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8th February 2024 21:06

Effort and desire gave us victory - manager
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 3 Feb 2024

Manager Nigel Clough says his side’s ‘effort and desire’ were the foundations of this afternoon’s heroic victory over Notts County in the Nottinghamshire Derby.

Depleted Stags produced a valiant display to do the double over their local rivals as Davis Keillor-Dunn’s eighth-minute strike proved the difference in front of a sell-out crowd at One Call Stadium.

Stags were given a standing ovation at full-time and the manager told iFollow Stags: “[It was an] Incredible result. The performance was enough to win the game. I thought the effort and the desire got us the result today.

“We got an early goal and we fought tooth and nail to hang on to it against a very good side, with the attacking options they have and the amount of goals they’ve scored - to keep a clean sheet against them today is absolutely outstanding.


“I think we can play a bit better but we can’t work any harder.

“I’m sure our supporters over the years have seen [teams] give tonnes of effort for this club but they wont have seen much more than they did today.

“All over the pitch we competed superbly.

That’s what you need to get the result in the circumstances today.”

Stags restricted Notts to only one shot on goal and could have added to their goal tally, especially in the second-half when they pressed their foot on the gas.

“I thought we had enough situations; we were much better in dealing with them and were more of a threat,” said the manager.

“We were a little bit more on the front foot, which we should be at home, winning the ball higher up the pitch and creating chances from that.”

The win sees Mansfield move up to second place and Nigel said: “It gives us all a big lift. We’ve had a difficult January after the magnificent victory at Stockport.

“It’s no coincidence that the two games we’ve won are the two matches in which we’ve kept clean sheets. We didn’t give anything away today.

“Notts had to work very hard for their situations and that was the key to victory. If we defend properly and play properly we’re a difficult team to play against.“


Clough told iFollow Stags:
"Maris came off with breathing issues. He was struggling to get his breath second half. We've had this flu, a nasty virus, going through the camp in the last couple of weeks so it could be the start of that or a little trace of that."


Touchlines bans prove a positive for Mansfield Town in derby day victory
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Sat 3 Feb 2024

Touchline bans for Nigel Clough and Andy Garner may have helped Mansfield Town to their magnificent 1-0 home derby victory over promotion rivals Notts County today.

Boss Clough and first team coach Garner were forced to watch the game from high up in the Quarry Lane end behind the goal as FA punishment for comments made to officials in last weekend's controversial defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

But Clough believes his alternative view of the game today helped him make crucial decisions at half-time.

“It was not a bad game to sit out and get an overall view of it,” he smiled.


“You probably get a much clearer picture of the game and a better assessment going into half-time of what we needed to do better in the second half.

“We restricted them to so few opportunities in the second half and could have easily had another goal or so ourselves.

“The second half was much better and totally down to us being up here with a view looking over the game rather than being at pitch level.

“You really appreciate how the supporters can lift you too.”

Davis Keillor-Dunn crashed home a spectacular eighth minute winner and Clough said: “It was absolutely wonderful and worthy of winning any game, derby game or not.

“There was just that couple of yards of space and he curls one in like he has been doing for the last six months or more.

“It's just a shame we couldn't add to it. I thought Will Swan was very unlucky on a couple of occasions today.

“Another goal would have made the last few minutes a bit easier, but I thought our game managament was very good and we saw it out, typified by Baily Cargill's tackle in the 95th minute.

“The effort today from the players was what won it against a good footballing side who had a lot of the ball first half. Our desire and effort got us the result.

“To keep a clean sheet against that line-up was very good indeed.

“With everything that has been thrown at us in the last week it says a lot about the character we have in the team and everyone throughout the club.

“The events of last week have galvanised everyone.”

Skipper Aden Flint played, despite a partial dislocation of his shoulder last weekend.

“I think 90 per cent of players would not have played today,” said Clough.

“He was walking round in a sling most of the week and did a litle bit of training yesterday. But he was out there keeping a clean sheet for us. He is that sort of character and player.

“With six defenders out today we needed them all and kept a clean sheet.”

It was Mansfield's first win in five games and Clough said: “It gives a bit of belief to everyone.

“We are a good team and we have to believe it.”


Derby win was 'for the fans', says DKD
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 3 Feb 2024

Forward Davis Keillor-Dunn says today’s victory was ’for the fans’ as his sensational first-half strike helped Stags to a 1-0 win over Notts County in the Nottinghamshire Derby at One Call Stadium.

The number 40 floated an incredible curled effort into the top right corner from outside the box on eight minutes to convert his 15th goal of the season.

Keillor-Dunn’s match-winning notch moves Stags up to second place in Sky Bet League Two.


The 26-year-old was ecstatic whilst speaking to iFollow Stags post-match and said: “I’m delighted for everyone at the club. That one was for the fans. Go and enjoy it.

“I thought we deserved it. We defended really well. We really had a good go, we had a few more chances to score. I know they had a couple of chances in the first-half, but I thought we defended brilliantly.

“I thought we looked as solid [at the back today] as we have been all season.

“The boys were solid all game. I didn’t think they really had a clear-cut chance in the second half.”

The lively attacker felt he had been due a goal from just outside the box this season and was delighted to convert in such an important game.

He said: “[I just had to] Take my chance. I’ve been waiting all season to get one in that area, on the edge of the box. I’m surprised I hit it so cleanly.

“He’s a good goalkeeper [Aidan Stone], he’s been here before and the fans know him as well. Sometimes it’s got to be [a] really pinpoint [finish] to beat these ‘keepers. They watch you, they analyse you all the time. I like to cut in and get shots off in that far corner and luckily it was right in the corner and he couldn’t get a hand to it.

“It’s got to be right up there [as one of my best this season]. I thought the overhead kick at Accrington was nice but that one [today] just goes ahead.”

Keillor-Dunn felt he and his teammates were buoyed by the raucous atmosphere generated by the home supporters inside One Call Stadium. He said: “The fans, we were just saying that there wasn’t a spare seat [in the house].

“[The atmosphere was] Electric, unbelievable. The fans were incredible. These are the days you want as a player, those derby games. It was outstanding and I enjoyed being a part of that today.

“We miss every player who’s injured, there’s probably too many of them to name. Once we get them back we’ll be even stronger. We’ve got to keep putting the wins together for those lads to come back.

“You’ve got to just dig deep. Whoever’s name [is] on that team sheet you’ve got to give 100% every single game.”


Davis Keillor-Dunn delighted to be derby day hero in Mansfield Town win over rivals Notts County
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Sat 3 Feb 2024

Mansfield Town top scorer Davis Keillor-Dunn was delighted to be the derby day hero with a spectacular winner in today's 1-0 home win over Notts County.

Keillor-Dunn took his tally for the season to an impressive 15 with his brilliant curling finish in the eighth minute and smiled: “I am just delighted with the three points - it honestly doesn't matter who scores for me.

“But it was amazing to get the winner. I am back to getting among the goals and it was a nice win.

“I don't know how I hit it that clean to be honest as there were a few bobbles on that pitch today.


“But I struck it nice. I have been waiting to score one like that for a while and I am really happy with it.

“I was a bit tired today so I couldn't even be bothered to celebrate. But the fans were just unbelievable and I am over the moon with it.

“I don't think there was a spare seat in the crowd. That's what you want as a player and it was sweet to get six points off Notts this season.”

He continued: “I couldn't get my breath. It was just end to end. There were chances galore.

“But the goal gave us something to hold onto.

“First half I think we gave them a bit too much respect but second half we matched them up really well, stood on their box and said try to play through us.

“Notts have quality with good players in their team. So it was just about weathering that storm. We knew they would put pressure on us.

“It was a good, entertaining game even though it was only a 1-0.

“We have not had the rub of the green the past couple of weeks but the gaffer said we would bounce back, and we did today.

“I have just got to keep trying toget on the end of things and get my assists up, I have to keep doing it for the lads as that is what I am in the team for.”


We deserved at least a point says Notts County boss Stuart Maynard after derby defeat at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Sat 3 Feb 2024

New Notts County boss Stuart Maynard believes the Magpies deserved at least a point from today's 1-0 local derby defeat at Mansfield Town.

And he is keen to look back at footage after being assured the ball crossed the line when home skipper Aden Flint headed against the underside of his own crossbar.

A rocket finish from Davis Keillor-Dunn won the game as early as the eighth minute.

But Notts twice hit the woodwork before the break before Stags had the better of the second half.


“It was a little bit frustrating as our first half performance probably warranted us going in 2-1 up,” said Maynard, in his second game at the helm.

“I don't think a team have come to Mansfield this season and dominated the game in the way we did in the first half.

“We created chances. We hit the underside of the bar which people are saying crossed the line, but obviously there is no goalline technology here.

“So I don't know - we will have to watch it back on the video.

“We also hit the post.

"Our performance was really good.

“Second half Mansfield have come out and we have had to kick the ball a bit more. Credit to them, that's the way they play, they want to make the game a bit more ugly.”

He added: “I didn't feel the ball dropped for us to be clean today.

“I thought defensively we coped with everything they threw at us all day.

“It's frustrating but we will take the positives from it, analyse it and look to get better.

“We wanted to win this game as it's huge with bragging rights for fans.

“I thought the way we played quietened the home fans in the first half and our fans were outstanding throughout the game.

“I thought we coped with the occasion really well.

“We have to take the positives from it and go again.

“You have to look how far we have come.

“The home game against Mansfield was 4-1 and we were out the game. In this one we were in it all the way to the end and deserved to come away with a minimum of a point.

“We will just go one game at a time. We are right in the mix at the minute.

“This is a division that is really tight so if you can put back to back wins together it pulls you away. That is something we are hoping to do.

“We need to get a win on the board and then back it up with another win. I think that is the key to it.”

On the penalty shout for a foul on Langstaff near the end, Maynard said: "It's so hard for me to have an opinion on that from where I'm standing on the touchline. We're all going to appeal for a penalty when you see your player get pulled to the ground but until we watch it back on the video I can't really comment to say whether it was or it wasn't."


What a game! Big win & clean sheet

Massive 3 points and overdue clean sheet.. we go again this weekend

John Radford
What a tremendous effort from our players. We fought tooth and nail for today’s victory.
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We’ll keep marching forward, together.