EVANS AND GARETH AINSWORTH REACTION
Individual mistakes cost Stags - boss
mansfieldtown.net, 24th January 2017
Stags’ boss Steve Evans says he is disappointed with the manner of the two goals which his side conceded in this evening's 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.
Striker Matt Green gave Stags the lead in the first half with a well-taken penalty after Joe Jacobson had handled in the box, but second half strikes from substitutes Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa turned the tide in favour of the visitors.
And the gaffer says individual mistakes led to the Chairboys' two goals and ultimately cost the Stags a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
“We get ourselves a goal in front but we can’t defend the way we defend for both goals,” the Stags’ chief said.
“There was mistakes in them, there was mistakes from switching off from a set play, it gets cleared and then Jake [Kean] spills one and they score and the second one’s as bad.
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“They allow the thrower to get an easy throw-in to the boy in the midfield area and he puts it in to Akinfenwa and Akinfenwa holds the best players off like that.
“It’s the manner of the goals we’ve conceded tonight, it’s individual mistakes. I’ve said if you make one individual mistake you get away with it, if you make two or three, like we’ve done for both goals, then you concede.
“It’s disappointing but I think over the piece we didn’t deserve to go through.”
Both of Wycombe’s goalscorers were introduced from the bench during the second half but the manager believes the Stags were denied the chance to double their lead just after half-time when referee David Webb waved away their appeals for a second penalty.
“They want to win and they’re going to introduce people to try and keep themselves in the cup tie but they’ve not made a chance until we give them the first one and then they get their tails up a little bit.
“There’s a big decision on 52 minutes when Matt Green gets taken out in the box. It’s a penalty. It’s not guaranteed to be 2-0 but it possibly is 2-0 and perhaps [it's then] cup tie over in our favour.”
The boss says the players won’t dwell on tonight’s defeat and will be back on the training ground tomorrow morning.
“We’ve lost in a competition we wanted to do well in but believe me, we’ll be working tomorrow, we won’t be too down. We have to lift our spirits again and go again. One or two have done alright tonight and one or two have let themselves down with performances, but that happens.
“We’ve got to get the boys back in, in the morning, and get people ready and focussed for a big game here on Saturday. The real world is the League Two race and that recommences on Saturday so we need to be focussed and ready for that.”
Supporters can view manager Steve Evans’ post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.
Evans admits Stags did not deserve to reach semis after poor defending is punished
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans admitted his side did not deserve to go through after gifting in-form Wycombe Wanderers two goals in tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final heartbreaker at One Call Stadium.
Stags looked on their way to the semis as they led through a Matt Green penalty, but a mistake by loanee keeper Jake Kean and some poor defending soon after saw Wycombe subs Scott Kashket and Ade Akinfenwa see the Chairboys home 2-1 with two goals in nine minutes.
"It was a disappointing performance,” said Evans “We were a goal in front but we can’t defend the way we’ve defended for both goals.
“There were mistakes switching off from a set play, then Jake spills one and they score. Then the second one was as bad.
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“We allowed a thrower an easy throw to a boy in the midfield area. He puts it in and Akinfenwa holds the best players off.
“Over the game we didn’t deserve to go through.” He added: “There’d not been a chance until we gave them the first one. Then they’ve got their tails up a little bit.
“There was a big decision on 52 minutes when Matt Green was taken out in the box - it’s a penalty. It wasn’t guaranteed to be 2-0 but it possibly could have been 2-0 and cup tie over in our favour.
“The referee was shocking tonight, but we’re not blaming him. Individually we’ve been found wanting a bit.”
To be so close to a Wembley final, Evans admitted it hurt to see it disappear as quickly as it did.
“We were a game and half from Wembley at half-time when we were one up,” he said.
“But you can’t give good teams chances, they are a good team, that’s why they are now 16 games unbeaten.
“They’ve got good players and they don’t need your help. They are good enough on their own.
“We should see that game through tonight, but you need the right personnel to see games through.
“It was a competition we wanted to do well in, but we can’t be too down.
“The real world is the League Two race and that recommences Saturday. We need to be focused and ready for that now.”
Leyton Orient visit on Saturday when fans who buy tickets will get a free ticket also for the next home game in a special deal.
Ainsworth so proud of his cup battlers
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
An emotional Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth described last night’s 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final win at Mansfield Town as one of the proudest moment of his managerial career.
His never-say-die team were trailing 1-0, but took advantage of mistakes by the home side to hit back with two goals in nine minutes to move a game away from Wembley.
“This is absolutely huge for a club like Wycombe Wanderers,” he beamed.
“I am very, very, very proud. This is one of the proudest moments of my managerial career. To be in a semi is just awesome for Wycombe.
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“They did it in the FA Cup before and the League Cup in days when they had huge resources. The spirit when we are such a small club is just amazing.
“This side doesn’t know when they are beat - and I mean that. This is no co-incidence now, coming back from a goal down.
“They know how to be resilient, they know how to win games when they are in front, they know how to come back when they are behind and it’s a great place to be at the moment.
“We’ve got a great squad with a good set of lads.
“We played a lot of the lads who’ve not been playing and I thought they were outstanding.”
The game swung on Ainsworth’s double substitution on 66 minutes with both players who came on on scoring the goals.
“The experience that came onto the pitch helped us win the game, but it was a real squad effort and I am really pleased to be in the semi-finals which, for Wycombe Wanderers to be able to say something like is amazing,” he smiled.
“People will say it’s the double substitution but it wasn’t. Thompson and Cowan-Hall had run the Mansfield back four into the ground. So when Akinfenwa and Kashket came on they had an easier job than normal.
“Their lads were tired and now they had a different problem with a big man who is going to win every header and someone who gambles and times his runs to perfection.
“We just needed that at the right time, it doesn’t always work, but it was fantastic they both got the goals to get us through to the semis.”
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