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31st August 2022 22:28

Gaffer: Stags may change approach in away games
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 27 Aug 2022

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough says he might have to change Stags’ approach away from home as his side continue to look for a winning formula on the road.

This afternoon’s 2-1 loss at Sutton is the Stags’ third successive loss away from home in as many games this season.

The manner in which United’s two goals were scored has left the boss pondering the idea of a different approach to get results in away matches.


Speaking to iFollow Stags post match, Nigel said: “The goals we’re conceding [are the reason for our slow start away from home].

“We’ve conceded five [away this season].

“It’s something we have to address whether it’s change formation and personnel away from home - we have to do something.”

Stags have a 100% record at One Call Stadium this campaign but are finding positive away results hard to come by.

“[It was a] Poor result. The performance for a certain amount of the game was okay,” the boss said.

“It’s been our Achilles’ heel in the first three away games conceding poor goals at poor times.

“Certainly, two minutes before half-time [and] straight down the middle of the pitch again is right up there.

“We are certainly nowhere near as confident [away from home].

“We seem almost tentative away from home.

“We get this chance to play like we do at home, that’s what we’re trying to do.

“That’s why we maybe have to change that.”

Despite a disappointing result, the manager believes Stags matched their opponents at VBS Community Stadium.

“There wasn’t [a lot in it].

“There wasn’t at Salford and there was at Orient, it was us that were the better side, and we still managed to lose the game.

“Today for periods it was a very even game.

“We haven’t done enough I don’t think in both penalty areas.”

The Stags’ first away goal of the season came from Oli Hawkins’ powerful header in the second-half - from which Mansfield started to build on.

“I thought we did [kick on after Hawkins’ goal],” Nigel said.

“For 15 minutes or whatever it was all us.

“We were pressing for the winner.

“They isolated us on the [match-winning] free-kick and the minimum you should get from that is a 1-1 and still have an opportunity to try and win it.

“We’re not quite at that stage yet.”

The manager’s side were made to finish the contest without two of their three starting central defenders.

“John-Joe O’Toole had come off injured (with his foot), as had Riley Harbottle - more illness than injury, he hasn't felt quite well all week, and he was having breathing problems.

“We lost a couple of central defenders so then everybody else had to step up.

“When that ball’s coming into your penalty area, go and head it.

“It’s very, very simple.

“You can talk about formations, you can talk about tactics - if the ball’s come into the penalty area, head it clear.”

Versatile performer Jordan Bowery didn’t feature today due to illness.

“He’s [Bowery] been rough this week - I think a bug,” the manager said.

“Hopefully, he’ll be okay for Tuesday. We missed him on the right-hand side today.”

Another absentee, forward Rhys Oates, had an operation on a ruptured pectoral muscle in the week. Nigel provided the latest on the frontman’s recovery.

“He had an operation on Wednesday,” he said.

“Everything went very well.

“I’m delighted the surgeon helped us out and got him in as early as he did.

“It means that his recovery should be a week earlier.

“The surgeon is very happy with it.

“We’re looking to get him back on the pitch within three months which is a big boost compared to the four to six we were led to believe originally.

“You see away from home you miss him.

“We miss that pace, the directness of his play and of course he was our top goalscorer last season.”

When asked who will feature on Tuesday night in Stags’ Papa Johns Trophy fixture at home to Manchester City U21, Nigel said: “All the subs who were on the bench today including Scott Flinders.

“Christy Pym could probably do with a bit of action. In the three away games we’ve had he’s had very, very little to do.

“He’s pulled the ball out the net five times [through] no fault on any of them whatsoever.”

The gaffer also added the latest on the club’s hunt for a striker.

“We’ve made enquiries.

“We had a deal put to us which involves one of our players going in a swap loan.

“We’re considering that.”


Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"Two very very poor goals we've given away.
"Somebody waltzes through the middle of the pitch and scores as they did at Salford and as they did at Orient. I'd rather people show a little more aggression and a desire to keep the ball out of the net.
"Then Elliott Hewitt has given away a free kick in the same position he did last season after 4 minutes; they've put the ball in, it's dropped again second ball they've headed it in and it's cost us the game.

"We wanted Oli Hawkins up front, because we missed Oatesey's pace as you do especially away from home, so we thought get Hawks up there he'll cause problems, and he did and scored the goal. But we could have done with him back there as well in the back three.

"Stephen Quinn has reported a slur to the referee.
"It was also heard by one of our other players as well. It will be reported to the referee and we'll go on from there.


Matt Gray told Sutton United TV:
"They are one of the best teams in the division, one of the best squads, with the manager they've, they are extremely tough team and I'm sure they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
"So to continue the home form, another win for us, I'm really pleased with the win.
"They are a footballing team, tried to knock it around. But we got into their faces, our organisation, our pressing, our getting after them, was excellent.
"We forced them into a longer ball game which I'm sure they didn't want to do.
"Very pleased for Josh (Neufville), first league goal for him."



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