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31st March 2017 22:09

Boss delighted with Morecambe performance
mansfieldtown.net, 25th March 2017

Stags’ boss Steve Evans believes his side's outstanding performance in today's 3-1 victory over Morecambe could have resulted in an even more emphatic scoreline.

A brace from striker Danny Rose and a cool finish by midfielder Ben Whiteman secured back-to-back wins for the Stags to ensure they move to within a point of the Sky Bet League Two top seven.

And the manager was pleased with how his dominant Stags’ side performed at the Globe Arena.

“I thought the performance was outstanding really. Even the most ardent Morecambe fan [would] think that could have been seven or eight today, as was our dominance,” the gaffer said.

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“I thought the team were fantastic in spells today. We could have substantially won here today but we’d have taken 1-0, we’d have taken 2-1.

“We know how tough this place is to come; nothing changes from before the game, the manager here (Jim Bentley) should get award after award because he works miracles with what he works with.

“We’ve beaten a team who’s beaten a lot of the top teams here but it’s three points knocked off and we go again next week.”

Stags created a number of goalscoring opportunities from pressing the Morecambe defence high up the pitch and the boss says it is testament to the players, as well as assistant manager Paul Raynor, for their hard work on the training ground.

“[We've] worked hard on, since we’ve come in to the football club, making sure there’s a tempo in our play and a passion in closing people down and the boys have to produce that.

“We can coach it and we can teach it and Paul Raynor must take a lot of credit for the way he’s worked on it, but the players have grabbed it and I think for the last six or seven weeks, our football’s been fantastic.

“We’ve dominated every game we’ve played [in the last six or seven weeks]. Today, we got our rewards.”

Despite expressing his clear pride at his side’s performance against Morecambe, the gaffer explained that there is still room for improvement after Stags missed further chances to enhance the scoreline.

“We played some great stuff today but if we probably played with a little bit better quality in some aspects, the final ball in some aspects, we probably do win [by] seven or eight, such is the chances we’ve created.

“Probably three or four times in the second half we’ve gone two-v-one and we’ve not executed the final pass but from that point of view, I’ve always said to the players, if they work as hard as they’re working in training, they’ll get their rewards in games because there’s some fantastic ability in the squad.”

Finally, the boss gave a special mention to the 327 travelling Stags’ fans for their constant support throughout the encounter.

“I was really surprised with how many we brought today, this is a long way up the country.

“They took the disappointment of them equalising against the run of play with one ball and they stayed behind us when Morecambe had a little spell for five or ten minutes and had a bit of the ball.

“We got back in front and they deserved that type of performance because they’ve had some rubbish days [in the past].”

Supporters can login to Stags PlayerHD to view Steve Evans’ post-match interview.


Rose living the dream after Shrimps win
mansfieldtown.net, 25th March 2017

Striker Danny Rose says being in the play-off mix is ‘why you want to be a professional footballer’.

The former Bury frontman scored twice in today’s 3-1 win against Morecambe as the Stags closed the gap on the Sky Bet League Two play-offs to just one point.

And Rose is looking forward to what he describes as a string of ‘cup finals’ in the remaining few weeks of the season after today’s victory kept Stags in the play-off hunt.

“We’ve got big games coming up but this is what you live for, big games like this, this is why you want to be a professional footballer. Starting next week, we’ve got six cup finals now," Rose said.

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“It’s a cliché in football but they’re all tough, they’re all up there, they’re all in the play-offs and we’ve got six cup finals now. We’ll go in to next week full of confidence.”

The 23-year-old believes Stags have now got to remain focussed and ‘stick to the task in hand’ to continue their play-off search.

“Ever since the gaffer’s come in we’ve been playing catch-up but now we’re up there and we’ve got to stick to the task in hand and get in to the play-offs.

“We stuck at our task and we had a game plan before the game and we’ve come away with three points.

“We’ve had a good three months since the turn of the year that’s put us right in there. Credit to the lads, credit to all of us really; we’ve stuck to the task and we should hopefully we up there.”

Today’s brace saw Rose move on to eight goals for the season and the striker is aiming to end the campaign in double figures.

“A couple of weeks ago I said to you that 10 was the aim and hopefully I can get a couple more between now and the end of the season.

“We’re full of confidence, despite us not scoring away from home against Cheltenham and Yeovil, but we’ve shown today that we can score goals away from home.”

The Barnsley-born forward says Stags will make sure their recovery is right ahead of next week’s big match against fellow promotion hopefuls Exeter City.

“We’ll recover right, because we’ve got a week now until Exeter, we’ll train again on Monday and we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing in training and take it into Saturday.

“We’ve got a big game now next week against Exeter and we’ll move on to that, so it’s a really big game. It’s going to put us right in there if we can get the three points.”

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


Steve Evans claims Mansfield could have scored eight against Morecambe

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admitted life was tough for his struggling side at the moment. He said: "We have lost six on the bounce now and no one is more frustrated than me.

"It is a difficult time for us and things are catching up with us a bit. We have the smallest squad in the league and and we don't have the physicality or experience of a side like Mansfield and that is taking its toll.

Read more at: https://www.clubcall.com/morecambe/steve-evans-claims-mansfield-could-have-scored-eight-against-1846304.html

"We try and play a certain way and our pitch doesn't help and we are caught in the middle a bit. When you try and play from the back you end up making mistakes like we did today and when you have no target man against a side as big as Mansfield it is hard to not get caught in the middle like I think we did today.

"I told the lads to go out and embrace the challenge and there were some really good signs but we made some individual errors which proved costly.

Mansfield boss Steve Evans said his side could have scored seven or eight as they maintained their play-off push with a 3-1 victory over struggling Morecambe.

Two goals from Danny Rose and a strike from Ben Whiteman gave the Stags a second successive victory to take them to within a point of the play-offs with Paul Mullin scoring a consolation for the Shrimps who lost for the sixth game in a row Evans said: "I thought the performance was outstanding and even the most ardent of Morecambe fans will agree that we could have scored seven or eight

"We scored an early goal to give us a good platform but then made a mistake that let them back in and we had a bit of a wobble but we showed great character to compose ourselves again and I don't think we were under any real pressure after that and put in an assured performance.

"I thought the whole team was fantastic because we know how tough a place this is to come and it is good to beat a team who have beaten a lot of top sides here this season. I would have taken a 1-0 because it was all about the three points.

"We played a good tempo and the players deserve a lot of credit. I think we have been fantastic for a few weeks without always getting the result but today we got our rewards."



Danny Rose @dannyrose_32
Another huge win for us! Congrats to the roomie @BenWhiteman17 on his goal!

Ben Whiteman @BenWhiteman17
Massive 3 points , made up to get on the score sheet again, buzzing for me mate too @dannyrose_32

Shaq Coulthirst @ShaqCoulthirst
Boys On Flames Today. 3 Points Always Makes The Weekend Better... #Stags

Rhys Bennett @RhysBeno91
Great performance from the boys ! 3 massive points ! Congrats to @dannyrose_32 and @BenWhiteman17 ! Proud to lead out the lads today #stags
Danny Rose @dannyrose_32
@RhysBeno91 @BenWhiteman17 thankyou skip



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