CLOUGH AND TRANMERE REACTION
Boss encouraged by unbeaten run
Boss Nigel Clough says one defeat in six is ‘something to build on,’ after his side gained a hard-earned point away to promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers this afternoon.
Saturday’s hosts took the lead through Kaiyne Woolery on the stroke of half-time, but the Stags responded via Stephen Quinn’s excellent volley to ensure the game ended one apiece.
Despite being pleased with the fightback from his side, the manager feels as if Mansfield could have emerged victorious from today’s game, had they taken their chances.
“I thought we had a good opportunity to get all three [points] today so we’re a little disappointed, but pleased with a point considering we came to a team challenging for automatic [promotion] and went 1-0 down,” he told iFollow Stags.
“It was a very disappointing goal again [to concede], especially the timing of it. So to come back and get a 1-1 is in some ways a good point.
“I thought in the first 10 or 15 minutes you could tell there were going to be opportunities, as it was an open game.
“I’m not sure how it’s finished 1-1, it could’ve been 3-3 with the amount of situations created today.
“[We lacked] a little bit of composure, quality, a finish. We wasted so many crosses throughout.
“We just wasted too much. But, having said that, we played well at times against quality opposition.
“I’m getting a little impatient because I think we’re better than we’re showing in certain stances on the pitch. That’s just getting us a bit frustrated at the moment.
“But it’s still the same target, to survive, and it’s another point towards that.
“I think it’s one defeat in the last six now, which was that last minute [goal] at Crawley. Even though they’re draws, two of them have been against top sides, so there’s certainly something to build on.”
Nigel Clough touched on the goal that earned the Stags a point, a tremendous first time volley from Quinn on 76 minutes.
“You can see why we haven’t scored so many when we’ve created so much and it takes a quality strike to get us that goal!
“He was as good as anybody on the pitch today, Stephen Quinn. He can’t run around like he did a few years ago, but his intelligence and desire stands out a mile.
“We’re delighted that it dropped to him [for his goal].”
There were two changes made at half-time, and five in total by Nigel Clough. The boss discussed these alterations, adding: “We just needed some fresh legs out there [so made two changes at the break]. It’s always a dilemma when you play so well on Tuesday.
“Do you put the lads back out there again as they played so well, or do you make a couple of changes to bring fresh legs in?
“Jordan [Bowery] has put so much in over the last few weeks, George Maris has just got back from injury, so we just needed two sets of fresh legs out there. Having the players back that we’ve got gives us more options.
“Charsley got a whack in the head when in their penalty area and had a bit of blurred vision. They’re just checking him out now and making sure he’s okay. It was good to get Ollie Clarke back on the pitch.”
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Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"Steven Quinn was probably the best player on the pitch today with his quality. The goal was just about control and technique and that's why you wanted it dropping to him.
"We've wasted far too many crosses, set plays and chances as well. Reidy has to hit the target with a couple of situations. He's working hard but that's what he's there for to finish one of those chances that he had.
“[On the Tranmere goal] Kellan decided to head it when it was about a foot off the floor instead of kicking it.
"Jordan [Bowery] looked tired, George [Maris] looked tired. So that's where your subs become very important.
"Jordan has played just about every game. If we'd had more strikers available, Jordan would have had a breather today."
'Quality strike' earns Mansfield Town point at Tranmere... but Nigel Clough thinks it could have been three
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Saturday 27th March 2021
Nigel Clough was delighted with Stephen Quinn's 'quality strike' which earned Mansfield Town a point at Tranmere Rovers... but felt his side could have had more.
The experienced midfielder's impressive volley saw the Stags fight back to secure a point at Prenton Park.
"It takes a very good strike and a quality strike to get us that goal," Clough told iFollow Stags."He was as good as anyone on the pitch today, Stephen Quinn.
"He can't run around like he did a few years ago but his intelligence and desire stands out a mile.
"We're delighted it dropped to him."
Kaiyne Woolery had put Rovers ahead seconds before the break in an open contest.
"I thought we had a good opportunity to get all three (points) today so a bit disappointed," Clough reflected.
"Pleased with a point in terms that we've come to a team challenging for automatic (promotion) and you're 1-0 down. To come back and get a 1-1 is, in some ways, a good point.
"I thought in the first 10-15 minutes today you could tell there'd be opportunities. It was an open game and I'm not quite sure how it's finished 1-1. It could have been 3-3."
'Impatient' Nigel Clough says Mansfield Town can do 'better than they're showing'
Nigel Clough is challenging his Mansfield Town squad to prove they are as good as he thinks they can be.
With just one defeat from their past six League Two contests, the Stags boss is relatively happy with his side's form.
But he believes his side are better than their 19th-place league position and the seven points picked up from those six matches suggests.
As his side prepare for an Easter Bank Holiday double this weekend, following on from Saturday's draw at Tranmere Rovers, Clough wants to iron out the mistakes and finish the season on a high.
"It's a bit frustrating and I'm getting a little bit impatient as I think we're better than we're showing in certain circumstances on the pitch," Clough said.
"It's getting frustrating but it's still the same target - let's survive and it's another point towards that.
"I think it's just that one defeat in the last six - that last minute defeat at Crawley, which is still irks us as you can tell - it's only that one.
"Even though they're draws, two are against top sides so it's certainly something to build on."
Dawes reflects on point vs Mansfield
Tranmere Rovers assistant manager Ian Dawes spoke to the media following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Mansfield.
Tranmere took the lead through Kaiyne Woolery at the end of the first half, but were pegged back by a late Stephen Quinn volley as the two teams shared the points.
Reflecting on the game, Dawes was pleased with the way TRFC played and how the players have worked hard to move the Club into the automatic promotion places with nine games remaining.
He said: “The difference between winning the game and drawing the game was the second goal. In football, when you have a chance to score the second goal and kill the game, if you don’t, it gives the opposition hope to go and score something out of nothing.
“I think Mansfield did do that, we dealt with the cross well, but their lad has followed up with the volley and it is a fantastic goal from their point of view and not much we could do to stop it.
“However, that wasn’t the problem, the problem wasn’t that we scored the second goal to see the match out.
“Kaiyne did very well coming back in and I thought the entire team, they played really well and worked hard! We did enough to win that game today other than take our opportunities. We have to learn from this.
“We have to take a breather now after this match, as disappointed as we are, if somebody said to us after our first ten matches, considering the start we had, that we would be third heading into the final nine matches, we would have taken that.
“The lads have worked incredibly hard to get to where they have got to, and I know we are all disappointed to not win today’s game but taking everything into account, we are in a great position going into the final nine matches.”
Tranmere Rovers didn't make the most of chances against Mansfield Town - Ian Dawes
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Saturday 27th March 2021
Tranmere Rovers assistant manager Ian Dawes believes his side should have made the most of their chances as they drew with Mansfield Town.
Stephen Quinn's volley cancelled out Kaiyne Woolery’s opener at Prenton Park today.
"The difference between winning the game and drawing the game was that second goal," Dawes told Rovers' YouTube channel.
"You know in football when you have the opportunity to score that second goal and kill the game, if you don't take then it gives the opposition that bit of hope, can they score out of nothing? I thought they did really.
"We've dealt with the cross well and the lad's scored a volley outside the box - but it's a fantastic goal from their point of view and there's not much we can do to stop it.
"That wasn't the problem, the goal wasn't the problem, it was we didn't score the second.
"I've been watching games and there's nothing in games. Fine margins, but the teams who take their opportunities win games."
The Stags may be looking to secure safety while Rovers sit third in the League Two table, but Dawes believes the two sides are closer than the table suggests.
He added: "We played Mansfield today and what you can't forget is they're a good side.
"They're in the position they're in because they've drawn a lot of games, not lost a lot of games.
"I think that’s their 17th draw today, so I'm sure if they'd turned a few of those draws into wins they'd be pushing for play-offs themselves."
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