CLOUGH AND STEVE MORISON REACTION
Gaffer assesses Sutton point
Manager Nigel Clough gave his verdict on Mansfield Town’s 1-1 draw with Sutton United in blustery conditions at One Call Stadium.
The visitors took an early lead through former Stag Lee Angol on eight minutes. Mansfield rallied and struck an equaliser on 35 minutes, thanks to George Maris’ delicate finish.
Stags remain inside the Sky Bet League Two automatic promotion places, one point ahead of fourth placed Crewe Alexandra with a game in hand.
Mansfield experienced gusts of up to 49 mph during the contest. However, Nigel felt Stags only had themselves to blame for not taking the three points.
On the windy conditions, he told iFollow Stags: “You’ve got to try and get the ball down on the floor, that’s where the least wind is. You saw that as soon as anything went in the air [it quickly skewed out of control].”
“[The wind] Was as bad as it’s been for a long time. It did make it difficult certainly, especially when you’re chasing the game.
“What you don’t do in those conditions is give a goal away, which we did. It makes it unbelievably difficult.
“[It was] A blatant mistake. [It was] A pass that should never be made.
“We’ve spoken about it since Crewe and Morecambe on giving soft goals away that cost you games.
“Ultimately we’ve drawn the game because of the goal we’ve conceded. We have to get back to where we were a month or two ago when we were keeping clean sheets.”
The gaffer felt Mansfield displayed some positive patterns of play to create potential match-winning situations.
He said: “We got into some good positions, made set plays difficult [for Sutton to defend]. They defended well, I’ll give them a lot of credit, [they were] very spirited, a different proposition to the one we faced before Christmas.”
On Will Swan’s chance on 84 minutes, he said: “It was a brilliant move. We had a few of them in the game but that was probably the best one. It was a great cross from Jordan [Bowery], he just got it past the man on the near post. Swanny’s just headed it half a yard wide [of the post].”
The boss hopes Stags can add to their squad ahead of the weekend’s trip to Wimbledon
“We’re trying,” he said. “Everyday we’re making so many calls and pushing as much as we can. We’ve got a small select number of targets and we hope to get one in before [the Wimbledon match].”
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough slams defending as Stags gift another goal in Sutton United draw
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tues 23 Jan 2024
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough slammed his side for giving away another gift goal in tonight's frustrating 1-1 home draw with struggling Sutton United.
An awful loose pass by young Leicester City loanee Lewis Brunt was punished by Lee Angol as early as the eighth minute and it took a 35th minute leveller from George Maris to earn a point on a night when a won would have pushed Stags second.
The game was hampered by the winds of Storm Jocelyn and Clough said: “It was perfect conditions for an away side like Sutton. They would relish it.
“So what you don't do in those circumstances is give a goal away, which we did after a few minutes.
“We did it against Crewe a few weeks back and it cost us the game.
“We did get an equaliser in this one, but it makes it unbelievably difficult and again you saw the inspiration it gives the opposition.
“We have to get back to how we were a month or two ago when we were keeping clean sheets - that is the foundation. We can't stress it enough.
“We can't keep giving these goals away. Teams who are trying to get promoted in the top three don't give those goals away.
“The message is obviously not getting through at the minute about not giving goals away.
“It was a pass that never should have been made in those circumstances by an inexperienced player.
“All you can do is keep going on about it and some people will take it on board and some won't. But the team will be picked accordingly.
“Him and Baily (Cargill) were not at it tonight, their application was not right for these conditions.”
Brunt was withdrawn after 27 minutes, Clough saying: “He was on a yellow card and it was a risk we couldn't take as we had a referee who I could not understand a lot of things happening out there tonight in terms of the officials.
“We controlled the game and Pymy (Christy Pym) had very little to do, though we had to be careful with breaks and set plays, which they are very good at.
“We pressed for a winner and the great chance fell to Will Swan with 10 minutes left - that was the game right there.
“But Sutton defended very well, credit to them. They were very spirited and a very different proposition to the side we faced before Christmas under their new manager.”
Clough continues to try to bring in a striker before Saturday's game at AFC Wimbledon and said: “We are trying, making so many calls and pushing as much as we can.
“We have a small, select number of targets and we would hope if all goes well to get one in before the weekend.”
We can go toe to toe with anyone in League Two says Sutton United boss Steve Morison after a draw at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tues 23 Jan 2024
New Sutton United manager Steve Morison said his side can give anyone a run for their money in League Two and need to believe in themselves after tonight's 1-1 draw at windswept Mansfield Town.
Lee Angol punished Stags for an early error to put the relegation-haunted Londoners ahead before George Maris equalised.
“That was an excellent point. We scored a good goal and were in the game all the way,” he said.
“I am frustrated with Mansfield's goal, but they are a good team and we have gone toe to toe with them and it's another point in the right direction.
“We are a really good team with good players. They just need to believe they are good players. We are working extremely hard to give them that confidence and belief.”
He added: “They are working on things and taking the information on board which I think you could see tonight.
“We can go toe to toe with anyone and we are going to be a proposition for anyone in this league for the rest of the season and hopefully start turning these points into wins and closing the gap.
“They can get themselves out of this and we will do it together as a group. I am as proud as punch of them.”
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