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Mon 22 Nov 2021
Nigel Clough interview with iFollow Stags (Mark Stevenson) and Chad (John Lomas):

“These (Sutton and Crawley) are long trips for us and any support we can get will be gratefully appreciated, but we understand if you can't get there.

“We love the away support but fully understand if supporters can't go.

“I know people want to get to every game, but sometimes it's just not possible, especially when we have two in four days like we have.

“Save your money for the Doncaster game. The Christmas games coming up are very important as well.”

“Long trips like this on a Tuesday night are exactly what iFollow was set up for.

“For people who have to take time off work and then not get back until the early hours, iFollow is brilliant for that.”

"Are you doing the commentary?" (to Mark Stevenson)
Mark Stevenson: "Martin and Dean"
"Oh that's alright then. You might have turned a few off."

Mark Stevenson: "You are in a good mood now we've won five."
"We could see the light at the end of the tunnel. We could see that as soon as we got the players back ... you get the likes of Stephen Quinn back on the pitch, John-Joe O'Toole's come in, Oli Hawkins has made a good partnership back there, we've got the full backs in place... The back four's looking pretty solid."

“They (Sutton) are a physical side, but not in an over the top way. You have to be that way to have a chance of being promoted out the Conference.

“It's interesting that in the last couple of seasons, for all the money that's been throw at it by certain Conference clubs, your Hartlepools have come up, your Suttons have come up, your Barrows, your Harrogates and people like that, where they have this real team ethic. I think Sutton fit perfectly into that category.”

"Rhys Oates and George Lapslie are both doubts for this week, certainly tomorrow night.

"Stephen Quinn is a doubt from Saturday. Jordan Bowery also. Both came off with niggles, muscle. It's not much of a turnaround from Saturday to Tuesday, especially with 4 or 5 hours on the bus coming up.

"Danny Johnson and Richard Nartey are coming along well.

"Richard we hope is back to joining in this week. Probably too early involve him on Wednesday night in the Notts Senior Cup. But we've got a game at Sunderland in a couple of weeks in the U23's cup, he'll probably play in that. That'll be his target.

"Danny is just coming on as expected. Probably another couple of weeks for him."

(On Jimmy Knowles): "That is very unfortunate for him. He's gone up there to play and get some experience. And he's done his ACL. I would think it would be pre-season before we see him again, which is devastating ... certainly for him.

(On John-Joe O'Toole): “We will certainly sit down next month and have a chat with him about what he wants to do. He is only on a short term deal but I think he has slotted in very well and got a couple of important goals for us. He looks comfortable back there.

"It's certainly not a partnership we'd have envisaged at the start of the season! Obviously John-Joe wasn't with us and we wanted Oli Hawkins up top.

“I feel a bit sorry for Faz Rawson as the reason he missed one was to be at the birth of his baby, which is far more important, and he has been unable to get back in since. Sometimes football is like that.”

(John Lomas: Have you spoken to the chairman about plans for January yet?): "Not yet. We do have a list up but it will certainly depend on injuries.

“We are not great fans of the January transfer window. I think it's a tough time to try to do any meaningful business.

“It will all depend on who we've got fit. You set out your squad at the start of the season and, to be fair, if they're all fit, we are reasonably happy with it.

“Losing James Perch has been a blow for us. But we have two good centre halves in Faz Rawson and Will Forrester on the bench and we've got Richard Nartey coming back from injury.

"I don't think there is one particular area where we are short at the moment ... or desperate ... once Danny Johnson and Rhys Oates get fit we are quite happy with our striking options as well.”

“Crawley will be a similar test to Stevenage (and Sutton). They are all good home teams and difficult grounds to go to. There's not a lot of space in them and it's difficult to create chances. You have to be tight yourselves and hopefully nick a goal, from a set play or whatever. We look more of a threat from set plays at the moment.”


Boss determined to extend winning run
mansfieldtown.net, Mon 22 Nov 2021

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough expressed his desire at extending the Stags’ recent run of five straight victories ahead of the away trip to Sutton United tomorrow (Tuesday) night (7.45pm).

The run is the club’s longest streak of consecutive wins since achieving five in a row between October and November of 2017.

The latest triumph, a 3-1 home victory over Scunthorpe, has helped the Stags climb up the table and closer towards the top half of the league.


“It’s lovely. For a start we’re closer to the top seven than we are the bottom two so that’s nice,” the manager said when speaking to iFollow Stags.

“It [the fifth successive win] was an important victory. It keeps the run going.

“We said before the Stevenage game that the next five games go a long way to defining our season. Well, we’ve won the first two.

“We’re still not there 100% but it is nice to have those five victories in the bag and it sets us up for certainly this week and up until Christmas.

“Let’s try and keep this run going.”

Supporters can watch Mansfield try and prolong their sequence of victories by logging into iFollow Stags before they kick-off against Sutton United tomorrow evening (7.45pm).

“Long trips like this on a Tuesday night [mean some supporters are unable to attend the games]. People have to take time off work and they might not get back until the early hours. I think iFollow is absolutely brilliant for that.”

The club’s form before the recent winning run left the Stags in the bottom two of the league. The boss has not been surprised, however, with the team’s revival in the past few weeks.

“I was always in a reasonable mood because we could see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

“We knew [what would happen] as soon as we got some of the [best] players back.

“[When] You get the likes of Stephen Quinn back on the pitch [the side looks stronger].

“John-Joe O’Toole’s come in. Him and Oli Hawkins have made a good partnership back there.

“The full-backs [Hewitt and McLaughlin] are in place.

“In the last four games, if you forget the Newcastle one, we’ve conceded a sloppy goal from a set piece and a penalty.”

Defender John-Joe O’Toole has performed well since signing last month and has contributed with two goals within the Stags’ run of five victories. The manager was asked about his current contract situation with his deal set to expire in January.

“We’ll sit down, probably next month, and have a chat with him [O’Toole] about what he wants to do.

“He’s only on a short-term deal but I think he’s slotted in very well and got a couple of important goals.

“He looks comfortable back there.”

Tomorrow evening’s game away at VBS Community Stadium might come too soon for some of the squad’s injured players.

“Both [Rhys Oates and George Lapslie are] doubts for this week, certainly tomorrow night.

“Stephen Quinn is a doubt from Saturday, Jordan Bowery also [could miss the game against Sutton].

“Both came off with niggles. It’s not much of a turnaround from Saturday to Tuesday, especially with four or five hours on the bus coming up.

“Richard [Nartey] we hope is back to joining in [training] this week. It’s probably too early to involve him on Wednesday night in the Notts Senior Cup,

“Danny [Johnson] is coming along as expected. It’ll probably be another couple of weeks for him.”

Watch the manager's interview in full here.


Mansfield Town ask for more FA Cup tickets after selling their 2,500 allocation
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Mansfield Town have already sold out of their 2,500 ticket allocation for the big FA Cup derby at League One Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, 4th December and have asked for another 1,000 to be made available.

“We are looking forward to it though we're trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves as we need to concentrate on this week’s games,” said boss Nigel Clough. “But it's there at the back of your mind and it's something to look forward to with a place in the third round at stake.


“That's why it was such a good draw - not because we've got a League One away from home as it's going to be an incredibly tough game, but for the location. Players have only got to go 40 minutes up the road. I think it's caught everybody's imagination.”