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21st September 2017 18:44

Moment of quality decides derby for Stags
mansfieldtown.net, 16 September 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans says his side's winning goal came from 'the only quality of the whole game' during today's hard-fought 1-0 victory over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

Striker Danny Rose came off the bench to head home the winning goal after 61 minutes to decide a game in which both sides went toe-to-toe in front of a sell-out Sincil Bank crowd.

And speaking post-match, the manager commended his players for their efforts against the Imps.

"I think there was nothing in the game in all honesty," said the Stags' manager.


"I think we've come, we've won at a difficult venue, we have enormous respect for the players we're playing against and we worked really hard.

"I think [the goal's come from] the only quality of the whole game from Hayden's [White] run, his cross and Danny Rose on the end of it, that's the only quality of the whole game for me.

"It was two teams that battled really hard and we knew the first thing we had to do from a way back was if you want to get a result against Lincoln, you have to work as hard as them and you have to be as physical as them because that's how they play."

After saying that he wanted his side to 'work smarter' after Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Wycombe Wanderers, the former Leeds United boss was pleased with the commitment his players showed in today's victory.

"I questioned the boys' character in midweek about, never [not] working hard, but standing up to aggressive sides.

"We had two of them in four or five days with Lincoln today so we had to stand up to that and that's the bit that pleases me.

"I probably questioned that more to myself when I went home on Tuesday and I questioned the boys on Thursday and Friday but they stood up to it. I commend my players, no-one else."

The win at Sincil Bank extended Stags' unbeaten league run to five matches but the boss insists that he is purely focussed on taking each game as it comes.

"I just want to turn up every week, go to the train station, get three bags of coal and go home.

"We've turned up today and got three bags, we got three bags last Saturday and one in the week because we didn't work hard enough to load the engine in the train. We worked hard enough today. We were backed with magnificent supporters."

The gaffer praised match-winner Danny Rose and revealed that, prior to the game, he told the former Bury frontman that he would win the contest for the Stags today.

"He knows - he sits in my office and he knows the quality of the competition. I said to him in the week: 'just been patient' and you can ask him what I said.

"I told him before the game: 'you'll win us the game today because you're coming on to play a part in a time of the game when we need Danny Rose on the pitch.' It's brilliant when your dressing room hears you say that and then he does it."

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's post-match interview later this evening.


Evans thrilled to get three points at Lincoln
chad.co.uk, Saturday 16 September 2017

Steve Evans was a satisfied man as Mansfield Town secured their first away win of the season on Saturday.

They beat local rivals Lincoln City 1-0 at Sincil Bank, Danny Rose with the winner just three minutes after coming on as substitute.

And Evans was full of praise for his squad as they overcame one of their toughest challenges yet this season.

He said: “There was nothing in the game but we’ve come and won at a really tough place to get a result.

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“I thought the only piece of real quality in the game saw us get the goal with Hayden’s brilliant run down the right and Danny’s superb header.

“If you want to get a result against Lincoln you have to be as physical as them and, as with Wycombe in the week, we’ve again matched an aggressive side and got points from it.”

Evans says Rose’s introduction was planned with a view to the striker netting the winner.

He said: “I told Danny before the game, in front of the whole team, that he’d be brought on to get us a goal when we most needed it and he did just that.

“He knows the quality of the competition he’s up against for a place in the team and has to be patient.”

Evans also paid tribute to the Stags fans who travelled in great numbers to Lincolnshire.

He said: “The fans were and have been magnificent. We’ve come here to a great city that has a great football club and the atmosphere was fantastic at times.

“I think Lincoln will be in the top six come the end of the season so it’s great to win here.”


Victorious Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans sees bright future for Lincoln City
lincolnshirelive.co.uk, BY DAVID MARSHALL

Steve Evans may have left Lincolnshire with all three points but he believes there are good times ahead for Lincoln City.

While delighted with his side’s 1-0 victory, thanks to a second-half goal from Danny Rose, the Mansfield Town boss believes Danny Cowley’s side will be challenging for honours at the end of the season.

Evans, who is well known to Lincolnshire football supporters following his time at Boston United, has now guided his side to fifth place in the League Two table and says the Imps will be among the front-runners next April.

“This [Lincoln City] is a fantastic football club which is on a real surge upwards,” said Evans. “They have fantastic supporters and my daughter goes to university here and she loves it and speaks warmly of the people in the city.


“This was a real tough away-day for us, we take nothing away from that. They are our local rivals so we don’t wish them well, but the atmosphere at times was fantastic especially for League Two.

“I am most satisfied over the fact we scored one goal more than them, because that is ultimately what football comes down to.

“Lincoln City will be in the top six or seven in the league come the end of the season, without a shadow of a doubt.”

After the Imps beat Mansfield away from home in the Checkatrade Trophy last month, Evans refused to shake hands with the City management. Imps boss Cowley was sent to the stands during that game, however there were no such shenanigans following Saturday’s clash.

“They [Lincoln] are an aggressive side and we knew that,” said Evans. “We had to stand up to that and that is the bit that pleases me. I commend my players because you didn’t see us celebrating in the tunnel or anything like that.

“We clapped our supporters because they have had a couple of tough away days, but then went into the dressing room nice and quietly. You could hear a pin drop in our dressing room because that’s what happens when you work hard.”

The former Leeds United boss also had a good word for the match officials.

“There were three good teams out there that gave their all,” he added. “I thought the referee [Rob Jones] and his officials were strong and that’s all you can ask of them.”


Match-winner delighted with Lincoln win
mansfieldtown.net, 16 September 2017

Super sub Danny Rose says his match-winning header in this afternoon’s 1-0 victory over Lincoln City was one of the most satisfying goals of his career so far.

The former Bury frontman climbed off the bench in the 58th minute before heading home the only goal of the game three minutes later from right-back Hayden White’s cross.

And in addition to being completely satisfied with his header, he is also ecstatic with the victory.

“Yeah it is [one of my most satisfying goals] and it’s up there with one of my most favourite wins as well, if I’m totally honest with you. It’s a very good win for us.


“As soon as he (Hayden White) took the ball out his feet, the man’s got five yards on him, he’s still managed to do him with pace, I knew straight away how quick he was and luckily he’s hung the ball up and I’ve got above the defender.”

Rose was keen to praise his team-mates for their collective performance against the Imps, especially for how they performed after going in front.

“It’s a good win against a good team, it’s a very dogged performance by everyone.

“The game was in the balance at 0-0, luckily we’ve got the goal at 1-0 and I thought everyone was superb, even when the goal went in we were brilliant and didn’t look like conceding.

“As soon as the whistle went I went over to [Paul Digby] and said ‘you were brilliant, Man-of-the-Match today’. He won absolutely everything. I didn’t think [Matt] Rhead and [Matt] Green had a sniff in the game and that was because of him and the back four.”

Despite the excitement of winning a local derby, Rose insists the Stags will not be getting carried away and he will continue to work hard.

“It’s just a typical away performance if I’m honest with you, a 1-0 win. We don’t get excited; we go into the next game next week.

“I’m just going to continue to work hard in training and whenever I get the chance to come on, or whether I start, and just hopefully it puts me in his plans for next week.

“The fans were brilliant, from the start, they were absolutely brilliant. Throughout the game they’ve put in a very good performance as we did as well and the lads are very thankful for that.”

Supporters will be able to view Danny Rose's post-match interview on iFollow Stags later this evening.


Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley admits disappointment after Stags' smash and grab raid
lincolnshirelive.co.uk, BY DAVID MARSHALL

Danny Cowley admitted his side probably did not do enough in the final third to get the right result against League Two rivals Mansfield Town.

The Lincoln City boss was clearly disappointed after his side lost at home for the first time in 364 days.

The Imps dominated possession in the first half, however it was an improved Stags which came out for the second 45 minutes with Steve Evans’ side taking the three points courtesy of a single goal by substitute Danny Rose.

The former Barnsley striker scored from close range on the hour-mark following an innocuous-looking cross by Hayden White.

“It was obviously disappointing, we are always disappointed if we come up short in a tight game,” said Cowley.

“I thought we had good control in the game without being as much of an attacking threat as we would have liked. But credit to Mansfield they played well and got on the right side of a tight game.”


A crowd of more than 9,500 packed Sincil Bank to see the first league derby of the season and it had all gone well for the Imps in the first half with ex-Mansfield strikers Matt Green and Matt Rhead looking dangerous against their old club.

City dominated possession and came close to opening the scoring on a number of occasions but poor finishing or last-ditch defending saved the day for the Stags.

“They had one shot, maybe two shots on goal in the whole game, so we were actually pleased with the way we played,” added Cowley.

“We made 150 passes in the first half, which is a high number for us so we had good control and good possession but probably didn’t do enough with it. I thought Mansfield improved in the second half and I think we could have done better.

“The lads are naturally disappointed because we have ended up on the wrong side of a tight game when we are more used to being on the right side of these types of matches.

“We are not used to losing at home. When we last lost a game at home about a year ago we showed a pretty good response so we will be looking to do the same this time around.”

There were stages in the game which saw members of both dug-outs becoming animated, however the Imps boss insists everyone remained professional throughout.

“When you are playing against a Steve Evans team you always have to stand up because if you step back he’ll run all over you, so you have to stand up for yourself,” added Cowley.

“For us, I was pleased with our professionalism and our focus, I didn’t think we got involved in anything on the pitch or off it.”



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