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CLOUGH AND DANNY COWLEY REACTION
27th March 2024 23:48


Manager evaluates Colchester point
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 23 Mar 2024

Nigel Clough offered his analysis of league leaders Mansfield’s battling 1-1 draw at home to Colchester United.

Blustery conditions swept through One Call Stadium in a lunchtime kick-off live on Sky Sports.

Harry Anderson opened the scoring for the visitors on 12 minutes before Lewis Brunt tapped home to equalise for Mansfield on 63 minutes.

Speaking to iFollow Stags after the match, Nigel was satisfied with a point: “In the end yes [I was satisfied with a point] because of the way the game went and the conditions.

“It was one of those games where, having given a soft goal away early on, we could’ve lost 1-0. Because of the conditions, we were pleased with a point.

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“[We started the game] Nowhere near as well as last week [at Bradford] and we gave Colchester too much encouragement. It was a soft goal to give away and it came about from not being at it early on. We had enough situations and chances today but couldn’t quite get more than the equaliser.

“They (Colchester) would’ve been happy with 0-0 and a point today. You give them 1-0 and it gives them that added incentive.

“We kept plugging away and I thought we put some good crosses in today. The equaliser in the end has come from a scrappy goal from a set play.”

The gaffer felt windy conditions significantly affected play: “I certainly think the conditions played a major role. We saw yesterday it was going to be blustery [today] and it was.

“When you do try and get it down and play it makes it very difficult, especially when it’s blowing straight down the pitch as it was today, it doesn’t make for the best game.”

The boss says his side’s attention now turns to a mouthwatering fixture at Wrexham on Good Friday: “[The result] Keeps our little run going. We haven’t had enough draws [of late], those [recent] defeats should’ve been draws.

“So we go to Wrexham next week in better heart than we would’ve done had we lost the game [today]. We’re still top of the league. Let the others battle it out this afternoon and it could be a very valuable point come the end of the season.”

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Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough satisfied to take a point in tough clash with Colchester United
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Sat 23 Mar 2024

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough said he was satisfied to take another point towards promotion after a frustrating 1-1 home draw with struggling Colchester United.

Table-topping Stags had to fight back from behind with a Lewis Brunt equaliser in blustery conditions and could have lost it near the end when Christy Pym had to turn a shot against a post.

“In the end we're satisfied with a point with the way the game went and the conditions,” said Clough.

“It was one of those games that, having given a soft goal away early on, we could have easily lost that 1-0.

https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-boss-nigel-clough-satisfied-to-take-a-point-in-tough-clash-with-colchester-united-4566609

“Even at the end we could have lost 2-1 with the corners and set plays they had.

“The result keeps our little run going. We haven’t had enough draws of late, those defeats should’ve been draws.

“So we go to Wrexham next week in better heart than we would’ve done had we lost the game.

“We’re still top of the league, let the others battle it out this afternoon and it could be a very valuable point come the end of the season.

“We did not start the game anyway near as well as we would have liked and we gave Colchester too much encouragement and a goal as well.

“We had enough situations and chances today but couldn’t quite get more than the equaliser.

“They would’ve been happy with a 0-0 and a point today. You give them 1-0 and it gives them that added incentive.”

Clough continued: “We kept plugging away and I thought we put some good crosses in today. “The equaliser in the end has come from a scrappy goal from a set play.

“It was one of those games where Christy Pym is not going to be involved a lot.

“He got a little bit fortunate with the one he tipped onto the post, I think it bobbled just in front of him but he kept it out. Late on, he came and dealt with a couple of corners superbly.

“I certainly think the conditions played a major role. We saw yesterday it was going to be blustery today.

“When you do try and get it down and play it makes it very difficult, especially when it’s blowing straight down the pitch as it was today.

“It doesn’t make for the best game.”

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Colchester United Boss Happy To Hear Booing
therealefl.co.uk

Colchester United manager Danny Cowley praised the performance of his players in their 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town when speaking to the official club media.

Danny and brother Nicky have only managed one win from their 11 games in charge but have only lost twice in that period.

The draw will be seen by fans of the Stags as a missed opportunity to maintain the breathing space between themselves and the chasing pack.

For the U’s, however, getting a point away at the league leaders will be seen as somewhat unexpected in their battle to avoid the drop.

Speaking to Col U TV, Cowley said, “For us, we are disappointed we didn’t win it because we were leading for so long. I thought we were at a really good place in the game. When they scored I didn’t feel their threat.”

https://therealefl.co.uk/2024/03/23/colchester-united-boss-happy-to-hear-booing/

The former Lincoln City was full of praise for his opposite number and his own players, “Mansfield Town are a really good team, Nigel Clough has done such a good job here and has such an experienced group. There’s so much goal threat in the team, I think they’ve scored 31 goals in the last ten games.”

“For us to come here and play with the defensive organisation that we did but also to carry the threat we did offensively is something the boys can be really proud of.”

The U’s boss was asked about the two goalkeepers and how they were both called into action.

“Absolutely, I think Samson has the one where I think Christy just gets a touch onto the post. Then Tom Dallison’s one from the corner, I don’t know how that doesn’t go in. So yeah we had some really good moments in the game.”

Cowley was pleased with how his side managed the game, “The group I thought showed a lot of resilience, a lot of determination, a lot of grit and I thought we were really streetwise today. Maybe sometimes in the past people have called Colchester United nice, a nice team, nice club, nice facilities, nice players. We don’t want to be nice, we want to be winners.”

The U’s have nine games left in their quest to maintain Football League status and need to start picking up wins, “We are working really hard to try to find the personality and the belief and the character to be able to win games consistently.”

When asked about the performance giving the players confidence for the run-in, Cowley said, “Well if they don’t take confidence from today they never will because it was a really complete performance both with the ball and without the ball against the best team in the division. We showed the qualities that we have as a group.”

“You only see the performance on the match day but all week we’ve been preparing for this and the boys out of the team have been pushing the ones in the team to make sure we can get to match day and find our best performances. It was a really good effort from everybody involved.”

He finished by complimenting both sets of fans for the part they played in the match, commenting how the boos should be taken as praise.

“It was great to play here, I thought it was a brilliant atmosphere. Obviously, the Mansfield Town supporters played their part. They were so for their team, really encouraging them.”

“And yeah, of course, they got a little bit frustrated maybe with us but, like I said to the players at the end when the whole stadium is booing you as the away team you know you’ve played well.”

“It’s football’s way of saying, when they’re booing and shouting abuse, you’re a really good team you’ve given us a really tough day today, you’re a really awkward opponent, well done!”

“So, yeah to the Mansfield supporters, we thank them for their support. This is what makes football football. I have to talk about our supporters because wow how good were they?”

“I don’t know how many we had and they were in the corner of the ground but from the first minute to the last they got behind the team and I just thought it was a great advert for League Two football.”

“Where else in the world do you get fourth-tier football where there’s so much passion, so much energy? Both sets of supporters fighting for their team and two high-quality teams playing against each other.”

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I love Mansfield Town’s supporters says Colchester United boss Danny Cowley after taking stick during and after draw
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Sat 23 Mar 2024

Colchester United boss Danny Cowley said he had enjoyed the stick given to him by Mansfield Town's supporters during and after today's 1-1 draw and took it as a compliment of a job well done.

His relegation-haunted side came away with a precious point from an away game at the league leaders and, with his side wasting time and using their 'streetwise' tactics at every opportunity, he angered the home support.

But in response to the abuse, he said he had decided to applaud them.

Cowley also said Stags were the best team in the division and will win the title.

“I have lived football long enough, maybe 850 games, so I will tell you what home supporters do,” he smiled.

“When they really admire and respect an away performance they will boo and get really frustrated and really angry.

“It's football's way of giving you a pat on the back and complimenting you.

“It's their way of saying you are a really good team and you were really difficult opponents. You've given it all you've got and taken us all the way.

“The boos to me are the biggest compliment.

“When they are clapping and cheering you off it's normally because the home team have won and they are really happy.

“They called me a lot of things but I clapped them and thanked them for coming.”

He added: “This is our football pyramid and it's the best football pyramid in the world, and without those supporters and that passion and the amount that they care, football would be nothing.

“We can have a bit of personality. You can have a go at me and I can clap and say thank you. We should embrace this.

“What are we going to do otherwise? Are we all going to be goldfish with no personality, just sit and watch like it's a game of snooker?

“I love Mansfield Town's supporters, they get behind their team.

“They fought hard for victory and didn't quite get it. But they will have their time because they're going to win the league as they're the best team in it.”

Cowley continued: “They have a huge attacking threat. They had scored 31 goals in the previous 10 games - that is double the amount of any other team in this division.

“So to come here and put on the performance that we did I think we have a lot to be proud of and, ultimately, we're disappointed not to have won the game.

“It was a great finish from Harry Anderson and I thought he was excellent today, both with and without the ball. He gives us so much.

“There were some really good performances today. You need to play at the top of your game if you're going to come here and take anything away.

“Our keeper made an outstanding save in particular in the second half, but I thought we protected him pretty well throughout.

“I have watched Mansfield a number of times recently and they create chances at will.

“I have a lot of respect for Nigel Clough and his team. They are such a good team.

“So our defensive structure and organisation was really good.

“I know the home fans were getting a bit frustrated, I am not sure if they were getting frustrated with us or with their own team.

“I am not sure if people expected us to just turn up here and lie down and let them run allover us.

“But that won't happen on my watch - over my dead body. We want to be winners. We were gritty, determined, resilient and also streetwise.

“We showed all the qualities I like in one of my team's performances and I was proud of their efforts.

“We're not about to give up our League status easily and we now have nine games and we will give it absolutely everything we've got.”

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Colchester United boss Danny Cowley on Mansfield Town draw
gazette-news.co.uk, By Jonathan Waldron

DANNY Cowley felt there was a lot for his Colchester United side to be proud of after they battled to a 1-1 draw at League Two leaders Mansfield Town.

Harry Anderson's first-half strike gave the U's a shock lead at the One Call Stadium, before Lewis Brunt struck in the second half to secure the hosts a share of the spoils.

Samson Tovide hit a post late on for Colchester while goalkeeper Owen Goodman made two outstanding saves in the second half, as the visitors claimed a hard-earned point.

Cowley said: "They're the best team in the division and there's a lot to respect in Mansfield.

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/24206372.colchester-united-boss-danny-cowley-mansfield-town-draw/

"They've got huge attacking threat and have scored 31 goals in their last ten games, which is double any other team in the division, so to come here and put in the performance that we did, we have a lot to be proud of.

"We're disappointed that we haven't won the game.

"There was all the qualities I like from my team.

Anderson stunned the hosts with a fine strike in the first half, finishing low into the far corner from Tom Hopper's assist.

"It was a great finish from Harry, " said Cowley.

"I thought he was excellent today, both with and without the ball.

"He gives the team so much - it's not just the offensive side of the game, he also gives you so much defensively as well.

"There were some really good performances.

"Tom Dallison excellent, Alistair Smith terrific, Arthur Read covered every single blade of grass, Jay Mingi playing in a position that's not familiar to him was terrific.

"I thought Owen (Goodman) made an outstanding save particularly in the second half.

"I thought we actually protected him pretty well throughout, I have to say.

"I watched a number of games recently where Mansfield have created chances at will and I thought our defensive organisational structure was really good.

"We did well today, both with and without the ball.

"I know their fans were getting frustrated - I'm not sure if they were getting frustrated with us or with their own team.

"I'm not sure if they expected us to turn up here and lie down and let them run all over us but not on my watch.

"Maybe in the past, people would consider Colchester United as a nice club, nice facilities, nice players but we want to win and I think you saw today a team that is determined, a team that is resilient, gritty and also streetwise."

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Adam Collin @AdCollin
Superb point today in tough conditions against a team who just wanted to disrupt and who are fighting for their lives!!
Top of the league going into the Easter weekend, bring it on!!

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