CLOUGH AND GED BRANNAN REACTION
Boss highlights quality of Stags’ opener
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 13 Jan 2024
Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough highlighted the quality of Baily Cargill’s opener during this afternoon’s 1-1 draw at Morecambe.
The defender smashed the ball home for his third of the season following some fine passing in the final third.
Stags sit third in Sky Bet League Two following the point with the Shrimps.
Speaking post-match, Nigel said: “It was [a superb goal].
“There were two or three brilliant passes leading up to it.
“The ball was played to Davis Keillor-Dunn’s feet, he laid it back for Ollie Clarke and we all thought he was going to shoot.
“He’s spotted Baily in space on the left-hand side and got [us]the 1-0.
“It should’ve been worth the three points.”
On the result, the boss added: “[It’s] A good point but not when you’re 1-0 up with 15 minutes to go.
“It was a poor, poor goal from our point of view.
“Defensively, both full-backs should do better.
“I thought we got over the ten minutes after we’d scored. They had a little go at us.
“We were in control then and then it’s just one through ball and a cross and all of a sudden, we’re pinned back at 1-1.
“We shouldn’t concede that goal from being 1-0 up.”
The match was limited to few opportunities at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium.
“It was a typical January League Two game.
“It was windy, the pitch is bobbly,” he said.
“It’s very difficult conditions for League Two players to get the ball down and play.
“It’s difficult then to create things for both sides.
“If you’d said before the game that we were going to get a point here, on the back of the loss last week, [we’d take it].
“We have come for three. We tried to get three.
“It’s just the timing and the nature of the [Morecambe] goal that is frustrating.”
Calum Macdonald was replaced at half-time by fellow left-back, Stephen McLaughlin.
“He [Calum Macdonald] was injured.
“His calf cramped up in the last few minutes of the half.
“He couldn’t get going again at half-time at all.
“It was a necessary substitution.”
Over 1,100 Stags’ fans travelled to Lancashire this afternoon.
“They [the fans] should have been rewarded with three points,” the gaffer said.
“We were going for it in the last few minutes, trying to get a goal in added time as well.
“Probably, a draw is a fair result on the balance of play but when you are 1-0 up with 15 minutes to go it’s disappointing.”
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough pleased with away point in tough conditions at Morecambe
chad.co.uk, Sat 13 Jan 2024
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough was pleased to pick up an away point in difficult conditions and avoid back to back defeats at Morecambe this afternoon.
But he was disappointed they failed to see out the game and take all three points after Charlie Brown stung them with an equaliser 12 minutes from time, wiping out Baily Cargill's 61st minute opener.
“It was a good point, but not when you're 1-0 up with 15 minutes to go and the nature of the goal we conceded,” he said.
“It was a poor goal defensively from our point of view. Both full backs should do better.
“I thought we had got over the 10 minutes after we scored when they had a little go at us and we were in control.
“But it was one through ball and one cross and all of a sudden we were pinned back at 1-1.
“It was very difficult conditions for both teams - a typical mid-January League Two game.
“It was windy and the pitch was bobbly, so it was very difficult for League Two players to get the ball down and play. It was difficult for both sides to create things.
“But having got the break - and it was a brilliant goal as well - we should see it through.
“There were two or three brilliant passes leading up to our goal. We all thought Ollie was just going to shoot but he spotted Baily in space on the left and it was a brilliant pass to him. That should have been worth the three points.
“We have been brilliant in looking after leads throughout the season.
“We should have kept the ball better. But we got impatient and went long at times when we didn't need to.”
He added: “I was pleased to get in 0-0 at half-time as Morecambe are a dangerous side at home. They sit in and then all of a sudden catch you on the break, as they did for their equaliser.
“I thought we had slightly the better of the first half. We got better as the half went on and we hit the bar.
“We had a couple of other situations, but they didn't have much either. Away from home you are never too unhappy with that.
“It was important to get a point today on the back of a loss last week. We came for three and tried to get three. It was just the timing of the nature of their goal that was frustrating.
“Probably a draw is a fair result on the balance of play, but when you're 1-0 up with 10-15 minutes to go it's disappointing.
“It's brilliant we haven't lost, though. You don't want back to back defeats and we now have two home games to look forward to this week.”
Defender Calum Macdonald will be assessed before Tuesday's visit of bottom club Forest Green Rovers after coming off injured at half-time.
“Calum felt his calf cramp up in the last few minutes of the half and he couldn't get going again at half-time, so it was a necessary substitution,” said Clough.
Morecambe manager Ged Brannan told BBC Lancashire's Derek Quinn:
"They're apparently the best team in the league and we showed them in every department that we're as good, if not better.
"They'll be absolutely delighted going from here with a point. We were by far the better team. We had the better chances, played the better football."
"We got a great goal (to equalise). And we could have sneaked it.
So all credit to our boys. I’m absolutely delighted for them.”
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