talk to that player and I’ll pick that up tomorrow.
“I don’t want to take anything away from my players tonight because the players can enjoy the trip back. It really is about not [getting] too high and not [getting] too low if you’re going to be successful.”
Finally, the former Leeds United manager confirmed that the club has submitted a £300,000 bid for an undisclosed player.
Supporters can view manager Steve Evans’ post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.
BBC Nottingham Sport ?@BBCRNS
Evans: "We have bid £300k + extras for a player, I'm not sure whether it is a club record but we should know by Wednesday" #stags
Evans: "We have had permission given by a chief executive of a club to speak to a player, that will happen tomorrow" #Stags
Charlie Slater ?@CharlieSlater15
#stags manager Steve Evans says the club has had an offer accepted for one of their targets and has permission to talk to the player
Evans also says he expects to hear back about the offer of 300k for an unnamed target by Wednesday at the latest but poss earlier #stags
Also told that there's absolutely nothing in the talk that Liam Lawrence could return to the club #stags
Shock as Stags make a club record £300,000 bid for a player
Mansfield Town have made a shock club record £300,000 bid for a player.
Boss Steve Evans said after today’s superb 3-1 win at Cambridge United that he was expecting an answer by midweek.
“We have made the offer and we have put a condition on it to be given a final answer by Wednesday,” he said
“It doesn’t just stop at £300,00. It’s £300,000 plus bits and pieces. It is for a good player and the sort of business we are trying to do.
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“We are going to try to make it happen and we will know by Wednesday, though I think John Radford will get a call on Tuesday chairman to chairman.”
Evans is chasing three players to add to the six he has already brought in during the current window and has been given permission to talk to another tomorrow.
“I made a call to a chief executive and we have been waiting for an answer,” he said.
“He has said he’s spoken to his board and we have permission to talk to the player. We’ll think about that tomorrow as Cambridge has had to be the focus.”
Stags had to come from behind today and Evans said: “I think we did a professional job on them for the majority of the game. It was a good, professional performance.
“I think we started well and missed a couple of clear cut chances. But we always say don’t get too down or beat yourself up. If you score every chance that comes you wouldn’t be playing for Mansfield Town in League Two. You’d be away in the Championship and beyond.
“We then lost a sloppy goal - and there were two or three errors in the goal. For five minutes we lost our way a bit.
“We got a bit of fortune with our goal, but so did they so it levelled itself out.
“I then told them not to be frightened to lose the game in trying to win it. I told them to try to win it and play some good football.”
Evans had particular praise for midfielder Joel Byrom, who the manager thought began to show what he could do at Cambridge.
“I thought some of his passing today was why we signed him,” he said.
“I think Joel Byrom has now arrived at Mansfield Town and we are now going to get him fitter as he’s not played much.”
Mansfield Town reveal club record £300,000 bid for player after win at Cambridge United
Nottingham Post, January 21, 2017
Mansfield Town have lodged a club record £300,000 bid for a player.
The news was revealed soon after the 3-1 win at Cambridge United, with Peterborough striker Paul Taylor possibly the target in question.
"We have made the offer and we have put a condition on it to be given a final answer by Wednesday," said manager Steve Evans.
"It doesn't just stop at £300,000. It's £300,000 plus bits and pieces. It is for a good player and the sort of business we are trying to do."
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Stags are reported to have already bid £200,000 for Taylor, while they have already signed right-back Hayden White and striker Shaquile Coulthirst on loan from Peterborough.
Midfielder highlights Stags' endeavour
mansfieldtown.net, 21st January 2017
Stags’ midfielder Joel Byrom says today’s victory over Cambridge United shows the character possessed by the Stags’ squad.
Stags had to come from behind against the U’s after George Maris’ early opener, but goals from defender Krystian Pearce and striker Shaquile Coulthirst secured the three points after Leon Legge’s own goal just before half-time.
And Byrom says Stags showed great endeavour to overturn a one-goal deficit against an in-form U’s side who haven’t lost since November in Sky Bet League Two.
“That shows the character of the boys and the team we’ve got at the minute. We’ve gone a goal down to a team that not many teams come here and win and we’ve gone and turned it around and won quite comfortably in the end,” the former Northampton man said.
“You take anything, especially away from home. We got the goal, we went in at half-time 1-1 and then [in the] second half we came out and we showed what we were about. We got the goal from the corner and then I think we were comfortable and saw the game out really well and got the third.”
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The 30-year-old says he feels like his match sharpness is improving after completing another 90 minutes in Stags’ colours this afternoon.
“I’ve played 45 minutes of league football so far and you can do all the training you want but nothing replicates a matchday and I think I’m getting stronger throughout the games now. I got another 90 minutes under my belt today and it was good to and I’m feeling better.
“I think we’ve got a really strong squad at the minute. The manager talked about adding to it even more and that’s just competition for places.
“We’re not one to look towards the end of the season now, we’re looking towards the next game and the next league game is Saturday at home and hopefully we can pick up another three points and keep pushing up the league.”
Byrom won Sky Bet League Two with Northampton Town last season and he says it is key for the Stags to build on the momentum which they have gleaned from their six-match unbeaten run.
“I’ve been in teams that have won promotion and I think you get on these runs and you’ve just got to keep the momentum going.
"You've got to keep pushing and keep winning games and keep picking up points and see where you are at the end of the season. I think that’s what we’re looking at, to get to this standard.
“Not many teams have come to Cambridge this season and taken three points from them. They’ve been on a run since November where they’ve been unbeaten in the league, so it’s a great three points for us today.”
Supporters can view Joel Byrom’s post-match interview, in full, on Stags PlayerHD.
Midfield star Joel Byrom praises Mansfield Town’s character after comeback win at Cambridge United
One of Mansfield Town’s many new faces hailed the character of the new-look Stags after their fightback to earn three points at Cambridge United.
Joel Byrom, signed from Northampton Town over the New Year, was singled out for praise by manager Steve Evans after the 3-1 win.
“It’s always nice to hear the manager praise you. You have just got to enjoy the good times,” sayd Byrom.
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The Stags, who extended their unbeaten run to six matches, trailed to George Maris’ early goal before Leon Legge’s own goal levelled just before half-time.
They went on to dominate the second half and Krystian Pearce headed the visitors in front before Shaquile Coulthirst, another of the new faces who was making his debut, secured victory. Byrom said: “We have come here and been dominant throughout.
“Maybe we had a 10-minute spell after they got their goal where we slacked off a little bit, but then we came stronger and showed the character of the boys.
“We went in at half-time at 1-1 and were a little bit disappointed because we thought we had dominated the first half.
“(In the second half) I think we scored at a good time where we were just getting on top of the game and got the goal (Krystian Pearce’s header to make it 2-1) at just the right time. The third goal came at the right time too just as they were trying to get momentum.”
Byrom said the influx of new signings in January had created competition for places within the squad.
“You are always getting new players in, but it has gone really well and the lads who have come in have worked hard and earned the right for their places,” he said.
“The lads who have been unlucky to go out the team are trying their best to get back in. That’s great competition. Obviously they will get their chance to stake their claim for a place on Tuesday (against Wycombe Wandereres in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final tie). It is healthy competition (for places).”
The experienced midfielder, praised by Evans for his passing at Cambridge as the win took the Stags to within three points of the play-off places, said the arrival of new signings “gives everyone a bit of a lift.”
“You think your spot might be under pressure so you have got to lift yourself and it gives the group a lift,” said the player who won League Two promotion last season with Northamnpton. “Everyone has to get on board with that and the standard lifts. “We are where we deserve to be at the minute. We are just looking towards the next league game now and have got to pick up as many points as we can and see where that takes us.”
Shaun Derry: Cambridge United defeat to Mansfield Town a 'smell the coffee' moment
cambridge-news.co.uk, BY AARON MASON, 21 JAN 2017
Shaun Derry hopes for a positive response after regarding Cambridge United's 3-1 defeat at home to Mansfield as a "smell the coffee moment".
The United manager felt his side, who suffered their first league loss since November's 2-1 reverse at home to Wycombe, struggled with the physicality of the Stags.
In his post-match press call, Derry also commented on the debuts of Gerry McDonagh and Paul Lewis as well as a first league start for Leon Davies.
ON THE PERFORMANCE
“We started well, I thought the first half was good and I thought we deserved to go 1-0 up.
“I thought the manner of the goals was the clearest disappointment for me.
“Number one and two in particular weren’t the type of goals we’ve become accustomed to letting in of late and that’s what disappoints me.
“I felt we just fell into a trap in the second half and got affected by everything that goes off with Steve (Evans) and his team and that’s disappointing.
“We’ve been on a great run and this is just a smell the coffee moment for us today and that’s the message I’ve just given the boys there.
“The good thing is when we’ve encountered difficulties like this, we’ve generally been able to respond and that’s what we’re looking for.
“I’m not going to judge him, he’s a very successful manager and he has his ways of managing his teams and I respect Steve Evans, but I just felt we got caught up in it today.
“Certain players on our side perhaps couldn’t handle that type of opponent and that’s a learning lesson for them because as a player myself who has encountered that type before, I understand it.
“But we’ve got a lot of young players who perhaps don’t understand it as much as me.
“We know every time they get the ball, they put it in the box and get on the second ball to keep it alive and get it back in there again three or four times.
“For us to defend the first part of the attack well and not for the second is massively disappointing, but it’s gone, you’ll never get that moment again, but what we can look forward to is next week.
“I’m not saying the effort wasn’t there, it was there. The stats will show the running load and the data that goes with it, it will be the same as it always has been.
“But it was just the intelligent play I was looking for this afternoon and I never felt we really got to grips with taking our game to the opposition.”
ON BRINGING ON GERRY McDONAGH AND PAUL LEWIS
“We had the option of bringing on more physicality and I felt what was affecting us this afternoon was that lack of physicality that cost us the afternoon.
“To put Gerry (McDonagh) and Paul who’s a 6ft 3in midfielder, it was the right thing to do, the only thing for us is that it didn’t pay off.”
ON LEON DAVIES
“You look at a certain opportunity where you want to pitch a certain player to make his debut and today was always going to be difficult for young Leon, but I backed him.
“I’m pleased he has that game out of the way. He has played in leagues and cups in the Checkatrade (Trophy), he has trained with us, he has started to believe he’s really a first-team player and it was the right moment for him.
“He’ll be a good player for this club in the future and I’m pleased for him because regardless of the result today, he’ll never forget his debut.”
Mark Roberts: Cambridge United must learn from mistakes against Mansfield Town
cambridge-news.co.uk, BYMICHAEL VAUGHTON
Cambridge United must learn from their mistakes and react positively away to Luton Town after seeing their eight-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two ended, according to Mark Roberts.
The U’s were beaten 3-1 by Mansfield Town at the Cambs Glass Stadium on Saturday, with Peterborough United loanee Shaquile Coulthirst sealing the victory for the visitors.
And defender Roberts said the players had to use the disappointment they were feeling at the final whistle as a positive when they travel to Kenilworth Road to take on the Hatters this coming weekend.
“We got ourselves in a winning position and there was a lot of disappointment in the dressing room afterwards,” said Roberts, whose side led through George Maris’ eighth-minute header.
“We’ve got to react now because we’ve not felt like that very much in recent times.
“We take it on the chin and we’ve got to come back in the best possible way.
“We scored a well-worked goal and were doing the things we’d spoken about before the game, but unfortunately we didn’t do them enough after we scored.
“All three of their goals were definitely avoidable. We’ll look back at them, dissect them and make sure we learn from them.
“There’s never a good time to concede a goal and if we’d taken the 1-0 lead in at half time I think we’d have built on it in the second half.
“But those are ifs, buts and maybes and we’ve got to look at the way we played in the second half, which wasn’t good enough, and make sure we learn from that.”
One positive to come from the afternoon was a first League start for Leon Davies.
The 17-year-old right-back was given his chance ahead of Blair Adams with both Brad Halliday and Greg Taylor ruled out through injury.
“It was great to see Leon pushing for a start. He’s been doing that for a number of weeks having been part of the really successful youth team,” said Roberts.
“He’d had a taste of first-team action already this season and I was delighted for him.”
Rhys Bennett ?@RhysBeno91
Great comeback from the boys in what is a difficult place to go !! Pleased to score my second goal of the season roll on Tuesday #stags
Shaq Coulthirst @ShaqCoulthirst
Debut, Goal And 3 Points. Great Performance From The Lads. Thanks For The Assist @HaydenWhite7 ...
JAMIE MCGUIRE ?@JAMIEMCGUIRE23
Were on the march !! Great win away at Cambridge massive 3 points ! Onto Tuesday now @mansfieldtownfc
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