EVANS AND DANNY COWLEY REACTION
Boss left with decisions to make after Trophy tie
mansfieldtown.net, 29 AUG 2017
Stags' boss Steve Evans says some players have put themselves in his thoughts for this Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Carlisle United after displaying impressive performances in tonight's 3-1 Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Lincoln City.
Stags took an early lead at One Call Stadium through winger Alfie Potter, before Imps' midfielder Elliott Whitehouse levelled just before half-time.
Lincoln then scored twice in the second half through striker Ollie Palmer and late in stoppage time, frontman Matt Green, after 'keeper Bobby Olejnik had gone forward in search of an equaliser.
And the boss believes he now has decisions to make ahead of Saturday's clash with the Cumbrians, despite seeing his side slip to a defeat.
"I think some have put themselves in my thoughts [for Saturday]. You can't lead the line any better than Jimmy Spencer's led the line tonight," the Stags' chief said.
"It looks as though he should've had a penalty, I'll need to see the DVD early in the second half when he turns the defender. I think his overall contribution, bringing players into play and battling with them, it's probably a big reason why we played so well in that opening 25 minutes.
"I thought Alfie Potter, for 60 minutes, was outstanding and as you'd expect with someone who's not had a lot of minutes, he got a little bit tired."
In contrast, the gaffer also thinks that some players showed that they may not be ready to play in the league campaign if required.
"There's two or three in here who are not going to get many minutes, so we need to have a chat in the next couple of days. That's normal - that will be in most clubs.
"It's not just going to be based on the performance against Lincoln, they made four or five changes themselves and we made 10. It's not going to be based on that; it's going to be based on what we've seen leading up to this and I think I said to the chairman (John Radford), this was the final opportunity for some to say 'I should be here because I can play a part'."
With the transfer window set to slam shut at 11.00pm on Thursday evening, the former Leeds United manager is still hopeful of adding to his squad.
"We'll try and do one or two bits and if it can be done, I'm sure the football club will do them. All I can do is, which I've always done, make my recommendations and hope the chairman (John Radford) and the CEO (Carolyn Radford) will support that.
"We've got a great squad here. We've got an outstanding squad of players and perhaps three or four who are just not at the level where they need to be. They're the ones that will go and if we can replace them with some quality, then we'll try and do it."
The gaffer told the local media earlier today that the club has received three bids for two of his players, but he has advised the club's owners to reject the bids.
"It's three bids for two players. Obviously that tells you two [bids] for one and one for the other, but I've made my recommendation to the chairman that they're trying to turn up with balaclavas and take some good players for what they're offering us!
"My recommendation is we keep them, but I pick the team and pick the players, but the chairman and the CEO run the business side, so it's their decision."
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Irate fans need to get some perspective says boss Evans after Checkatrade defeat
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 29 August 2017
After hearing some supporters boo what was almost a Mansfield Town reserve XI at the end of tonight’s 3-1 home Checkatrade Trophy defeat by Lincoln City, boss Steve Evans said they needed a reality check and the competition would never be a priority.
A Stags side showing 10 changes led 1-0 through an early Alfie Potter goal but allowed Lincoln to level before the break and were then shot down by goals from former Stags Ollie Palmer and Matt Green near the end.
The final goal saw Green hit an empty net with keeper Bobby Olejnik going up the other end for a corner. “I heard one or two supporters perhaps not best pleased tonight,” said Evans.
“But we have made 10 changes and we have chased up there in the 90th minute with Bobby. They have to put some perspective on it.
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“This competition will never be a priority. “Players who have not got a lot of minutes in get a bit tired. That’s why we didn’t make changes from the bench.
“It was never about beating Lincoln tonight. People need to get a reality check here.”
Evans continued: “That (the final score) was harsh. We were totally dominant for the first 25 minutes and it ended up 1-1. We missed a couple of good chances, especially Omari’s (Sterling-James). It was a big chance.
“We had some great play in that spell, though I thought we dropped off just before half-time. “The second half was much more of an even contest.”
Despite the result, players like Jimmy Spencer - who set up the Stags goal - Alfie Potter and Alex MacDonald all shone to put themselves into the first team frame for Saturday’s game at Carlisle.
Evans said: “Some I think have taken their chance. “I thought Jimmy Spencer was probably the best player on the park and I think one or two others have done really well as well.
“Some have put themselves in my thoughts. You can’t lead the line any better than Jimmy Spencer did tonight.
“It looked like he should have had a penalty early in the second half - I’ll have to see the DVD. But his overall contribution, bringing people into play and battling away up there was probably a reason why we played so well in that first 25 minutes.
“I thought Alfie Potter for 60 minutes was outstanding.” “Let’s not get carried away - they have beaten a squad team though you can see what it means.
“We go away disappointed. But it was never a priority before and it’s not a priority now. It is a priority during 90 minutes - of course it is. You want to win all the time.”
Evans ready to let under-performing players leave Stags in reshuffle
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 29 August 2017
Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans is ready to move some under-performing members of his squad on before transfer deadline day on Thursday.
He is also hoping to bring two players in and retain two players who are the subject of bids from other clubs.
Evans made 10 changes for tonight’s 3-1 home defeat by Lincoln City in the Checkatrade Trophy and had his thoughts on some players confirmed over the 90 minutes.
“As always happens, some have shown they are perhaps not going to be ready to come in when we need them,” he said.
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“There are two or three in there that are not going to get many minutes, so we need to have a chat in the next couple of days. But that’s normal. That will be the same at most clubs.
“We will be reflective. You’re always more reflective the next day better than the day or evening concerned. We will go away and have a look.
“It won’t be just based on the performance against Lincoln. It will be based on what we’ve seen leading up to this and I think I have said to the chairman this was the final opportunity for some to say I really should be here because I can play a part.”
Evans said Stags had received bids for two of the current squad and Evans is hoping chairman John Radford backs his recommendation to turn them down.
Evans said: “There are three bids for two players - two for one and one for the other and I have made my recommendation to the chairman that they are trying to turn up in balaclavas and take some good players with what they are offering us!
“My recommendation is we keep them. I pick the team and I pick the players but the chairman and the CEO control the business side so it’s their decision.” Evans is still hoping to sign an attacking midfield player and a young striker before the window closes.
“We will try to do one or two bits,” he said. “If we can do them I am sure the football club will do them. “All I can do is make my recommendations and hope the chairman and CEO support them. “But we have an outstanding squad of players here, though perhaps three or four are just not on the level where they need to be.
“They are the ones that will be going and if we can replace them with some quality we will try to do it.”
He added: “We’d still like to do the two and we’ll see what can get done. We are one of several clubs in competition for the midfield player.
“If it doesn’t happen, we are in good shape. Some of the football in the first 25 minutes tonight was excellent - and that was from boys trying to get into the team, not those in the team.”
Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley left bemused after being sent to stands in Checkatrade Trophy win
Imps boss insists he only stood his ground
BY ALAN JOHNSON, 29 AUG 2017, lincolnshirelive.co.uk
Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley admitted he was baffled to be sent to the stands during the Imps’ 3-1 victory at Mansfield Town last night.
Cowley was dismissed shortly after Elliott Whitehouse had equalised for his side five minutes before the interval.
Following what appeared to be a minor altercation between Cowley and opposite number Steve Evans, referee David Webb showed no hesitation in giving Cowley his marching orders.
However, the sending off failed to dampen spirits in the Imps’ camp as Cowley’s side came from behind to grab all three points in the Checkatrade Trophy Group G opener after late goals from Ollie Palmer and Matt Green.
“I don’t know why I’ve been sent off,” said Cowley after the game. “I need to find out from the referee.
“Steve Evans came towards our technical aggressively. At that point you have two options - you either stand your ground or you step back.
“Yes, I stepped forward, but I still can’t believe I’ve been sent off and he hasn’t. It’s not something that’s happened to me before.”
The Imps were uncharacteristically slow off the mark and were lucky not to be two goals down inside the first 15 minutes after Alfie Potter had put the Stags ahead early on.
“It was a really good start by Mansfield,” said Cowley. “They’re a good side who have spent a lot of money. They started on the front foot and were aggressive in their intent, so we had to weather the storm.
“We managed to do that, which was great and then we grew stronger as the game went on.”
City’s attacking fortunes seemed to improve midway through the first half when wingers Harry Anderson and Jordan Maguire-Drew switched flanks.
“We looked at the match-ups,” added Cowley. “We looked at their full-backs and our wingers and thought swapping them would benefit us and I think it probably proved to do that. We weathered that opening period and consequently they dropped their intensity.”
It was two of City’s former Mansfield strikers in Palmer and substitute Green who grabbed the goals to see off their former employer.
“It was nice for Ollie and Greeny too,” added Cowley. “Greeny got a great ovation when he came on, so credit to the Mansfield fans because you don’t always get that when you’ve been at a club and move to a local rival. That shows what a kind of player he is and says a lot about the Mansfield fans.
“I’ve been here twice - one time as the manager of Concord Rangers and this stand gave us a standing ovation afterwards - I’ve always remembered that.”
The Mansfield supporters also applauded the fact that 898 City fans had travelled to the tie when the attendance was announced, something that Cowley also respected.
“It’s brilliant and says everything about our club to have that support in this competition,” he said. “I don’t think there’ll have been be a bigger away following in the Checkatrade Trophy tonight.”
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