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10th September 2022 11:46

It doesn’t get much better than that - Garner
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 3rd September 2022

Mansfield Town first team coach Andy Garner says away performances ‘don’t get much better than that’ as Stags recorded a magnificent 3-1 victory at Doncaster Rovers this afternoon.

Goals from captain Ollie Clarke, George Maris and Lucas Akins gave Mansfield a first away win of the season.

The Stags were rallied on by a staggering 2,826 travelling supporters at Eco-Power Stadium.


Speaking to iFollow Stags after the match, Andy said: “First of all, it was an incredible result.

“[It was] A fantastic performance, our first points on the road.

“We’re absolutely delighted.

“We needed a result away from home and I thought we were absolutely outstanding at times.

“We’ve got good players, we’re a good side, we play good football, but you have to work, you have to run, you have to sprint and all these things [mentioned] you have to do.

“These are the places [Doncaster] that you have to come to, and you have to really work first and foremost.

“We’ve scored three goals.

“It doesn’t get much better than that.

“Full credit to all the players.”

Ollie Clarke began the scoring on 15 minutes with an unbelievable left-footed volley.

“It was certainly a brilliant volley that was for sure,” said the coach.

“Wow. If he’s meant it [then] fantastic.

“I hope he has,” he said with a smile.

Stags’ second came courtesy of neat build up play between Lucas Akins, George Lapslie and eventually George Maris - who finished expertly into the top corner.

“It’s a fantastic goal,” Andy said.

“It’s [the type of] things that we do in training quite a lot.

“I thought Lucas Akins [who was involved in the move] was absolutely outstanding today.

“It’s a brilliant goal.”

The first team coach praised the role of the travelling Mansfield fans.

The Stags scored two second-half goals attacking a buoyant away end.

“It’s really nice when you walk out, and you hear that noise.

“It’s loud.”

“We appreciate the support they give us.

“To get on that bus with three points and three goals [scored], that’s for them.

“That’s for everybody in the club.

“We thank the fans for their support today, it was magnificent.”

With a first win on the road secured, Andy says the Stags have now put their previous barren spell away from home behind them.

“We’ve put a line under Sutton, a little bit like last year. Our season starts now away from home,” he said.

“With our work rate and our quality that we’ve got, we’ll be a match for anybody in this league if you’re on it.”

Defender Elliott Hewitt was named in the starting XI but was replaced in the lineup by Riley Harbottle. Andy provided clarity on Hewitt’s withdrawal.

“Before the warmup started, players were coming over and saying Elliott won’t be coming out.

“I didn’t really know too much about it but apparently, he was violently sick in the toilet.

“[It was] Fantastic by Riley. It’s not easy when one minute you’re not playing and the next you are.

“I thought he played very well as well.”


Mansfield Town a match for anyone in League Two says first team coach Andy Garner after first away victory at unbeaten Doncaster Rovers
chad.co.uk, Saturday 3rd September 2022

First team coach Andy Garner said Mansfield Town's 3-1 victory at unbeaten Doncaster Rovers today proved the Stags are a match for anyone in the division.

Goals from Ollie Clarke, George Maris and Lucas Akins and a superb all-round team performance saw Stags end a run of three defeats in their three away games so far this season and also end Rovers' run of three home wins out of three.

“That was absolutely incredible - a fantastic result,” he said.

“With our away record this season, to come here against an unbeaten Doncaster and put on that sort of performance was absolutely incredible.


“We have worked our socks off and there are a few tired legs in that dressing room right now.

“When we work as hard as we've done today we are a match for anybody in this league - don't you worry about that.

“We spoke all week about what team to play and that was another incredibly hard decision as we have 17-18 players here who can all play and could all start today. But I think when you see the result, the team was right.”

He added: “We are a team. We don't have a massive squad, but there is some honesty in that dressing room and we are happy with what we've got.

“These players will make mistakes but when they put the effort in and the work rate in, we are a good side. That was proven today.”

Over 2,800 away fans backed Mansfield and Garner said: “We had fantastic support today - and if you can't turn it on for that! The players did themselves proud and the fans proud.

“Our fans were very loud today. We needed them, so thanks to them as well.”

Stags lost Elliott Hewitt in the pre-match warm-up and had to quickly draft Riley Harbottle into the back three.

Garner said: “We had gone with Elliott for a bit more pace, there was nothing in it - it was a toss of a coin really, but Elliott was sick in the toilet after the warm-up. Riley only had a few minutes to get ready, but he did very well.”


Skipper: Doncaster display has set benchmark away from home
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 3rd September 2022

Captain Ollie Clarke says today’s performance at Doncaster should ‘set the standard’ for displays away from home for the remainder of the season.

Stags earned a 3-1 win courtesy of goals from Clarke, George Maris and a penalty from Lucas Akins.

It was Mansfield’s first away win of the season following three losses on the road.

And it was the skipper who got Stags going with a stupendous volley from outside the box with a quarter of an hour played.

“It’s one of the better ones of my career,” said Clarke on his goal, speaking to iFollow Stags.


“I don’t think I’ve struck as many as sweet as that.

“When you see it nestle in the net like that, I was quite shocked myself to be fair!

“I was half expecting it to go up behind the goal. Thankfully I caught it sweet and it got us off to a good start.”

The former Bristol Rovers man explained why he believed Stags were so dominant this afternoon.

“After the first 10, 15 minutes, I think we dominated pretty much the whole game.

“We pressed them high, winning second balls and did exactly what we’re good at.

“We were high energy and created a lot of chances. We should have been two to three goals up at half-time.

“It was much better than last week [at Sutton] and it’s probably set the standard now for us to go on and kick on away from home.

“We’ve obviously got stuff to develop and build on but as a team, so far, that was probably one of the better performances [of the season so far].”

Stags were backed by 2,826 vociferous Mansfield supporters this afternoon and Clarke had this to say about the impact of their backing.

“When we’re driving into them in the second half that gives us that lift and momentum and they kind of sucked the ball in in the second half. They drove us on.

“With the atmosphere they created, it was almost like a home game.

“When you come to a place like this, they probably gave us an extra five to 10 percent to do well. They were like our twelfth man. They helped us out massively.”


‘The best goal I have ever scored’, says Mansfield Town skipper Ollie Clarke after piledriver volley helps sink Doncaster Rovers
chad.co.uk, Saturday 3rd September 2022

Mansfield Town skipper Ollie Clarke believes his spectacular first half volley in today's 3-1 win at unbeaten Doncaster Rovers was the best goal of his career so far.

Clarke set Stags on the road to a first away win with the strike after 15 minutes and said: “I don't think I have ever scored a better goal than that to be quite honest.

“I have hit a couple of nice strikes before in my career but never a volley from the edge of the box.


“Obviously I caught it sweet and it found the top corner, which is always a nice sight to see.

“I don't think anyone was expecting that after my finishes in training yesterday, so I will take that.

“I hope my missus or my dad has recorded it as I would like to see it back. Hopefully I will get a few more this season than I did last season.”

On the match overall, he continued: “It was a completely different game to last week and we were right up there in their faces, winning the ball back high up the pitch.

“We created two or three really good chances after my goal and should have probably gone in 3-0 up.

“The penalty was a bit dubious. It came just before the stroke of half-time, which can turn a game on its head. But I think we stayed focused and knew our game plan, similar to when we came here last year.

“Going towards out own fans in the second half then gave us that edge.

“We gave them a good game, matched them up and pressed them.

“I think we caused them problems all afternoon and they didn't want to play against us to be honest.”Stags had an army of over 2,800 noisy fans and Clarke said: “When you have a following like that come up and watch you, it makes a massive difference.

“They were singing all game and getting behind us.

“It was up to us to give them that energy and today I thought we did. “The atmosphere they created drove us on and they were almost sucking the ball into the net second half.

“The penalty eased the nerves and we saw out the last 10-15 minutes really well.

“I think it was just a matter of time before we won away as we'd created chances in every game. It's just about having that composure to put them away and not give away sloppy goals.”


Gary McSheffrey had some strong words after seeing Doncaster Rovers lose to Mansfield Town
doncasterfreepress.co.uk, By Paul Goodwin, Saturday 3rd September 2022

Gary McSheffrey accused his Doncaster Rovers players of “shirking responsibility” in their 3-1 defeat to Mansfield Town.

Rovers came into the game with an unbeaten record in League Two - with four wins and two draws from their opening six games.

But the Stags were good value for their victory at the Eco-Power Stadium as they controlled large portions of the game.

Lee Tomlin had cancelled out Ollie Clarke’s stunning strike with a penalty in first half stoppage time against the run of play.


But another well-taken goal from George Maris and Lucas Akins’ penalty earned Mansfield their first points on the road this season.

“We take that on the chin,” said McSheffrey. “They were better than us. They won their battles individually and collectively and they were braver than us.

"They got on the ball and their front two, Akins and [George] Lapslie, caused us all sorts of problems. They managed the game well and they deserved it thoroughly."

He added: “I think we actually started the game the best we’ve started a game [this season] and then it fizzles out.

"They missed some good chances to be fair.

"We know we got lucky coming it at half time at 1-1 and again we started the second half well.

"But it just looked like they had more fight than us today.

"That was the biggest disappointment - I wasn’t seeing the fight in the team that I’ve seen in previous weeks. And just a desire and courage to get on the ball.

"There were moments in the game when we lacked courage. You can’t instil courage into someone, people have to be brave and get on the ball in moments of the game.

"There were blatant moments in the game where we needed to take more ball but people were shirking it today.

“There were too many off it, especially in possession. It has a knock-on effect so if your goalie’s a bit shaky on the ball it makes your full backs shaky on the ball and then the midfielders are receiving it off a shaky full back.

"Too many shirked the responsibility to get us playing and get more ball.”


McSheffrey looking for a reaction

Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey is looking for a response from his side after defeat to promotion rivals Mansfield Town.

Stags captain Ollie Clarke opened the scoring with an unstoppable volley before Lee Tomlin leveled things up for Rovers from the penalty spot.

In the second-half, Rovers got off to a good start with Kyle Hurst hitting the post, but George Maris ensured the visitors retook the lead. The game was eventually killed-off after Lucas Akins scored from the penalty spot for Nigel Clough’s side.

McSheffrey said: “Mansfield won the key battles, caused us all sorts of problems, and deserved the win thoroughly.

“We had a good start to the game - probably one of the best starts we have had this season.

“But ultimately, they had more fight than us. It was disappointing not to see the fight from this team that I have seen in the last six games.

“There were moments in the game where we lacked courage.

“Mansfield's game intelligence was good. They came to the Eco-Power Stadium and did to us what we have been doing to other teams.”

The match was Rovers’ first defeat in seven tricky Sky Bet League Two games, so McSheffrey is not getting too down about the result.

He added: “We are not going to get too down about the defeat. If you look at the first block of games this season we have a great points tally in return.

“I want a response and people must come into training next week to work hard to keep their shirt.

“The result is a stinger, but it will motivate us to work harder. The players are disappointed. They know they need to respond to the defeat and react to it.”


Clayton: Mansfield defeat keeps Rovers grounded

Rovers captain Adam Clayton believes defeat to promotion rivals Mansfield Town keeps the squads' feet on the ground as the unbeaten run comes to an end.

Clayton gave credit to Mansfield for their pressing and thinks the defeat can be used as a positive wake-up call after a good start to the campaign.

He said: “I thought Mansfield were good at keeping us trapped in our half and they were sharper. We will improve from the game and come back stronger.

“We have probably played worse and won games this season. We created some good chances through George Miller and Kyle Hurst who hit the post early in the second-half.

“We have some good characters in the team and we take it on the chin. We don’t get carried away when we win and we do the same when we lose.

“A defeat can be a good thing to keep us grounded and provide us a clip round the head. We will turn it into a positive and pull our socks up and go again.”

Rovers’ 3-1 defeat was the club’s first loss in seven Sky Bet League Two games.

He said: “We have played some tough opponents to date, and we’ve done well, but we are not going to win every game this season.

“For our first block of seven games we have had a good start, so we are not going to get too down but we have a now week to put it right on the training ground.”


John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
(video) Hugo orchestrating the #Stags’ fans!
Brilliant support and performance from start to end!

David Sharpe @DavidSharpe91
Enjoyable afternoon! Top quality goals, great team performance and a very loud away end. Enjoy your weekend!!



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