CLOUGH AND PAUL SIMPSON REACTION
Tonight was a very good clean sheet - boss
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 13th September 2022
Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough lauded his side’s defending at One Call Stadium tonight as they recorded a ‘very good clean sheet’ in a 0-0 draw with Carlisle United.
Tonight was the first match for Mansfield since the EFL schedule was halted at the weekend following the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday afternoon.
Nigel Clough’s men, still unbeaten at home in the league this season, battled to a hard-fought point after an impeccably observed tribute to the Late Monarch prior to the encounter.
Speaking to iFollow Stags, Nigel said: “I thought we worked unbelievably hard.
“[It was a] Very good clean sheet.
“I thought the back three, especially Elliott Hewitt, were very good indeed tonight.
“The performance was battling more than our usual fluent self at home.
“We’re missing quality in [Rhys] Oates, [James] Perch, [Hiram] Boateng and [Will] Swan [and] that’s understandable. A little bit disjointed at times.
“[I] Thought we were in a good groove after [the] Man City and Doncaster [victories].Then we’ve had 10 days without a game.
“[We] didn't look quite as fluent as we did before the break.
“Pymy [Christy Pym] made a couple of good saves when needed.”
The Stags’ boss does, however, feel his side should’ve had the lead when George Lapslie tapped into the net but was ruled offside on 17 minutes.
“George Lapslie’s goal should have counted, he’s onside,” said the gaffer.
“If we get that goal early on in the game, I think we win or at least get a point out of it.”
Mansfield, hit with injury and illness in recent weeks, named six players on the bench as the list of absentees increased prior to this evening’s game.
“Injuries and illness once again played a big part in the squad that was selected tonight,” the manager said.
“Players were missing, arguably three starters.
“Nights like these where you don't lose [are positive].
“There's plenty of other teams in League Two and in the country who lost at home tonight. We’re not one of them, we got another point.
“[If] They get a goal it makes them very hard to break down. We got a valuable point.”
The Stags’ chief made one change during the 90 minutes as his side looked for an opener.
“[I] Couldn't see a benefit [of making more than one change].
“You don’t want to lose the game as well.
“Kell [Kellan Gordon] is champing at the bit, but then you lose one of the best headers [of the ball] with Jordan [Bowery] who has an important role to play with set plays.
“That could be all it takes on a night like this. You can lose those games as easily as you can win them.
“It was us going for it as much as we could in the last 10/15 minutes.
“We went for it - putting Hawkins up for long throws.
“He got a couple of good flicks it just didn't quite drop for us. Just didn't quite drop for us.”
"Will Swan call in yesterday with a chest infection. Just hoping that clears up for Saturday."
Prior to kick off, the Stags paid tribute to Her Late Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II.
“[It was] Immaculate, as we would expect it to be,” Nigel said.
“[It] Started at Old Trafford last Thursday.
“I think it’s continued throughout sports and in the country ever since.”
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough happy with point and clean sheet on a night when visiting Carlisle United created the better chances
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 13th September 2022
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough was pleased to see his side take a point and a clean sheet when not on top form in tonight's home 0-0 draw with Carlisle United.
Clough said in the past Stags would have lost that game as the Cumbrians created the best chances, though Stags contentiously had a goal disallowed for offside.
“It was a battling display rather than our usual fluent self at home,” said Clough.
“We were missing the quality of Oates, Perch, Boateng and Swan - three of those were probably certain starters -and we looked a little bit disjointed at times.
“I thought we were in a good sort of groove after the Man City and Doncaster games, then we have had 10 days without a game and didn't look as fluent as did before the break.
“It was a good point - we could have lost that game tonight. And at different times in the past 18 months we would have lost.
“On nights like these you don't lose. There's plenty of teams in League Two and in the country lost at home tonight and we're not one of them.
“We have another valuable point and we're in good spirits.”
He continued: “Pymy made a couple of good saves when needed and I think we got away with one just after half-time when the lad blazed over the bar.
“Having said that, George Lapslie's goal should have counted. He was onside. And if we'd got that early goal I think we would have gone on to win.
“Carlisle had the best clear cut chances. We got in some good positions but didn't produce the right cross or the right ball.
“Carlisle are very well drilled and difficult to break down. We needed somebody to produce something to win us the game. We went for it as much as we could near the end but it just didn't quite drop for us.
“But I thought we worked unbelievably hard and it was a good clean sheet. Our back three, especially Elliot Hewitt, were very good tonight.”
Clough said Will Swan had missed the game with a chest infection but hopes he will be fit for the weekend trip to Gillingham.
Carlisle United manager Paul Simpson's verdict on the 0-0 draw with Mansfield Town
By Jon Colman
Paul Simpson said he was determined to stay positive after Carlisle United came so close to victory at Mansfield Town.
The Blues boss said it was a very well-earned point - whilst admitting it could easily have been three.
Kristian Dennis missed Carlisle’s best chance in the 0-0 draw at the One Call Stadium.
But Simpson said there needed to be a balanced view of the Blues’ efforts after a highly impressive defensive showing against Nigel Clough’s men.
“Beforehand we asked the players about how we’ve been starting games and going a goal behind, and I thought this time we were really front foot and positive,” United’s boss said.
“We knew Mansfield could cause problems with the shape they play, but it’s testament to how we went about the first half that they changed it, still didn’t get any joy and had to change it back again.
“That’s a sign our players have done their job well. It is about players, how they’ve gone about it, worked, competed.
“Sadly we probably should have got three points out of it but I’ve got to make sure I stay positive because it’s a good point to come here and take it
“It’s an even bigger point if we do our home job properly on Saturday.”
United’s first 0-0 draw since Simpson returned to the club was preceded by a range of tributes to Queen Elizabeth II.
In the first half, Carlisle then survived a disallowed goal when George Lapslie was denied a Mansfield goal by a close offside call.
Dennis, Morgan Feeney and Jordan Gibson had good chances for the Blues - while at the other end they earned a clean sheet with some dogged defending.
Simpson admitted there were mixed feelings after the game but added: “Maybe they’re the standards we’re trying to set. We’re trying to improve all the time.
“Probably last year we’d have had no right to come to Mansfield and expect to get anything," he added.
“We talked about putting a bit of a marker down and showing what we’re all about - that’s the players as well as the staff, the players wanted to do that - and I think the way they’ve gone about it, they’ve certainly shown they can compete against what I think are one of the top six sides in the league.
“I think Mansfield will be up there at the end of the season. But we have to be consistent, we’ve got to carry it on.”
Simpson said United worked from a “really solid shape” tactically as they limited Mansfield’s chances.
And he refused to criticise top scorer Dennis for missing United’s best opportunity in the 46th minute.
“We can’t really say anything about Denno - he’s scoring for fun so far this season,” Simpson said.
“That sadly went over the bar but we’ve got into good areas, that’s the pleasing thing.
“We’ve worked from a really solid shape, but a solid shape that gave us a real threat going forward.
“There were a lot of good things. Defensively we were absolutely magnificent.
“We could and should have had three points, but I’m not going to complain about picking up points, especially at a place like this.
“We just need to be ruthless, clinical, a bit more finesse…whatever you want to call it. We’ve just got to keep believing and getting ourselves there.”
Best defensive display of season and we could have won it, said Carlisle United manager Paul Simpson after 0-0 draw at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 13th September 2022
Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson said tonight's 0-0 draw at Mansfield Town was their best defensive show of the season - and knows they could and should have won it.
“If I am being greedy it could have been more than a point - and this is a tough place to come,” he said.
“You look at their record here. I think in 18 games they have won 16, drawn one, and lost one.
“We knew it would be a real test but I think we have absolutely worked our socks off. We have caused them problems.
“They have caused us problems as well, I am not kidding myself, but we have had some fantastic match-winning chances.”
He added: “If we had taken a little bit more care we could probably have got more than one point out of it.
“You see those and hope you don't end up regretting it.
“Having said that I am satisfied with the performance and we must make sure we take it on to the next game.
“I think we have defended absolutely magnificently tonight against a really difficult side to play against. It's probably as good a defensive display as we have had all season.
“To come here, get a clean sheet, and probably should have won it. I am pleased with everything I have seen from them. There have been some really big performances from us tonight.”
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