CLOUGH ON PP's, MACDONALD INJURY, SUTTON PREVIEW
Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags, Mon 22 Jan 2024
Calum Macdonald had a scan on his calf, out for 4-6 weeks.
John-Joe O'Toole has trained, so might come into the 18, with George Cooper fit making 19.
"Still pursuing the one striker target. We should know this week, that's pretty much the cut-off point. And we've got other targets as well."
In view of the forecast for strong winds vs Sutton:
"Best way to negate the wind is to get the ball down and play."
"Will Swan hasn't hit the form we hoped he would, but we've got every faith in him that he can still have an impact in the second half of the season. He needs to be ready at all times whether to start, or come on, whether it's 10 minutes or 80 minutes or whatever."
Boss on Sutton encounter
mansfieldtown.net, Mon 22 Jan 2024
Manager Nigel Clough spoke to the local media ahead of tomorrow evening’s match at home to Sutton United (7.45pm kick-off).
When Stags face the South London outfit at One Call Stadium, the boss’ side will have gone ten days without a game due to postponements against Forest Green Rovers and the originally scheduled match against The U’s, last week.
On Mansfield’s period without a match, the gaffer said: “[We’ve been] Just trying to tick over and stay ready for the next game.
“It’s difficult when you think you’re going to play on the Saturday, and you can’t train on the grass - it’s obviously frozen.
“We’ve been doing what we can on the artificial [grass] and getting ready for Tuesday night.
“We were pleased when it got cancelled on Friday that we could put it [the match] in straight away for Tuesday.”
Nigel went on to provide an update on his squad’s fitness.
“John-Joe O’Toole has trained so he might come back into the [matchday] 18, him and George Cooper makes the 19 and that’s it,” he said.
“It [Calum Macdonald’s calf injury] is a little bit more complicated than that [a dead leg].
“He’s had a scan and he’s got a slight problem which will probably be four to six weeks [away from action].
“It [Macdonald’s calf] was really cramping up and causing him a problem, something to do with the blood flow into your calf.
“It [Rhys Oates’ knee surgery] all went well, the surgeon was very happy with how it all went.
“I spoke to him [Rhys] after the night of the operation after he’d had it, and he was in reasonable spirits but [it’ll be] a long nine months ahead.”
On Stags’ search for a striker, Nigel said: “We’re still pursuing the one. We should know this week, that’s pretty much the cut-off point.
“If it’s going to be done, we want something doing this week. We’ve got other targets as well.
“Hopefully after the game tomorrow night, sometime in the next couple of days after that, it should become a bit clearer.
“A lot [of transfers] go to the last minute but from our point of view, we’d like to get one in before Saturday.
“We put a very very good offer on the table but it’s just trying to get the other club to agree to it.”
Mansfield host bottom-of-the-league Sutton United tomorrow who appointed new manager Steve Morrison earlier this month.
“I don’t think he’s had many games in charge so it’s difficult to tell [how Sutton will play] but he’s brought in three or four good players,” said the boss.
“I think there will be a different atmosphere around the place [at Sutton], and they’ll be a different proposition in terms of the team that are out there [to the one faced away, before Christmas].
“Steve’s got good experience in terms of higher up and I think they’ll fancy their chances of staying up.”
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough wary of Sutton United management change ahead of quickly rearranged clash
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Mon 22 Jan 2024
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough is wary of a change of management at struggling Sutton United as they head for the One Call Stadium for tomorrow night's quickly rearranged fixture.
After losing Tuesday's home game with Forest Green Rovers to frost, the Sutton game followed suit on Saturday but has been quickly sorted out for tomorrow.
Stags won 2-0 at Sutton pre-Christmas but United have since appointed Steve Morison as their new manager and Clough said: “I don't think Steve has had many games in charge so far but they have brought in three or four good players.
“So there will be a different atmosphere around the place and they will be a different proposition in terms of the team out there.
“Steve has good experience, higher up as well, and I think they will fancy their chances of staying up.
“They're not too far adrift and he will know that any level if you get a couple of wins and get a bit of momentum, you will fancy your chances.”
Stags are hoping the weather allows them to make it third time lucky.
“I think the temperatures will be okay but we have an awful lot of rain forecast tomorrow, so I hope the pitch can take that,” said Clough.
“That is the only danger with it being firm beneath as the frost will still be in it.
“There are gales due to hit us tomorrow afternoon too so we're not having much luck with the weather - especially against Forest Green. I think that is three postponements against them in a year.
“There is nothing ruins games like the wind. It is very difficult for players to combat it at all levels.
“But we are desperate to get the game on - we don't want to get too many behind.”
Rivals Barrow and Wrexham lost on Saturday and Clough added: “Without playing at the weekend, it was a good set of results for us.
“Get three points tomorrow night it would be a good way to finish the weekend without having done anything.”
Mansfield Town set deadline this week for new striker deal
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Mon 22 Jan 2024
Mansfield Town will end their pursuit of their number one striker target by the end of this week and turn their attention elsewhere if it doesn't happen.
The January transfer window is already in its third week and still Nigel Clough has been unable to agree a deal with the club he is speaking to.
But he does have other irons in the fire as back-up.
“We are still pursuing the main one and we should know this week. That is pretty much the cut-off point,” he said.
“If it's going to be done, we want something doing this week. We have other targets as well so after tomorrow night's game it should become a bit clearer within the following couple of days.
“It is about dealing with the club and trying to get them to agree to a very good offer we've put on the table.
“We are speaking to the clubs of the other targets as well and I think it will all go down to the last minute.
“But from our point of view we'd like to get one in before Saturday.”
On outgoing players, he added: “We are getting one or two enquiries- nothing major, which is good.
“With the injuries we have and being close to that bare 18 as well, people realise we won't be letting too many go, if any.”
Stags suffered another injury blow this week when defender Calum Macdonald was ruled out with a calf injury for up to six weeks.
“Calum has had a scan on his calf and he has a slight problem in there which will probably be four to six weeks,” said Clough.
“It was really cramping up and causing him a problem - something to do with the blood flow into your calf.”
Striker Rhys Oates has had an operation on his knee and Clough said: “It was all straightforward and the surgeon was very happy with it. Rhys is in reasonable spirits, but it's a long nine months ahead.
“But he has Elliott Hewitt and Alfie Kilgour going through it as well, so he is not alone.
“John-Joe O'Toole has trained, though, so he might come back into the 18 tomorrow.”
Clough has kept his troops active, despite losing two games in five days to the frost ahead of tomorrow night's visit of strugglers Sutton United.
“We've just been trying to tick over and be ready for the next game whenever it is,” he said.
“It's difficult when last Tuesday was off, then you think you're playing on the Saturday, then you're off again.
“You can't train on the grass because it's frozen so we've been doing what we could on the artificial.
“I am pleased Saturday was cancelled on Friday night so that we could put it in straight again on Tuesday, which seemed the most sensible course of action.
“Once the frost gets into the ground there are a lot of games off at lower league level. A sustained period of minus four at night, you can't beat the weather.”
Latest | January 2024