CLOUGH REFLECTS ON PLAY-OFF WIN
Nigel Clough told Mark Stevenson for iFollow Stags, Fri 20 May 2022:
"It was not like the way we've played most of the season. We've tried to play a lot of football. This was really digging in and everybody doing their job. Stopping a team creating chances against us.
"A brilliant performance.
"On team selection, I just couldn't see Matty Longstaff, Jamie Murphy, George Maris, Stirky, having an impact on the game. I thought it was going to be blood and thunder. That's why we went with the team we did.
"JJ just pushing into midfield, he did magnificently.
"Elliott came in a right back ... he's been unlucky not to play recently, so he just slotted straight back in.
"Bish made a crucial save in the first minute. Absolutely vital. Although he didn't have much to do, his positioning and positivity was absolutely spot on.
"After the home leg, we started thinking about playing a five (at the back), to be big and solid.
"We did a bit of work in training on Tuesday morning, it didn't quite sit right and the players weren't overly fussed on changing to a back five, so we went with the 4-2-3-1 and put JJ and Kieran there.
"It will be tricky who to leave out for the final against Port Vale. We'll think about that over the coming week and a few more sleepless nights no doubt.
On Port Vale as the opponents:
"Delighted for Darrell Clarke. He's a Mansfield lad, he's had a tough time, and I'm delighted for him."
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