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16th April 2018 0:00

Flitcroft: ‘They tried everything - but we were unbreakable’
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 14 April 2018

David Flitcroft declared his first ever win as Mansfield Town manager as one of the most important of his career after today’s crucial 1-0 derby win at Chesterfield. Flitcroft had failed to win any of his first eight games in charge but saw that elsuive victory finally arrive in the biggest of games when Mal Benning lashed home the second half winner against the relegation-haunted Spireites.

“It’s one of the most important wins I’ve ever had,” smiled Flitcroft. “It’s not really sunk in yet what the lads have done.

“They put their bodies on the line and gave everything to the cause. “I told them the importance of this football match and what the history meant to our supporters and they displayed all the attributes you’d want from a football team.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/flitcroft-they-tried-everything-but-we-were-unbreakable-1-9116040


Benning on cloud nine after hitting derby day winner
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 14 April 2018

Mansfield defender Mal Benning was on cloud nine after scoring what he believes to be the most important goal of his career in today’s 1-0 derby win at Chesterfield.

The defender struck on 67 minutes and dedicated the win to the fans, saying he still believes Stags can make the play-offs.

“It was definitely the most important goal I’ve ever scored when you look at the size of the game, being a derby, and being a must-win,” he said.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/benning-on-cloud-nine-after-hitting-derby-day-winner-1-9116051


Lester Reflects on Stags Defeat

Chesterfield manager Jack Lester says that he shared and understood the disappointment and frustrations of the Spireites supporters, following the 1-0 loss at home to local rivals Mansfield Town yesterday afternoon.

A goal in the second half from Stags defender Mal Benning, settled the contest, which was often a tense occasion. And saw few chances created at either end.

Speaking to iFollow a dejected Lester said: “Of course we’re going to go to the end. You could sense their disappointment and frustration.

“That’s a big game against their rivals and there’s needle in that game, and rightly so because of the past. That’s the first time I’ve lost to them and it doesn’t feel good.

“It was a tight game, we didn’t create enough chances, we had opportunities to get at people and we didn’t take those.