CLOUGH, AARON LEWIS AND JOHN COLEMAN REACTION
Boss hails special goals in Accrington win
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 9 September 2023
Stags’ boss Nigel Clough hailed three ‘special’ goals as Mansfield hit three past Accrington to claim a first away win of the season.
Davis Keillor-Dunn fired Stags in front with a fantastic overhead kick. George Maris then doubled the lead with a lovely finish following excellent build-up play and fellow midfielder Aaron Lewis put the icing on the cake with an extraordinary long-distance volley which flew into the net to the amazement of all inside the Wham Stadium.
And speaking post-match the manager gave iFollow Stags his perspective of the three netbusters: “They were special goals,” he said.
“The third will take everybody’s attention. I’m not sure how far he [Lewis] hit it from, I think it was the distance and the fact he hit it first time which made it remarkable.
“It was one of those where everything freezes, time freezes as everyone just watches the ball float towards the goal to see if it’s going to dip underneath the crossbar or not, but it was a magnificent effort.”
On the first two goals he said: “When you score an overhead kick at any time it’s a special goal.
“I loved the build up for the second one.”
Stags always looked in control of the contest and the manager was pleased to see his men stretch their unbeaten run to nine games.
“It was a brilliant result. The standard of the goals [was pleasing] and an excellent clean sheet which I’m delighted with.
“There are aspects of the performance which we still need to improve upon.
“[But] I thought we showed more than in glimpses and passages how we were a few weeks ago before the disruption of the injuries and at times our moves were very good, especially leading up to the second goal. It was the most unremarkable finish of the three goals but I thought it was the best team goal.
“We’ve been looking to finish off some of the opportunities which we create and we were quite clinical today.
“We got back on it today, playing with a bit of rhythm against a good footballing side.
“I thought the 3-0 might have flattered us a little bit because they had some opportunities and I thought Christy Pym had to make three or four very good saves today.
“We said to the players, ‘you don’t want to be chasing the game in this heat’, so to get the two goals and look after it, and when we got the third goal that killed it.”
Stags earned a first away win of the season in style and Nigel said: “It’s about time we won on the road, we should have won at Doncaster and we should have won at Crewe. It’s taken us a few weeks too long and we have long trips to Colchester and Gillingham so it’s a nice way to start.
“I’ve said to them [the players] if we are going to be serious challengers you must get points on the road. It’s lovely being unbeaten but you can’t afford to draw too many games, you have to win your fair share as well.”
Clough told iFollow Stags on injury news:
"Callum Johnson's not far off.
"The lads who came off had knocks. Calum Macdonald with his ankle. Ollie Clarke got a whack with a late tackle. Jordan's a sore groin."
Clough told Radio Nottm:
"George Maris came off with a knock. Hopefully they will be alright for next week."
Mansfield Town boss hails Aaron Lewis wonder goal in big win at Accrington Stanley
chad.co.uk, Sat 9 September 2023
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough paid tribute to Aaron Lewis' second half wonder goal as Mansfield Town finally saw off bogey side Accrington Stanley with a fine 3-0 away win this afternoon.
Lewis sidefooted a first time finish from just inside the Stanley half as he met a clearance from the keeper with a stunning long range finish into the empty net.
It even surpassed David Keillor-Dunn's brilliant first half overhead kick, while George Maris wept home a second soon after.
“All our goals were quality but obviously Aaron Lewis' was a stand-out one,” said Clough.
“You don't see goals like that too often throughout football, never mind at this level.
“We were right behind it and we thought it was on target.
“It was just height wise whether it was going over the bar or going to dip under. “Everybody seemed to stop in the stadium and everything seemed to freeze for a second or two, then it hits the net. It was an incredible finish.
“I know the other two stand out for the quality of the finishes, but the second goal was the best in terms of team play though.”
He added: “It is a brilliant result, though some aspects of the performance we have to improve on.
“We showed patches of being how we were a few weeks go before all the injuries.
“The clean sheet was important too, even late on we didn't want to concede. Baily Cargill got in a great late block to preserve that.
“I thought James Gale did very well for his first start of the season.
“And I think that is the best bench we have had in two and a half years, despite the players we have missing. I had nor problem putting any of them on at any time.
“Some of the players were moaning about the heat but I told them they had not been to Accrington in Decembver or January as it's difficult for other reasons to come here in the winter months.
“It was warm but the pitch was lovely. We got those two goals ahead and it's even warmer for the opposition.”
Stags now have a free week before heading for Colchester and Clough said they hoped Ollie Clarke, George Maris and Calum Macdonald would be fit to play having picked up knocks in today's win.
Midfielder delighted with ‘great afternoon’
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 9 September 2023
Midfielder Aaron Lewis has lauded a ‘great afternoon’ and ‘great performance’ as Stags beat Accrington Stanley 3-0 on the road this afternoon.
The former Newport man returned to the side following a calf injury sustained at Doncaster last month.
The Welshman capped his introduction back to the squad with an outstanding 35-yard volley for Mansfield’s third.
Speaking to iFollow Stags post-match, the midfielder said: “It was a great afternoon.
“To come away with three points on the road, three goals and a clean sheet is a great afternoon for everyone.
“I think it was a great performance.
“We got a goal early which has helped settle it down and then we’ve just stepped on from there.”
On his goal of the season contender strike, on 75 minutes, Aaron added: “It was just a bit of instinct.
“Obviously, it’s come to me and the ‘keeper is not in his goal as a player the first thing you think about is [to] shoot.
“I was always going to hit it.
“I may have had a few boys not happy with me if it hadn’t gone in, but it has, luckily.”
The versatile performer slotted seamlessly back into a strong Stags’ starting XI after injury.
“It’s obviously nice to come straight back in [to the side],” he said.
“I think it shows that people can come in and out so fluently with the team we have and the great squad depth.
“It’s nice to come in and try and influence it [the side] as much as I can.”
The win takes Stags to third in Sky Bet League Two as Mansfield remain unbeaten in all competitions.
“Everyone is in a good mood in there [the dressing room] but we know we’ve got to take it into next weekend and go and do the same thing,” Aaron said.
“Taking the momentum from each game and going on to the next [has been key to Stags’ good start to the season].”
Best goal I have ever scored admits Mansfield Town’s Aaron Lewis after long range stunner at Accrington Stanley
chad.co.uk, Sat 9 September 2023
Aaron Lewis admitted today's long range stunner at Accrington Stanley was the best goal he had ever scored.
The Mansfield Town midfielder rounded off the 2-0 win with a wonder goal as he volleyed a keeper's clearance straight back into the gaping net from 45 yards.
Summer signing Lewis smiled: “It was probably the best goal I've ever scored. I think it was just instinct to hit it and it's just nestled in.
“When you see the keeper not in his goal I think it's just instinct to think hit it as quick as you can.
“It felt like it went silent for about five seconds waiting for the ball to go in. Seeing it hit the net was a good feeling.
“It was nice to get that third goal at that time in the game as it had been two for a while.”
Stags dominated the game and rarely looked in any trouble.
“That is the style of play we've been going for all season,” said Lewis.
“We want to try to impose ourselves early on and get on the ball. The early goal probably settled us down.
“We have stayed unbeaten and will take this momentum into the games as they come.”
He added: “I have loved it here since I joined. Everyone has been brilliant with me.
“I have come into a team that's doing well and trying to push.
“We have to keep going into games the same way home or away and keep this momentum we are on.”
Aaron Lewis: Mansfield striker says 45-yard volley against Accrington was his best goal
Aaron Lewis was quick to admit his first-time volley to score from 45 yards against Accrington is "probably the best goal" he has ever scored.
The 25-year-old curled a sidefooted shot into an empty net after getting onto a misdirected clearance from Accrington goalkeeper Toby Savin.
Lewis' wonderous effort completed a convincing 3-0 win that propelled Stags to third in League Two.
"It was just instinct - I hit it and luckily it has nestled in," Lewis said.
Talking through his memorable first goal for Mansfield after the game, the defender told BBC Radio Nottingham: "When you see the keeper not in his goal, it is instinct to hit it as crisp as you can. I've done that and it's gone in.
"It felt like it went silent for about five seconds waiting for the ball to go in. When I saw it hit the net it was a good feeling.
"It was probably the best goal I've ever scored, to be fair."
Mansfield boss Nigel Clough was in the technical area behind Lewis when he struck the ball, and was in awe of the effort.
"It was one of those moments where everybody stopped in the stadium, everything seemed to freeze for a second or two and then it hit the net," Clough said.
"It was an incredible finish."
The strike completed a spectacular afternoon of goals for Mansfield, who remain the only unbeaten side in the English Football League.
Davis Keillor-Dunn put the Stags ahead with a impressive effort of his own as he took his season tally to six goals with an overhead kick just before the half-hour mark.
"I just said to him [Keillor-Dunn], 'imagine you have scored an overhead kick and no-one has said a word about it'," Lewis joked after the game. "It was also a great goal."
John Coleman told BBC Lancashire:
"I don't think we can have any complaints. We were the architects of our own downfall. We conceded when we were on top. We should have gone 1-0 up with Josh's header at the far post.
"But once they scored, they were the better team. They got the second goal too easily.
"And then we gift them the third, though it was a great goal from their lad's point of view."
Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman on Mansfield Town loss
Stanley boss John Coleman admits his side were second best on the day following their 3-0 defeat against Mansfield Town.
Davis Keillor-Dunn, George Maris and Aaron Lewis were all on target for the Stage - the latter scoring an impressive volley from 40 yards.
“Mansfield were better than us on the day,” said Coleman. “There wasn’t much in the shots on target but once they got the first goal they upped their game and I can have no complaints.
“You can’t fault our lads for effort, they gave everything, but they were just misguided at times and we were architects of our own downfall.
“We have to take responsibility for our own mistakes. We have got to focus on where we can improve.
“We didn’t deal with the body blow of conceding the first goal, we were opened up too easily for the second and we gifted them the third, although it was a great finish by their lad.
“We weren’t that bad as, apart from the goals, our goalkeeper only had one other save to make and I was disappointed we did not score, we had chances. Sometimes teams are just better than you.”
The result leaves the Reds 15th in the League Two table, having taken 10 points from their opening seven games back in the fourth tier.
Coleman’s men are back in action at the Wham Stadium on Saturday, September 16 when they host Sutton United.