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24th November 2016 21:27

Evans commends players' hard work after Crawley win
mansfieldtown.net, 19th November 2016

New boss Steve Evans began his reign as Mansfield Town manager with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Crawley this afternoon and praised his players for their hard work since his arrival at the club.

A brace from midfielder Chris Clements and a goal for striker Pat Hoban sealed a brilliant 3-1 victory for the Stags, despite defender Rhys Bennett’s late own goal to reduce the arrears for Crawley.

And the new manager was pleased with the hard work of his players and wants that to continue at training tomorrow and beyond.

“The boys have worked extremely hard today, that’s the minimum we ask [for] and we’re pleased with some of the things and we’re unhappy with some of the other things but when you say you’re unhappy, that’s learning points for all of us,” Evans said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/hard-work-key-for-evans-3425201.aspx#JK4S5JUUFt3sGLvs.99

“For us as staff, we’re still learning about the players. Any manager who goes in to a new football club who’s going to work for some terrific owners, you work hard and you try and earn your rewards and that’s the reward for the spectators today and the players, they’re the two parties, and the chairman and the chief exec I’m really pleased for.

“We’ll go back on the training ground tomorrow and we’ll work hard.”

Brace-grabber Chris Clements, who was also named as Stags’ captain for today’s game, and front two Pat Hoban and Matt Green were singled out by the manager for their performances at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

“The message is we believe we’ve got people who will get a goal in the team and sometimes confidence plays a big part in that. We’ve got the captain who will break in to the box but I thought the front two were on every blade of grass today and probably deserved a goal or two each, but it didn’t happen for them.

“One of the things we spoke to young Chris Clements about was getting in to the box and losing runners and how he lost the runners. If people watch the goals back later tonight, you’ll see how he’s lost his runners; he’s made some clever runs and that’s just a little bit of work we did with him on the training ground yesterday.”

Away from the playing field, the former Rotherham United manager thanked the club’s supporters for their warm welcome on his first matchday as Stags’ boss.

“They must have thought I was the messiah today when I arrived today, such was the way that people have received me and spoke to me and all I know is that what they’ll get is what Leeds United got, Rotherham and Crawley Town of course, is you’re going to get someone who lives and breathes it every minute of every day and my evening will be spent by doing the analysis that we work on for Tuesday and breaking today’s game down.

“That’s my job, that’s what the supporters can pay their money and demand that the manager and the staff does that, but let the players enjoy it and enjoy their evening and back on the training ground tomorrow.”

Supporters can view Steve Evans’ post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.


Steve Evans thanks Stags fans for warm reception after winning start
by JOHN LOMAS, chad.co.uk

New Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans tonight thanked Stags fans for their welcome today ahead of what proved to be a winning start to his tenure against former club Crawley Town.

Evans was overwhelmed by the reaction he got from people and said: “I came to the ground today and met some wonderful, humble people.

"They must have thought I was the messiah when I arrived today such is the way people have received me and spoke to me.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/steve-evans-thanks-stags-fans-for-warm-reception-after-winning-start-1-8248160

“All I know is what they will get, as Rotherham United got, as Crawley Town got, is someone who lives it and breathes it, every minute of every day.”

Stags bossed the game from start to finish, but it took them 50 minutes to find the breakthrough before two more goals in the following 10 minute sealed Crawley’s fate.

“We were disappointed to be 0-0 at half-time,” he said. “We will go back on the training ground tomorrow and work hard.

“The boys have worked extremely hard today and that’s the minimum we ask. We are pleased with some of the things and unhappy with other things.

“You work hard and earn your rewards and that was our reward to the spectators today, and the players, the chairman and the chief executive. I am really pleased for them.”

Evans has said he has been told he can bring in new faces in January if needed but is hoping the current squad will have shown him their worth by then.

“We have got a wonderful opportunity between now and January for me not to ask the Radford family to spend some of their money,” he said

“My evening will be spent doing the analysis we will work on for Tuesday (next game at home to Blackpool) and breaking today’s game down. That’s my job.

“Let the players enjoy their evening and we will be back on the training ground tomorrow.

“I am never going to call the previous manager as I think he is a fine young man. But it’s quite evident that they have got a lot of work to do.

“Two or three things we tried to introduce in 48 hours didn’t quite come off today but one or two did.

“One of the things we spoke to young Chris Clements about was getting into the box and losing runners and if you watch the goals back tonight you will see how he lost his runners.

“The message at half time was to keep the concentration levels high. I thought we were a little sloppy defensively. I said if we can keep a clean sheet we will win the game.”

He concluded: “On a fair reflection of today we might have scored six or seven goals, but you will always take a win.

“As I said to my players since the first meeting I had with them, I’d rather win 6-5 then 1-0. It’s the way my teams play and the way we set up.

“The last 15 minutes I thought we could have managed the game more, and by doing that we’d have made more chances.

“But it’s three points. It’s a start and we will see where it goes but I am really pleased for am lot of people tonight.

“We will now go forward and try to produce the same energy levels we did today on Tuesday. That’s the minimum the supporters should deserve.”


Clements relishing captain's role
mansfieldtown.net, 19th November 2016

Stags’ midfield dynamo Chris Clements spoke of the pride of leading the Stags as captain after today's 3-1 victory over Crawley Town.

Today’s match was new manager Steve Evans’ first game in-charge at One Call Stadium and a double from Clements alongside Pat Hoban’s strike scripted a dominant win, which sent Mansfield to 11th in Sky Bet League Two.

And Clements, who has now skippered the side for the last three games in the absence of Lee Collins, has revealed how much he is enjoying the role.

“I think Lee Collins should be back next week, and he will take the armband back because he is the club skipper, but I am enjoying every moment of it," Clements said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/clements-highlights-intensity-in-crawley-win-3425273.aspx#fQRK5od4WI3uTs23.99

“I think as a captain you have got to be more vocal, and with the armband, it makes you speak more in a way; before games, during games and after the games.

“As a captain, you have got to help other people on the pitch, with that voice and the way you play."

The former Hednesford Town man highlighted the intensity of the Stags' performance as a stand-out feature of today's victory.

“We needed the three points and we got that today. It was a high-energy performance, which we showed today.

“We were very good in front of goal today. I thought we were the dominant team in the first half, but we just could not get that goal.

“[In the] first-half, we had a few chances that we could have been more clinical with, but we realised that if we kept going, that goal will come.

“We knew if we got one, they’d come out a bit more and we’ll be able to exploit the space behind them, which we did.”

Although it is still early days in the new manager’s tenure, Clements hailed the Scot’s initial impact.

“Obviously, it has been different with new gaffer coming in. He has not been able to do much, because he has had only a few days with us.

“He’s come in and said that we weren’t going for long balls, we needed to work at a higher tempo to keep them away today, and I think we showed that in our performance today.

“He’s (Evans) said he is going to speak to us individually in the next couple of weeks, hope to get to know a few players, and then take it from there.”

Chris Clements’ post-match interview is available to view on Stags PlayerHD.


Captain’s armband inspired Clements to fire Stags to victory
by JOHN LOMAS, chad.co.uk

Two-goal hero Chris Clements admitted being given the captain’s armband in yesterday’s 3-1 home win over Crawley Town by new boss Steve Evans had given him a massive boost.

After only his second game as captain, he admitted he was likely to have to give it back to Lee Collins next week.

However, after an inspired performance, he said: “I think Lee Collins should be back next week, so I think he will take the armband back as he’s the club skipper. But I am enjoying every minute of it.

“I think as a captain you have got to be more vocal which has probably a downside of my game for a long time.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/captain-s-armband-inspired-clements-to-fire-stags-to-victory-1-8248211?

“With the armband it makes you speak more before games, during games, after games.

“As a captain you’ve got to help people on the pitch, whether that’s with your voice or how you play. So I believe I am just thriving on it at the minute.”

Stags won the game thanks to a three goal burst in 10 second half minutes after dominating the first half. It was only the club’s third home win of the season and ended a poor run of one win in 11 League games which has seen boss Adam Murray part company with the Stags on Monday.

On an emotional afternoon under new manager Evans, Clements said: “I think we needed the three points we got today.

“We have worked this week on a high-energy performance and I think we showed that today.

“I thought we were very good in front of goal today.

“First half we had a few chances we could have been more clinical with, but getting three goals in the game we’ve got to be happy with.

“It’s been different this week with the new gaffer coming in.

“He’s not been able to do much as he’s only had a few days with us. He has been short and sharp and said that we won’t work long but we’ll work at a high tempo which we’ve done today.

“He says he is going to speak to us through the next couple of weeks individually and get to know a few players. Then he will take it from there.”

He added: “We dominated the first half, we just couldn’t get that goal. But we knew if we kept going it would come.

“We knew if we got one, they’d have to come out a bit more and we could exploit it and get behind them which we did. They had to come back out at us.”

“I don’t think I have ever scored two goals in a game in my life, so I was more surprised than anyone else to be honest. But I’m always happy to get on the scoresheet.

“The fact that it helped towards the win and getting us started as well, I am over the moon.”


Dermot Drummy told the Football League Paper:
"We have got to stick together; it's very important that there is not an acceptance. We have to fight, we have to start getting the points on the table. We do not want to go into a freefall situation.
"We are going to have to pick ourselves up. That is my job, that is my responsibility and I will take that on and make sure it does not happen.
"It's a very disappointing defeat. We didn't deal with the header and they are one up and flying.
"The second goal is not good defending and the third goal is a mix-up where we gift them a goal."


Drummy: Bad run has coincided with defensive injury woes

Crawley Town head coach Dermot Drummy says it is no shock that their nine-game winless run has coincided with injury woes in the back four.

Reds last tasted victory in League Two at home to Blackpool on October 1 and three days later in the Checkatrade Trophy at Charlton.

That was during with a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions in which Joe McNerney and Mark Connolly started all but one game as a centre-half pairing.

Recent injuries to the pair along with enforced changes at left-back have seen a much-changed and young line-up in the defensive quarters - including Alex Davey, Addison Garnett and Chris Arthur all coming into the side.

The impressive Lewis Young - a once make-shift right-back at Reds - is the only defensive player to start all-but one match in the back-four this season.

Drummy has stressed that they must cut-out the simple errors if they are to start winning games again, but also pointed out that they need to get back to a consistent and experienced foundation.

He said: “We have been working on eradicating errors, every week we work on set-plays, we work on attacking play and work on defending, there is no difference, we make sure the players are aware of the errors.

“We have had two players make errors and performance wise, it hasn’t been good, but that’s the past. My selections, if I change it, will merit players that I think can do a job.

Read more at: http://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/sport/football/crawley-town/drummy-bad-run-has-coincided-with-defensive-injury-woes-1-7696509

“Sometimes these players will be better off for experiences and they have to learn that, being in and out the team is part and parcel of development.

“We have to defend like we defend against anyone which is mark your men, win your headers and block the cross - it is not one situation. If you keep making errors you will lose games and I have to eradicate individual errors.

“The difference is at the start of the season we were defending well with a steady back four, we have a bit of a rocky period in that back four and the results have changed.

“We have to get that experience back into the defensive side and the way we played when we were winning games no-one was asking about any systems, we were just playing good football.

“That’s the message I am trying to get over to people, that is what we want to do, but it goes without saying, every team that wins, has a good defence.”



John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Brilliant day at the One Call. Very good atmosphere, accomplished performance and a real palpable buzz around the ground throughout.

Ashley Hemmings @AshHemmo23
Great result & team performance. #Stags
Fans was amazing today as well #UTS

Lee Taylor @LTphys
What a great start to our tenure at @mansfieldtownfc #smadhmode
I deliver at every club I work at. @mansfieldtownfc a lot more to come from @LTphys #smashmode #coach #performance #football #EFL72
3 days in, yes we have made a massive impact @mansfieldtownfc trust me this is only the beginning #smashmode #coach #performance #EFL #stags



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