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CLOUGH ON FLINT+TRANSFER LATEST + CLARKE INTERVIEW
2nd February 2024 22:17



Clough told iFollow Stags, Tues 30 Jan 2024:
"Aden Flint has a partial shoulder dislocation, not a full dislocation. Still waiting for him to see a specialist. We should know before the window shuts the length of time he is going to be out.

"The main target (for striker transfer) has about gone now, we have moved on to a couple of others. We put in a very very good offer, but it looks as though the striker will go elsewhere to a higher league.
"We've got the offers in (on the couple of others) and we're just waiting now.
"An attacking midfielder and two strikers we've got earmarked. The chairman's been absolutely fantastic and given us the green light to go for all three, so we're going to try to get all three if we can. If we get two - brilliant. And then we'll see from that point if anybody goes out.

"James Gale had a small setback on his injury last week, he got some swelling, so he's not going to be any time in the next few weeks. Probably towards the end of Feb with a bit of luck."
"Elliott Hewitt should be able to join in contact training in about two weeks time."

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Mansfield Town await news on Aden Flint injury as curse of the defenders strikes again
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tues 30 Jan 2024

Mansfield Town are anxiously awaiting news on an injury to captain and defensive talisman Aden Flint ahead of Saturday's big local derby with Notts County.

Flint suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon and becomes the seventh defender likely to be unavailable this weekend.

“It seems to be the curse of the defenders at the moment - that is the area most hit by injuries,” said boss Nigel Clough.

“It goes without saying there are a lot of first choice defenders among that group. We will get a patched up team out there on Saturday and give it everything we've got.

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“We haven't been able to get Aden in to see a specialist so far, so we are waiting on that.

“We will know a bit more from that point on. But it is certainly a big blow for us.

“We presume he will be out for Saturday but we have no confirmation until we see a specialist.

“It was just an awkward landing and it's not a clear dislocation, which would have made it much simpler.

“It's more maybe a partial one, so it's very much down to the level of discomfort, how much that partial dislocation is and what he can do with it.

“It has come on the back of Alfie Kilgour and Elliott Hewitt still being out and Callum Johnson and Calum Macdonald.”

“Hopefully things will ease a little bit as we will get Jordan Bowery back from suspension and so on. We know we have Elliott Hewitt not far from coming back in February.

“But the last two or three weeks have been incredibly challenging in terms of injuries and everything else happening on and off the pitch.”

George Williams also missed out with illness last weeknd and Clough said: “George is still a bit under the weather but will do some light training this week and we will see how he is towards Saturday. There are a few who have had this virus and he was pretty rough on Saturday when he woke up.”

The January transfer window closes at 11pm on Thursday and Stags are still hoping to bring in a couple of players, though their principal striker target now looks to be heading elsewhere.

Clough said he was unsure if he would look for a defender too.

“We are looking at other areas. It all depends on the prognosis on Aden Flint and how long he is going to be out for,” he said.

“Offers have gone in for three forward players at the moment, so we are just waiting. But it is a little bit of moving the goalposts time.

“You think you've got a deal agreed last week but someone comes back and says we want a bit more or changes the deal.

“That is the stage we're at but there are still a few days to go and we are waiting for answers back on those three offers.

“I think the main target is now gone and we have moved on to a couple of others now.

“We put a brilliant offer in but it looks as though the striker will go elsewhere to a higher league.

“With the injuries we're picking up we probably need more than one. The chairman has been fantastic and given us the green light to go for them. So we could maybe end up with two out of three.

“We've had interest in one or two of ours as well but no one can go out until we get people in.

“We are trying to do business and we have been for the last week or two, but it seems inevitable that people always leave it until the last minute.

“It is out of our hands. It is in other clubs and players' agents hands so there is nothing more we can do at this stage than wait.”

In the meantime, Clough has to prepare a patchwork side for a big local derby on Saturday and he said: “The next game or two won't determine the season. There are plenty of points to play for and we are still in a great position.

“Having JJ O'Toole back will help things and give us a bit of cover. We know the job he can do back there.

“He has been unlucky with injuries and he can still be an important player for us.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Boss: Stags submit three offers for forwards ahead of deadline
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 30 Jan 2024

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough today revealed that Stags have submitted offers for ‘three forward players’ as the club target new recruits ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Mansfield sit third in Sky Bet League Two, but a long-term injury to forward Rhys Oates and a desire to build on Stags' strong start to 2023/24, has seen the club dip into the market for attacking additions.

The transfer window shuts at 11pm on Thursday 01 February.

Speaking to iFollow Stags in a news conference ahead of Saturday’s Nottinghamshire Derby at home to Notts County, Nigel said: “Offers have gone in for three forward players at the moment.

“We’re still waiting. It’s a little bit of moving the goal posts where you think you’ve got a deal agreed last week and then somebody comes back and says ‘we want a bit more’ or changes the deal, so we’re at that stage at the moment.

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“[There’s] A few days to go, and we’re waiting on the answers back on those three offers.

“I think now, we’re in a position with the injuries that we’re picking up and everything that we probably need more than one.

“The chairman has been brilliant and has given us the green light to go for them.

“If we end up with two out of three or something like that [that would be good].

“We’re trying to do business. We have done for the last week or two but it seems inevitable that people leave it until the last minute.

“We’re in other clubs’ hands, players’ hands and agents’ hands so there’s nothing more we can do than just wait.”

On potential outgoings, the manager added: “It will depend on who comes in.

“We have had enquiries for one or two but it all depends on incomings.”

Defender Aden Flint was withdrawn with a shoulder injury in Saturday’s match at AFC Wimbledon. The boss provided the latest on the commanding centre-back’s fitness.

“He’s okay, we’re still waiting. We can’t get him in to see a specialist so far,” he said.

“We’re waiting on that and then we’ll know a bit more from that point on.

“It’s certainly a big blow for us off the back of Alfie Kilgour and Elliott Hewitt being out, Calum Macdonald, Callum Johnson and it seems to be the curse of the defenders at the moment.

“That seems to be the area that is being most hit by injuries.

“We presume he will be out for Saturday but we’ve had no confirmation until he sees a specialist.”

On other members of his squad’s health, Nigel issued an update.

“He’s [George Williams] still a little bit under the weather but he’ll do some light training this week and then we’ll see how he is towards Saturday,” said the gaffer.

“He’s had the flu and the virus, he was pretty rough on Saturday when he woke up.

“He [James Gale] had a small set-back last week. He got some swelling on his [knee] injury so he’s not going to be [back] anytime in the next few weeks.

“[It’ll be] Probably towards the end of February with a bit of luck [when he returns].”

Stags return to action in a sold-out encounter at home to rivals Notts County at the weekend. The reverse fixture saw Mansfield record an impressive 4-1 rout over the Magpies in October.

“We managed to nullify them in the game at Meadow Lane but it will be a different game at our place on Saturday,” Nigel said.

“They have the three forwards in Langstaff, McGoldrick and Crowley [who are] as dangerous as there are in the league without a doubt.

“They’ve had a change of manager, I don’t think they’ll change their style or anything like that because whatever they were doing was working.”

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Nigel Clough: Mansfield Town boss says season 'will not be defined' by Notts County game
bbc.co.uk

Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough says Saturday's Nottinghamshire derby against Notts County will not define the Stags' season.

Injuries and suspensions mean the Stags could be without nine players.

Jordan Bowery and Stephen Quinn are banned after being sent off in the loss at AFC Wimbledon, while Aden Flint is doubtful with a shoulder injury,

"Things like the weekend will only strengthen our resolve," Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham.

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"Whatever it is, it will not defeat us this season. The adversity we have faced in previous seasons, I think makes us better equipped to deal with it."

Mansfield, who have had a number of near misses in their quest for promotion from League Two in recent years, are third in table after 28 games.

They remain just inside the automatic promotion spots despite winning just one of their past six league games since 29 December.

Defeat by Wimbledon, however, was just their third League Two defeat of the season.

Their remarkable start to the season, which saw them beaten just once in their first 24 league games, included a memorable 4-1 win against Notts at Meadow Lane in October.

"The result on Saturday won't define our season," Clough said.

"We are still in a great position and we still have a very good team and squad."

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Midfielder: Stags fully aware of Nottinghamshire Derby significance
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 30 Jan 2024

Midfielder Ollie Clarke says Stags ‘know there’s a lot at stake’ ahead of Saturday’s local derby encounter at home to Notts County.

Mansfield were 4-1 victors at Meadow Lane in the reverse fixture in October and the 31-year-old is hoping for the same outcome this weekend.

Speaking to iFollow Stags in a news conference yesterday, he said: “We’re going to do our preparations throughout the week and on Saturday we’ll come into the game as usual and do our normal preparations and take it from there really.

“We know there’s a lot at stake.

“It’s a big game and we need to get back to winning ways and there’s no better place to do it than at One Call Stadium in front of our fans in a derby game.

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“Bring it on really.”

On the previous match between the Stags and the Magpies, Ollie added: “It was a tough start for us, we didn’t get to grips with their formation, with their patterns of play until probably about ten-fifteen minutes in.

“We knew we were in for a tough game but in the end, we ran out comfortably because we ran at them, we pressed them, we won the ball back high and we stopped them doing what they’re good at.

“It eventually led to them kicking the ball onto Flinty’s head and we were able to play from there really; get the ball down, get it wide, get crosses in the box.

“Thankfully, that day was quite comfortable in the end.

Nearly 4,000 Mansfield supporters backed the amber and blue at Meadow Lane earlier in the season, creating a memorable atmosphere despite being away from home.

“It was probably one of my first real derby games and the atmosphere there and the noise that our fans made from the minute of us walking out onto the pitch for the warm-ups, you could see that everyone was up for it,” the midfielder said.

“The Sky cameras were there so you always want to put a good performance in.

“It’s natural to be up for those games, everyone wants to impress in a derby game and try and leave a bit of an impression on the fans.”

On how he expects the visitors to set-up after recently appointing Stuart Maynard in charge, Ollie said: “I think the way that they were playing [under previous head coach Luke Williams], they were conceding quite a few goals.

“That will probably be at the forefront of their minds, not to concede as many goals as they have done.

“They’ve obviously got a lot of attacking threat, a lot of good attacking players and we need to stop that really.

“I’m not sure how they set-up under the new manager but that’s something we’ll look at during the course of the week.

“We know they have the threats there and we need to nullify them and get back to keeping clean sheets.”

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Mansfield Town aiming for local derby double bragging rights sys Ollie Clarke ahead of Notts County visit
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tues 30 Jan 2024

Mansfield Town midfield ace Ollie Clarke said Stags were fully focused on claiming victory and local bragging rights in Saturday's mouthwatering home derby clash with Notts County on Saturday.

Stags enjoyed the glory of a 4-1 victory in the corresponding derby at Meadow Lane and as they aim for the double Clarke said: “You can't treat these games as just another match as everyone will be talking about it.

“It will probably be on the forefront of people's minds and bragging rights throughout the week.

“We will do our best to try to just keep everyone relaxed and grounded and make sure we go and give a good account of ourselves.

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“It is a big rivalry and obviously everyone wants to to go into work and have the bragging rights.

“We're all excited for the game. But let's not take away from the fact that it's a league game and we need to go out there, do our jobs and put on a positive performance for the fans.

“We’re going to do our preparations throughout the week and on Saturday we’ll come into the game as usual and do our normal preparations and take it from there really. We know there’s a lot at stake.

“It’s a big game and we need to get back to winning ways and there’s no better place to do it than at One Call Stadium in front of our fans in a derby game.”

On the win at Meadow Lane, he said: “It was a tough start for us, we didn’t get to grips with their formation or patterns of play until probably about 10-15 minutes in - and they had already scored a goal by that point.

“We knew we were in for a tough game. but in the end we ran out comfortably because we ran at them, we pressed them, we won the ball back high and we stopped them doing what they’re good at.

“It eventually led to them kicking the ball onto Flinty’s (Aden Flint) head and we were able to play from there really, get the ball down, try to get it wide, get crosses in the box and we won a few corners. It's always a relief when you score from a few corners.

“Thankfully, that day was quite comfortable in the end.”

He added: “It was probably one of my first real derby games and the atmosphere there and the noise that our fans made from the minute of us walking out onto the pitch for the warm-ups, you could see that everyone was right up for it.

“The Sky cameras were there so you always want to put a good performance in.

“It’s natural to be up for those games, everyone wants to impress in a derby game and try to leave a bit of an impression on the fans.

“I think the atmosphere will be right up there again from the get-go on Saturday. I think the fans will be there nice and early to get us up for it. We just have to focus on each game as it comes.”

County have just had a change of manager after the appointment of Stuart Maynard and Clarke said: “I think the way that they were playing under Luke Williams, they were conceding quite a few goals.

“That will probably be at the forefront of their minds, not to concede as many goals as they have done.

“They’ve obviously got a lot of attacking threat, a lot of good attacking players and we need to stop that really.

“I’m not sure how they set up under the new manager but that’s something we’ll look at during the course of the week.

“We know they have the threats there and we need to nullify them and get back to keeping clean sheets.”

Stags will be hoping Will Swan's goal in last Saturday's controversial 2-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon will spark the young forward back into a goalscoring run after a frustrating season.

“You have to take your chances when they come and I was pleased for him to get on the scoresheet,” he said.

“He is one of the boys, but he has been through it this season where he's not really been able to get the goals he's wanted to.

“He gets into the right positions but has not just had that luck in front of goal.

“You keep telling him to work hard, keep practicing and keep training hard and it will come.

“Thankfully he now has his second in the league. He's here to score goals for us, everyone wants him to score goals and we were all buzzing for him. Hopefully that's the start of a little run for him.”

Stags were left frustrated last weekend after being denied what looked a clear penalty seconds before conceding the winner in stoppage time.

Clarke felt there were lessons to be learned, saying: “It's always hard to lose a game of football, but to lose it with the last kick of the game when you should have had a penalty two minutes beforehand just goes to show you can't switch off.

“Referees have got to be better and we have got to be better and we have to take that forward now and use it as a bit of a catalyst to get our season back on track.”

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