Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags, Friday 12th March 2021:
"George Lapslie felt his hamstring, didn't feel 100% comfortable with it, in the 20 minutes that he had. So we'll assess whether it's worth risking him.
"Hopefully Oli Sarkic will be back available again."
Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham (video available on iFollow Stags):
"Stephen McLaughlin was excellent [in that George Maris/defensive midfielder role]. He's got similar attributes to George Maris. He competes all over the pitch, he's comfortable on the ball, and he's an intelligent player like George Maris."
Nigel Clough wants Mansfield Town to build on win over league leaders
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Friday 12th March 2021
Nigel Clough says Mansfield Town must now build on their midweek win over leaders Cheltenham Town.
Stags have not won in their last five away outings and travel to Crawley at the weekend for a match between what Clough says are ‘two of the most unpredictable teams in the league.
But Clough knows the importance of coming away with something in order to kick-start an unbeaten run.
“We need to continue in the same way (Cheltenham performance) if we can and put in a complete performance,” Clough said.
“It is one step forward and two back so we want to build on Tuesday night. We are four wins from five at home so that gives us our best chance.
“It is a tough one to build on, but if we can get something at Crawley then we have our home games to look forward to.”
The Stags manager felt his side had been sharp in both boxes against Cheltenham and knows his side need more of the same in Sussex.
“Not giving anything away was the biggest thing,” he added. There were no errors in the game that led to us conceding.
“We put chances away. I don’t think we played any better than against Cambridge (3-0 defeat), we just did those things better.
“When you score three goals in just over ten minutes, that's down to being clinical in one penalty area and dealing with threats at the other end.
“Teams have not been pummelling us and creating lots of chances. It's about concentrating and all the things you need to do to depend properly.
“It is hard to predict what we will get from Crawley. They got a good win over Salford.
“We have two of the most undpreidable teams in the league playing tomorrow.
Clough was also delighted by the individual performances of the players who have made recent costly mistakes.
“Kellan Gordon made mistakes at Barrow, but recovered well and played much better against Cheltenham,” he said.
“Faz Rawson has done well. We help them as a team, but then it's down to their own strength of character and mentality to go out there and show it was a one off.”
Nigel Clough says Jordan Bowery can bag plenty more goals if he finds a selfish streak
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Friday 12th March 2021
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough believes striker Jordan Bowery has got more goals in him.
Bowery has bagged ten goals and five assists so far since joining on a free transfer from MK Dons in the close season..
But Clough believes Bowery, who scored twice in the midweek win over Cheltenham, can bag even more goals if he develops a selfish side.
“I think he has got more goals in him certainly,” said Clough. “He played more central the other night and if we do that more hopefully it will help him.
“Even if we play him in a 4-3-3 he has got licence to stay up there and get in the box when balls are coming in from the other side.
“We will keep working with him and Andy Garner talks to him a lot about being a bit more selfish at times.
“We love the team ethic and him wanting to help his team-mates, but the best thing he can do is score a goal for the team. The more we can get him in those positions the more he will get.
“It's very much a psychological thing for him to keep going and getting in the box.
“He's as good a finisher as anybody and has shown that in some of the goals he has scored.
“We have just got to get him into that position more often.
“We hope he can get to that 15 goals mark and do something similar next season.”
Nottingham-born Bowery has begun to recapture some of his best form following a difficult time at MK Dons where he struggled to establish himself.
Crawley close in on play-off places as Archie Davies, James Tiley and Jordan Maguire-Drew shine
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Crawley head coach John Yems insists his side deserve everything they have being getting in recent matches.
The Reds made it back-to-back wins and clean sheets in League Two on Tuesday after they beat Salford 1-0 at the People’s Pension Stadium.
Prior to their last two games, Crawley had won just two of their last nine matches in all competitions.
However, Yems admits they have worked hard to get back on a good run.
He told The Argus: “The boys and the team have worked really hard to get back on some sort of form that we were on.
“Prior to the last two game we our form was not that bad, we have just come up against good sides and haven’t been at our best.
“There is no easy games in this league, but the lads have really put a shift in and are deserving everything they get at the moment.”
One player who has worked his way back into the starting line-up in recent matches is former Albion defender Archie Davies.
The 22-year-old joined the Reds in August after being released by the Seagulls over the summer.
Davies has had to be patient and wait for his opportunity with most of his game time coming off the bench.
However, he started in the wins over Tranmere and Salford.
But Yems praised Davies for how hard he has worked to get his opportunity.
He said: “He has impressed us and it shows why I signed him in the first place.
“Archie has come on and has worked really hard off the pitch and he is a really good player for us. “ Davies is not the only former Albion youngster in the Reds squad.
Both James Tilley and Jordan Maguire-Drew joined the Reds last month and Yems admits they have done well.
Reds host Mansfield tomorrow afternoon, looking to make it four wins in a row at The People’s Pension Stadium.
However, Nigel Clough’s side head to Sussex off the back of beating leaders Cheltenham 3-1 and Yems knows his side will have to be at their best to get the win.
He said: “They are a good side. Nigel Clough is a very good manager and will have them organised and he will have them ready to play.
“But we have just got to make sure ready for the game, as I’ve said there are no easy games in this league and every game that we are playing with Covid is a bonus anyway.
“So, we will be setting up to go out there and enjoy ourselves and hopefully things go well for us, and not so well for Mansfield.”
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