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16th November 2021 21:35

Manager praises Stags' resurgence after fourth straight win
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 13th November 2021

Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough was pleased at his side’s ability to ‘find a way to win’ during a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Stevenage this afternoon.

Youngster Ryan Stirk bagged the match winner with his first goal for the club.

The win extends the Stags’ run of victories to four as Mansfield left Hertfordshire with all three points.


“It was [hard-fought] all the way through [the game] today,” the manager said.

“I thought we were excellent in the first-half and should have gone in [to the interval] more than one ahead.

“We had one or two very good situations [to extend the lead further].

“But then we concede, from our point of view [it was] a very poor goal. Oli Hawkins losing Cuthbert.

“I thought our reaction [after the Stevenage equaliser] was very good and Ryan Stirk’s popped up with the winner and a very good winner as well!”

Stirk’s first goal for the Stags displayed an excellent mixture of balance and skill before he expertly put Mansfield into a second-half lead.

“The composure [Stirk showed in his goal] is exactly what you get from a lad at a Championship club.”

The gaffer continued: “He [Stirk] doesn’t panic. He doesn’t hit defenders’ legs. He shifts the ball a yard or two and side-foots it in.

“He added a little bit [more] quality I thought in the game.”

Stirk’s performance was one of many standouts in a Stags’ shirt at Lamex Stadium. The manager believes his team are benefitting from the return of some key players.

“We [look a better side] because of the players we have now to bring on.

“We lost three players today through injury.

“But we had [Farrend] Rawson, [Ryan] Stirk and [Tyrese] Sinclair to bring on and we haven’t had that squad available [even] five or six weeks ago.”

Mansfield will wait to see the extent of the injuries for those who came off this afternoon:

“Rhys Oates, groin [injury] very similar to last week, George Lapslie, shoulder, don't know yet how serious that is, and George Maris’ was his ankle in a blocked tackle.

“Quinny was on his knees [at the end of the game] so maybe another one or two [players] could have come off.”

Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I don’t know if those three players will make next week.”

Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham on Danny Johnson:
"When he got his hat trick on Tuesday night, the goallie just caught him. He's had a scan and he's nicked an ankle ligament. We're hoping he'll only be out for 3-4 weeks, best case scenario."


Nigel Clough - delight for Mansfield Town boss after fourth win a row, but he insists ‘we’re not getting carried away’
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Saturday 13th November 2021

Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough was delighted to watch his side see out a crucial 2-1 victory at Stevenage this afternoon for a fourth win a row.

But, coming on the back of that awful 14-game run without victory, Clough said there was still a lot of work to do to get the season properly back on course.

“I know we weren't at our best today, nowhere near what we can be, but we found a way to win and scored two good goals,” he said.

“The last seven minutes was a long time but we kept the ball well down their end. We're learning how to see games out.


“I think everyone sensed it was coming when we got that first win and now we've got to keep it going.

“I am not even looking at the table yet or getting carried away. We're still playing catch-up for the run we had and there is a lot of work to do.”

He continued: “It was hard-fought all the way through today.

“I thought we were good first half like we were at Sunderland and should have gone in more than one ahead. We had two or three very good situations.

“But then we conceded, from our point of view, a very poor goal, right from the build-up to it, with Nathan Bishop conceding a needless corner and then Oli Hawkins losing Scott Cuthbert.

“The reaction after that was very, very good and Ryan Stirk has popped up with the winner - and a very good winner as well.

“He showed us exactly what we've been missing the eight weeks he's been out. He showed the bit of composure you get from a lad at a Championship club. He doesn't panic.”

Rhys Oates (groin), George Lapslie (shoulder) and George Maris (ankle) all had to go off injured, but Clough is happy to finally have some quality as his disposal on the bench.

“With the players we now have to bring on, when we lose three players through injury, we are bring Rawson on, Stirk on and Sinclair on - we haven't had that squad available for five or six weeks,” he said.

“So when you do get pegged back and lose another three players through injury, you have good enough players to come on and get a result.”

Clough had particular praise for John-Joe O'Toole, who signed a short term deal two weeks ago.

“I thought O'Toole was very good. He scored a good goal, his second in a week for us. He's played two and a half games and won all three.

“When we win corners and free kicks, it's important we do have a threat in there. It was a brilliant header at the far post.

“It is testament to the way he's looked after himself, considering he's not played for six months.

“Ironically, Alex Revell (Stevenage manager) actually recommended him as he'd been here for a couple of weeks training.

“He told me he'd been absolutely magnificent in training and if he could take him he would, but he wasn't able to, so we stepped in.”


Mansfield Town: Too early to say Stags have turned corner after four wins - Nigel Clough

Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough says it is too early to suggest his side have turned a corner despite four successive wins in all competitions.

Before starting the run, the Stags were winless in 14 matches and only above the bottom two on goal difference.

Saturday's 2-1 victory at Stevenage lifted them to 18th in League Two, five points clear of the relegation places.

"I still think we've got a lot of work to do," 55-year-old Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"Four victories now puts a smile on everybody's face, but we've got three out of the next four (games) away from home.

"If you can't win, you don't lose, that's the sort of mantra we're trying to get across to the players, and we now need to build up a good unbeaten run, continuing it against Scunthorpe (on Saturday)."

Mansfield were badly affected by injuries during their long sequence of games without a victory.

And Clough said the belief which "everybody lost during that terrible run" was "slowly coming back".

However, their bad luck with injuries is continuing, with forward Danny Johnson unable to play against Stevenage after scoring a hat-trick against Newcastle's Under-21 side in the Papa John's Trophy last week.

"When he won the penalty for his hat-trick on Tuesday night, the goalie just caught him, he had a scan and he's nicked an ankle ligament," said Clough.

"We're hoping three to four weeks (out), something like that, best case scenario.

"It was certainly a blow, he's scored four goals in his last three games and then he gets this injury, but that's what it's been like since the end of August."


Stirk confident Stags can keep climbing the table
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 13th November 2021

Midfielder Ryan Stirk says there is still much more to come as the youngster’s first goal for the club secured the Stags’ fourth consecutive win in all competitions this afternoon.

The on-loan Birmingham City midfielder added Mansfield’s 65th minute winning goal in a well-battled 2-1 victory over Stevenage at Lamex Stadium.

The 21-year-old came on as a second-half substitute to grab the game’s decisive goal.

Stirk says that Mansfield are pleased with their first win on the road and there is more to come.

“We’re happy with it [the win] but we’re not satisfied yet,” he said.


“We want to keep working, keep getting more wins and keep moving up the table.

The youngster admitted that Stevenage didn’t make it easy for Mansfield but his teammates rose to the challenge.

“You saw JJ [John-Joe O’Toole] winning every header today and he was excellent,” said Stirk. “He really showed us how many games he’s played in the league and what it takes to win a game of football when you come away and they make it scruffy and hard for you.

“I thought we dealt with it really well. I think we can do both sides of the game.

“We’ve got players that can scrap [and] win headers, then [there are] players like Quinny [Stephen Quinn] who get it down and play forward with quality.

“It was a really good three points today and finally I got my first goal.”

Stirk credited Mansfield’s 535 away supporters at Lamex Stadium and their contribution to the team’s display.

“They [the supporters] were excellent today as usual,” he said. “They never let us down away or at home.

“[They were] singing all afternoon and I think having all of them there defeats the fact that we’re the away team. We acted like the home with them [all behind us].”

The midfielder hopes the Stags can use their newfound momentum to push up the Sky Bet League Two table.

“We’re not going to get carried away with the four wins.” Stirk said. “We’re going to win as many games as we can and see where it takes us.

“We’ve got four games in November, big games as well. We’re going to try and get as many points on the board as we can and all the lads will push as hard as they can until Christmas and we’ll see where we are.”

You can watch the midfielder's interview in full by clicking here.


Matchwinner Ryan Stirk still believes Mansfield Town can join the promotion hunt
chad.co.uk, Saturday 13th November 2021

Mansfield Town matchwinner Ryan Stirk said he hoped today's 2-1 victory at Stevenage would signal his belated start to the season and still believes the Stags can get promotion.

Birmingham City loanee Stirk, back from injury, came on as sub to score the winner - his first professional goal - today and said: “It's been a tough season so far, being out injured for six weeks.

“I think my season starts today. I want to get back and play as many games as I can and keep this run going and move up the table.


“We have won four in a row now, but we are not satisfied yet. Our one aim is to get promoted this season and we're still going to try to do that

“We will win as many games as we can and see where it takes us.

“The three points were the main thing today. We've won four on the bounce and the lads have been excellent through that little run - long may it continue.

“It was a good win and I got my first goal too so I am really pleased with that.”

He added: “I was only on for seven or eight minutes. I was playing a bit higher up today - the gaffer has shown trust in me to play me there - and it just fell nicely for me and I put it in, it was a good goal.

“The lads were telling me I had more time than I thought and that I dallied on it a bit. The main thing is it went in and we won.”

Stirk had praise for the big away following as well as John-Joe O'Toole, who netted the other goal and was solid at the back.

“The fans were excellent today as usual. They never let us down away or at home. They were singing all afternoon. They made us feel like the home team,” he said.

“I think JJ (John-Joe O'Toole) won every header today and shown us how many games he's played in the league and what it takes to win a game of football.

“Stevenage made it scruffy and hard for us but we dealt with it well.”


Alex Revell vows to stick it out at Stevenage 'until we're told different'
thecomet.net, Neil Metcalfe, 13 Nov 2021

Alex Revell says he won't walk away from the challenge after Stevenage fell to another loss in League Two - this one at home to Mansfield Town.

The 2-1 defeat makes it one win in the last 14 league games and no wins in the last six.

It leaves them fourth from bottom and just two points above the relegation zone and the boss knows it is up to them to change their own fortune and fast.

He said: "We feel like the environment is good, we feel like the group is good and we are working as hard as we can every day.

"But something has to change in terms of results.

"Luck would be nice but we have to keep working hard to find that change until we’re told different.

"No-one puts more pressure than I do to make sure we’re not in the same position we were [a few years ago].


"I feel it hard but I understand that [the fans] want to win games."

The game itself was a familiar story for the increasingly angry Boro supporters.

It started well, Jamie Reid hitting the post twice but they conceded a soft goal from a set-piece, John-Joe O'Toole heading home.

Scott Cuthbert equalised in the second half from an equally poorly-defended corner but Ryan Stirk was given way too much time in the Boro box on 65 minutes to fire in the winner.

Revell felt the loss was doubly frustrating because of the positive way they came into the game on the back of the FA Cup draw at MK Dons and the win at Cambridge United in the Papa John's Trophy.

He said: "We started bright and on the front foot and you just want to score in that moment.

"Then we concede such a poor goal and it puts us on the back foot and you could then see mistakes happen and the confidence diminish slightly.

"We’ve worked really hard this week to make sure the players are in a good place and it’s really disappointing for everyone.

"I’ve asked the players to try and think about what they are giving in terms of helping each other.

"They have to go away and think is what they are doing enough, as will the staff because ultimately the results are saying we are don’t doing enough.

"[The management team] will work hard to pick them up. We have to have accountability because we get them ready for games."


Sun 14 Nov 2021

Stevenage Football Club and First Team Manager Alex Revell have today agreed that change is needed, and a new management team will be appointed…

The 38-year-old, together with assistant Dean Wilkins, will stand down from tomorrow.

Alex Revell took the reins as a caretaker in February 2020 and was appointed as Manager in July 2020 when Boro were amid pandemic complications and uncertainty over league status. After a difficult start to his first season, the team performed well in the second half of the season and finished in 14th place. A new squad was assembled in the summer, but despite a bright start, league results have been disappointing with Boro currently in 21st position after gaining just seven points from the last twelve league games.

Chairman Phil Wallace said, “Revs gave everything for the Club and could not have worked harder. We expected a successful season and some performances early in the season were outstanding. However, that early promise has not been repeated in the league and we both agree it is time for a change. Our conversations have been dignified and highly professional. We both care for the Club and want the best for the Club.

“We now need to see who is out there to form a new management team, but for the moment we have to focus on Tuesday’s FA Cup First Round replay with MK Dons and decide how best to approach the game”.


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John Radford
A brilliant, hard-fought victory. Four consecutive wins now... #StagsAreOnTheUp COYS!!!

David Sharpe @DavidSharpe91
4 wins on the bounce in all comps!! Well done lads, let’s keep this going. Travelling support very good as usual! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

What a win! First professional goal to go with it

Tyrese Sinclair @ty_sinclair27
STIRRRKKKEEYYY YOU BEAUTYYYY!!! Another big win on the road

Jude Bellingham @BellinghamJude
Love it Stirky(heart emoji)