EVANS, HEMMINGS, PAUL TISDALE REACTION
Missed chances frustrate gaffer following dominant display
mansfieldtown.net, 28 OCT 2017
Stags' boss Steve Evans dubbed his side's performance against Exeter City this afternoon 'terrific' but blamed missed chances for not securing a victory.
The encounter finished 1-1 at One Call Stadium after Exeter substitute Lee Holmes cancelled out Stags' striker Kane Hemmings' first half opener.
And the manager believes his side dominated the game and would've secured the three points had they converted one of their many chances after going in front.
"We made the chances and we didn't take them, and that's what's cost us, not Exeter scoring at the end. In the second half, we missed four or five good, simple chances. If the second one goes in, I think the game's over.
"The bottom line is we bossed the footballing game, we bossed the aggression, we bossed the chances but one thing about Paul's (Tisdale) teams is they always go to the end.
"They're always committed and we switch off. One of our players doesn't match a runner and the runner scores. The boys didn't deserve that today.
"The performance was terrific. We bossed it from start-to-finish, we made all the chances and they sucker-punched us at the end.
"You can call it ruthless or you can call it missed chances. We missed a couple in the first half as well to make it 2-0, but some of the chances in the second half, they couldn't have been any easier to score.
"We bossed it from start-to-finish, we made all the chances and they sucker-punched us at the end."
Steve Evans, manager
"If you don't take them, 1-0 is never enough in any game of football and you run the risk of getting punished, and we did at the end.
"We've bossed a lot of games, but we need to win some games."
There were a number of impressive performers in the Stags' ranks this afternoon and the gaffer said he 'feels for the players' after victory was snatched from their grasp.
"We're just down because the performance was very good. I feel for the players, I feel for all of us. It would have been an important day to win a game. The fans here were brilliant, they've been brilliant since I came in the door.
"I thought [Jacob Mellis] was outstanding. I thought [Joel] Byrom was special as well until the last 10/15 minutes, because he got a bit tired.
"I thought the strikers covered every blade of grass. Hemmo (Kane Hemmings) missed a couple, Danny's (Rose) missed a simple one, CJ [Hamilton] as well. I thought CJ was very good."
The former Leeds United manager will go home feeling disappointed this evening, but insists the staff will boost the players' morale on Monday morning ahead of the Emirates FA Cup first round clash with Shaw Lane next week.
"We can go home down tonight but when we go back on the training ground, it's the staff's job to lift them.
"We've got another game on Tuesday (Everton in the Checkatrade Trophy), we'll make wholesale changes for that, then we've got to get ready for a tough cup tie. That was tough to take today. The players comfortably deserve three points."
Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's post-match interview.
Evans: ‘We bossed the game’
chad.co.uk, by STEPHEN THIRKILL, Saturday 28 October 2017
Bemused Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans says his players did not deserve to drop points in the 1-1 draw to Exeter City.
Stags looked like they would get all three points after Kane Hemmings put them ahead on 19 minutes in a game they bossed from start to finish.
But they paid the price for blowing second half chances when Mansfield-born Lee Holmes levelled with three minutes left after Liam McAlinden shot from the edge of the box had been saved.
Evans said: “We bossed the game, we bossed the aggression and we bossed the chances. “We switched off and did not match our runner and then the runner scores.
Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/evans-we-bossed-the-game-1-8829020
“We are disappointed all over. We will go back to the training ground, but the boys did not deserve that today.
“The performance was super today, we have bossed the game and the chances and been sucker punched at the end.
“It is hard to take. Exeter know we have dominated them. We missed our chances to make it 2-0. “Some of the chances missed in the second have couldn’t have been any easier to score.
“If you do not take your chances then 1-0 if never enough and you run the risk of getting punished at the end.
“Exeter are a very good side, we have met a lot of good sides and bossed a lot of games, we need to win some games
“You have to be able to win games, especially when you are controlling them from start to finish like we did today.”
Hemmings fired Mansfield ahead with a clinical first time finish to end a superb counter attack. Jacob Mells was denied a deserved goal after Dean Moxey diverted his goalbound effort over the bar on 58 minutes. Christy Pym parried from Hemmings on 61 minutes, before he beat away a long range Danny Rose effort on 67 minutes. Pym had to tip over his bar after Logan nearly scored from all of 75 yards. His save proved to be vital when Exeter rescued an unlikely point Holmes scored after Logan had saved initially from Liam McAlinden. Kane Wilson was sent off for the visitors in stoppage time for two yellow cards for kicking the ball away.
Frontman hopes to build on Exeter performance
mansfieldtown.net, 28 OCT 2017
Striker Kane Hemmings says Stags will 'take confidence' from today's 1-1 draw against Exeter City after dominating much of the encounter.
The Oxford United loanee put the Stags ahead with a close-range finish in the first half before Grecians' winger Lee Holmes rescued a point for his side in the 87th minute.
And despite recording their third 1-1 draw in as many Sky Bet League Two games, Hemmings believes Stags' dominant display will breed confidence going forward.
"[We were] by far the better team, we were on the front foot all game. You can see by the way we were playing," Hemmings said.
"I think once the first goal goes in, even before that, we were playing with a lot of confidence and on the front foot so we'll take confidence from the game knowing that we can go into games and we can dominant teams in that respect.
"We've had a lot of chances. I'm guilty of missing a chance and a couple of other chances that I probably should stick a way and see the game out."
Today's goal was the former Rangers' man's second in three games and he now hopes to increase his goalscoring tally.
"It means a lot [to score] because I've got high expectations of myself and I think it's fair to say I've not really reached that at the minute and scored the amount of goals [I expected].
"I thought I played well today. I thought I worked really hard and played well. Hopefully in the coming weeks there will be more performances and goals to come."
Hemmings had a great opportunity to double the Stags' lead in the second half when winger Alex MacDonald played him through one-on-one with Grecians' goalkeeper Christy Pym and the frontman revealed his frustration at not finding the back of the net for the second time this afternoon.
"When I've been played through, I've seen the 'keeper coming out straight away and I've just thought to myself 'get a good connection on it and get it round him and it's going in'.
"In hindsight, I should have gone round him to be fair but even at the time, I struck it so well, I struck it so nicely.
"I don't know what he's got on it and even then I'm thinking it might still trickle in but it wasn't to be in the end."
Kane Hemmings' post-match interview is available to view now on iFollow Stags.
Kane Hemmings says Mansfield Town can take confidence despite late draw
chad.co.uk, by STEPHEN THIRKILL, Saturday 28 October 2017
Goalscorer Kane Hemmings believes Mansfield Town can only take more confidence from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Exeter City. The Grecians pegged Stags back through Lee Holmes’ 87th minute equaliser to take the shine off one of Mansfield’s best performances of the season. Hemmings had fired the home side ahead with a clinical first time finish in the 19th minute. But they paid the price for a failure to put second half chances away to leave Stags five points off the play-off places.
Hemmings said: “We were by far the better team, we were on the front foot all game. “I think once the first goal goes in, even before that, we were playing with a lot of confidence and on the front foot so we’ll take confidence from the game knowing that we can go into games and we can dominant teams in that respect.
Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/kane-hemmings-says-mansfield-town-can-take-confidence-despite-late-draw-1-8829180
“We’ve had a lot of chances. I’m guilty of missing a chance and a couple of other chances that I probably should stick a way and see the game out.”
“We’ll take confidence from the game knowing that we can go into games and we can dominant teams in that respect.”
And Hemmings says he was delighted to find the back of the net on a personal level.
He added: “It means a lot to score]because I’ve got high expectations of myself and I think it’s fair to say I’ve not really reached that at the minute and scored the amount of goals I expected. “I thought I played well today. I thought I worked really hard and played well. Hopefully in the coming weeks there will be more performances and goals to come.”
Mansfield Town 1 Exeter City 1: Paul Tisdale's reaction
The Grecians boss said the result felt like a win
devonlive.com, Jamie Hawkins, 28 OCT 2017
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale was delighted with his side’s performance as they battled to a 1-1 draw at Mansfield.
With the game seemingly slipping away from the Grecians, substitute Lee Holmes levelled in the 87th minute to secure a point, and deny City a third straight loss.
Tisdale said it was a pleasing point in difficult conditions.
“I thought it was a terrific game,” he said. “They dominated the first-half and deserved their lead, and I think we really, really stuck at it in the second-half in really testing conditions and a really strong wind again, and we pulled it back.
“They could easily have got a second, but we kept the ball out of the net which is what we have to do.
“Dean Moxey and Troy Brown, Jordan Moore-Taylor and Christy Pym all had big moments to keep it at 1-0 and we eventually got the equaliser, so I’m really, really pleased with what we’ve done today.”
Mansfield had a host of chances to put the game to bed, and Tisdale praised the determination his side showed, and the impact substitutes Holmes and Liam McAlinden made.
He said: “It was a tough hill to climb, but we got back into it, kept stopping the ball going into the back of the net to make it 2-0 which is really important.
“I thought the substitutes made a difference and we raised our game and we got an equaliser and almost a winner in the 94 minute, but I’m really pleased.”
In a game played under similar conditions to last weekend, Tisdale was desperate not to make it three defeats on the bounce.
“It was winter conditions, we had even worse last week,” Tisdale said. “The ball was fizzing about everywhere, there were challenges and appeals and all sorts of scruffy play, and when you’re a goal down, just lost two games, we desperately didn’t want that to become three, so you sum it up and say well done the team, showed great resilience and we’re really pleased with that point.”
Christy Pym made some crucial saves and catches throughout the match and Tisdale praised his goalkeeper and back four.
“He took the ball under pressure in the box, he made saves, he was on his game, but I have to say we was aided and supported by one or two really big bits of play from Dean Moxey.
“He cleared one off the line, Troy Brown winning first headers, and I think we got from the back four and the goalkeeper an all-round performance in that second-half, and I’m delighted for them.”
Holmes had been in and out of the side lately due to knocks and injuries, but Tisdale’s plan to play the winger towards the end of the game paid off.
He said “Lee hasn’t been fit, he’s had a few weeks of interrupted training, he’s just had a week off.
“He was fit today, but he’s really not prepared correctly for this game, so we had a debate yesterday and said I’d rather you play the last 30 minutes and do something fir us at the end of the game and that’s exactly what he did.”
Teenager Kane Wilson made his first league appearance for City, and was sent-off in added time after picking up two bookings.
Tisdale said the West Brom loanee will learn from this, but felt the first yellow card was harsh.
“I thought he was brilliant in the second-half, he had a slow start into the game. It’s his first league game, he’s a really talented young man, and I thought he really built his performance into the second-half.
“When we needed the team to taker the initiative in the latter stages he did it, and I’m really pleased for him.
“I think the first one was very dubious, he was shielding the ball. The second one, it’s a yellow card.”
Paul Tisdale calls for consistency from referees after Exeter City's Kane Wilson sent off
The Grecians boss feels officials should book more players for kicking the ball away
devonlive.com, Jamie Hawkins, 28 OCT 2017
Paul Tisdale has called for consistency from match officials after Kane Wilson was sent off for kicking the ball away.
The teenager, who made his league debut for the club, was shown a second yellow card deep into added time during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Mansfield.
Although Tisdale agreed with the decision, he has urged referees to book more players for the same offence.
He said: “It’s nice to stand here saying he got sent off for the right thing because every single week I go on to fourth officials and referees to book people for kicking the ball away.
“Every week I say it.
“And 99 times out of 100, it’s against our team. Today, it took until the 80th minute to book one of their players for doing it.
"It had been going on for about an hour.
“It’s a yellow card. You kick the ball away, and the lesson learnt today is don’t do it. All I'd ask is referees to do it all the time, whether it’s the first minute or the last minute, do it.
“Okay Kane learnt his lesson today, he shouldn’t have done it. It’s the 93rd minute, one of their players had just been booked for doing it.
“The irony is I'd been asking the fourth official in the second-half, 'would you book someone for kicking the ball away and standing in the way of it?', because every week we get the same, every week they say it’s just part of the game. It’s nonsense, the ball should be in play, moving, and the referee has got to be stronger.
“So well done to the referee for giving a yellow card I’m really sorry for Kane, he’s got to learn from that, but for goodness sake would referees please do that in the first minute as well as the last minute.”
Tisdale delighted with Exeter’s fighting spririt
Thrilled Exeter boss Paul Tisdale praised his side’s fighting spirit as they rescued a late 1-1 raw at Mansfield Town. Lee Holmes hit an 87th minute leveller for the Grecians in a game they had been outclassed in throughout. Hemmings fired Mansfield ahead with a clinical first time finish to end a superb counter attack. Jacob Mells was denied a deserved goal after Dean Moxey diverted his goalbound effort over the bar on 58 minutes. Christy Pym parried from Hemmings on 61 minutes, before he beat away a long range Danny Rose effort on 67 minutes. Pym had to tip over his bar after Logan nearly scored from all of 75 yards. His save proved to be vital when Exeter rescued an unlikely point Holmes scored after Logan had saved initially from Liam McAlinden. Kane Wilson was sent off for the visitors in stoppage time for two yellow cards for kicking the ball away. Tisdale said: “We have lost two and did not want to make it three. “We are back in the promotion shake up now, we have a good team and have had a lot of disruption lately with injuries and all sorts of other things. “Our backs were up against it today with changes to the team and illnesses this morning. “We have had this for two or three weeks now and have lost our rhythm “It was important that we did not lose today against a very strong side. “We came back from a goal behind and I am really pleased that we came back and got the point today.” “I am disappointed for Kane getting sent off like that. Kane needs to learn from that but things like this is part and parcel of football. “The referees need to be more consistent and give bookings in the first minute as well as the last minute.”
Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/tisdale-delighted-with-exeter-s-fighting-spririt-1-8829050
David Byrom @DB1993 Oct 28
I seem to have upset Steve Evans without even being at today's game... all I ever do is report things he's said & apparently that's "awful"!
Plus I once wrote that they had lowballed #ECFC over a £350,000 bid for a player who was subsequently sold for a lot more than that...
I'm still trying to figure out the awful things we've written!
As hypocritical managers rant and rave, Paul Tisdale's honesty at Mansfield Town was refreshing
The Exeter City manager's post-match interview was a marked contrast to other bosses'
devonlive.com, by David Byrom, @DB1993, 30 OCT 2017
In an era where managers will rant and rave when they have the slightest perception that their team has been wronged, Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale's honesty is refreshing.
The Grecians boss did something that is practically unheard of in the modern game by praising referee Anthony Backhouse for sending his own player, Kane Wilson, off for a second yellow card late on in City's 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town.
Wilson was shown a second yellow for kicking the ball away in stoppage time at the end of the game and, calling for more consistency over the rule, Tisdale said he was pleased to say the referee had done the right thing.
"It's nice to stand here and say he got sent off for the right thing," he said.
"Every single week I go on to fourth officials and referees to book people for kicking the ball away.
"Every week I say it.
"And 99 times out of 100, it’s against our team. Today, it took until the 80th minute to book one of their players for doing it.
"It’s a yellow card. You kick the ball away, and the lesson learnt today is don’t do it. All I'd ask is referees to do it all the time, whether it’s the first minute or the last minute, do it."
He added: "So well done to the referee for giving a yellow card I’m really sorry for Kane, he’s got to learn from that, but for goodness sake would referees please do that in the first minute as well as the last minute."
Other managers would have criticised Backhouse for not applying the rule consistently, or flown off the handle over other things that did not have much of an impact over the outcome of the game they have just watched.
It feels like a breath of fresh air to hear a manager hold his hands up and accept that their player was on the receiving end of a correct decision - and it is also something that will serve Wilson well in future.
At only 17, he is still developing as a player and to now be in a position where he will miss a game due to doing something petulant having already been booked is an indication of the sort of learning curve young players go through.
Youngsters playing under more hypocritical, or reactionary, managers are more likely to be shielded from the consequences of their actions by their bosses criticising referees, and could well take longer to learn their lesson.
Tisdale's post-match interview was a marked contrast to plenty of modern managers, who will stop at nothing to harangue referees on the sideline, and he should be praised for being so.
John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Feel gutted after collecting only a point in a performance of such dominance. So many impressive displays.
We move on stronger, together.