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CLOUGH, OATES, MICKY MELLON REACTION
4th November 2021 10:30


Gaffer: 'Victory is brilliant for all of us'
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 30th October 2021

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough hailed his side's excellent display, after Stags earned a deserved 2-0 victory at home to Tranmere this afternoon.

The win ends the Stags’ run of 12 winless league games after goals from Rhys Oates and Danny Johnson.

Moreover, Mansfield are now out of the bottom two - ahead of next week’s FA Cup fixture away at Sunderland - something the manager said makes for ‘nicer viewing’.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2021/october/gaffer-our-season-starts-now/

“I’m very pleased with the performance, and the manner in which we did it [won the game],” said the manager, speaking to iFollow Stags.

“We probably didn’t play as well as we did against Port Vale last week but we kept the clean sheet, missed a penalty and still managed to get the three points.

“I thought the way we went about it [the game] was very commendable and I don’t think we started or played like a team that were second-bottom [of the league table].”

The game’s first goal, scored by Oates, pleased the manager.

“The pass, the first touch and then the finish - it was excellent! He’s [Oates] been a bit frustrated but he’s been here three months, it takes time [to settle after joining a new team].”

Oates’ overall performance earned him the sponsor's ‘Man of the Match’, which the gaffer felt was deserved.

“He’s done unbelievably well [to assist Johnson for the second goal]. I think nine times out of ten the player in that situation shoots.

“He’s flicked the ball over somebody’s head and I think to take an extra second to square it [for Johnson] shows a great level of both ability and maturity.”

The boss felt his side could’ve had even more goals in the game.

“I think we were unlucky at times in the first-half, Danny Johnson came round the back [post] and we were just looking for a break or a deflection to go our way.

“Harry Charsley had another one [a similar opportunity], so I think with that and the penalty [miss] as well, we could have added more to our total and it may have been more comfortable.

“Tranmere are a good side. They have some good, experienced players but I thought that our work-rate today prevented them from playing.”

With a break in the league schedule next weekend, the manager spoke about the importance of ending the winless run.

“We’ll only know in the next few weeks [the significance of the win] but it was far too long without a victory. It’s been coming.

“What’s struck us in the last few weeks is how the crowd have stuck with us in the games. You see their reaction after the game and it was like we won the FA Cup.

“It’s brilliant for everybody that we’ve got one [a win] but we’ve got to try and get another one next week and then again the week after that.”

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Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough is a relieved man after Stags end winless run against Tranmere
chad.co.uk, Saturday 30th October 2021

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough was a relieved man as the Stags tasted a league victory for the first time in 13 attempts with a 2-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers.

Goals from Rhys Oates and Danny Johnson handed Town their first three points since Saturday 14 August, which moves the club out of the relegation places into 20th place in League Two.

And Clough expressed his delight with his side’s display.

“[I felt] relief more than anything; pleased with the performance and the manner of which we did it,” said Clough.

https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-boss-nigel-clough-is-a-relieved-man-after-stags-end-winless-run-against-tranmere-3438851

“I think the way we went about it was very commendable and I don’t think we started and played like a team that was second from bottom.

“[It has been] far too long without a victory; we have been so close, and it has been coming and it is brilliant for everybody that we have got one. But now we have to try and get another one next week and another one after that.

“I thought we had five-to-10 minutes where we had a little bit of pressure and they had the disallowed goal for offside which he was, but I thought from that point on we took control of the game again and it was just a matter of getting that second goal.

“You look at the league table now and it is nice not to be sitting in that bottom two going into the two-week break [from the league]; it wouldn’t have been nice viewing and it is nice to be out of it.”

Clough also praised Oates’ work for Johnson’s goal, which saw the forward take a ball over the top, flick it over Tom Davies before teeing up his fellow frontman to place home in the second period.

He continued: “I have just said to him that nine times out of 10, a player in that situation will shoot because he has done unbelievably well to flick it over somebodies head and you’re seeing headlines and a glory goal.

“To take that extra second and square it for his strike-partner and say, ‘tap that in’, I thought it showed a great level of ability and maturity to do that.

“He is showing signs and I thought he was very good at Exeter [City] last week and he scored one and made one this week and he was deservedly man of the match.”

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Oates: Stags 'buzzing' after Tranmere win
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 30th October 2021

Forward Rhys Oates says that Mansfield Town’s victory over Tranmere Rovers has given his teammates a ‘massive confidence boost’.

The former Hartlepool United man scored the Stags’ first goal, set up their second and won a penalty in the 2-0 victory at One Call Stadium.

Oates believes the side had deserved more from their previous league encounters and that all three Sky Bet League Two points had been overdue for Mansfield.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2021/october/rhys-oates-post-tranmere-win/

The 26-year-old admitted his teammates were delighted with the result.

"We're all buzzing,” Oates said. “It's a massive lift for all of us, a massive confidence boost.

"Everyone put 100% in from the first minute to the last, working as hard as we can and today we took our chances.

"It's massive because we knew it was coming. It's been a while since we've won a game but we've deserved more from the last two games before this. I think we deserved it [the three points] today and now we've got it the confidence will come back."

Oates showed great attacking prowess in his run to open up Tranmere for his goal as well as trickery and control to set-up Danny Johnson for 2-0.

Asked whether he put in his best performance of the season, Oates said: "Yes 100%.

“I think I just went back to my basics. [I] worked as hard as I could, running [the] channels and that's how we got both of our goals.

"As soon as the ball was turned over, I saw him [Stephen Quinn] get his head up and I just ran. You know with Stephen Quinn, as soon as he sees a run like that he'll find you.

"I've been trying too hard to score in recent weeks. In training I've been scoring a few goals when I've tried to place it [in the corner] a bit more.

"I think I've [reminded] myself that I can score goals. The other day we went through a few clips from last season when I was scoring and how relaxed I was when I was taking my shots. I tried to get back to that today."

The summer signing admitted that Mansfield’s improvement in form and confidence may have come at the right tie, just before an FA Cup tie with Sunderland.

"It's important [to get the points today] but it also gives us the confidence going into next week which is going to be a tough game in the FA Cup,” he said.

“I think the confidence will do us the world of good.

"The pressure's off because [we're] not the favourites but we want to win that game. We want to cause an upset and we're confident that we can do that."

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Micky Mellon admits Tranmere Rovers let the fans down after defeat at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 30th October 2021

Tranmere boss Micky Mellon admitted his side let the travelling fans down after their defeat at Mansfield.

Rovers were sunk by goals from Rhys Oates and Danny Johnson and never looked like getting anything from the game.

Tranmere received a let off after Johnson missed a second minute spot-kick, before Kieron Morris had a goal ruled out for offside.

It left Mellon disappointed by his side’s off the pace display.

https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/micky-mellon-admits-tranmere-rovers-let-the-fans-down-after-defeat-at-mansfield-town-3438842

“I think the performance never represented the travelling support or the club well enough today,” he said.

“We were disappointing from the first moments, We did not match the intensity that the game needed or match Mansfield’s intensity.

“It was a mad start to the game and we looked all over the place. We were making decisions that can only be a lack of focus.

“We are disappointed that the fans who came over have been let down.

“We huffed and puffed at the start of the second half and then gave away a really poor goal that is not us.

“We never passed it well enough and we didn’t look a threat often enough.

“We got outrun at times, which is not like us. It was just a really poor all round performance that includes me as manager - I am responsible for how we played and I take my share of responsibility for that.

“It was not good enough for a Tranmere team to play like that. We will be back in on Monday and work five days to the weekend to get back on track.

“I thought them missing the penalty might have got us going, but it didn’t. We just didn’t perform today.”

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Mansfield Town 2-0 Tranmere Rovers - reaction
By PA / Richard Garnett
https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/sport/19685841.mansfield-town-2-0-tranmere-rovers---reaction/

Micky Mellon pulled no punches after his Tranmere team slumped to a second successive league defeat with a disappointing 2-0 reversal at Mansfield Town on Saturday.

The Stags had already missed a penalty before Rhys Oates put them ahead on 18 minutes, who went onto secure their first win in 13 matches with a goal from Danny Johnson midway through the second half.

In stark contrast, Rovers' recent good form has seemingly evaporated, as back-to-back defeats see them drop back out of the play-off positions, and boss Mellon was in no mood to make excuses for it.

Speaking to reporters after the match, he said: “I think the performance never represented the travelling support or the club well enough.

“We were disappointing from the first moments. We did not match the intensity the game needed or match Mansfield’s intensity.

“It was a mad start to the game and we looked all over the place. We were making decisions that can only be a lack of focus.

“We are disappointed the fans who came over have been let down.

“We huffed and puffed at the start of the second half and then gave away a really poor goal that is not us. We never passed it well enough and we didn’t look a threat often enough.We got outrun at times, which is not like us.

“It was just a really poor all-round performance that includes me as manager - I am responsible for how we played and I take my share of responsibility for that.

“It was not good enough for a Tranmere team to play like that. We will be back in on Monday and work five days to the weekend to get back on track.”

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John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Excellent win today.
Much-needed and much-deserved.
Well done to Nigel and the players.
Our fans, as usual, were excellent; loud, positive and encouraging in support of our players.
Let’s use this to kick-start our season.
COYS!!!

David Sharpe @DavidSharpe91
We all needed that! Well done to the lads, Nigel & staff, been a very tough couple of months for all. Especially made up for the fans that stuck with us, you deserved that today. Now time to kick on!!

Kellan Gordon @kellangordon25
Felt good to be back out there 3 points and a clean sheet love it boys

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