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Assistant boss lauds players' character after Robins thriller
mansfieldtown.net, 20 January 2018
Mansfield Town assistant manager Paul Raynor highlighted the Stags' character as the men in amber and blue twice came from behind to beat Cheltenham Town 3-2 on a pulsating afternoon at One Call Stadium.
A brace from winger CJ Hamilton and a strike from substitute Kane Hemmings snatched three points for the Stags after an action-packed afternoon at One Call Stadium.
Right-back Hayden White received a red card for a late challenge for the Stags, whilst the Robins twice saw red, with Taylor Moore and Danny Wright receiving their marching orders for violent conduct on separate occasions.
And after witnessing a game full of twists and turns, assistant boss Raynor praised the Stags for the spirit showed by the players in achieving a 'massive three points'.
"It's the character that the boys showed to end up with three points to end up with three points today and it was a massive three points for us," the former Preston North End man said.
"Our players are in a good place at the moment, they have been for a few weeks now but these types of wins just show the real character of the lads.
"They're very happy as you can imagine but there's some tired legs in there, between Tuesday and today there's some real tired legs but to pull it out of the bag there at the end and show that energy and that commitment is a real plus for us."
Referee Darren Handley awarded the Robins a first half penalty when Mohamed Eisa went down in the box and Raynor believes the official got that decision - and the two Cheltenham red cards - correct.
"We've seen it at half-time [the penalty], he does get a touch and it probably looks a penalty. People see us appealing for everything but sometimes it looks a penalty from where we were.
"There was a minimal touch but the guy goes down and to be fair looking back at the replay you can see why the referee makes the decision.
"We've looked at it back [Taylor Moore's sending off] - these elbow things are very hard to judge. Do I think that Taylor Moore is a nasty player that throws elbows? No, probably not but if his elbows out of control and catches Danny [Rose] then that's dangerous and these days you don't get away with stuff like that.
"We had a good view of that, we're looking straight at that and it looks as if Danny's [Wright] tried get across Alfie [Potter] and caught him in the face with his arm and the linesman's got a very good view of it.
"The referees and the linesmen make these decisions, we don't. We saw it and the linesman saw it and the referee gave him a red card. We can't get involved in those decisions, that's up to the officials on the day."
Robins boss Gary Johnson was was sent to the stands following Taylor Moore's red card as he had an altercation with Raynor the and assistant gaffer shed some light on the incident.
"I think Gary was having some choice words with Danny Rose, there was a number of his staff around Danny which we thought was inappropriate and we tried to make sure Danny didn't get involved.
"They were trying to bait him and make something happen and then Gary's pushed me so as far as I'm aware, that's why he got sent to the stands."
Supporters can watch Paul Raynor's full post-match interview by logging in to iFollow Stags.
Stags management team pleased with players and ref but disappointed with fan comments
chad.co.uk, Saturday 20 January 2018
Mansfield Town assistant manager Paul Raynor believes referee Darren Handley did well in the middle of a controversial game against Cheltenham Town that Stags went on to snatch 3-2 at the death this afternoon.
But he said he and boss Steve Evans were again disappointed with some of the comments made to them by home supporters amid the drama and controversy of the afternoon.
“I think the referee got the big decisions right and the character of the players today was magnificent,” he said.
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“The referees make the decisions and it is for them to make it.
“Referees have got a very difficult job, but the most pleasing thing is to get the three points and the character of the players.
“It was a massive three points for us today. The players are in a good place and have been for a few weeks now.
“The win shows the character of the team and the fans for the most part got behind us.”
However, he added: “Some fans are still making silly comments to us, we know what we are doing. “We have been in the game for a long time and have got a lot of promotions. Some of the comments leave a sour taste in the mouth. “We need the fans behind us and not making negative comments.”
Stags had to 'dig deep' to beat Robins - Hamilton
mansfieldtown.net, 20 January 2018
Two goal hero CJ Hamilton commended his teammates' spirit after Stags twice came from behind to record a brilliant 3-2 victory over Cheltenham Town at One Call Stadium this afternoon.
Despite twice going behind, Stags extended their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to seven matches thanks to a brace from Hamilton and a strike from returning frontman Kane Hemmings just minutes after being introduced from the bench.
It was an incident-packed encounter with three red cards - two for the visitors and one for the Stags' Hayden White - as well as Robins' boss Gary Johnson being sent to the stands following an altercation with assistant manager Paul Raynor.
And despite scoring twice, the flying winger deflected the praise away from himself and commended the Stags' resilience in today's victory.
"I'm still trying to register it in my head," said the former Sheffield United man.
"I'm happy to get the three points at the end of the day.
"[We had to] dig deep; the boys did and we got through it in the end after not the best performance by us but it shows we can dig deep and win these kind of games.
"With ten men each and they go and score a second one, [we thought] we'd done well enough to get ourselves out of it and go and win the game.
"It says everything [about our character]. We never give up, we always go to the final whistle, we always fight for each other and always dig deep.
"We want to be pushing up that league, tell people we're coming for them and get into the automatic spots."
After scoring the crucial brace, Hamilton is now aiming to add more goals to his game with the pacey wideman's brace marking his first goals in the EFL.
"Hopefully today is the start of many [goals].
"For the first one, Alfie's (Potter) done brilliant to beat his man [and] cross it in. I thought Lee Angol was going to hit it but he missed it and I just had to stick my leg out and it went in.
"[For the winner], the ball fell to Kane (Hemmings), I said 'overs' and luckily he moved out of the way. I could just see the tightest gap I could squeeze it through and I got it through there.
"Everyone always dreams of getting the winner in games and that was it."
Supporters can watch CJ Hamilton's full post-match interview by logging in to iFollow Stags.
Stags hero Hamilton relishes the best moment of his career
chad.co.uk, Saturday 20 January 2018
Two-goal CJ Hamilton declared his stoppage time winner in the dramatic 3-2 victory over Cheltenham Town today was his best ever moment as a footballer. Hamilton, who had only scored once for the club before today, popped up in the fourth added minute to snatch victory.
“It was 100 per cent my best moment in the game,” he smiled. “The first goal was an equaliser, but everyone dreams about getting the winner and that was it. Hopefully it’s the start of many more goals.
“The ball fell to Kane Hemmings and luckily he moved out the way as I could see the tightest gap I could squeeze it through - and I got it through there.
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“The first goal Alfie Potter has done brilliant to beat his man and cross it. “I thought Lee Angol was going to hit it. He missed it but I just had to stick my leg out.”
Stags ended up with 10 men and Cheltenham nine in a niggly affair that also saw Robins boss Gary Johnson sent to the stands. Hamilton said: “It was a very heated game today but, fair enough to the referee, he got most of the decisions right. “When it was 10 v 10 and went 2-1 up we did well enough to get ourselves out of it and go and win the game. “We never give up. We always go to the final whistle, we always fight for each other and dig deep. “I was just happy to get the three points at the end of the day. We did have to dig deep, it wasn’t our best performance, but we got there in the end. “We are pushing up that league and telling people we’re coming for them. We want to get into those automatic spots.”
Chelts boss takes aim at Stags bosses: “Have you ever seen dugout shenanigans like that?”
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 20 January 2018
Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson believes the FA need to take a look at this afternoon’s controversy-filled clash with Mansfield Town. Referee Darren Handley was firmly in the spotlight as he sent off two players from Cheltenham and one from Mansfield as well as sending Johnson to the stands for a shove on home assistant boss Paul Raynor. “I didn’t think it was a dirty game at all,” he said. “But unfortunately the technical area makes it a dirty game as they (Evans and Raynor) are screaming for everything all the time and some weaker refs get sucked in by it. That’s where I think they should have a look at that game. “The referees have allowed them to win the day so well done, they’ve done their job. Maybe there should be a camera on their dug-out one day? “In my opinion the FA have got to look at that as a whole game today. “Have you ever seen someone booked for diving in the middle of the pitch in the first five minutes of a game? “Have you ever seen dug-out shenanigans like that?” He continued: “Steve Evans does it and his mate Paul Raynor, copies everything Steve does. I had him at Cambridge as a player and he was a bit similar then. “Paul Raynor walked towards me right in the middle of my technical area so I gave him a little shove in the tummy. He went mad and the referee came over. “Both came into my technical area at a time when their lad had gone down. He claimed an elbow but he soon got up. There was no malice in Taylor’s challenge from what I saw.” Johnson is hoping the FA will take notice of the afternoon’s events. “Uriah Rennie was the assessor -a very experienced person - and he’s go to have a good look at it and see what’s gone on,” he said. “People get their comeuppance at the end of the day - I believe in karma. So does Steve Evans probably as he got sent off at our place and I’ve got sent off here.” On the game itself, he added: “I am disappointed we lost but I am not a bad loser. I am gutted for the lads. “My players put in a lot of good effort and when it went to 10 v 10 it looked like we could stay in it. But when you go down to nine men it becomes more of a problem. “I was really pleased with the way we played 11 on 11. “If Danny (Wright) has done something to be sent off near the end I will reprimand him as it was at a time when he shouldn’t have done that. “I just felt the referee started off on the wrong foot and couldn’t get a grip of the game from thereon.”
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Every word of Gary Johnson's interview after Cheltenham Town's 3-2 defeat at Mansfield Town
gloucestershirelive.co.uk, By Jon Palmer, 20 JAN 2018
Gary Johnson on referee Darren Handley, Taylor Moore's red card and his own sending off
The players did put in a good effort and when it was 10 v 10 we looked like we could stay in it and keep the game.
When we went down to nine men obviously it becomes a bit more of a problem, but I was pleased with the way we played with 11 v 11.
In my opinion the FA have to look at that as a whole game.
Have you ever seen anyone get booked for diving in the middle of the pitch after less than five minutes?
Have you ever seen dugout shenanigans like that? We know Steve Evans does it, but ‘Dodgy’ his mate Paul Raynor copies everything Steve does.
Both came into our technical area at a time when their lad had gone down claiming an elbow, but he soon got up. There was no malice in Taylor’s challenge in my opinion.
Uriah Rennie was the assessor and he’s a very experienced person and he has to have a good look at it and see what’s gone on.
I am disappointed we’ve lost and I have to be careful not to be a bad loser because I’m not a bad loser.
But the game was the game and I was pleased with the lads, but the referee decided not to listen to the fourth official, who didn’t think I should have been sent off, because Paul Raynor came walking towards me, in the middle of my technical area, so I gave him a little nudge in the tummy and he went mad and the referee game over.
What about Danny Wright's red card?
If he done something to be sent off I’ll reprimand him because that was at a time he shouldn’t have done it.
Maybe the referee saw the initial foul on Dan, who was then sent off for something he shouldn’t have.
I am gutted for the lads and for myself, but people get their come-uppance at the end of the day and I believe in Karma and so does Steve Evans probably as he got sent off at our place.
We’ll have to wait and see what the assessor thinks about it, but the referee started off on the wrong foot early on and couldn’t get a grip of the game from there on in.
How is Mo Eisa?
The security people didn’t want me to go down there, which I understand so I don't know yet.
It was lively, with a lot of brave people hiding behind stewards, who want to have a go at you, so it was best I started out of the way and I didn’t want to do anything I’d regret later, so I stayed in the confines of the directors’ box.
How pleased were you to see Elijah Adebayo score?
He took it very well and at that point we felt we were on for three points, but six minutes were added and when a team is a man up with six to 10 minutes to go, there are going to put the ball in the box.
It was a couple of unlucky situations, with Manny getting the ball caught under his foot for one of them and another fell to somebody, but their earned their luck with numbers in the box.
I was pleased with our performance and I wanted a performance today and a competitive spirit, which we had, without being over the top. I didn’t think it was a dirty game, but the technical area makes it a dirty game because they scream for everything all the time and weaker refs get sucked in by it and that’s why I think they should have a look at that game.
How pleased were you with the 3-5-2 formation?
We played our football and their crowd were getting disgruntled as we had a lot of the ball, but crowds soon liven up when their team scores.
I was pleased with the boys and when I get to speak to them I’ll tell them that.
How did you think Ilias Chatzitheodoridis did on his debut?
I thought he did okay, there was one mistake in the first half when the fella went around him, but that happens to Premier League left-backs. The fella did well to get past him, but I thought he did well.
Like all young lads who come here they are never quite ready and he got a bit of cramp so I had to take him of, but it was a good debut.
Overall looking at the afternoon is it cruel?
It was a cruel way to finish and I am lot madder inside than I am out on the outside.
It could be a damaging day with two suspensions now and the injury to Eisa…
We will have to see how Mo is and see what we need to do. We have a couple of players now who will be suspended so I am going to have to reassess it and see what we need to do.
What was the thinking behind giving Carl Winchester the captain’s armband?
People have done to Grimsesy over the past two or three weeks what they did to Cranners all last season.
I thought Grimesey was magnificent today, never putting a foot wrong and winning every ball and not losing a header.
I wanted him to think about his game, not worrying about anyone else’s and I just felt Winny in the centre of midfield would be able to dictate our game and our pattern better from the middle than Grimesey can from the back.
Grimesey was all right with it and Winny was all right with it and for some of the time it went okay.
Winny had a great game too and a few came out with flying colours, but we have no points and that’s where the disappointment is.
Because Winny is the the one you can put in different positions, he’s worth three players for us, which has been obvious for the whole season and we’ll keep building a squad around him.
You say you get on with Steve Evans apart from on the touchline, but looking at the games, always fireworks around…
He has been there and done that, dare I say Dodgy hasn’t. I had him as a player (at Cambridge) and he was similar then. The referees have allowed them to win the day, so well done they’ve done their job.
I don’t know if there is a camera on their dugout, but maybe there should be one day and people can learn from that.
twitter John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Extraordinary afternoon of football at One Call Stadium.
Well done to the gaffer, his staff and the players for staging a magnificent fight back. Again, tremendous character shown.
Never write off the #Stags.
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