CLOUGH PREVIEWS CARLISLE GAME
Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags, Monday 12th September 2022:
"James Perch is a doubt for the game, not ruled him out totally. A doubt with the knee injury he picked up at Doncaster.
"Hiram Boateng is on his way back, not too sure if it will be too soon for him, probably."
"We're hoping everybody else [apart from Oates and Law], illness prevailing, will be available."
Clough says Theo Robinson has had a very good offer from another club, and he is considering that at the moment.
Boss anticipating tough Blues test as EFL season resumes
mansfieldtown.net, Monday 12th September 2022
Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough says his side are aware of the threat ‘outside challengers’ Carlisle United possess as Stags aim to build on an impressive run of three successive home league victories tomorrow night.
Mansfield’s clash with the Blues will be the club’s first since all EFL matches were postponed over the weekend, following Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II’s passing on Thursday afternoon.
With footballing now resuming, the gaffer hopes his squad can further extend their sequence of wins on home soil tomorrow evening.
Speaking in a news conference at RH Academy this afternoon, Nigel said: “[Carlisle have started the season] Very steady. I think they’ve only lost one game so far this season.
“They were tough opposition last year; I think we won one [and] lost one.
“[We had two] Very close games against them.
“We’re more than aware of their capabilities.
“I think they’re one of the outsiders that certainly could challenge this season.
“I think when Paul Simpson went in last season [as manager], they immediately picked up and got clear of the relegation [zone].
“I think they’ve made a couple of good signings [adding to] the good players they've already got there.
“I think if they stay injury free and get a little bit of luck that everybody needs, there's no reason why they can't be up there [in May].”
The Queen’s passing meant Stags’ scheduled home match with Bradford City was postponed on Saturday as a mark of respect and the manager believes the correct decision was taken.
“It’s been pretty solemn; I think for everybody,” he said, reflecting on the past few days.
“We were training at 11 o’clock Friday morning, so we only found out after that the game wouldn’t go ahead.
“We had a good training session and gave the lads the weekend off.
“I think everybody probably needed that.
“[I] Completely understand the decision to cancel all the games.
“The only slight counter to that is whether it would’ve given football an opportunity to come together on Saturday and pay their respects.
“I think one thing people tend to do and want to do when there's a feeling of loss is come together, people gather wherever they can.
“When I saw the scenes at the cricket and other sporting events, [I] just had a little thought that maybe we could’ve done something similar.
“For our supporters to get together at the football and pay their respects [would’ve been impactful].
“I completely understand either way.
“As long as we make sure we do pay our respects.”
Both sets of players will wear black armbands and, along with the rest of One Call Stadium, will observe a minute’s silence.
“I think all sporting events will be [doing] the same and rightly so, for the next few days or weeks,” said Nigel.
“It sounds a little bit callous, but we’ve got to put that to one side [for 90 minutes] to a certain degree and concentrate on trying to get three points.
“[We have to] Approach it the same as we have in all of the home games in the last 12 months now.
“[The] Remarkable home record that we’ve established, we want it to continue.”
The Stags have had several injury and illness problems in recent weeks. The manager provided an update on his squad’s fitness ahead of tomorrow's fixture.
“James Perch is a doubt for the game,” said the gaffer.
“[I’ve] Not ruled him out totally.
“Obviously Rhys Oates is out.
“Jason Law is on his way back, [it] might be a little bit too soon for him.
“Hiram Boateng is on his way back as well.
“[I’m] Not sure if it'll be too soon for him, [it] probably will be with being the nature of the injury.
“We’re hoping everybody else will be available.”
Injury list improves for Mansfield Town ahead of Carlisle United clash, but boss Nigel Clough keeps eye on free agents
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Monday 12th September 2022
Mansfield Town's injury situation is fast improving, but boss Nigel Clough is still keeping a close eye on potential free agents if needed.
After seeing Saturday's home clash with Bradford City postponed out of respect following the Queen's death on Thursday, Stags return to action tomorrow night with the visit of in-form Carlisle United.
“We are still looking (at free agents), but we've been heartened by the injury news we've had with Hiram Boateng on his way back now, Jason Law not too far, and James Perch not far away as well.
“There is only Rhys Oates who is more long term and it's only just over a couple of months for him now.
“So if we can we will do. We keep looking and talking to people. But I think at this moment, as long as we don't lose any more, we are okay.
“Hopefully, John-Joe O'Toole should be back tomorrow, Kieran Wallace has not trained much in the last week or two with a sore knee.
“James Perch is a doubt but we have not ruled him out totally.
“Hiram Boateng is also on the way back but tomorrow may be too soon for him with the nature of the injury.
“We just have to be careful not to risk further injury that could put them out for a longer period of time. We may just have to be a little bit patient.”
Striker Theo Robinson now looks unlikely to join Stags short term as he has an offer for a longer deal.
“Theo has trained with us for a couple of weeks, but I think he has had a very good offer from another club and is considering that at the moment,” said Clough.
On Carlisle, Clough said: “They have made a very steady start - I think they've only lost one game so far this season.
“They were tough opposition last year - we won one and lost one, both 1-0 games, very close games. So we're more than aware of their capabilities.
“They are a big club Carlisle. I can remember many years ago watching Forest play them in the old Second Division. There is a lot of potential there.
“I think they are one of the outsiders that certainly could challenge this season.
“Paul Simpson went in last season and they immediately picked up and got clear of relegation. With his experience they could be up there.
“They have made some good signings to go alongside the players they'd already got.
“If they stay injury free and get that little bit of luck everybody needs, there is no reason why they can't be up there.”
He continued: “In Kristian Dennis and Omari Patrick they've got good strikers. They have good all-round players and I think we are going to have to be close to our best, if not at our best, to get a positive result.
“Crowds we've had this season have been brilliant and we're hoping for another big one tomorrow. “You look at the Papa John's Trophy against Man City and we got around 1,900 while other gates were only a few hundred.”
Both sets of players will wear black armbands tomorrow and, along with the rest of One Call Stadium, will observe a minute’s silence.
Clough said: “All sporting events will be the same - and rightly so - for the next few days or weeks.
“It sounds a bit callous but we have to put that to one side to a certain degree and concentrate on trying to get three points.
“So we must approach it the same way we have approached all the home games over the last 12 months. We have a established a remarkable home record and we want it to continue.”
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough wonders if football missed a trick when matches were called off following the death of the Queen
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Monday 12th September 2022
Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough wonders if football missed a trick at the weekend when no matches were played out of respect for the death of the Queen on Thursday.
Clough, who saw Stags' home clash with Bradford City postponed, said he totally understood and accepted the decision, but having seen other sports continue and allow their fans to publicly show their respect and appreciation for their monarch, he wonders if the rest of football was a little hasty in following the Premier League's decision.
“It's been pretty solemn and sad few days for everybody,” he said.
“We were training on Friday at 11am so we only found out just after that the game would not go ahead. So we gave the lads a weekend off.
“I think everyone probably needed that and I completely understand the decision to cancel all the games.
“The only slight counter to that is whether it would have given football an opportunity to come together on Saturday and pay their respects.
“One thing people tend to do and want to do with such a feeling of loss is to come together. People gather wherever they can.
“When I saw the scenes at the cricket and other sporting events I just had a nagging doubt and thought we could have done something similar - either football as a whole or even just on an individual club basis for our supporters to get together and pay their respects.
“I saw Manchester United's game on Thursday night - it was too late to cancel the game - and seeing the way it was observed and respected by everybody, it would have been nice in some way to have done something similar over the weekend.
“With playing in Europe you saw the respect the Spanish fans showed too, it goes beyond any nationality.”
He continued: “I don't know how many people watch football on a Saturday at all levels, it must be a million or something like that. People like to be together at sad times and I think it would have been an opportunity for football to do that, though we still have that opportunity this week.
“We were close to a sell-out on Saturday and it would have been an opportunity for our fans to get together along with the Bradford City fans and show what it meant.
“But I completely understand either way.”
Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson says Blues are good enough to derail Mansfield Town's home form
By Jon Colman
Paul Simpson says Carlisle United are up for the challenge of derailing Mansfield Town’s formidable home form tonight.
The Stags have won all three games at the One Call Stadium in League Two this season - having gone on a superb home run last term.
Simpson admitted taking on Nigel Clough’s side on their own patch represents a serious test for the Blues.
But he said they will go there confident of upsetting recent form.
“It’s probably our biggest challenge so far this season,” Simpson said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing how we cope with it.
“They’ve got an incredible record stretching back to October last year - somebody told me they’ve won something like 16 out of 18 at home.
“That’s not a bad record to have. My view is records are there to be broken.
“We will go there confident, with a team that I think is good enough to go and get a victory, and it’s up to us to go and perform on the night.”
Dating back to October 30 last year, Mansfield have won 17 of their last 19 league games on home soil.
Last season’s losing play-off finalists sit seventh in the early League Two table.
United are aiming for their first away win of the campaign against a side they beat 1-0 at Brunton Park in April to secure their League One status.
Simpson said: “They’ve certainly not changed in the way they play since then, and there hasn’t been massive amounts of changes in personnel.
“That [in April] was a really close game and we were probably on the receiving end of a refereeing decision where, it’s probably fair to say, they scored and it didn’t get given [when a shot from Mansfield’s Jamie Murphy hit the bar and crossed the line].
“I’d like to think we’ll get that little bit of luck again [tonight]. You need to have that luck.
“When you’re coming up against good sides you have to be lucky. We’ve got to work hard, compete, be able to play in the right areas, and we also need a bit of luck and hopefully we’ll come away with a result.”
Tonight’s game sees Simpson go up against an opposite number in Clough who he played alongside in his formative professional days.
“I played in the England under-21s with him, and had a game against Yugoslavia at Peterborough,” Simpson said.
“I haven’t come across him a hell of a lot in terms of games, although when he was at Burton and I was here first time round, we went up against each other a few times.
“I followed him into Derby County when he left the club and I went in with Steve McClaren.
“He’s a Derby lad, I know Nigel quite well. He's built a really good squad and it’s something he does well.
“I thought he built a good squad and a good football club at Burton, and myself and Steve were really fortunate to follow him and Andy Garner to Derby because he’d assembled a good squad there, and I think he’s assembled a really good squad at Mansfield.
“They probably were a little bit unfortunate not to get over the line and get promotion last season, and they’ll be hoping to do it this year.
“It’s a great test for us. I’m looking forward to going, meeting him and Andy Garner, because they’re two really good people, and hopefully we can get the right result.”
Carlisle have not win at Mansfield in nine visits - their last victory coming in 2004 with the dramatic 3-2 victory that gave Simmo's United a relegation stay of execution.
And tonight's game sees Simpson lead the Cumbrians at Mansfield for the first time since the 1-1 draw in April 2006 which sealed promotion to League One.
"I love it as a little football ground, it’s a really good place to go," he said. "I’m looking forward to it.
"I think if we can go and perform, it will be a real good game of football. The way Nigel has his teams playing, they are very forward-thinking, a little bit off the cuff in how they play - you can’t really identify a structure, you can just identify they’ve got good players who know the game.
"We’ve got to make sure we’re able to deal with it and hopefully we can make it a good night. If that  is the last time Carlisle won there, let’s hope that changes as well.
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