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13th March 2024 18:50

Boss on ‘wonderful win’ against Swindon
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 9 Mar 2024

Manager Nigel Clough hailed a ‘wonderful three points’ as Stags edged past a plucky Swindon Town at One Call Stadium.

Forward Lucas Akins put Mansfield Town ahead after four minutes and Stags should have extended their lead heading into the break.

A frenetic 25 minutes in the second-half saw Swindon twice peg Mansfield back before substitute Will Swan nodded home the match winner on 68 minutes.

Assessing an all-action contest, Nigel said: “It’s a wonderful three points.

“It was very tiring watching it because I thought we made hard work of it. Swindon have some good players who can hurt you as you saw in the game.

“When they’re in that position, probably not going up or down, they can play with that sense of freedom that we can’t enjoy at the moment.


“I thought it was a very good game, especially for the neutral. We just edged it with three very good goals.

“It was brilliant entertainment for everybody and the most important thing is that we’ve come out on top and got those three points because it was one of those days where you look at the fixtures and think everybody is going to win (the teams around Mansfield in the table) just about and they did, so we’ve kept the gap [in the league table] the same.”

Akins scored early on for Mansfield and the manager said his side could have made better decision-making in the final third thereafter in the first-half: “Having got the goal after four minutes, we really have to do more then to go and get another one. The longer it goes the more they (Swindon) grow in confidence because they’re still in the game. The players have to sense that the game is there for the taking within the first 15 minutes.”

On the frantic 25-minute spell in the second-half which yielded four goals, he said: “It was quite open but we don’t mind that because we think we’re going to create more chances and situations. It’s just whether you’re going to put them away or not.”

With ten matches now to play, he added: “We always like to play well and earlier in the season you’re looking for something to hang your hat on and build on.

“Performances don’t matter now, honestly. All that matters are the points, none more so than at Tranmere and Bradford this week.

“I’ve said to the players that after these two this week you’re down to just eight games. They have to realise that every ounce of what they got now, like all season, has to go into these eight games.”


Nigel Clough wants more from Davis Keillor-Dunn after Mansfield Town edge past Swindon Town
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Sat 9 Mar 2024

Boss Nigel Clough wants to see more from Mansfield Town hot-shot Davis Keillor-Dunn.

The rampaging midfielder bagged his 18th league goal of the season during the 3-2 win over Swindon Town.

But Clough believes the influential -goal-getter is capable of doing even better.

“Davis should be doing more with the situations he got into today to get the second goal,”.


“I know he has got 18 goals but he is getting the ball in the right areas and he is choosing the wrong option.

“He is not doing what he did for the second goal. He has been in that position six or seven times today and that is the only time he tried it. I don’t understand why he is laying it off to people.”

Clough also felt his side should have made the win more comfortable.

“We made hard work of it,” he added. “We should have got more goals in the opening 10-15 minutes.

“That was a good opportunity for us, they have some very dangerous players as we saw who can hurt you.

“We were sloppy today, mentally more than anything, after three games in a week.

“We got the early goal and should have gone again.

“The chances were there in that first period. We could have put the game to bed, there are no mistakes at this stage of the season.”


chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Sat 9 Mar 2024

Stags boss Nigel Clough admitted his relief at picking up three more crucial points.

“We always like to play well, but performances don’t matter now, honestly. All that matters are the points,” he said.

“The most important thing is that we’ve come out on top and got those three points because the teams around us all won and we have kept the gap the same.

“The players have to realise that every ounce of what they have got now, like all season, has to go into the final games.”


Defender Lewis Brunt praises Mansfield Town's grit as Stags edge past plucky Swindon Town
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Sat 9 Mar 2024

Delighted defender Lewis Brunt hailed Mansfield Town’s grit after they battled to a 3-2 win at home to Swindon Town.

The promotion-chasers were twice pegged back by the plucky Robins before Will Swan bagged a timely winner midway through the second half.

“The lads got stuck in and you can’t take anything away from any player out there,” he said.

“We dug in and got important blocks and clearances in, especially at the end when they threw the kitchen sink at us.


“We knew it might be one of those physical games with lots of long balls, but we got the three points and that’s all that matters.”


Defender pleased as Stags battle to win over Swindon
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 9 Mar 2024

Defender Lewis Brunt says Mansfield ‘battled’ to another important three points as Stags earned a 3-2 victory over Swindon Town at One Call Stadium.

The Leicester City loanee was named the sponsor’s Man of the Match following the contest.

Mansfield now sit three points clear atop of Sky Bet League Two, five points ahead of fourth placed MK Dons with a game in hand.

The 23-year-old felt the game became physical but he was pleased with how he and his teammates dealt with it. Speaking to iFollow Stags after the match, Brunt said: “It was definitely a more physical game than the previous one.

“The lads battled in, you can’t take anything away from [any] player out there.


“We always knew it might be one of those games, long balls, a physical battle. We got the three points and that’s all that matters.

“We dug in, we got important blocks in, good clearances at the end, especially during the last ten minutes, they threw the kitchen sink [at us].

“[The game] Got a bit stretched, but that’s football. It’s going to happen. The three points are all that matters at this stage of the season.”

Stags demonstrated strong attacking intent during the second period as Davis Keillor-Dunn (51’) and Will Swan (68’) struck the hosts to victory and Brunt was delighted for his teammates: “It was a bit mad [after the break].

“Davo [Keillor-Dunn] set it alight with the first [goal of the second-half for Mansfield] and we never looked back from there.”

On Swan’s goal he said: “He’s been brilliant the last few weeks, always putting himself about and getting in the goals. [It was] Another good goal from him today.”

Mansfield’s number 24 hadn’t realised he had been named as sponsor’s Man of the Match and said: “I don’t listen too much to the tannoy, I’m trying to concentrate on the game.

“I’m just taking it one game at a time and enjoying my football.

“[I’ve got] Flinty [Aden Flint] to the right of me, Baily Cargill to the left and Pymy [Christy Pym] behind me. That’s hundreds of league games’ [worth of experience] there. I’m just learning every single day in training and every game.

“I’m loving my football here at the minute. Playing at the One Call [Stadium], I’m really enjoying it.”


Gavin Gunning lamented Swindon Town's poor defensive errors
swindonadvertiser.co.uk, By Joe Acklam @acklamjoe, Sat 9 Mar 2024

Gavin Gunning was left hugely frustrated after Swindon Town were once again let down by basic defensive errors in a 3-2 defeat to Mansfield Town.

Lucas Akins fired home after four minutes to give Mansfield the lead after a very lopsided first half.

That same pattern was not to be followed in a topsy-turvy second half as Paul Glatzel and Aaron Drinan both scored goals that levelled the game, but Davis Keillor-Dunn and Will Swan's strikes saw Town defeated.

Gunning said that he had worked all week with his defenders on marking in the box and they had still been caught out in those situations.


He said: "There were so many positives, but the realism is that when you conceded three goals that are horror shows like that then it is a frustrating afternoon.

"The first one is a decent but of play to get Keillor-Dunn into space, when we have worked all week on someone being goal-side of him and locking in on Nicholls, we don't lock in, he sets it around the corner and they have scored.

"Then you are chasing your tail and there were five minutes when it was like a tornado.

"Being an ex-defender, I only learned it when I was coming towards the end of my career that if you mark space in the box then you are going to concede goals.

"If you stand there and you think you are going to win the ball, you won't, if your body shape is closed and you are facing the ball then you are in big trouble because the ball is going over your head and if your mate doesn't tuck in and cover you are going to be in a tough position.

"I think Swan was six yards out and he has a free header, that is just having that desire to get close and feel contact in the box, we work on it all week.

"We literally work on in the box, don't mark space, get tight. That is it, simple.

"That is not how I want it done, so if they can't do it then they won't play."

The interim head coach also chose to revert to a back three for this game away from his preferred back four and he explained why that decision was made.

He said: "That was because we are coming to Mansfield and we have got to respect them.

"They are going to play two strikers that always stay high and outside each other.

"So, if you play a back four and don't lock in with the full-back then you are in big trouble.

"We had the two outside centre-halves lock in on the strikers and then the spare centre-half sweep round.

"I thought Zac played outstanding out high and wide and it was more lopsided with Dokes [Udoka Godwin-Malife] to come in off the shape to play and be powerful.

"Zac gave us good width and he was tearing the left-back apart, he didn't know if he was coming or going."


Gavin Gunning said Swindon Town must escape 'losing mindset'
swindonadvertiser.co.uk, By Joe Acklam @acklamjoe

Gavin Gunning said that Swindon Town will need to shake off their losing mindset if they are to make real improvements.

Swindon fell to their third defeat of the Gunning era against league leaders Mansfield Town on Saturday, conceding three goals that hugely frustrated the interim head coach with the basic defensive mistakes that were made.

Gunning said that Town had become stuck in a losing mindset that was causing these kinds of mistakes to continue creeping into their play and hampering performances that were otherwise deserving of more.


He said: “The thing is that the players are probably used to getting beat at this stage, they are used to conceding goals and they have obviously let that creep into their mindset of this is how we do it.

“But that is not what I want it done, so if they can’t do it then they won’t play.

“You have seen that the difference in the level of this league is minimal from top to bottom, we have seen the two best teams in the league in the last couple of weeks, even MK Dons are up there and the difference is minimal.

“The players are the players, and they are good lads but the mentality has to switch and become more of a killer beast."

Gunning was particularly frustrated with the manner of the second goal, within a minute of Swindon getting back onto terms, saying it was the clearest sign that the mentality of the players was not what it needed to be for them to properly compete with the top sides.

Paul Glatzel had fired into the roof of the net within five minutes of the restart to restore parity, but from the kick-off, Mansfield went up the other end and Davis Keillor-Dunn was allowed to curl a shot into the back of the net to wipe out the enthusiasm.

He said: “I just think that when you score a goal at Mansfield and then you concede 20 seconds later, it is criminal, that is just a lack of professionalism.

“You cannot be conceding 20 seconds after you score, you have got to be thinking ‘Where is the ball going? How can we be compact? We might sit in front for two minutes to get ourselves back going again because we are on top now.’

“But instead, we switch off, Keillor-Dunn comes in, bang, great finish, but that is the most frustrating part."


Swindon Town head coach left frustrated at battling defeat by Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Sat 9 Mar 2024

Swindon Town’s interim head coach Gavin Gunning was frustrated by his side’s slow start in their 3-2 defeat at Mansfield Town.

Stags hit the front early through Lucas Akins and looked in control at the break.

Goals from Paul Glatzel and Aaron Drinan either side of a Davis Keillor-Dunn strike gave the visitors hope.

But sub Will Swan’s header moments after entering the pitch re-established Mansfield’s lead to secure three crucial points for the promotion-chasers.


“It is a frustrating result," said Gunning. “There are so many positives, but a defeat is a defeat.

“When you concede goals that are a horror show like that it is a frustrating afternoon.

“We were chasing things after the opening five minutes. Once we grew into the game it was much of a muchness.

“(Will) Swan was unmarked for their winner, that is just having the desire to get close and have contact with him in the box. We work on that all week and getting tight to players.

“The first five/ten minutes we were all over the place and then we grew into it and had our moments.

“It is frustrating. It is tough to get the words out, we went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the league, but we conceded some horror show goals.

“We score and then switch off. We didn't mark in the box and we conceded, it's simple.”


chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Sat 9 Mar 2024

Swindon interim head coach Gavin Gunning rued a missed opportunity.

“The realism is we had a few very good chances and we didnt take them,” he said,

“Both teams had a load of chances and it could easily have been 7-7.

“There wasn’t anything between the teams, it is just lapses of concentration that have cost us.

“We have switched off and conceded as a result. It is all about learning and we have to build on the performance.”


Davis Keillor-Dunn @davisjames10
Huge win, Enjoy ur weekend stags. See you all Tuesday

John Radford
Another important victory, well-earned by our boys.
Ten to go!



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