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9th September 2021 0:27

Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags, Saturday 4th September 2021:

“Just prior to that (two red cards), we should’ve had a penalty. Stephen Quinn went down (in the box) literally 20 seconds before that.

“I’m not sure it’s a clear, goalscoring opportunity (for Clarke’s dismissal). Richard Nartey is a yard or so behind, so I don’t think it’s clear enough to send him off.

“We will have a good look at it and appeal it, but it's unlikely we'll succeed as you know what happens with a lot of these appeals.

“It wasn’t the referee [who saw the reason for Quinn’s dismissal], it was the assistant. He said he’d seen a kick. So, if that’s the case, that’s inexcusable, and he’ll be fined and dealt with accordingly.

“I don’t think we were too bad, we’re just conceding very poor goals at very poor times, and making poor decisions.

“To get the start that we did was fantastic and then within a minute, we concede from a free header at a corner, with someone not doing their job again.

“Then George Maris' decision in the 46th minute absolutely defied all logic and common sense.

“We go in (at half-time) 2-1 down, when we should at least be on level terms.

"We had situations and balls across the face of goal being cut out.

"Their main danger was obviously set plays, so you've got to be careful giving them away.

“We still have a problem at centre half without a doubt and we will have until James Perch is back on the pitch.

“We spoke about not wanting to go behind against them [Harrogate], so when we went 2-1 down, you saw them professionally see the game out and make it difficult for us.

“We can’t put ourselves in that position. The number of times we’ve conceded not long after scoring, it’s been far too often.”

(for the third goal) "The problem is you only have got nine men, and there's a little lad scored it, so you pick the big lads up and it's the little lad that get free. We thought there was a blatant foul again leading up to it, on Richard Nartey in the six yard box.

“I don't want to moan about referees but they are playing an instrumental part in our results at the moment, going back to Colchester and the penalty in the 93rd minute. Especially the other night at Harrogate and again today.

“We just want fair and just decisions. We don't want anything going in our favour that's not deserved.

“We do feel like we are not getting a decision or a break at the moment.”

“I thought Richard Nartey was good. I was very pleased with his debut.

He got a tackle in early on and got booked, but we have been lacking some aggression and at least we showed a bit of that all over the pitch today which was nice.

“Unfortunately it was misguided in the case of Stephen Quinn. No excue for that at all, especially with his experience”

“I was pleased that, at 3-1 with nine men, they could have gone on and scored four or five and the scoreline could have been a lot worse.

“The game is finished now. We’ve had a bad three weeks. We’ll now press the reset button and start again next Saturday.”


Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver praises his side’s discipline as Mansfield Town finish up with nine men
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Saturday 4th September 2021

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver praised the discipline and composure of his players as they went top with a 3-1 win at nine-men Mansfield Town today.

Stags were shown two straight reds for Ollie Clarke and Stephen Quinn while eight other players were booked in a tempestuous affair and Weaver said: “There was quite a bit of controversy and drama and we were the pantomime villains today.

“I was quite proud of the team for showing discipline and not getting anyone sent off which was vital.


“We said at half time don't turn their fans against us as they do get behind their team and that can be hard to play against.

“The control of the players was as important as passing the ball and defending and all the other components of the game.”

He added: “I thought we deserved the three points and at times we played some really exciting attacking football.

“It was a real challenge going 1-0 down straight from the off, especially in front of Mansfield's support which is really passionate and right behind the team.

“But our support couldn't have been louder or more passionate for the numbers we brought and I thought the lads delivered a very passionate performance as well.

“You can't always respond by scoring straight away after going behind, but it just showed the character of the players - they were straight back on the front foot. That's how we want to play.

“It was a pitch that suited us and it was good to get Jack Diamond back in the team. It wasn't all about him today, but obviously he put in a great shift and good performance on his 'new debut'.

“But everyone contributed which is what you need away from home.”


Harrogate Town 'proud' to top League Two following victory at Mansfield Town, admits Simon Weaver
By Stuart Rayner

Pride was Simon Weaver's over-riding emotion as unbeaten Harrogate Town went top of League Two.

But the Sulphurites chief was also pleased at the way his side kept their cool after two straight red cards for opponents Mansfield Town during one break in play after 73 minutes.

With Forest Green Rovers held at Exeter City, a 3-1 win for the Wetherby Road outfit took them to the top of the table on goal difference with a game in hand.

Victory was secured by goals from Luke Armstrong, Jack Muldoon and a rare header by George Thompson, which came after red cards for Ollie Clarke and former Sheffield United, Rotherham United and Hull City midfielder Stephen Quinn.


Clarke was dismissed for a professional foul on Jack Diamond, making his second Harrogate debut, and Quinn for an alleged headbutt on Josh Falkingham before the game restarted.

"It's sounds great [to be top of the league]," said Weaver.

"I know it's early days and we haven't got the kind of characters in the changing room to get overly excited but we're proud.

"We're very proud of the start we've had and we can have a nice weekend now and go again.

"If you don't start well as a manager you say you don't look at the table, I've looked at it already!

"We'll see where the next five games go and just be determined every game because we don't lack passion. If we go flat or anyone gets big-time, they won't be in the team. They know how I work.

"At this level you can win three, lose three, we did that enough times last year so you don't go overboard but I'm entitled as manager to be proud of the boys today."

There were 10 cards shown in all by referee Paul Howard, four yellow cards to Harrogate including Falkingham before the flashpoint with Quinn which sent Harrogate's captain to ground holding his face.

"I believe our players are telling the truth when they said there was a headbutt on Josh Falkingham and you can see the cut on his face," added Weaver.

"It's disappointing because there weren't many angry tackles out there but we said to the lads at half-time, 'We need 11 on the pitch.'

"Lewis Page got a yellow card in the first half and we thought, 'We need you on the pitch.' We're going to have to show discipline and emotional control throughout the season because we're going to go to much bigger places than we've got with partisan support and they expect to beat Harrogate Town, let's be honest.

"We want to thrive in that environment, not get them against us but try and get them against their own team.

"In this day and age you don't have to do too much to get a yellow card but it's vital you don't have another yellow card. We need 11.

"People can play at this level and will take advantage. Fortunately we just showed enough control to keep 11 on the pitch and still show a passionate performance."

Saturday's victory extends Town's unbeaten start to the season into a sixth match. They have won four and drawn one in League Two.


Harrogate Town's fast start due to togetherness and understanding, says George Thomson

George Thomson has attributed Harrogate Town's fine start to 2021/22 to the togetherness within their camp and the fact that he and his team-mates all understand their roles.

Saturday's 3-1 victory at Mansfield was the unbeaten Sulphurites' fifth win in six competitive matches this term, their haul of 13 points from a possible 15 leaving them top of League Two on goal-difference.

The 29-year-old midfielder netted his side's third of the afternoon at Field Mill and spoke to the Harrogate Advertiser post-match about the club's impressive early-season form.

"We've had a brilliant start, you couldn't ask for much more," Thomson said.

"There's a real togetherness in that changing room at the moment. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and I think everyone is enjoying it and we've got to keep that going as long as possible.

"Everybody knows their role, knows their job and we are carrying it out game after game at the minute and that is why we are getting results.

"I know my responsibilities and my job and I just look to carry it out as best I can week on week.

"A lot of it is about momentum as well and when you've got it you want to keep it going as long as you can."

Having provided the assist for Luke Armstrong's early equaliser at Mansfield, Thomson got on the score-sheet himself late on, opening his account for the season with a rare headed goal from Lewis Page's 81st-minute right-wing corner

"For a long time I have been taking the corners from both sides, but we've switched and Pagey has put some great balls in," he added.

"I thought that with the numerical advantage I'd make that run across the front post. I saw the gap and just went for it.

"They were down to nine men so there was nobody staying up, so we didn't need to have too many on the edge of the box or staying back so I made that run across the front, a bit like the run Luke made in the first half and I'm pleased to get the goal."