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CLOUGH, SWAN, CHALLINOR REACTION
25th August 2022 14:09


Boss lauds Stags’ entertaining home performances
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 20th August 2022

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough says that his side have a collective belief to stage comebacks at One Call Stadium as Stags recorded a second fightback victory in a week.

This afternoon’s 2-1 win against Stockport County sees the club continue their run of just one home league loss since October 2021.

Goals from Will Swan and Ollie Clarke capped off a dramatic three minutes, cancelling out Antoni Sarcevic’s second-half opener.

Speaking to iFollow Stags after the match, the manager said: “We like playing here and I think the supporters like watching us here and even when we go one down, or two down as we did the other night, everybody has a belief we're going to get back in the game.

“Now we need to get something on the road.

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“I think the fans have seen some very good games here already this season.

“We have had four home games and there has been a lot of drama in them and [we’ve] scored eight or nine goals.”

The gaffer was pleased with the character displayed by his side this afternoon.

“Five games in, that win feels extremely important, especially with the players we have missing,” he said.

“To go 1-0 down at home and to hit back so quickly - it was a breathtaking few minutes really.

“I was very pleased with the overall performance.

“I thought we shaded the first-half and had two or three very good situations and chances. Ollie Clarke should have tucked one away just before half-time.

“They came out [and] started very well for 10 or 15 minutes of the second half.

“[They] Put us on the back foot and put one in the top corner. At that point you're fearing the worst.

“It was a wonderful strike, but JJ was with Paddy Madden and should have got tighter, and then we have to get bodies out to the ball to get the block in.

“What is most important is what followed.”

Sponsor’s Man of the Match Will Swan bagged his second goal in as many games in a dazzling performance.

“Will Swan got us going today,” the boss said.

“He was excellent throughout the game and looked a threat with his all-round play and his intelligence with some of his runs.

“He was top class today and scored one and made one.

“He is never going to challenge in the air against big defenders, but he is a nuisance, gets in front of players and wins balls you don't think he's going to get.

“When he gets in positions, he makes good decisions.

“Coming to League Two, the way we try and play with Hartigan and Boateng and Quinn, I think we are the team that can bring the best out of him.”

Mansfield’s outstanding home form sees Stags finish the week having scored seven goals in four days at One Call Stadium.

“It says a lot about our character and how we feel about playing here,” said Nigel.

“I think that is 23 consecutive games in all competitions we have scored here now at the One Call which is incredible for any team and I think we've taken something like 49 points out of 54 in the league.

“That is up with anybody in the country.”

The boss provided the latest on his absentees after another superb home win.

“Rhys Oates has a chest muscle injury. He has had a scan and is seeing a specialist on Monday, so we'll know a bit more then.

“It doesn't look too good at the moment.

“Stephen Quinn dropped out of training yesterday.

“He has a problem with his hip that's been niggling him.

“We hope to have him back next week - Lucas Akins and Hiram Boateng the same if all goes well.”

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Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I walked off with Riley Harbottle. I said there's no other fans stay behind and applaud you like this you know.And we really appreciate that."

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Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough delighted to see superb home form continue as Stockport County are swept aside
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Saturday 20th August 2022

Nigel Clough hailed Mansfield Town's continuing magnificent home form as they came from behind with two goals in as many minutes to beat Stockport County today.

That made it two home wins this week, three out of three in the league so far, and comes on the back of a record-breaking home run last season.

“It says a lot about our character and how we feel about playing here,” smiled the Stags manager.

“I think that is 23 consecutive games in all competitions we have scored here now at the One Call which is incredible for any team and I think we've taken something like 49 points out of 54 in the league. “That is up with anybody in the country.

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“I think it's a collective thing. We like playing here and I think the supporters like watching us here and even when we go one down, or two down as we did the other night, everybody has a belief we're going to get back in the game.

“I think the fans have seen some very good games here already this season. We have had four home games and there has been a lot of drama in them and scored eight or nine goals in them.

“Now we need to get something on the road.”

He added: “Five games in that win feels very extremely important, especially with the players we have missing as much as anything.

“To go 1-0 down at home, three goals in the game and to hit back so quickly - it was a breathtaking few minutes really.

“I was very pleased with the overall performance.

“I thought we shaded the first half and had two or three very good situations and chances. Ollie Clarke should have tucked one away just before half time.

“But they came out started very well for 10 or 15 minutes of the second half, put us on the back foot, and put one in the top corner. At that point you're fearing the worst.

“It was a wonderful strike but we should have got bodies out to the ball to get the block in.

“What is most important is what followed.”

Clough had particular praise for striker Will Swan, saying “Will got us going today. He was excellent throughout the game and looked a threat with his all-round play and his intelligence with some of his runs. He was top class today and scored one and made one.

“He is never going to challenge in the air against big defenders, but he is a nuisance, gets in front of players and wins balls you don't he's going to get. When he gets in the positions he makes good decisions.

“Coming to League Two, I think we are the team that can bring the best out of him.

“The nice thing is when we got the equaliser we didn't sit back. We went straight up there again, forced them into a mistake and Ollie tucked the rebound in.

“I think we're getting better at managing the game and everyone on the pitch contributed.”

Rhys Oates and Stephen Quinn joined the injured list and missed the game and Clough said: “Rhys Oates has a chest muscle injury.

“He has had a scan and is seeing a specialist on Monday, so we'll know a bit more then. It doesn't look too good at the moment.

“Stephen Quinn dropped out of training yesterday. He has a problem with his hip that's been niggling him. We hope to have him back next week - Lucas Akins and Hiram Boateng the same if all goes well.”

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Swan happy with performance in Stockport comeback
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 20th August 2022

Flying frontman Will Swan believes this afternoon’s performance against Stockport County was his best at senior level.

The 21-year-old, on loan from Nottingham Forest, scored one and played a part in the other as Stags came from behind for the second time in a week to beat the newly-promoted Hatters.

Swan put in a virtuoso performance in attack, chasing lost causes and tormenting the visiting defence with his electrifying pace.

His display - only his 17th at first team level - contributed towards Stags’ 100% record at home in the league this season.

Speaking to iFollow Stags after the game, he said: “It’s hands down my best performance.

“I think it is something that comes with experience. The more games you play, the more confident you get.

“The trust the gaffer is putting in me is really helping with that [confidence].

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“It is good to be playing games in the league more than anything, gaining experience and developing as a player.

“I thought I gave their centre-halves problems, using my pace and getting in behind. I thought they had a hard time dealing with that.

"I scored a goal and was part of the build up for the second, so I can’t complain.”

When asked about his qualities on the field, including his never-say-die approach to games, he said: “It is something I have always done.

“If the ball is still on the pitch I am going to run after it, especially if I think there is a chance, I am going to get a goal from it.

“It is how I like to play.”

Summing up the team’s display, he said: “I think we dominated the game. We created the better chances.

“It was an unfortunate goal to concede, as there was not much we could do about it.

“When we got that first goal back, that gave everyone the boost we needed to go and get the second

“To bounce back the way we did, as quickly as we did, was top class.”

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Nottingham Forest loanee Will Swan happy to hit the goals trail for Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Saturday 20th August 2022

Forest loanee striker Will Swan was delighted to make it two goals in as many games for himself as Mansfield Town beat Stockport County 2-1 this afternoon.

The youngster enjoyed the afternoon as Stags quickly came from behind to net twice in as many minutes and he said: “The pressure to score as a striker can start to get to you if you go a couple of games without one.

“Getting the first the other night was a big weight off and now another today.

“I am getting more experienced and it will come with game time. I am getting more and more confident. I am sure more goals will come.

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“We played some brilliant football again throughout the game - we created the better of the chances and more of them.

“There was a momentary lapse where we conceded, but you could see the instant reaction was just class.

“It was a great strike from their lad, but the other night we came back from two goals down and we knew we had plenty of time to come back from one down.”

He added: “Getting that first one as quickly as we did gave us that booster we needed to go and get another.

“I was getting a lot of enjoyment in behind, using my pace, which is what I like to do.

“I think the ball got headed down to me for my goal - I can't really remember - it landed at my feet in the box and just touch, shoot. It was instinct really. I didn't have much time to think about it.

“We got the second not long after and then it was just about managing the game.

“Ideally we wouldn't be conceding at all. We don't want to keep having to chase games. But it's good to know we can do that.”

Swan is enjoying working under Nigel Clough.

“I have really been enjoyed it here,” he said.

“I like the way the gaffer does things. We get what we need to do done - it's all straight to the point. No messing about.

“The first couple of results didn't go our way but we are starting have to turn things around now and we are starting to click. Momentum is massive. We will start to carry that on now and have a snowball effect.”

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Stockport County boss Dave Challinor lashes his side’s defending as Mansfield hit back with quickfire double to win
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Saturday 20th August 2022

Stockport County manager Dave Challinor lashed his side's defending after seeing a lead quickly slip and losing 2-1 at Mansfield Town today.

The League Two new boys had only just gone ahead on 53 minutes but Stags hit back with two goals in the next two minutes to turn the game on its head.

That left them with just one win in five after promotion and he said: “You can say we attack and defend as a team but our defending is not good enough at the minute by a long stretch. That is individual mistakes.

“People have to be accountable and take responsibility. It is part of the job.

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“If you are playing near your own goal and make mistakes then there is a good chance the ball ends up in the goal. And that is happening far too often and is resulting in us losing games. It's killing us.”

Antoni Sarcevic smashed them in front from almost 30 yards and he said: “We have scored in every game and the manner of the goal we scored today is worthy of winning every game. It was an unbelievable goal. It's criminal that we haven't dealt with things.

“You can be sympathetic that their first was a bit of luck as there was a deflection and drops right into his path. But we have got to be miles better.

“That is concerning and if it doesn't change then the personnel has to change. We have 10 days to do. At the moment it's far from good enough.”

He added: “Mansfield are missing players at the moment and are a bit short from where they want to be. From what they did last year they are a benchmark, though I don't think there's a great deal in the league.

“We have won one out of give yet it's only been a one goal swing in each game.

“It's about getting the detail right and we are getting the detail wrong, especially in our own penalty area.”

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