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31st January 2017 11:00

Taylor pleased with second half successes
mansfieldtown.net, 28th January 2017

Stags’ sensational second half performances during the current unbeaten run have been aided by increased stamina levels, says fitness and rehabilitation coach Lee Taylor.

We have scored seven second half goals during our six-match unbeaten run which has seen up climb to within two points of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places.

On a wet and windy day at One Call Stadium, goals from midfielder Ben Whiteman and striker Danny Rose secured a deserved three points for the Stags against Leyton Orient.

And speaking post-match, Taylor says the Stags’ increased stamina levels is testament to their training regime.

“We work on 110 minutes. So if we can work on 110 minutes of football, we know that we’re going to keep running through walls when other teams falter, and we’ve seen that,” Taylor said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/taylor-pleased-with-second-half-success-3542464.aspx#veFFmQ1WVr15cTyP.99

“We’re nowhere near where we should be at the moment and I’m not happy with our fitness at the moment, I think we’ve got a long way to go, but that’s just my standards.

“There’s a lot of other things that come in to our philosophy which you will see in the coming months.

"The first half, for us, wasn’t the best, but obviously we’ve come out for the second half and it could have been six."

The former head of performance at Notts County was particularly impressed with midfielder Ben Whiteman’s display against the O’s, but praised the Sheffield United loanee’s determination to improve as a major factor.

“Ben Whiteman was different class, he pops up and how cool was that strike? He’s just took it in his stride and he’s becoming a man.

“From playing League One football at Sheffield United and coming through now and playing in the senior squad here, he’s getting fitter, he’s getting stronger and it’s only testament to obviously what the gaffer, Paul Raynor and myself are delivering for the football club.

“Ben Whiteman is becoming a man now. He’s been excellent, he’s excelled in training, he wants to do everything right and he delivers. He comes in to the analysts after the game and he’s looking for stats, he’s looking for anything to make him better.

“He’s come here and we’ve took him to that next level and we’ll continue to take him to that next level. He’s a big part of the gaffer and he’s a big part of Mansfield Town Football Club at the moment and long may it continue.”

With just three days remaining of the January transfer window, Taylor says that manager Steve Evans is still working as hard as ever to add to his squad.

“He’s got new players coming in, one of the big signings that he wants to make was watching the game today.

“He’s upstairs now with Paul [Raynor] and they’re going to be on the phone all night and I’m just been sorting things out with the boys and ticking all the boxes with the medical staff, making sure everything runs properly.”

Finally, Taylor dedicated today’s win to his family, as his mother is currently fighting a battle with cancer.

“This was my old team today, Leyton Orient, my dad was there for five years as manager.

“I’ve got to say this for my mum; my mum’s got cancer. So mum, we did it, we beat them - this was for the Taylors today.”

Supporters can view Lee Taylor’s entire post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD.


Transfer target among bumper crowd as Stags beat Orient, reveals Taylor
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 28 January 2017

One of Mansfield Town’s main transfer targets was among the bigger-than-usual crowd at this afternoon’s 2-0 home win over Leyton Orient.

Stags sent out fitness and rehabilitation coach Lee Taylor to do the post-match press as Steve Evans and Paul Raynor went straight into action at the end, chasing transfer targets to bolster the squad with boss Evans wanting to make three or four new signings before the window closes on Tuesday.

“One of the big signings he wants to make was watching the game today,” said Taylor.

“The gaffer is upstairs now with Paul - he went straight on the phone. They are going to be on the phone all night, so they’ve sent me out.”

In the end Stags were comfortable winners, thanks to a two goals in eight minute burst early in the second half as they moved into 10th place, two points off the play-offs. “The gaffer wasn’t too happy with the first half and a few things were said,” continued Taylor.

“We didn’t come out the starting blocks as we should have done. “But in the second half it could have been six.

“There was only one team in it second half.

“The midfield did well, especially Joel Byrom. He really came to life and made us play, and Ben Whiteman was different class.”

Read more at: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-target-among-bumper-crowd-as-stags-beat-orient-reveals-taylor-1-8359411

On the goals by Whiteman and Danny Rose, he smiled: “How cool was that strike?

“He just took it in his stride. He is becoming a man and getting fitter and stronger.

“He has excelled in training and he have taken him to the next level. As long as he is here I will make him bigger, faster and stronger.

“Danny Rose never stops working or running, he’s got a hell of a leap on him - and he’s got beautiful hair!”

Defender Krystian Pearce twice had to leave the field as he helped achieve another clean sheet and taylor said: “I wouldn’t say he wasn’t 100 per cent, but he had a bit of a tummy ache. You can do the maths on that one!

“But he gives 100 per cent all the time, he will give you everything and lay his body down for you.”

Taylor added: “This is one of my old teams today and my dad was there five years as manager.

“My mum has got cancer so I’d like to say mum, we’ve done it, we’ve beaten them and this was for the Taylors today.”


Stags are 'buzzing' says goalscorer Rose
mansfieldtown.net, 28th January 2017

Striker Danny Rose says confidence is high in the Stags' squad following today's 2-0 victory over Leyton Orient.

The former Bury frontman scored the Stags’ second goal against the O’s after midfielder Ben Whiteman had opened the scoring with a brilliant left-footed half-volley.

And the 23-year-old says the current run of positive results is breeding confidence amongst the Stags' squad.

“Everyone has [found a spring in their steps]. The lads are playing brilliantly, from the goalkeeper to the front two - everyone is playing well and with confidence. And confidence is a massive thing in football, and today it showed.

“Wins speak volumes for itself. I cannot emphasise how much winning does for the lads. We are coming in everyday bouncing, training is very good, it is a very high standard and when we take it out on the pitch, luckily we are gaining three points.”

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/rose-says-orient-win-was-much-deserved-3542516.aspx#fyCe5xJLGBMsCdEd.99

Rose believes that Stags should have converted more of their first half possession into clear-cut chances, but the second half showing was deserving of three points.

“We had a lot of pressure [in the] first-half, but we did not create that many chances, so we were disappointed.

“We have shown that we have had a lot of chances today, and unluckily in the first-half we have not got the goal that we deserved. In the second-half, we got the goals that we deserved and we come away with three points.

“You have got to stay positive. We will create chances, we have had a few chances in the second-half; and I think we should have won a bit more comprehensively than 2-0.

“But we’ll take 2-0 - it is three points at the end of the day, no matter how many goals we score.”

The Barnsley-born striker has started both of the last two Sky Bet League Two matches and he says competition is rife amongst the Stags’ frontmen, with Yoann Arquin, Matt Green and Pat Hoban all having to settle for a place on the bench this afternoon.

“There are five other strikers that have been brilliant this season. [Matt] Green is in double figures, Pat [Hoban] is scoring week-in week-out but unluckily not starting.

“But the chance will come for everybody, it is a long season. We are all going to get minutes. Yoann [Arquin] as well has come in and started brightly.

“I think we all have something different. Pat’s a big lad who holds the ball well, and Greeny (Matt Green) scores goals, we have seen that throughout his career.

“We are all different strikers, and it just depends on the game really, what their back-four is like, and we just take it from there.”

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


Stags are “bouncing” says goalscorer Rose
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 28 January 2017

Mansfield Town striker Danny Rose bagged his fifth goal of the season to kill off Leyton Orient today and admitted confidence in the camp was high.

Rose, so often on the bench this season, netted eight minutes after Ben Whiteman’s thunderous opener and said: “Three points is the most important thing. It takes us up the table and we look forward to the next game now.

“It’s going up steadily - I’d like to get to double figures, but as long as the team is picking up three points week in, week out, that’s all that matters.” Whiteman created Rose’s goal to add an assist to his own wonder strike and Rose smiled: “Ben has put it on a plate for me at the back stick - I don’t know if it’s a shot or a cross. He claims it to be a cross.

“We had a lot of pressure first half but didn’t create that many chances, so we were disappointed.

“But second half was a very good showing from us and we deserved the three points.”

Rose almost broke the deadlock just before the break with a rare first half chance.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-are-bouncing-says-goalscorer-rose-1-8359452

“It was a little snapshot and I’ve hit it into the ground and it’s gone over and I’ve thought to myself it might not be my day, but luckily I got one in the second half,” he said.

On Whiteman’s goal, he added: “He hit it very well. He does it in training and he’s got a very good shot on him.”

Now Rose is hoping to keep his place, and said: “I want to be playing week in, week, out but there is a lot of competition. We’ve got five very good strikers who train well every day.

“The lads are bouncing, we go into games bouncing and put in performances like that. The lads are playing brilliantly. Confidence is a massive thing in football and it’s showing on the pitch.”


Edwards reflects on Orient’s “inexplicable” bad habit
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 28 January 2017

Leyton Orient’s bad habit of conceding just after the break saw them lose a fourth game in a row as they crashed 2-0 at Mansfield Town.

The Stags hit two goals in eight minutes early in the second half and, with a quarter of all goals the O’s have conceded coming in that first 10 minutes of the second half, O’s boss Andy Edwards said: “It’s inexplicable.

“We have looked at it. The right things are said at half-time.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/edwards-reflects-on-orient-s-inexplicable-bad-habit-1-8359447

“The players say the right things at half-time about the mindset, the focus and what we are going to do in the first few minutes with the ball - yet we continue to concede at that time. “It is a very difficult one to understand. It must be psychological. We are at the bottom for a reason.

“Whether we are conceding as a result of being at the bottom or whether we are not strong enough mentally is the question.”

He added: “It was difficult (for the players after we fell behind).

“There was a spell where I thought the game might run away completely from us, but the players regrouped and stuck at it to an extent.

“But Mansfield were in the ascendancy and it looked more likely that they would score the third than we would get the chance to fight for an equaliser.”

Orient saw leading scorer Paul McCallum, taken off the pitch on a stretcher near the end and he said: “It is a huge concern with 18 games left and we are desperately hoping that he is okay.”


NEWS: Andy Edwards
Sun 29 Jan 2017

Edwards issues statement
It is with regret that I have made the decision to stand down as manager of Leyton Orient FC. It has been a very difficult decision but I feel that it is in the best interests of my career and my family.

I have been offered and duly accepted a role working within the coaching department of the Football Association.

It has been an honour and a privilege to have worked for the club for over seven and a half years. I thank the chairman for the opportunity to manage the team and I thank all staff, players and supporters for the backing that they have given to me in my time here.

It goes without saying that I wish Leyton Orient FC every success in the challenge ahead and in the longer term future.

Andy Edwards

Read more at http://www.leytonorient.com/news/article/2016-17/edwards-leaves-os-3543393.aspx#CHGDi4UfEHxbzjOB.99



Ben Whiteman @BenWhiteman17
Buzzing to get the 3 points today, Delighted to get another goal too! #stags

Rhys Bennett @RhysBeno91
Great result today ! Great second half performance from the boys !! Congrats to @BenWhiteman17 and @dannyrose_32 let's go again next week
Ben Whiteman @BenWhiteman17
Nice one Benno

Hayden White @HaydenWhite7
3points tick clean sheet tick quality 2nd half from the boys! Fans were first class too @mansfieldtownfc

Shaq Coulthirst @ShaqCoulthirst
Big Result Today. 3 Points, Fans Were Brilliant. Happy To Get Man Of The Match...@mansfieldtownfc

John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Very solid win today - a strong team performance, aided by a really good atmosphere at One Call Stadium.
Now onto Barnet!



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