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26th October 2022 23:49

Stags ‘uncharacteristic’ in Crawley loss - Gaffer
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 22 Oct 2022

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough says the manner in which the Stags conceded in this afternoon’s 3-2 loss at Crawley was ‘uncharacteristic’ of his side.

Mansfield entered the game unbeaten in seven league matches but an Ashley Nadesan brace and another goal from Tom Nichols ended Stags’ impressive run of form in West Sussex.

The amber and blue staged a first-half comeback with Jordan Bowery and George Lapslie scoring before the break, but The Red Devils secured all three points with Nadesan’s second of the game on 46 minutes.


Speaking to iFollow Stags post-match, Nigel said: “Certainly the way we conceded the goals [was uncharacteristic].

“We’ve scored two goals away from home and it should be good enough for at least a point.

“[We] Had chances to score more than that but the manner of the goals [we] conceded were far too easy from our point of view and the timings [of the Crawley goals] were also incredibly poor.

“We talked about really starting [the game] quickly if we could and putting them under pressure and it turned out [to be] the other way [around] and we’re 2-0 down after ten minutes or so.

“[We have away a] Needless free-kick on the far side for the second [goal] and the first [goal is] just far too easy.

“Everything we’ve based our recent four victories on the road on was being solid, difficult to score against and difficult to create chances against.

“[We’re] One of the best in the league for [the amount of] chances created against us and that for some reason went out the window at certain points today.”

After getting back on level terms, the Stags found themselves behind almost immediately after the interval.

“We said to the players ‘don’t waste the 2-0 comeback’.

“Within a minute of the second-half, we’re chasing [the game] from an unbelievably poor goal again.”

At half-time, Nigel changed system to a 4-3-3 formation.

“I thought we looked too open [in the first-half],” he said.

“[We changed things tactically] Just to try and be a little bit more solid.

“I don’t think it was anything to do with formations.

“We’ve had a fantastic week of training.

“The quality has been as good as it's ever been.

“Then we haven’t produced [in the game] on the Saturday.”

Forward Will Swan made his first start after recovering from illness.

“I thought he [Swan] had two [great chances to score],” the boss said

“First, in the first-half especially, I think he has to hit the target.

“Then he's got one from 17-18 yards [out from goal] in the second-half and with his quality you really fancy him to find the bottom corner.

“[It just] Wasn't his day today.”

Ahead of Tuesday night's league fixture at home to Newport County, Nigel provided the latest on the injury front.

“[Stephen McLaughlin was out with the] Knee injury that he had last week.

“[We’re] Not sure if he’ll be available for Tuesday [and] Saturday or the FA Cup [first round at Barrow in November].

“We’ll just have to wait and see.

“Kell [Kellan] Gordon is not far away.

“[It’s] His groin problem. It’s just when he really crosses it and whips the ball in which is his stock, delivery from wide positions, so that has to be right.

“James Perch [missed today's game due to] illness.”


No one’s place is safe after disappointing defeat at struggling Crawley Town says Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough
chad.co.uk, Sat 22 Oct 2022

Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough said almost every position was up for grabs for Tuesday's visit of Newport County after today's disappointing 3-2 defeat at struggling Crawley Town.

It was an end to a run of four successive away games for Stags against a Red Devils side that has been lifted by interim boss Lewis Young and now won three times in eight days.

“We will sit down on Monday and have a chat about picking the right team - and nobody's place is safe after today,” said Clough.

“Anyone available again after illness or injury will be in consideration after losing a game in that manner today.


“I couldn't pick you anyone who was any good. The keeper had no chance with any of the three goals and did nothing wrong, though he had little to do apart from that - yet we conceded three goals. “Everyone else had question marks over them today.

“We were not complacent in any way today. We just were not as good as we have been.

“I think Crawley have three of the best strikers in the league, which is a bit of a puzzle why they are down there with that firepower.

“With their results this week this was a different team to what it would have been a week or two ago and we failed to deal with them.

“That performance was completely the opposite to how we've been away from home of late when you've won four away games on the spin.”

Shellshocked Stags conceded a goal after 61 seconds, were 2-0 down after 13 minutes, superbly fought back to level and then conceded the winner inside the first minute of the second half.

“We talked about all the good things that have got us those victories - about being solid, hard to beat, hard to break down, but then conceded within a minute of each half and give them three unchallenged goals,” said Clough.

“We set our stall out to get on the front foot early on, but we didn't do that and we're two down after 13 minutes.

“The only good thing was we got back to 2-2 and should have been 3-2 ahead as Will Swan missed a brilliant chance. In some ways that chance was the turning point.

“It was probably the best chance of the game and with the form he has been in, you fancied him to finish it or at least hit the target.

“I thought we had the better of the first half chances.

“We were delighted to come in 2-2 at half-time and we said let's get back to how we've been, nice and solid, then we are chasing the game again after 45 seconds of the second half.

“Once they got that goal they could sit back a bit more and try to hit us on the break.”

Stags defender Riley Harbottle was beaten by two-goal Ashley Nadesen as he bagged the winner and the Forest loanee was immediately withdrawn.

Clough believes he was carrying a head injury and blamed himself for not taking him off at the break.

“Riley Harbottle wasn't right. I asked him at half-time how he was. I think he got a whack on the head,” he said.

“I think he was a bit dazed. I asked him how he was and he said he was fine, but especially with young players you take it out of their hands.

“I didn't think he looked right the last 10-15 minutes of the first half.

“I shouldn't have let him go out second half - that's my responsibility. I should have just brought him off straight away.

“But we are a bit light on defenders and don't want to make subs unnecessarily - we had no Perch or McLaughlin today. But I still should have done it.”

Clough is hoping James Perch and Stephen McLaughlin could return on Tuesday.

“I hope they will be available,” he said. “James Perch has had an illness which has knocked him a little bit and Macca has a sore knee, so we will have to see how they are on Monday.”


Crawley Town interim manager Lewis Young: The boys are starting to realise their potential
sussexexpress.co.uk, By Ashley Adamson-Edwards

Interim manager Lewis Young said Crawley Town are ‘starting to realise their potential’ after defeating fourth-placed Mansfield Town 3-2 on Saturday.

Young has now won all three of his games since taking charge of the side two weeks ago.

With the club now out of the relegation zone, and playing their best football all season, Young said: “The boys are starting to realise their potential. It was a fantastic performance and I’m overly happy about today.”

Crawley were 2-0 up against the Stags inside quarter-of-an-hour. However, a penalty from Mansfield’s Jordan Bowery and a George Lapslie header drew the match level before the half-hour mark.


With Mansfield back in the game heading into the break, the Reds returned to the pitch full of conviction and Ashley Nadesan scored the match winner only two minutes into the second period.

“I just gave them a little confidence boost,” said Young on his half-time team talk. “As long as we kept a clean sheet in the second half, we will go onto win it because we’ll always create chances.”

The partnership of Nadesan and Tom Nichols was vital in delivering Crawley’s third league win of the season.

Both of Nadesan’s goals were provided by his striker partner and Nichols grabbed the Reds’ second.

“Nadders [Nadesan] was unplayable,” said Young. “He’s been fantastic all season alongside Nichols. There was a reason their manager [Nigel Clough] named checked them in the media this week.”

In the last three games, strikers Dom Telford, Aaramide Oteh, Nichols and Nadesan have all been on the scoresheet for the Reds.

With a team brimming full of goalscoring potential, Young will have the difficult task of man managing his squad.

“The first thing I did after the game was apologise to Dom Telford,” said Young. “I had to say, ‘sorry I couldn’t get you on,’ because he deserved minutes after his performance in the last game. But we know we’re going to need him because he’s a massive player.

“All four of our strikers have been scoring so it makes it a real tough one for me. But as long as they keep doing their job, it’s going to be a real headache going forward.”

Crawley’s form has completely turned around under the temporary management of Young. On the impact the recent results have provided, Young said, “It’s nice to start seeing the crowd a bit full, buzzing and happy. The place is starting to get that belief again.

“Long may it continue, but at the minute we’re still 21st in the league so we have a long way to go.

“We’re in a good moment right now, but it’s only a moment. It’s only three games and it’s only been a week of results.

“We’ve got to remember that, put a lid on that first week and make sure we keep our approach and performances consistent.”


Crawley Town interim manager Lewis Young 'more than ready' to take job permanently after Mansfield win
sussexexpress.co.uk, By Ashley Adamson-Edwards

Interim manager Lewis Young says he is ‘more than ready’ to take up the role permanently following Crawley Town’s 3-2 home win over Mansfield Town.

The Reds’ third consecutive win under Young has moved them up to 21st in the table, three points clear of the League Two drop zone.

Crawley have won their last two league games since the 33-year-old took temporary charge two weeks ago.

Although Neil Ardley and Carl Robinson are among the bookies’ favourites to take the Reds job, it seems the ex-Crawley full-back must now be the clear favourite.


“I feel like I’m more than ready [to take the job],” said Young after his side beat fourth-placed Mansfield. “I’m excited for the prospect, so if it’s me that gets the job then brilliant.”

Reds co-owner Preston Johnson has declared Young as a potential candidate for the job, whilst Chris Galley, the club’s technical director, said Crawley will ‘see how this week goes’ before making an official announcement.

The Reds have now scored ten goals in three games under Young. In contrast, the team managed just ten goals in 12 League Two matches under former manager Kevin Betsy.

“They’ve just wanted to show what they’re about,” Young added. “Hopefully they’ve done that in these last three games.

“If I get the job then fantastic. But whoever it is, I just hope they continue to build on what we’ve done over this past week.”

Ashley Nadesan, Crawley’s number ten, won the man of the match award after netting twice against the Stags.

On the prospect of Young getting the manager’s job permanently, the striker said: “The training and tempo is unreal. All the lads are thriving and he’s a great candidate for it.”


Ashley Nadesan hails Crawley Town striker partner Tom Nichols after pair put on dominant display in win vs Mansfield
sussexexpress.co.uk, By Jordan Grainger

Ashley Nadesan praised his relationship with strike partner Tom Nichols following the pair’s dominant display in Crawley Town’s 3-2 victory over Mansfield Town.

Crawley Town went 2-0 up inside 14 minutes, thanks to goals from both Nadesan and Nichols, but Mansfield were level before half-time.

The game was won just after half-time, with Nadesan scoring again in brilliant fashion.

After the game, Nadesan had a lot to say about his strike partner and how good they are on the pitch together.

He said: “Whenever he [Nichols] gets the ball, I’m on the shoulder and he knows that, and he sticks me in. We do it in training all the time.

“We score loads in training, and we know exactly how to play with each other”

The goals scored today by both players put them joint-top of Crawley’s 2022-23 goalscorer’s chart with four goals each. It has, so far, been a great season for two players who have been so crucial to Crawley for many years now.

Nadesan continued: “We’ve been with each other a couple of seasons now, and he is more of a ‘come to feet’ sort of player and I am more of a ‘get in behind; sort of guy, so we suit each other really well.


“As soon as he gets the ball I’m spinning in behind and he knows where I am all the time.”

When asked though if there is an element of friendly competition between the pair, he was quick to rub it off claiming: “We just want to do well for each other.”

That very same mentality shows why the pair are not only top of the goals list, but top of the assists charts too - Nadesan with four assists and Nichols with six.

Crawley have now won their last three games in all competitions. That success is somewhat due to the team’s hard work in training under interim manager Lewis Young.

After the game today, Nadesan had a lot of praise for the interim boss and the way he has managed the team since taking the position two weeks ago.

Nadesan added: “We work on fast starts, and early on in the season we weren’t getting off to the best of starts, we were always on the back foot.

“But Young has imbedded into us that we need to get off to fast starts and put them on the back foot and the training this week was unreal.”

Young will surely hope to be appointed on a permanent basis soon, and Nadesan and the rest of the side appear to want him to become manager too.

The striker said: “All the lads are thriving under him. I think he is a great manager.

“We all believe in him, and he believes in us. Everyone is playing for him, and we all want him to be manager.”

The win over Mansfield moved Crawley out of the League Two relegation zone and into 21st place. Their next game comes on Tuesday away to Colchester United.


John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Not the result we wanted but that aside, another good family day supporting our beloved Stags.
We’ll aim to bounce back on Tuesday night.
Thank you to our travelling fans and a safe trip back to Mansfield.



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