CLOUGH AND BEN GARNER REACTION
Boss calls for finishing touch in final third
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 28th August 2021
Manager Nigel Clough says his side created enough ‘opportunities’ and ‘situations’ in today’s defeat against Swindon to earn something from the contest in SN1.
Tyreece Simpson netted the winner for the Robins in the second-half, but the Stags thought they had found an equaliser via a Tyrese Sinclair free-kick which may have crossed the goal-line.
The boss says Mansfield were let down by ‘poor finishing and poor decision making’ in the final third at the Energy Check County Ground.
“I’m not sure how we haven’t scored,” he told iFollow Stags. “There was poor decision-making in the final third again, but to create that many chances away from home and not come away with anything is quite incredible really.
"It was a good performance and good enough to get us at least a point from the game.
“We controlled the game for periods, especially in the first 20 minutes and had two good chances. You come in [at half-time] at 0-0 and we’re thinking we should be 1-0 up.
“Then second-half we concede a soft-ish goal, a good goal from their point of view, then after that we have half a dozen opportunities to get a goal.
“Probably the best one was just before they scored when Oli Hawkins went clear and tried to square it to Danny Johnson. Whether it was a poor decision or not, it was poor execution. It should’ve been a tap-in [for Johnson].
“It [defeat] was a combination of poor decisions and poor finishing. They created very little today and Nathan Bishop has had very little to do.
“I think we’ve come and played well, controlled the game and created chances. We just need someone to put one of them away.
“I thought it was a good performance and good enough to get us a point from the game. Our supporters will go home disappointed, but I hope they’re not disappointed with the effort and the situations that we created.”
Many inside the stadium thought Mansfield had found their equaliser when Sinclair’s free-kick seemingly crossed the line at the far post, however, referee Robert Madley remained unmoved.
“We’re on the halfway line so we can’t tell, but we had a couple of subs warming up and they thought it was in,” explained the boss.
“You could see from the reaction of our players and they thought it was in. How it’s not gone in, I don’t know.
“You’re just waiting for the referee [Robert Madley] to give the goal. It must have been mightily close. It’s another little thing that has gone against us.”
There was also an update on defender James Perch, who missed today’s match after being injured in training earlier this week.
“He [Perch] got a bang on the head. A cross came in and it was an innocuous challenge.
“He didn’t feel too good after it, so obviously we don’t want to take any chances whatsoever.
“We’ll follow all the procedures and protocols that we have to for that sort of injury and we’ll see how he is this week.
On potential signings ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, the manager added: “It’s our hope [to get two defenders in]. David Sharpe [chief executive] has been working very hard and we’re pursuing a couple in particular and hope to get them over the line.”
iFollow Stags subscribers can watch the manager’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.
Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"We think we have actually scored a goal that was over the line, the officials didn't give it.
"The last two away games, there's a penalty at Colchester in the 93rd minute, then we're denied an equaliser when we think it's over the line. We're not quite getting the breaks.
"We had two subs warming up (in line with it), and they thought it was in.
"But I thought we created enough situations today to score several goals.
"It felt like a home game without the amount of control we had but we have to go and get a goal.
"I thought today our forwards' finishing wasn't good enough.
"Oli Hawkins made the decision to square it to Danny Johnson. I've got no problems with not shooting, just do it better. Once he's turned the shot down and squared it, then Danny has to get a shot off. He just overhit the pass by a yard, and what should have been a tap in to an empty net turned into a quarter chance.
"A golden opportunity at 0-0.
"To only get one point out of nine from the performances we've put in against Colchester, Bradford and Swindon, is incredible. Hopefully one day we might play rubbish and win.
"We're pretty close to bringing two defenders in. We've agreed with one player, we're just waiting for the club. And the other one, we're close to as well.
Question: what will those defenders offer you?
Clough: "A clean sheet. We haven't had one."
It's 'incredible' that Mansfield Town didn't score at Swindon - Nigel Clough
chad.co.uk, Saturday 28th August 2021
Nigel Clough believes it was 'incredible' that his Mansfield Town side left Swindon without scoring.
Tyreece Simpson scored the only goal of the game for the hosts, but it was at the other end where the Stags boss thought the net should have rippled.
"I'm not sure how we haven't scored, apart from poor finishing and poor decision making in the final third again," Clough said.
"To create that many chances away from home at one of the top teams in the league and not come away from there with anything, it's quite incredible.
"We controlled the game for periods, had good chances. Ollie Clarke had two good chances, Ollie Hawkins had one. You come in at half time 0-0 and think we should be 1-0 up.
"Second half we concede a softish goal, a good goal probably from their point of view. From then on we have, I think, half a dozen opportunities to get a goal."
Tyrese Sinclair thought he had scored from a free kick, but it was deemed the ball had not crossed the line.
Clough added: "We're on the halfway line so we can't tell, but we had a look at the subs warming up. They thought it was in.
"The reaction of our players, they thought it was in as well. It must have been mightily close, but another thing's gone against us."
Mansfield Town want two defenders in by Tuesday - Clough
chad.co.uk, Saturday 28th August 2021
Nigel Clough wants to bring in two defenders before Tuesday's transfer window deadline.
The Stags boss has identified targets and hopes he can bolster his backline.
"We've been stepping up our search in the past two weeks and we do hope to get a defender or two in before Tuesday," Clough explained.
"We're pushing on a couple in particular and trying to get them over the line."
Town's need for defenders has intensified following a training ground injury to James Perch.
"He just got a bang on the head," Clough explained.
"A cross came in and it was an innocuous challenge. He didn't feel too good afterwards and we don't want to take any changes.
"We'll follow all the procedures and protocols we have to for that sort of injury."
Ryan Stirk was unavailable for yesterday's clash at Swindon due to Covid.
Clough had hoped to keep the news under wraps but the details were announced by the Welsh FA, much to the Stags boss' frustration.
"Unfortunately, the Welsh FA deemed it necessary to put it out on Thursday, which isn't ideal, alerting the opposition to your team news."
Hard one to take yesterday but plenty of positives to take out the game and we bounce back Tuesday
Tough one to take yesterday. Enjoying every second with this team and wearing the stags badge. Better results to come! Thank you for the top support
Ben Garner happy with defensive resilience of Swindon Town in win over Mansfield
swindonadvertiser.co.uk, By Jonny Leighfield
SWINDON Town head coach Ben Garner:
“There are still a lot of things we can work on and improve on still, but three clean sheets in a row and seven points is really pleasing with a developing and a growing group.
“Our defensive organisation was pretty good throughout. Mansfield pose a really big attacking threat with the diamond that they play and with the front two that they’ve got, so we changed shape.
“We took a little bit of time to get going with the ball in the first half, but then did well in the second half and got the goal.”
“We saw the game through, the only threat near the end was from set-pieces which we defended brilliantly.
“But we gave too many at times when we didn’t have to. There will be a bit to go through on the video next week, but there are a lot of young players here who are learning those aspects of the game. That’s something we can certainly improve on moving forwards.”
BBC Wiltshire Sport question: "did you think they'd scored when it hit the crossbar and came down?"
Ben Garner: "it wasn't a great angle for me because they were a lot of bodies in the way. I've not seen it back. I don't know whether it did or didn't."
REACTION: Garner sees room for improvement
Head Coach gives his thoughts on Mansfield victory
Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner was pleased with his team after they beat Mansfield Town 1-0 at The County Ground this afternoon.
Although they were far from their best in the first-half, the Reds composed themselves and came out swinging in the second-half.
Jonny Williams, who had been on the pitch for less than a minute, produced a moment of magic to set up Tyreece Simpson who got off the mark for Town with his first goal.
That proved to be the winner as Town dug in during the closing stages to pick up their first home win of the 2021-22 EFL Sky Bet League Two season, and Garner sat down with the media after the game to give his thoughts on a number of topics...
Garner On The Win & Performance...
"There are still a lot of things we can improve on, a lot of things we can polish up on, but three clean sheets in a row and seven points is really pleasing.
"We are a developing and growing group, so we'll enjoy that one today then we'll move forward.
"Our defensive organisation was pretty good throughout - we changed shape today and Mansfield posed a really big attacking threat with the diamond that they play and the front two that they've got.
"It probably took a little bit of time to get going with the ball in the first-half, but we then did well and I thought we played really well at the start of the second-half and got the goal.
"We saw the game through and the only threat at the end was set-pieces, which we defended brilliantly, but we just gave too many away at times that we didn't have to.
"That will be something to go through on the video next week, but there are a lot of young players in there and they are learning those aspects of the game.
"There are things we can certainly improve going forward.
"We work hard on our set-pieces, we put a lot of detail into it and they are a huge part of the game. I don't think we are physically the biggest team in the league, so we problem solve it and find a way that suits us and gives us the best possible chance of not conceding.
"It would have been nice to have a couple more of our own - we've been practicing free-kicks all week and they've been absolutely brilliant.
"The one at the end I thought was going to fly into the top corner, which would have been huge reward for Louis Reed today because I thought he was brilliant in the middle of the park."
Garner On Jonny Williams...
"I thought he had a big impact on the game and I just felt the spaces changed in the second-half.
"We didn't need two holding midfield players in there, so we just changed, we dropped Glads (Ben Gladwin) back and got Jonny higher up the pitch and fortunately it resulted in a goal thanks to a bit of quality from Jonny."
Garner On Tyreece Simpson...
"I'm just delighted to see Tyreece score because he really, really deserved that goal and everyone is over the moon for him.
"I'm sure it gave him a world of confidence. His confidence hadn't dropped anyway, I think his all-round game and contribution to the team has been excellent which is why everyone in that dressing room is so happy for him.
"He's only going to get better and improve and he will score goals, but everything else that he brings to the team for a young player is really good.
"As I've said before, I think he's got a really good future in the game."
Garner On Mansfield's Supposed Goal That Wasn't...
"It wasn't a great angle for me because there was a lot of bodies in the way. They appealed strongly and I've not seen it back and I don't know if it did or didn't, but I thought the ball was going out of play and then it suddenly came back in.
"We just conceded too many of those situations, so that is a little bit of game management on our part but, if you spin that into a positive, we defended them really, really well."
Garner On Grinding Out Games...
"On the whole we did it well, but we probably could have managed the game with the ball a little bit better and I thought we had counter-attacking situations that should have resulted in a shot at goal, and we didn't take those.
"It would have been nice to get the second goal and kill the game - I think we could be a little bit more ruthless in that respect.
"But there are so many positives in there and we'll enjoy that one before we start focussing on Stevenage next week."
Garner On Electric Atmosphere...
"I thought they were brilliant today and there was a spell in the second-half when it was electric when we got the goal.
"There was also a spell in the second-half late on when set-pieces were coming in and there was that little bit of territory from them, but the fans gave us a real lift when we needed it and I'm delighted for them to see the first home win.
"Hopefully there's many more to come this season.
"Momentum is huge and where we were at the start of the season, we would have been lots of people's favourite to get relegated out of the league.
"We've had a really strong start, we're certainly not getting carried away but we've got momentum at the moment and the longer we can keep that the better.
"We'll just keep working on the training ground to keep improving, keep developing the players and keep pushing on as a team.
"We'll take each game at a time and see where we go."
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