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24th November 2016 21:47

Stags' boss commends players' perseverance
mansfieldtown.net, 22nd November 2016

Stags’ boss Steve Evans praised his charges for fighting until the dying moments after a last-gasp winner saw Stags seal a dramatic 1-0 win at home to Blackpool.

Striker Rose climbed off the bench to score the stoppage time decider after a tightly-fought 90 minutes at One Call Stadium.

And the new manager, who recorded his second win in as many games as Stags’ chief this evening, highlighted his players' dogged approach as well as the support from the Stags' faithful.

“The wonderful thing is they [the players] have gone right to the end tonight, but what a fantastic support [from the fans]," said Evans.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/boss-highlights-recovery-as-key-to-blackpool-win-3431367.aspx#W61k5hYudWOhASzm.99

“Stags’ fans deserve enormous credit and I’m just pleased we’ve had a couple of wins because we know each and every one of them is really hard to get.

“They’ve (the players) got every incentive to go to the end and they might have been a touch under 3,000 here tonight but it felt like 20,000 when the goal went in - that’s how noisy it was.

“I’ve been fortunate to manage clubs that have got more than that and because you’re up against them, you hear the noise and whether you’re a Mansfield Town supporter, or Leeds United, [or] Glasgow Celtic like I am, there’s nothing better than your team winning in the last minute. When you walk out and you don’t walk home, you fly home - you use your arms instead of your legs.”

Tonight’s victory brought Blackpool’s six-match unbeaten run to an end and Evans singled out centre-halves Rhys Bennett and Krystian Pearce, as well as goalkeeper Scott Shearer, for praise for their solid performances.

“The boy [Jamille] Matt (Blackpool striker), I’ve tried to take him a couple of times from the non-league in to the league and he’s a real presence but I challenged Beno and I challenged Pearcey - we know we’re a little bit light [in defence] and there’s players out but we focus on the players we’ve got and I asked them just not to be intimidated, not to be bullied and stand strong. I thought the two centre-backs and the goalkeeper were outstanding.

“You have to be big and strong, that’s how Gary [Bowyer, Blackpool manager] shapes them up and he does a wonderful job. We’ve got a little bit of good fortune at the end but I’m obviously delighted with the young man who gets the goal because he’s had a difficult time here and our job is to embrace everyone and give them all a chance.”

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


Stags boss Evans praises fans after late victory
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 22 November 2016

Mansfield Town’s new manager Steve Evans thanked Stags fans for their noisy backing as a late Danny Rose goal tonight made it two home wins in four days for the perfect start to his tenure. A crowd of 2,801 took the roof off as Rose broke Blackpool hearts with his 92nd minute finish and Evans smiled: “The wonderful thing is they’ve gone right to the end tonight. And what a fantastic support.

“My players have got every incentive to go to the end.

“There might have been just a touch under 3,000 here tonight but it felt like 20,000 when the goal went in. That’s how noisy it was.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-boss-evans-praises-fans-after-late-victory-1-8252914

“The Stags fans deserve enormous credit and I am just pleased we’ve had a couple of wins as we know how hard each and every one of them is to get.

“We aimed to get six points and we got six points so it’s been a good three or four days.” However, he warned: “We are not going to get carried away.

“I said to the players it was a really competitive game tonight.

“But we didn’t get the ball down and play when we needed some quality. So we have to keep working hard and that will come.

“Particularly in League Two and League One you have to earn the right to play and my talk at half-time was that it might take until 90 minutes just to earn the right. “Someone had to make a mistake, which was unfortunate, but we took full advantage.

“So we’ll celebrate the win. The boys will go home and rest up tomorrow and we’ll get back on the training ground to focus on Carlisle.”

Evans added: “Because it came so late it probably feels twice as good. But it’s fine margins. There was nothing in the game.

“The players had been made well aware since Saturday that, for me, Blackpool are one of the better sides in the league. Their current form demonstrates that.

“They are big, strong and physical. If you’re not 6ft 2ins you don’t even get a trial. That’s how Gary (Bowyer) shapes them up and he does a wonderful job.

“We had a bit of good fortune at the end, but I am delighted for the young man who got the goal as he’s had a difficult time here and our job is to embrace everyone and give them a chance.” Stags once again had to put out a makeshift defence due to injuries and suspensions, and Evans said: “Their front two are a handful, but I challenged (Rhys) Bennett and (Krystian) Pearce tonight as I know we are a little bit light.

“We focus on the players we’ve got and I asked them just not to be intimidated, not to be bullied and stand strong and I thought the two centre backs and the goalkeeper were outstanding."

Evans also had praise for Blackpool stopper Sam Slocombe. “To be fair their keeper has made two wonderful saves,” he said.

“He is a young man who has certainly picked up his wages this week and has been in outstanding form for Gary.

“I thought he’d almost got to it, but it gets over the line and we get the win.”

Evans admitted Blackpool probably deserved a draw. “I can’t stand here and say we deserved to win the game as I think a point each might have been a fair result,” he said.

“Listen, I have been on the wrong end of so many decisions that we’ll take the win.

“They are a better side than Crawley and the league table at the end of the season will dictate that.

“Three points is three points, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in the Premier League or non-League, any manager will tell every three points is hard to get.

“The most important thing is we looked after them (the players) between Saturday and today. It’s my job as the head coach to make sure the medical team are doing their job and my players are fit and ready.” As his six game unbeaten run was ended, Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer said: “It’s a cruel game sometimes isn’t it? “I thought we came here tonight and matched the fight and their goalkeeper pulled off a wonderful start in the second half.

“We needed to just see it through and we’ve not been able to do that. “I think a point each would have been a fair result. There wasn’t much quality in the game and there wasn’t too much goalmouth incident. “We made two mistakes on the trot, they’ve not meant to do them, but it’s ended up costing us a point. “We put a good little run together and showed how we can play. Tonight we’ve come here and shown we can fight. “Now we’ve got to go again, regroup and start another run on Saturday.

“We haven’t time to feel sorry for ourselves. The beauty is we’ve got a game again so quickly on Saturday.”


Stags boss Evans not getting carried away ahead of Carlisle test
chad.co.uk, BY JOHN LOMAS

Mansfield Town’s new manager Steve Evans is not getting carried away with his two-game winning start as he aims for a hat-trick of victories to complete a fine first week in the job away to second-placed Carlisle United on Saturday.

Under his tenure, Stags have already taken maximum points against Crawley Town and Blackpool, but he said: “There are no mass celebrations in the dressing room over winning two games. “When we’ve won 20 games we might have a little glass of wine. But we’ll stay focused, go forward and see where we go.

“The only objective and focus now is Carlisle.”

Read more at: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/stags-boss-evans-not-getting-carried-away-ahead-of-carlisle-test-1-8256502?

Managed by former Stags boss Keith Curle, the Cumbrians have made a flying start, losing only once all season, and Evans is definitely a Curle fan.

“Keith is a good friend of mine and I have known him a lot of years,” he said.

“I think he has been short-changed at some clubs along the way. “But he’s gone to Carlisle and he’s done an absolutely wonderful job. “He has got an excellent squad of players, much like Gary Bowyer’s done at Blackpool. So we are going to go and try to compete with them and that will be tough.

“But we’ll have a game plan and we’ll be focused and will try to go and win the game. “The players have been told to rest up properly and I am sure their focus is on getting prepared for the weekend.” Stags’ support at Brunton Park is expected to be boosted by some members of the Evans clan from up the M6 in Glasgow. Evans said: “It couldn’t be much further, but at least we’ll have more supporters because I think I have some coming from Glasgow. My family tend to come to the games that are in the north. “It is a difficult place to go. There’s no doubt they have got some terrific players for League Two as their current form demonstrates, wining most games that are coming before them. “But we will travel up nice and early and we’ll do things a little bit differently. “We’ll train en route and we’ll make sure that we give the players every opportunity to win a match.”


Steve Evans: Mansfield Town manager praises new team's effort

Mansfield manager Steve Evans says his players have given him "everything" after winning his first two games since taking charge of the League Two side.

Danny Rose scored the only goal as they earned their second home win in four days against Blackpool on Tuesday.

Evans took over from Adam Murray on 16 November with the team 18th in the table, but they are now up to ninth.

"I just said when I came in, the minimum you give me is everything," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"At the minute they're giving me everything, and we're still judging if they've got enough ability to play a part."

Evans praised Rose, 22, whose winning goal was his first since scoring against Newport on the opening day of the season.

"They made a mistake and a young man that's been out of the picture here, young Rosey, pops up and gets the goal," he said.

"There's no one out of the picture here, it's my job to embrace every player and give every one of them an opportunity and I'm glad he's taken it."


Matchwinner Rose hoping to build on Blackpool goal
mansfieldtown.net, 22nd November 2016

Striker Danny Rose wants to use tonight’s goal as a building block to find the back of the net more often across the season.

The former Bury frontman climbed off the bench to score an injury-time winner for Steve Evans’ side at home to Blackpool this evening as the Stags moved to within a point of the play-off places.

And the 22-year-old striker hopes to use tonight’s goal to increase his goal tally in the current Sky Bet League Two season.

“Hopefully I can kick on from here. I needed that goal and hopefully it’s one of many more to come,” Rose said.

“The goal’s hopefully installed a lot of confidence in to me and hopefully I can get some more.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/matchwinner-rose-hoping-to-build-on-blackpool-goal-3431478.aspx#bVWd9pkX898ZKHuF.99

“I started the season in good form, one goal in one, but then I petered off a little bit but hopefully, like I said, it’s one of many.”

Although tonight’s match was a closely-fought affair, Rose believes his goal was the winner which his team-mates’ performance deserved.

“I think the lads deserved it over the 90 minutes. From a personal point of view, I felt there was only one winner and I’m glad I got the winner.

“I thought there was only going to be one goal in it and from the look of it, it was going to be us. I don’t think they really threatened and I thought we deserved the three points in the end.

“Every man on the team was brilliant tonight. I think the lads deserved that more than me.”

Looking ahead to the future, Rose says it’s important that the Stags focus on each game as it comes.

“We’ll just take it step-by-step. He’s (Steve Evans) just said it in there - we’ll take it one game by one and we’ll move on to Carlisle now and then we’ll move on to the next one and hopefully we’ll be up there.

“It’s a long season, it’s still early stages. The table’s starting to take shape but I think we’ll be 'up there'.

“The lads are buzzing. We’ll move on to Carlisle, that’s a long trip but we’ll prepare right and we’ll give it a good go [on] Saturday.”

Stags have four senior strikers at the club - Rose, Pat Hoban, Matt Green and Darius Henderson - and the Barnsley-born forward believes the competition for places helps the frontmen to strive to improve.

“Greeny’s got his goals and Pat’s started to get his goals, it’s healthy competition but it’s going to be a good season so we’ll see how it goes.”

Supporters can view Danny Rose’s post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.


Danny Rose knocking on Stags’ first team door again after late winner
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Mansfield Town striker Danny Rose came in from the cold to be the matchwinner with his 92nd minute striker against Blackpool last night.

Now the much-vaunted summer signing is hoping he can start knocking on the door for a first team start again after his decisive cameo from the bench in the 1-0 victory.

“A last minute winner was brilliant and I think the lads deserved it over the 90 minutes,” he said.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/danny-rose-knocking-on-stags-first-team-door-again-after-late-winner-1-8254432?

“Every man on the team was brilliant tonight and the lads are buzzing.

“From a personal point of view I thought there was only one winner, and I’m glad I got the winner.”

Rose swooped after keeper Sam Slocombe could only parry a Matt Green shot. The ball was clearly over the line as Slocombe dived to claw out Rose’s follow-up, Chris Clements then making sure as he blasted it over the line a second time which led to some dressing room banter. “Clem cam over to me and said ‘it’s my goal’, but hopefully it’s gone down as mine,” smiled Rose. “As a striker I needed that one. “It has been stop-start for me. I started the season in good form and scored one goal in one, but then petered off a bit. “So it’s good to get a goal and hopefully I can kick on from here. I needed that goal and hopefully there’s many more to come. “It was a good save then a striker’s instinct to put it into an empty net. He’s tried his best to save it but he’s not got there. “It was a tight game. I thought there was only going to be one goal in it and I thought it was going to be us. I don’t think they really threatened and we deserved the three points in the end.” After a frustrating season in which suspension and injury has hampered his chances of securing a regular starting berth, the summer signing from Bury, has enjoyed the first few days under new manager Steve Evans. “It’s been brilliant,” he said. “Training has been good and it’s rubbing off on the Saturdays now. “We’ve got six points from two games and hopefully we can take that into Carlisle on Saturday and get maximum points. We will prepare right and give it a good go. “They are flying at the moment, but we’ll go there full of confidence. “At home we’ve not really been having the luck. We have come here and not been able to get the three points this season. Three points today will do us the world of good for the team. “The goal will have hopefully installed a lot of confidence in me and I hope I can get some more.” Rose has found himself behind top scorer Green and Pat Hoban in the striker stakes in recent weeks and he admitted: “They have been brilliant all season and Pat has started to get his goals. “It is healthy competition, but it’s going to be a long season we we’ll see how it goes. “We will just take it step by step and we move onto Carlisle now, then move onto the next one. “It’s a long season and it’s still the early stages, but the table is starting to take shape and hopefully we will be up there.”


Bowyer: Mistake Cost Us
Posted: Tue 22 Nov 2016

Manager Laments Late Defeat
Manager Gary Bowyer lamented Blackpool's late defeat at Mansfield Town, as a defensive lapse was punished in injury time.

The Seasiders had put in a resolute performance on the road but Danny Rose's effort denied the side what would have been a fair point on the balance of play.

Speaking post-match, here's what the manager had to say...

Late blow and defeat.

It's a cruel game sometimes. Unfortunately we've got to take it on the chin and get ready for Saturday. I didn't think there was much quality in the game from either side, I thought there was a lot of fight and effort and their goalkeeper has made a wonderful save from Clark. Unfortunately we've made a mistake at the end and it's costs us.

Defensive mistakes.

We had two opportunities to clear it and we failed to do it. As a result it's ended in the back of our net. We've now got to re-group and go again. We can't feel sorry for ourselves.

Read more at http://www.blackpoolfc.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/bowyer-mistake-cost-us-3431250.aspx#AJSFmbQf54wAri2a.99

Few opportunities but chances to counter.

We spoke at half-time, we thought that we countered very well but we just didn't quite have that final pass and the composure to pick somebody out. We've just got to make sure that we do that better on Saturday.

End of unbeaten run, now to start another.

We've just spoke about that at the end of the game, we've shown that we can play and put runs together and win games. We've got to do that again now.

No Kyle Vassell.

He got a knock from the weekend and he failed a fitness test this morning. We think he should be back for Saturday.


Bowyer: Let’s start another unbeaten run at Blackpool

Defiant Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer has called on his side to embark on another positive run of results after a cruel late strike at Mansfield ended their six games without defeat. Stags substitute Danny Rose struck the cruel blow in the third minute of injury time to secure his side a priceless 1-0 win at the One Call Stadium and make it two wins out of two for new manager Steve Evans.

Blackpool drop out of the League Two play-off spots slipping three placed to 10th, after they were unable to hold on despite putting on a battling and brave defensive display at Field Mill.

“It’s a cruel game sometimes,” Pool manager Bowyer said. “I thought we came here and matched their fight. Their goalkeeper has pulled off a wonderful save at the start of the second half from Clark Robertson’s header. “We just needed to see it through but we weren’t able to do that.” Rose’s goal split the teams in a game that was low on quality, with little to shout about at either end of the pitch.

Read more at: http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sport/football/blackpool-fc/bowyer-let-s-start-another-unbeaten-run-at-blackpool-1-8252987?

The Pool boss added: “I think a point would have been fair. I don’t think think there was a great deal of quality in the game from either side.

“Apart from Clark’s header there wasn’t too much goal action. It was just a lot of fighting and competing for first and second balls.”

The dramatic late goal came in cruel fashion for the Seasiders but it was entirely of their own doing. Tom Aldred skewed a defensive header towards Mansfield striker Matt Green, who saw his looping volley tipped wide by keeper Sam Slocombe only for Rose to pounce at the back post and force the ball over the line. It was a tough blow to take for Aldred, who had put in a sterling performance alongside Robertson at the back to keep Mansfield at bay. Bowyer added: “Our two centre-halves were nearly immaculate ... but nearly is a big word. “We knew they would have to be good but they weren’t able to do it. “It was two mistakes on the trot and they’re not meant to do that. “At the end of the day it’s ended up costing us a point. “We put a good little run together, where we showed how good we can play. Tonight we showed we can fight but we’ve got to regroup and start another run on Saturday against Newport County. “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we haven’t got time to. “The beauty is we’ve got another game on Saturday and it is at home, where we’ve been outstanding this season. We’ve got to go out and do it again.”


Blackpool missed hitman Vassell, admits Bowyer

Manager Gary Bowyer rued the absence of Kyle Vassell for Blackpool’s agonising defeat at Mansfield, but he hopes the in-form striker will be fit for Saturday’s home clash with bottom club Newport.

Vassell sat out Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at the One Call Stadium and the Seasiders missed his presence as Danny Rose’s injury-time goal ended their six-match unbeaten run. Pool boss Bowyer revealed Vassell had failed a fitness test on the morning of the game and said the former Peterborough frontman was a big miss.

“He had a knock and it was disappointing he failed a fitness test,” Bowyer said.

“We missed him but we think he should be fit for Saturday.”

Read more at: http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sport/football/blackpool-fc/blackpool-missed-hitman-vassell-admits-bowyer-1-8255815?

Vassell has been in fine form so far this season, netting 10 goals in 18 appearances all competitions, including a recent run of five in four games. The 23-year-old has also struck up a fine partnership up front with Jamille Matt, who had scored in three successive matches before Tuesday’s blank. Mark Cullen came into the side to replace Vassell but wasn’t able to take advantage of his first League Two start since Pool’s 1-0 defeat by Plymouth in August. Bowyer accepted his side weren’t quite as effective in attack at Mansfield as they have been in recent games. He added: “We spoke at half-time and we thought that we countered very well but just didn’t quite have that final pass or the composure to pick somebody out. “We’ve just got to make sure that we do that better on Saturday.” The defeat saw the Seasiders drop out of the play-off zone as they failed to build on this season’s first back-to-back league wins over Notts County and Leyton Orient. They now return to Bloomfield Road to face a Newport County side who also lost 1-0 on Tuesday (at home to Wycombe) to end a lengthy unbeaten run (seven games). Yet they remain bottom of League Two with 17 points from 17 games and Bowyer believes Saturday’s clash presents an ideal opportunity for his side to embark on another run. “We’ve shown that we can play, put runs together and win games,” he said. “We’ve talked about how we’ve got to do that again now.”



Danny Rose ‏@dannyrose_32
What a feeling that was! Thanks for the messages!

Patrick Hoban ‏@PaHoban10
Hard fought game against a good side. Buzzing to get 3 points #stags

Ashley Hemmings ‏@AshHemmo23
Another 3 points, buzzing. Great graft from all the lads and great support from the fans. #Stags



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