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12th August 2022 22:33

Boss proud of squad in cup display
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 9th August 2022

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough was proud of his side’s performance last night despite the Stags’ 2-1 Carabao Cup first round loss to Derby County at One Call Stadium.

A first goal of the season from Oli Hawkins wasn’t enough to keep Mansfield in the competition, but the boss was impressed by several good opportunities in the second-half created by his team against League One opposition.

The boss made five changes to the side that beat Tranmere 1-0 at the weekend and was left pleased by his side’s endeavours.


Speaking to iFollow Stags after the game, the gaffer said: “It was certainly [a good performance] in the second-half.

“We never really got going [in the first-half], although we hit the underside of the bar.

“[At] The start of the second-half, right from the kick-off, Kellan Gordon sprints forward, gets a cross in and we have a goal disallowed for offside.

“[I’m] Not sure if it was.

“It set the tone really, we got the equaliser, and it was all us.

“[I’m] Very, very pleased with the second-half performance, it’s exactly how we want to play here at the One Call.”

The manager explained his decision at half-time to swap Hawkins and Jordan Bowery around, with the former Portsmouth man starting the game at centre-back and Bowery as striker.

“I thought it worked for most of the time [the switch],” he said.

“We wanted a bit more of a presence up there, which Oli Hawkins gives us.

“I think Jordan is better equipped to deal with the sort of striker they had tonight, with the pace and everything, he reads it well and he’s quick, so that was a dual purpose really.”

The gaffer also thought that Bowery was slightly unfortunate with his sending off on 81 minutes, saying: “I think he’s a bit unlucky, he misjudges the bounce of the ball first of all.

“We’re going to have a look at it back on the video, [I’m] not sure if he got a touch on the ball or not.

“He is last man, it’s just whether he got any of the ball or not.

“If not, we miss him for one game on Saturday.”

Anthony Hartigan made his first start for the club and the boss was impressed with the new recruit’s performance despite three months without competitive football.

“He [Hartigan] has had a couple of training sessions with us, that’s all, so no real competitive football,” said the boss.

“Any player will tell you, when you're training on your own it’s not the same, so he felt it but I thought he showed some good touches.

“He was comfortable on the ball, so [I’m] very pleased with his 45 minutes. “

Lucas Akins was named to start tonight’s game but was replaced by Bowery in the starting lineup come kick-off. The manager said Akins felt a slight groin injury near the end of the warm up.

“He just felt his groin at the end of the warm up, so you can change players right up to kick-off time, (we) just (had to) let the referee and the opposition know.

“George Maris got a whack at the end [of the match] I think [too].

“Hiram Boateng couldn’t come on [due to] ankle and hamstring [problems].

“Hopefully he’ll be alright for Saturday.

“Oatesy [Rhys Oates] with his ankle [played] just 20 minutes tonight.”

The Stags’ focus now returns to Sky Bet League Two with a fixture away at Leyton Orient on Saturday. The manager is well aware of the challenge Mansfield face at Brisbane Road.

“I think they are one of the teams that will be there or thereabouts [come the end of the season].

“I think at the end of last season they started improving significantly, and I think they are one of the teams that will be up there.

“They have had a good start, two wins, so it will be a good test for us.”


Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough proud of players and fans as Stags are pipped by Derby County in Carabao Cup classic
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 9th August 2022

Nigel Clough said he was proud of his players and proud of the noisy home crowd after tonight's narrow 2-1 home defeat by Derby County in a true Carabao Cup classic.

Stags even had Jordan Bowery sent off on 80 minutes but still came desperately close to forcing penalties against their League One neighbours and Clough’s former club.

“I was very pleased with the second half performance - that is exactly how we want to play here at the One Call,” said the Stags boss.

“ We wanted to stay in the cup and I don't think over the game we deserved to go out tonight.


“When we get on the front foot at home and get that crowd behind us - Derby know they've been in a game tonight.

“I thought we were a bit tentative in the first half and never really got going, though we hit the underside of the bar and had a few situations.

“Right from the kick off at the start of the second half Kellan Gordon gets forward, gets a cross in and we have a goal disallowed for offside - I am not sure if it was.

“That set the tone and then we got the equaliser and it was all us.

“We were pressing all the time, Hawks (Oli Hawkins) had one come back off the underside of the bar, there was one kicked off the line, even with 10 men in the last few minutes, and we might have got to penalties.”

On Hawkins' equaliser, he said: “I thought it was a brilliant goal. “We put a good cross in and he brought it down and volleyed it in the bottom corner - a fantastic goal and I am not quite sure how we didn't get another one at some point.”

Clough said the club would review the red card for Bowery for bringing down James Collins on 80 minutes.

“I think he was a bit unlucky,” said Clough.

“He misjudged the bounce of the ball first of all. We're going to have a look at it back on the video.

“We're not sure if he got a touch of the ball or not. Certainly he was last man. It's just whether he got any of the ball or not. If not we miss him for one game on Saturday.

“We still kept going for them after that, had one kicked off the line and had a few skirmishes right at the end.”

Lucas Akins was included in the initial Stags XI but hurt himself in the warm-up and had to be replaced by Bowery.

“Lucas just felt his groin at the end of of the warm-up and you can change players right up to kick-off as you let the referee and opposition know,” said Clough.

New signing Anthony Hartigan impressed in the first half before being replaced in a double change at half-time.

“We were not sure if Anthony Hartigan was going to make 45 minutes. He was very good in the first half hour but then tired,” said Clough.

“He has not really had any competitive football and has only had a couple of training sessions with us. He felt it but showed some good touches and looked comfortable on the ball.

“He and Quinny (Stephen Quinn) were always coming off after 45 in this heat.

“Those changes were pre-planned.”


One more new face in for Mansfield Town as early injuries mount?
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 9th August 2022

Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough is trying to bring in one more player as early injuries begin to mount.

But he is unlikely to complete any deals before Saturday's tough trip to Leyton Orient.

Stags are already without James Perch and Kieran Wallace as well as young George Cooper and Lucas Akins pulled up with an issue in the pre-match warm-up on Tuesday night before the 2-1 Carabao Cup loss to Derby County.

Stags also had Jordan Bowery sent off in that and have a few others nursing injuries too.


On his unavailable list for Orient, boss Nigel Clough said: “We will have to count them up and see. Obviously Lucas we will have to see how he is in the next few days.

“There were a few tackles on Tuesday- Georg Maris got a whack near the end.

“Hiram Boateng couldn't come on with his ankle and hamstring. Hopefully he will be all right for Saturday.

“Oatesy (Rhys Oates) did 20 minutes with his ankle and should be fine.

“There is no transfer news at the moment but ideally we are trying to get one in.

“When young George Cooper is fit and a couple of others are not far off - James Perch and Kieran Wallace, then James Gale and Owen Mason will go out on loan and we might just try to get one in before Saturday while we have injuries. But it is unlikely it will be before Saturday.”

Stags head for the capital on what is likely to be one of the hottest weekends of the year as another heatwave heads towards Britain.

“It is going to be hot. I have seen the weather forecast says 33 degrees which will probably feel like 38 or 39 within a stadium,” he said.

“So I hope we can get some energy back and the lads will be doing next to nothing between now and then, especially because of the heat, and we hope Orient have had as tough a cup game as we have had this week.

“Quinny (veteran Stephen Quinn)certainly struggles in the heat and we will be using the five subs again if needed.

“We have a good idea of who is playing. We pick the team backwards sometimes. You pick the team for Saturday and then you work backwards to midweek - who needs a game and who can play.

“Anthony Hartigan was very good for 45 minutes, but it was his first football for three months so he probably won't start.

“Jordan affects that with his sending-off if he is going to be suspended. We will try to juggle it around as best we can.”

Clough believes Orient will be among this season's promotion frontrunners.

“I think they will be one of the teams who will be there or thereabouts,” he said.

“Gary (Crosby) went to see them last week. They started improving significantly at the end of last season. That set the tone and I think they will be one of the teams that will be up there.

“They have had a good start with two wins so it will be a good test for us.

“Richie Wellens got them playing in a certain way for a couple of months at the end of last season in a certain formation. They like passing it around and dominating the ball like his teams generally do. And being at home they will be on the front foot.”

But Orient will also be aware of Mansfield's remarkable 2022.

“Some stats have come out that say we are one of the best teams at winning the ball back in the opposition half and I think we are joint second in the number of league wins in 2022,” said Clough.

“Bristol Rovers are top then there are a few of us - Liverpool, us and a few others with 16. We want to keep that going. It is all down to our energy and work rate.”


Midfielder encouraged by chances created in cup clash
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 9th August 2022

Midfielder George Lapslie believes the Stags created enough chances to add to their goal following last night’s Carabao Cup first round tie at home to Derby County.

The 24-year-old played 90 minutes in the match and despite a valiant effort, Stags bowed out of the competition, losing 2-1.

Despite a disappointing result, the former Charlton Athletic man produced an impressive performance and came agonisingly close to giving his side the lead when he rattled the bar in the 22nd minute.


Speaking with iFollow Stags, Lapslie assessed his side’s display: “We feel we created enough chances to win that game.

“In the start of the second half, we were definitely on the front foot.

“I think we showed that we more than matched them after showing too much respect in the first half.”

“It is good just to get 90 minutes in the legs and be out there with the boys again.”

When asked about his early effort that hit the woodwork, Lapslie said: “It [the ball] came at me quick, bobbling.

“My initial thought was to keep it down.

“I didn’t want to hit it that high. It could have gone anywhere.”

Lapslie praised his teammates and the squad after a third match of the season: “There is quality in that dressing room,” he said.

“It was good to see Galey [James Gale] who was out of the squad last week. He is a quality player.

“[I am] buzzing to see Kel [Kellan Gordon] back out there [on the pitch].”

“Obviously Swanny [Will Swan] has got quality.

“The squad is very good and very competitive.

“Especially in the midfield, with probably six midfielders [at the club].

“I’m relishing trying to get into the team.”


We are a match for anyone at our level believes Mansfield Town midfielder George Lapslie after Stags push League One giants Derby County all the way in cup clash
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 9th August 2022

Mansfield Town midfielder George Lapslie said more than matching League One promotion hopefuls Derby County in tonight's narrow 2-1 home Carabao Cup defeat showed the Stags can match anyone in League Two.

“It was a thrilling game to play in but my over-riding emotion is one of frustration,” he said.

“I think we probably did enough in that game to get through to the next round. But it is what it is and we've just got to focus on the league now.


“There were loads of positives to take from that. Kel (Kellan Gordon) being back out there is a huge positive for the squad.

“We showed when we went man for man in that second half we can compete with anyone - and Derby are meant to be top end of League One. So you fancy us, hopefully, in League Two.

“In that second half they had established Championship players coming off the bench, quality players.

“So for us to still match them when they are bringing those players on is surely a good sign for us.”

It was a first start of the season for Lapslie and he now hopes he can win a regular starting place.

“Games are now coming thick and fast but that's what you want as a player, especially when you're not finding yourself in the starting line-up every week,” he said.

“There is more chance of getting in when a lad is getting rested or whatever.

“We are only three games in but if I am being honest, it's not the start I wanted. I have just got to keep my head down and get back in the team.

“There is loads of quality in the squad so I have to get my head down in training.”


'Outstanding' - Liam Rosenior issues Derby County verdict after Mansfield Town victory
derbytelegraph.co.uk, By Leigh Curtis, 9 AUG 2022

Derby County interim manager Liam Rosenior during his side's Carabao Cup first round clash with Mansfield Town (Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liam Rosenior hailed Derby County's "character and application" as they booked their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup with a thrilling 2-1 win at Mansfield Town.

The Rams had taken the lead in the first half when Elliott Hewitt turned into his own net, ater the Stags hit the bar through George Lapslie. Nigel Clough made two changes at the break as he sent on George Maris and Ollie Clarke and it paid dividends for the first 20 minutes of the second half.

Oli Hawkins had hit the bar with a header but then showed superb technique to volley Maris' cross past Joe Wildsmith. Rosenior sent on Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Tom Barkhuizen to help stem the tide and the duo turned the game back in Derby's favour.

The pair combined when Mendez-Laing crossed for Barkhuizen to nod in at the back post before Jordan Bowery was sent off for a professional foul on James Collins. Mansfield attempted a late rally in a bid to find a winner with Hewitt seeing an effort cleared off the line as Collins then saw a goal chalked off for offside.

Reflecting on a pulsating first-round clash, interim Rams boss Rosenior said: "First of all I thought it was an outstanding cup tie," he said. "I thought Mansfield more than played their part. Nigel has a really good team and is building here, but I am delighted with the character and application of the players.

"We knew it was going to be a banana skin. We knew it was going to be a really tough game. We dominated the first half and Mansfield then got the upper hand. But fortunately for me this season I've got people on the bench I can turn to who can make a difference.

"Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Barkhuizen come on and combine for the goal. It was a really pleasing night and we are delighted to be through to the next round."


Derby will now enter the draw for the second round which will take place following the end of the televised game between Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland, which kicks off at 7.45pm. It will be shown live on Sky Sports.


Derby County boss Liam Rosenior has high praise for Mansfield Town after winning Carabao Cup thriller
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 9th August 2022

Derby County interim manager Liam Rosenior had high praise for Nigel Clough's Mansfield Town after they pushed his League One side all the way before losing 2-1 in a Carabao Cup classic at the One Call Stadium tonight.

The Rams were twice ahead and Stags had Jordan Bowery sent off near the end amid a glut of chances at both ends.

“It was an outstanding cup tie and I think Mansfield more than played their part,” said Rosenior

“I think Nigel has got a really good team he is building here.


“But I am delighted with the character and application of my players. We knew it was going to be a banana skin and a really tough game.

“We dominated the first half, then Mansfield got the upper hand.

“But, fortunately for me, I've got people this season on the bench who I can turn too and make a difference and (Nathaniel) Mendez-Laing and (Tom) Barkhuizen came on and combined for the goal.

“All in all it was a pleasing night and we're delighted to be through to the next round.”

He added: “I was pleased with the younger players that came into the team tonight.

“I decided to play a diamond tonight as I wanted to see what a diamond would look like away from home.

“Credit to the players after just one day's preparation. It worked really well in the first half before Mansfield cottoned onto the fact we were playing a diamond, so I brought two wingers on and changed the system.

“We are delighted to be through and we will see who we get in the next round.”


Jake Rooney: Wayne Rooney's teenage cousin makes 'outstanding' debut for Derby

Interim Derby boss Liam Rosenior hailed an "outstanding" debut by defender Jake Rooney following their 2-1 Carabao Cup win at Mansfield Town.

The 18-year-old cousin of former Rams manager Wayne Rooney signed his first deal with the club earlier on Tuesday.

He lined up on the right side of defence and played 63 minutes before being replaced in a tactical switch.

"I'm delighted for him, I'm delighted for every player who makes his debut," Rosenior told BBC Radio Derby.

"It makes me so happy as a coach, but the things Jake has done since he came at the the start of pre-season have earned that opportunity.

"I want people to remember Jake Rooney and not his famous relative," said Rosenior, who was Wayne Rooney's assistant at Pride Park until his departure in June.

"He's got a lot of hard work to do, but he's got a great attitude and he's another really good acquisiton for the club."

Tom Barkhuizen's second-half goal secured victory for the Rams after they had been put under some intense pressure by Mansfield, managed by another ex-Rams manager, Nigel Clough.

"It was a proper cup tie, I don't think there'll be a better game to watch than what we served up here," added Rosenior.

"Nigel's team played a massive part in that and we had to work really hard for the victory.

"It was a really good test for us and stands us in good stead moving forward."



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