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22nd February 2018 10:57

Fantastic Stags finding consistency ahead of run-in
mansfieldtown.net, 17 February 2018

Stags’ boss Steve Evans believes his side are beginning to find some consistency in Sky Bet League Two following today’s superb 1-0 win away to Exeter City.

Frontman Danny Rose’s clinical first half finish ensured Stags recorded back-to-back wins over fellow two separate promotion hopefuls in the form of Newport County on Tuesday and the Grecians at St James Park today.

And after saying spells of Tuesday’s 5-0 win were as good as Stags have been since taking over in November 2016, the gaffer commented that today’s first half performance was even better.

“It is a fantastic result against an excellent side - that doesn’t change just because if we’ve beaten them. We should be three up in the first half but nothing was falling for us in the box and it was one-way dominance," the boss said.


“I think in the end, if it was anything other than three points, it would have been hard to take.

“If I’m being honest, I thought our first half today was better than our 90 minutes against Newport.

“We’re still trying to find some consistency. We’re getting there. I think the first half was better than Newport and I said Newport was, for spells, as good as it’s got. If you take the opponent into consideration, I think the first half was as good as we’ve played.

“You see partnerships developing now. You see understandings developing and I did say that all the way from June until November and very few listened. You have to believe in your group and they’re a fantastic group.”

In addition to dominating the game in the first half, Stags were forced to defend resolutely in the second period against a side who hadn’t lost at home since mid-October.

And the gaffer praised his centre-half pairing of Krystian Pearce and Rhys Bennett for their shepherding of Jayden Stockley, as well as the performance of Swansea City loanee Adam King.

“In the first half, [Adam King] looked like a player who had played and trained with Premier League players for a long time. I thought he got a lot of assistance today, once again, from the rest of the lads but I thought his performance was assured.

“King was orchestrating that [first half dominance] for long spells, but was ably assisted. That would be the pleasing aspect because it’s a big decision to bring a kid from Swansea Under 23s and put him in.

“He knows the competition; Joel Byrom’s running up and down the pitch before the game today so the competition will continue.

“The biggest compliment I give ourselves is they’ve not made a clear-cut chance for dominating possession of the ball [in the second half].

"What I would say is Conrad’s [Logan] not had a save to make.

“Our centre-backs won a lot of aerial duels and that’s a tough ask against the big striker they’ve got because he throws an arm every time he goes up - in a sporting way, not in a dirty way.”

Supporters will be able to view the manager’s post-match interview by logging into iFollow Stags later this evening.


Evans hails ‘fantastic’ Stags display at Exeter
chad.co.uk, Saturday 17 February 2018

Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans was delighted to see his side take all three points at promotion rivals Exeter City with a display that he described as ‘fantastic’ at times. Stags won it with a first half Danny Rose goal before comfortably soaking up second half City pressure. “It was a difficult pitch, but I thought in the first half we were fantastic,” he said. CLICK HERE TO READ THE MATCH REPORT “We should have been three or four nil up in the first half, such was our dominance. “If we’d scored a second in that first half I think we’d have won quite comfortably. “You’d take any type of win as that is a wonderful opponent we’ve beaten today. They are a wonderful side. “I said to the players at half-time it was a commendable first half. But the one thing I know about Paul Tisdale and Exeter is they will have a go. “They did have a go - but they never made a chance that big Conrad Logan had to save. There were a lot of long balls coming into the box, but I always felt if we could break on them we’d get a second. “My keeper has not made a save in 95 minutes. “That was testament to how hard the players worked, not just the back four, or back five when Diamond came on.”

Stags beat Newport 5-0 at home in midweek, but Evans felt their first half showing at Exeter was even better, even though chances were missed. “The first half today was a step up from Newport and the second half was more dogged and workmanlike,” he said. “For the goal, I think Alfie Potter put in a wonderful cross and I think Kane Hemmings does everything right. “He puts it onto the bar and we work on the training ground where one striker finishes and the other gets the reaction. Danny gets the reaction and puts it in the net.” Stags move up to fourth, three points off the top three, but said there was still a long way to go and many ‘squeaky bum’ games. “I see managers and chairmen getting carried away in September and October and I have a wry smile to myself,” he said. “I never, ever forget the best manager in my life ever was Sir Alex Ferguson. And he always told me ‘squeaky bum time’ comes mid-February to the end of the season. “Today and against Newport, and at Swindon - they are ‘squeaky bum games’. We’ll keep on going.”

Evans was delighted with his side’s fitness levels today, despite their midweek exertions. He said: “We put a lot of effort in against Newport. But (fitness) levels were up there again today. “We have a measurement on those energy levels and we were still running and heading and kicking things so strongly in the 90th minute. “The points were deserved and we know how hard they were to get.”

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/evans-hails-fantastic-stags-display-at-exeter-1-9021993


Rose blooming in spirited Stags' camp
mansfieldtown.net, 17 February 2018

Leading goalscorer Danny Rose was quick to praise his team-mates' 'brilliant' display after the 24-year-old helped the Stags to an excellent 1-0 victory at play-off hopefuls Exeter City.

The man with the golden touch struck his 17th of the season in all competitions to complete a magnificent week for the club, following a 5-0 thrashing of Newport on Tuesday night.

The result propels Steve Evans' side to fourth in Sky Bet League Two and just three points behind Accrington Stanley who occupy the final automatic position.

Speaking post match, Rose said: "It was a real battle to be honest. I thought the lads stood up to get a very good away victory.

"We were disappointed not to get anything at Swindon [in the last away outing a week ago] but to pick up three points here is very good.


"The spirit shown was fantastic especially after coming off a big victory on Tuesday. I thought every lad was brilliant and it was a real team performance.

"The lads are buzzing, but we'll go onto next Saturday now to play Coventry at home which is another big game."

Rose was well situated to land the decisive blow in the 38th minute and credited his team-mates' work in the build-up.

"Alfie's done brilliant to get to the byline and put it across the goal. The keeper's pulled off a magnificent save from Kane. I'm there for the follow up and luckily it's just gone in."

Knowing he could have previously added to his tally as part of a dominant first half performance, Rose said: "The 'keeper has saved one in the first five to ten minutes. It was a very good save and I think it clipped the post. There were a few blocked shots and i thought it wasn't going to be my day but luckily the third effort's gone in and i'm happy with it."

The Stags' marksman has now recorded three goals in his last four outings, but admits he cares little with how the goals are converted as long as the amber and blue are acquiring points.

"I'm just going out in every game and giving my all. The goals are a bonus. We know we've got to keep the standards high. If we can pick up three points here and then, especially away from home, then I think we'll be up there [in the league] come the end of the season.

"I'm really enjoying my football. I've not got any [goal] targets. I just want to see how many I can get before the end of the season."

Subscribers can watch Danny Rose's post match interview, in full, on iFollow Stags later tonight.


Stags hero Rose blooms with 17th goal of prolific season
chad.co.uk, Saturday 17 February 2018

Mansfield Town matchwinner Danny Rose was delighted as the Stags won a crucial showdown at promotion rivals Exeter City. Rose hit the only goal of the game in the first half to clinch a second win in five days as the Stags bounced back in style from last weekend’s loss at Swindon. He pounced seven minutes before half-time for his 17th goal of the season after Kane Hemmings had been denied by the bar and keeper from Alfie Potter’s cross. Rose, whose 17th goal of the season took the Stags upto fourth place to cap a fine individual display, said of his strike: “Alfie has done brilliant to get to the byeline and pull the ball back across goal. The keeper has pulled off a magnificent save from Kane and luckily my follow-up has just gone in. “It was a real battle. The lads stood up to get a very good away victory. STAGS FANS GALLERY STEVE EVANS POST-MATCH REACTION MATCH REPORT “We were very disappointed not to get anything at Swindon, but to pick up three points here is very good.” Rose praised the “fantastic spirit” of his teammates and described the victory as a “real team performance.” He admitted he might have scored more than just the matchwinner at Exeter as the Stags dominated in the first half. “The keeper saved one in the first five or 10 minutes,” Rose said. “It was a very good save but I was disappointed. “Then there were a few blocked shots and i thought it was not going to be my day, but then luckily the third effort went in and I was happy with it. In the second half the Stags rarely looked like adding to their tally, but looked comfortable as keeper Conrad Logan had little to do. Rose added: “The lads stood up really well against a good team who will be up there come the end of the season. “Everyone was superb.” The striker said he was really enjoying his football, but had not set himself any goalscoring targets. “We have been consistent and were disappoinbted at Swindon. We reacted (well) against Newport and have come here (to Exeter) and picked up a massive three points. “The lads are buzzing and we will go on now to next Saturday and Coventry at home - another big game. We have got to keep our standards high.”

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/stags-hero-rose-blooms-with-17th-goal-of-prolific-season-1-9022057


Exeter City 0 Mansfield Town 1: Paul Tisdale's reaction as Grecians suffer defeat to promotion rivals
Grecians boss urges side to move on from defeat
devonlive.com, By David Byrom, 17 FEB 2018

Paul Tisdale has urged his Exeter City side to move on quickly from their 1-0 defeat to Mansfield Town.

The Grecians were below-par in the game and struggled to create chances, whilst the Stags took the lead in a first half they dominated.

City improved in the second period but were unable to find a way back into the game, not having a shot on target all match, and Tisdale admitted his side were not at their best.

He said: “It was really difficult conditions again, they started better than us and got a goal - the first goal is so important here, we just couldn’t get it back.

“They were the better side in the first half.


“There’s a long way to go yet in the season and we weren’t at our best but we put another practical set-up in place to play the opponent, play the pitch and play the conditions and we’ve done that regularly and come out on top.

“Okay, we’ve lost one but we’ll move on.”

The Grecians had penalty appeals turned down in the last minute when Dean Moxey went down under a challenge in the box but Tisdale said he is not one to chalk the loss up to refereeing decisions.

“I’m a long way away - I can’t really answer it, but I thought Jayden Stockley took a bump just prior to that, which probably looked more from where we were.

“He chested it and got bumped in the same process, that’s what we appealed for from where we were.

“But I’m never one to go back, it is what it is.”

The Grecians now face long trips to Crewe Alexandra and Grimsby Town and Tisdale says his side need to bounce back.

He said: “There’s 15 games to go - our job is to look at those 15 games and how many of those games we need to win.

“Everyone is very downbeat and searching for as many negatives as they can find but we’ve lost a game of football and that’s the way it is.

“I’ve said to the side it’s onto the next on Tuesday, keep working, keep trying and there’s plenty of points at stake.

“Any game is an opportunity so I’m not going to fall into the trap of thinking we’ve got early points because we’ve got teams at the lower end of the table.

“That’s not how we’d look at it, it’s three points at stake, every team wants to win, it’s important to everybody, including us and we’ll do our best on Tuesday and Saturday and whatever comes at us over the next few weeks.

“We have to be practical about how we play - the conditions were very tough today and we went behind, we just didn’t do enough in the first half.”


Tis: We've lost one, but we move on."
Paul Tisdale gave his thoughts on City's defeat to Mansfield Town

exetercityfc.co.uk, By Ben Strange

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale is keen for his players to bounce back against Crewe Alexandra next week after a narrow 1-0 defeato Mansfield Town at St James Park.

The Grecians fell behind to a Danny Rose goal in the first half and were unable to find a way back into the match. On a tough pitch, the Mansfield defence did well to protect their lead despite City throwing a lot of aerial pressure at Steve Evans’ side late on.

Following the match, Tis said: “Really difficult conditions, they started better than us and got a goal and the first goal is so important here. We just couldn’t get it back.

“They were the better side in the first half, there’s a long way to go in the season and we weren’t at our best today.


“We put another practical setup in place, to play the opponent, play the pitch, play the conditions and we’ve done that regularly and come out on top. Ok, we’ve lost one, but we move on.”

Tis made two changes at the break with Hiram Boateng and Ryan Harley coming on as City looked for a way back into the match.

He continued: “We needed to do something, we had to change the flow of it. I wouldn’t have done it if we were a goal up, we were a goal down and I had to change something.”

Looking at the bigger picture Tis added: “There are 15 games to go, our job is to look at those games and look at how many of those that we need to win and to get about it.

"Everyone is very downbeat, everyone is searching for as many negatives as they can find. We’ve lost a game of football, that’s the way it is, on to the next game. Keep working, keep trying because there are plenty of points at stake.”

City now go into a busy week with a midweek trip to Crewe Alexandra before they go to Grimsby Town next Saturday. Despite coming up against sides who are lower down in the table, Tis is taking nothing for granted as his side look to get back to winning ways.

He said: “I’m not going to fall into the trap of thinking we’ve got easy points because teams are down the lower end of the table. It’s three points at stake, every team wants to win, it’s important to everybody, including us. We will do our best on Tuesday and Saturday and whatever comes at us in the next few weeks.”



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