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27th December 2017 17:50

Gaffer hails subs' impact in Morecambe win
mansfieldtown.net, 23 December 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans lauded the positive effects of his substitutes after an injection of energy catapulted Mansfield Town to a 2-1 victory against Morecambe at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

Frontman Kane Hemmings marked his return from injury with a well-taken first half finish to put Stags ahead in the first half, before Morecambe striker Callum Lang equalised for the Shrimps six minutes into the second period.

The gaffer then introduced midfielder Jacob Mellis, forward Paul Anderson and midfielder Will Atkinson as Stags went in search of a winner, and it was Anderson who provided a pinpoint cross for top scorer Danny Rose to head home the winner in the 88th minute.

And speaking post-match, the gaffer lauded the positive influence of the trio as Stags moved to within a point of the play-off places.

"I thought the substitutions had a real good impact. Will had one sloppy pass, other than that I thought he was great," the Stags' chief said.


"We made the subs, it changed the game positively for us. We had our best 20 minutes of the game, we got the goal and then it's always because the goal comes late, you're going to have to see it out resiliently.

"[It was] brilliant play by Paul Anderson for the goal and I wouldn't wish anyone else, outside the likes of Chris Wood and people like that, on the end of the cross; Danny does what Danny does.

"Paul Anderson's movement gives the defender a problem; he doesn't know whether to twist or stick, if it's a card game. He decided to stick so Paul got the opportunity to pinpoint a cross.

"If you give him time and space, it's why we love him, he's capable of doing it and to be honest, from the moment it left his foot, as a manager, like the supporters, you see the whole picture and you see Danny Rose coming up at the back post, I had no doubts he'd score."

After scoring what turned out to be the winner, Stags had to defend resolutely as Morecambe threw bodies forward in search of an equaliser and the gaffer was pleased with his side's resilience to hold onto their lead.

"All victories are important. I said to the players before the game in the team meeting that this festive period starts the reality of how the league then takes shape. We've won one game; we've got three follow-up games in very quick succession, so we'll be back on the training ground tomorrow.

"We'll recover some that have gone to the end for us today, who had to go to the end against a [strong] Morecambe team.

"We've had to put our bodies on the line; you talk about bravery, you talk about resilience, you talk about spirit, our teams have always had it. We had it today.

"When you talk about character and passion and players that want to perform for the cause, and it is a cause, then they did that with great pride. They deserve to sit down tonight and just be pleased with how hard they've worked today."

Stags are next in action on Boxing Day when they face Grimsby Town at Blundell Park and the former Leeds United manager will make the decision as to whether his squad will train on Christmas Day tomorrow.

"We know this is a big period so we'll look positively on it. We're a family club led by a great family here, that's a fact.

"Our chairman said to me when he popped in yesterday - well, he flew in yesterday - and he said to me: 'look kindly on Christmas Day for them, because football's massively important to all of us but really what's important is family'.

"They're in great form. We go to Grimsby, we'll freshen the side up completely and we'll try and get a win."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's post-match interview in full.


Evans: Fans' reaction to substitution leaves bitter taste
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 23 December 2017

Despite snatching a late 2-1 victory over Morecambe today, Stags boss Steve Evans was in sombre mood as he reflected on being barracked by the home crowd over his substitution of Kane Hemmings. He withdrew goalscorer Hemmings on 54 minutes as he ran out of steam on his first game back from injury.

That prompted an angry outburst from fans and Evans said: “We've won the game but I'm going home a little bit disgusted to be honest. “We've taken Kane Hemmings off as he'd run himself dead for 60 minutes and wanted to come off at half-time.

“What happened afterwards was disappointing. The subs won us the game with great play from Paul Anderson and a great header from Danny Rose.

“You win and lose together - that's what I thought football was about. “Kane Hemmings was outstanding first half and it was a fantastic finish.

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“I asked him how he was at half-time and he gave me those eyes that he was shot to bits. I asked him to give me 10 more minutes as it could have been the difference in getting a second goal.” He added: “I am looking at the reaction of some of our supporters. That Morecambe team beat Coventry 2-0 two weeks ago and it could have been four or five. They probably think every team that comes here is not very good. “We have had to put our bodies on the line at the end - we showed bravery, resilience and spirit. “Paul Raynor and I are proud people. When we came here I think people think the holy water and the miracle had come. It doesn't work like that. You have to earn everything you get in the lower leagues. “I will say it now - the Rotherham supporters and the Leeds supporters, they stayed with their team and their staff through thick and thin right to the very end every week. “Our supporters, in the main, were tremendous. But some things were said that make you go home and reflect on everything. “It was a great three points and I am pleased for the chairman and the players.” On Rose's wining goal he said: “As soon as the ball left Ando's foot and I saw Danny coming up at the far post I had no doubts he would score.” It was a first League win in four for Stags and Evans said: “All victories are important. This festive period starts the reality of how this league takes shape. “We will be back on the training ground tomorrow to recover players who had to go to the end against this Morecambe team. “We were much better first half than second half. They scored and were in the ascendency but the subs changed the game positively. “The goal came late and then we had to see out the game resiliently. “We didn't play well in spells today. But the lads can sit down and feel proud tonight with how hard they have worked today.”


Match-winner eyes table ascent after Shrimps win
mansfieldtown.net, 23 December 2017

After scoring the winner in this afternoon's 2-1 win against Morecambe, top scorer Danny Rose is looking up the Sky Bet League Two table, with Stags sitting just three points off third place.

On his return from injury, striker Kane Hemmings gave Stags an eight-minute lead when he fired past Morecambe 'keeper Barry Roche from the edge of the area.

The Shrimps drew level in the 51st minute through a fine finish from striker Callum Lang, before substitute Paul Anderson whipped an inch-perfect cross onto the head of former Barnsley man Rose, who powered it into the roof of the net.

Rose, who took his tally for the season to 12 goals with his 88th-minute winner, now has his sights set on an assault on the Sky Bet League Two top three.

"There's no better feeling; a last minute [winner and a] 2-1 home win," said the former Bury forward.


"It's good to get the three points and get us back up there with all the other teams involved in the league.

"A 2-1 win is very good but we needed the three points more importantly to put us back in there, in with a play-off shout.

"[It was a] huge win. We've just looked at the table now and we're somehow three points off third [which] just sums up the league really, doesn't it?

"I think results have gone our way, I've just had a quick look. I think all the boys in the play-offs have not got three points today, so it was a huge win for us.

"I don't think we were at our best, at all. I thought Morecambe were really good on the day but people look at results now and they'll see we've beaten them 2-1 so we'll go onto the next one now."

The 24-year-old hitman was without a goal in four games going into today's match, but he insists he's continued to work hard to get back on the scoresheet.

"There's been a little bit of a goal drought. I don't know what it was, three or four games I've not scored in but I've just got to keep my head grounded and luckily the goal's come today and I'll move onto the next one."

"[The cross was] absolutely brilliant. I said to him (Paul Anderson) at the end: 'what a ball it was'.

"I love those ones, hung up at the back stick and I was there to put it in but it was a great ball from him."

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to view Rose's post-match interview later tonight.


On the penalty claim, Danny Rose told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It was minimal contact. I felt the keeper come in to me and I went down. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't.


Match-winner Rose: It's a special feeling
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 23 December 2017

Danny Rose basked in the glory of being Mansfield Town's matchwinner once more after his 88th minute header shot down plucky Morecambe 2-1 today. Rose leapt to head home a perfect Paul Anderson cross at the far post and admitted: “There is no better feeling - last minute, 2-1 at home. That's always an extra special feeling.

“It's good to get the three points to get us back up there with all the other teams involved. “I don't think we were at our best at all. I thought Morecambe were really good on the day, but people just look at results.”

He continued: “I have had a goal drought and there's been three or four I've not scored in. I just had to keep my head grounded and luckily it came today.”

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/match-winner-rose-it-s-a-special-feeling-1-8925705

On the winning goal, he said: “I said to Paul Anderson at the end - what a ball that was. I love those at the back stick where I can get up above the defender. “It was a huge win as we are now somehow just three points off third which sums up the league.”


Morecambe boss Bentley stunned by defeat at Mansfield
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 23 December 2017

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley could not believe how his side left the One Call Stadium with nothing to show for a superb display against Mansfield Town. Danny Rose stole a 2-1 victory for the Stags at the death and Bentley said: “The game today just sums our season up.

“We had two good opportunities when we should have scored, they whack the ball up and score.” He was very impressed with matchwinner Rose. Bentley said: “I have to say Rose is one of the most complete forwards in the division. He set the first goal up and scored the winner.

“You can see why Bury paid good money for him and he's scored 12 goals in 24 appearances now.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/morecambe-boss-bentley-stunned-by-defeat-at-mansfield-1-8925664

“His all-round play, his leap for a lad of his size, his link-up play, work rate, technical ability and tactical awareness are all good.” Bentley has to take the positives, but believes his side is not getting the rub of the green with results. “It's disappointing but I have got to be proud of them,” he said. “When I am critical I am right to be critical. “I have to say I think Mansfield probably smashed and grabbed today, but I can't recall is having a smash and grab apart from Cambridge away when they battered us and we got a 0-0. “But I can't keep coming in and saying lads remain positive, you've lost a game but it's a game you should never have lost. “Let's get it right. Before a ball was kicked this season Mansfield were favourites to win the division. So, on that evidence, I think we are doing all right as everything is stacked against us compared to a club like Mansfield. “We played with heart and desire today, created numerous chances and on another day we'd have won it.”


Frustrated Jim Bentley looks to take positives into two big home games for Morecambe

Jim Bentley says he is going through his most frustrating ever season as Morecambe manager. The Shrimps boss saw his side produce a fine performance at Mansfield on Saturday but suffer a second successive defeat as they conceded a late goal from Danny Rose with the Stags prevailing 2-1. They now must bounce back with two big home games to come this week against Notts County today and Yeovil on Friday night. He said: “The Mansfield result was typical of our season so far and I was left feeling as frustrated as I ever have been. “Sometimes you feel low because your team has not performed well but Saturday was a different story altogether as I still can’t believe we lost the game. “We played some great stuff but missed chances and were done by a late goal when we were on top. “It was a real smash and grab by Mansfield and they will know that. “I couldn’t have asked for any more from my players and I was proud of the performance as any neutral who watched the game would have not known who was the team at the top and who was the team struggling. “But despite all that we need points now. I would be happy if we could go on and get a lucky win like Mansfield. “We have had to fight for every point this season and I would love to see us play badly and win 1-0 as it is all about getting points on the board now.” The two visitors to the Globe Arena this week are in very different positions in League Two, County second and Yeovil two points and two places above the Shrimps in 19th. “They are both going to be tough games but we have got to take the positives from our recent performances against Coventry and Mansfield,” Bentley said. “We played some excellent football in both games and we need to hit those heights again because there is no doubt that if we do that our luck will change at some stage. “We couldn’t really have a tougher game than Notts County on Boxing Day. “They are up there near the top and Kevin Nolan is getting a good side together. “They are a big club that seem to be heading in the right direction again and we know they have a real threat. “But at the end of the day it is about us and we have to shake off the disappointment of the Mansfield result and make sure we are at our best to get back to winning ways.”

Read more at: https://www.thevisitor.co.uk/sport/football/shrimps/frustrated-jim-bentley-looks-to-take-positives-into-two-big-home-games-for-morecambe-1-8925861



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