CLOUGH AND SCOTT LINDSEY REACTION
Boss shares disappointment after rare home loss
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 29 Oct 2022
Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough says he’s ‘unbelievably disappointed’ following Stags’ first home league defeat since April earlier this year.
Ten-man Mansfield were beaten 5-2 by Swindon as the gaffer’s men moved to ninth in Sky Bet League Two.
The result is only the second home league loss in over a year.
Speaking to iFollow Stags post-match, Nigel said: “[We’re] Unbelievably disappointed.
“To lose our home record in the manner we did today [was frustrating].
“We got ahead twice in the game with two very good goals and then conceded.
“I think two out of the first three [goals] came from throw-ins.
“We’re fed up with banging on about them, the importance of them.
“It’s just poor play.
“I think that, and some strange decisions today mixed in with some ill-discipline and some lack of thought in our play today [led to the defeat].
“The physical effort is always there but it has to be more than that [today].”
Hiram Boateng’s dismissal for a second yellow card on 59 minutes provided an steeper mountain to climb for the Stags in the second-half.
“We even created a few chances with ten men,” the boss said.
“That wasn't an issue.
“When you have ten men against a good footballing side like Swindon it becomes incredibly difficult.
“Not a lot went right for us today.
“I think people describe it as a bad day at the office.
“Well, it was a very bad day for us in every single way.”
The boss was left displeased with his side’s defending during the match, leading to some of Swindon’s goals.
“Throw-ins, two throw-ins [cost us goals].
“You’ve got possession of the ball and you give it away as cheaply as we did.
“I don’t think Hawks [Oli Hawkins] should be having the ball from the first throw after seven minutes on the halfway line [and] then giving it away.
“[It’s] The same with the third goal. It’s our throw-in again.”
Nigel made a midfield change at the break as the booked George Maris made way for Anthony Hartigan.
“George has just played two [full] games [in a week],” the gaffer said.
“[They were] Full games [and he was] carrying a couple of things [injury related].
“Then he got his booking, and the way decisions were going today I don't think we could trust anything.
“One more indiscretion and he would’ve got a red card.
“We saw that with Hiram [Boateng].”
In brighter news, last season’s top scorer Rhys Oates signed a contract extension at the club until June 2024 prior to kick-off.
“[It’s] Brilliant news for everybody,” said Nigel.
“It just reminds us of what we’re missing.
“There were times last season when we weren’t brilliant at times and Rhys pops up with a goal and you win 1-0 or 2-1.
“You miss those sorts of players.
“[It’s] Brilliant news that he's committed his future to us and [we] can’t wait to get him back on the pitch.”
Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags:
"The penalty ... Pymy's misjudged it coming it, I think it's the first misjudgement he's made in 3 months.
Nigel Clough told Radio Nottingham:
"George Maris got frustrated in the first half because the referee was laughing, hence his yellow card. But there's still no excuse for it."
We have to be more disciplined says Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough after second costly red card in five days
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Sat 29 Oct 2022
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough was disappointed with his side's discipline after a second red card in five days again proved costly in today's 5-2 home loss to rivals Swindon Town.
James Perch was sent off in Tuesday's home clash with Newport County, which saw Stags hang on for a draw, and today a second yellow card for Hiram Boateng on 59 minutes ended hopes of rescuing anything against the rampant Robins, having twice led the game.
“That was a bad, bad day for us - and it had started so well, scoring after 30 seconds,” said Clough.
“Unbelievably, two of the first three goals we conceded were from our own throw-ins.
“It is frustrating and disappointing. Our lack of thought and discipline has cost us again.
“You have to be more disciplined then we were today.”
Boateng was booked for a first half foul and then sent off after delaying a Swindon free kick.
“I thought it was a poor first tackle he got booked for and then you have to be careful,” said Clough.
“The free kick was bouncing so it wasn't a legitimate free kick with the ball moving, so I am not sure he is entitled to send him off.
“I asked the assistant and fourth official what the rule was on that bit neither of them answered it.
“Another difference today was the quality of the finishing.”
He added: “I thought it was quite an even game and the quality of the two goals we scored was very good, but I was disappointed with their goals.
“I thought we were a bit unlucky with the one off the post. It looked out of play for a goalkick - it was difficult to tell equivocally. But we certainly didn't get a break in any shape or form today and players do get frustrated with officials.
“After the sending-off their lad curled one in from 20-odd yards for the fourth goal. That was a brilliant finish and probably goes in against 11 men and there is absolutely nothing we can do about that.
“When there is only one goal in it you never know and we had a couple of chances and situations today. But the game was over at 4-2. They are such a comfortable side in possession and it's hard enough 11 v 11.
“We made five changes to get some fresh legs out there. We have a good squad. I don't think the side and formation were the reason for the result today.
“Swindon are a very good side as you saw and the last thing you want to do against them is go down to 10 men. With the ball they are as good as anyone in the league.”
Stags now prepare for their cup trip to Barrow and Clough said: “I hate losing our unbeaten home record like this today. But it's gone and all that matters now is Barrow away and the next couple of league games.
“It's vital we don't let our heads drop and I am glad we have a clear week now as we don't want to go out of the FA Cup next week. We now have to clear the decks, get back on track and start again.”
Hiram Boateng @HBoateng8
Let my teammates and the fans down yesterday and I’m gutted about that as I know once you go down to 10 there’s little chance of getting something out of the game already a goal down.. I will be working hard to make sure I put things right when back on the pitch
Kellan Gordon kellan25
Disappointed with the result at the weekend, but on a personal level nice to get off the mark with my first of the season
Scott Lindsey calls Swindon Town 'outstanding' after 5-2 win over Mansfield Town
swindonadvertiser.co.uk, By Jonny Leighfield
SWINDON Town head coach Scott Lindsey hailed his team’s performance in their 5-2 win over Mansfield Town as “outstanding.”
Following Kellan Gordon’s first-minute opener and Will Swan’s 31st-minute strike, Swindon struck back twice through Jonny Williams to head into half-time all square at the One Call Stadium.
In a scintillating second-half display from Scott Lindsey’s men, Luke Jephcott put the visitors ahead before Ronan Darcy thundered in a stunning fourth and Ben Gladwin dispatched a late penalty to make it five.
Mansfield also had midfielder Hiram Boateng sent off for two yellow cards - one either side of the break.
Asked where his team’s best performance of the season came from, Lindsey said: “The players have been brilliant this week, I’ve got to be honest.
“It’s been a really tough week, travelling to Bradford on the day and picking a valuable point up. And then we come here and play the way we played and win the game in the manner that we did.
“Somebody said something to me the other day about Mansfield - they had only lost once at home in the calendar year. That’s incredible for us to come here and do what we’ve done.
“I thought we were outstanding. I really enjoyed the game, and I thought it was a proper game with the fans having a go at each other too.”
Lindsey made two changes to his starting XI on Saturday and switched formations too - a 4-1-2-1 caused havoc in the final third and allowed Swindon to recover from a disastrous start.
Discussing his tactical changes, Lindsey said: “We changed our shape slightly and played with Jephcott and Wakeling up top as a pair and Jonny (Williams) as a 10 - so in like a four-diamond-two - and it worked.
“We found spaces down the side of them, we knew their left wing-back would jump quite high.
“Obviously we didn’t start off too great, but it was almost like it didn’t matter to us. We stuck to our game plan, and we knew we had time to get back in the game.”
Swindon Town boss proud of his side and believes they are serious contenders after big win at rivals Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Sat 29 Oct 2022
Swindon Town boss Scott Lindsey saw his side destroy promotion rivals Mansfield Town 5-2 at the One Call Stadium today and believes they are serious contenders to go up once more.
The Robins twice came from behind in an end to end thriller in which a red card for Hiram Boateng when 3-2 up saw the visitors coast comfortably home in the end.
“This week has been a really tough week, including travelling up to Bradford on the day in midweek, but the players have been brilliant. It's been a great effort from everybody,” he said.
“So to pick up a valuable point at Bradford and then come here and play the way we've played and winning the game in the manner we've won the game, I am very proud of them.
“I was told Mansfield had only lost once here in one calendar year, so it's incredible for us to come here and do what we've done today.
“I thought we were outstanding and I really enjoyed the game - it was a proper game of football.
“We changed our shape slightly to almost match them up and it kind of worked as we found spaces. I felt it was needed for this game.
“We didn't set off too great, conceding so early, but it was almost like it didn't matter as we stuck to our game plan and knew we had time to get back into it. I think the players would back themselves. We know we have players who can score and open teams up.
“They had a man sent off and in the past we have found it hard playing against 10 men, but we were really good.
“I can't say enough how well the payers have done in terms of their work ethic and willingness to stay in games, to pass the ball and press.”
Swindon missed out on promotion last season after, like Stags, making the play-offs but losing their semi-final to eventual winners Port Vale.
But boss Scott Lindsay feels they have shown they a serious contenders once again.
“I have told the players we really need to buy into this now as you are a proper team,” he said.
“I have felt it for a number of weeks. I think they do feel it but I want them to buy into it even more as there was real evidence of it today.
“I said we could mount a promotion challenge early on and a lot of people laughed at me. But this group of players can do anything.
“I am a really proud manager as the players have given me everything and we are turning into a proper team.
“I want the players to be confident and a bit of swagger and that bit of belief. There will be times I do them back down to earth again - that's is my job.
“But at the moment I want them to enjoy the fact they have done so well.
“I want them to have that belief we are a good side.
“We have some great characters in the dressing room willing to run and tackle for each other and I am really delighted.”
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