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28th September 2017 23:45

Players' character shone in U's win - boss
mansfieldtown.net, 23 September 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans praised his players' character as they came from behind to defeat a strong Cambridge United side 2-1 at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

After U's skipper Leon Legge put the visitors ahead with a powerful header from a second half corner, Stags hit back through a Jacob Mellis penalty before striker Danny Rose struck the winner two minutes from time.

And the gaffer commended his side's spirit after watching them continue their unbeaten league run to six matches.

"We've got character in the dressing room. The character comes from the coaching staff in Lee Taylor (fitness and rehabilitation coach) and Paul Raynor (assistant manager) and Ian Pledger (goalkeeper coach) and all the people behind-the-scenes," the Stags' chief said.


"We have some excellent people that look after us every day. If we all have the enthusiasm and tenacity as our chief exec (Carolyn Radford) and our chairman (John Radford), then we produce late in games like that. I think once we score, it wasn't in any doubt that we'd win the game."

Stags ultimately came out on top of a closely-fought encounter, but the boss believes his substitutes changed the course of a game which arguably should have ended as a draw.

"I don't think either team deserved to win that and I don't think either team deserved to lose it, that's my reflection on the game.

"I think the turning point was the penalty. I've just looked at it back - it was a clear-cut penalty. If you ask me apart from goals changing things, what would be the turning point? I think Jacob Mellis starting to pass the ball.

"He was only on the pitch 15 seconds and he plays Kane Hemmings in on a run at their goal with a fantastic slide-rule pass.

"I think we found some energy levels in the second half and I think the subs made an impact on the game.

"Over the piece, we've got our three points tonight and as I say, in other games we didn't get what we deserve and, possibly, we've got two more than we deserve today. We should never have lost the game but we're probably a bit fortunate to win it."

After striker Danny Rose scored in front of the Quarry Lane End at One Call Stadium to snatch victory for the Stags, the former Leeds United manager says there's 'no better feeling in football' than seeing your side score a late winner.

"[Danny Rose] just said to me when I shook his hand at full-time: 'was I going to take him off?' and the answer is Danny told me when I came in here that he couldn't play beyond 65 minutes because he got tired and he felt his muscles starting to go.

"I just felt that with the week he's had, he might be the one boy that could get us a goal, but you're always going to bring Lee Angol on to the [pitch].

"There's no better feeling in football than when Danny Rose scores and makes it 2-1."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to listen to the manager's post-match interview.


Steve Evans admits Stags were a little lucky to win today
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS AT THE ONE CALL STADIUM, Saturday 23 September 2017

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans admitted his side were lucky to get all three points in today’s 2-1 home win over Cambridge United. An 87th minute strike by Danny Rose stole victory over their play-off rivals as Stags came from behind to win it and Evans said: “In other games we’ve not got what we deserved and today we perhaps got two more points than we did deserve.“ “It was a great win though it wasn’t such a great performance. “But we were fantastic against Luton and didn’t win and we played reasonably well at Accrington and lost in the 94th minute. “I don’t think either team deserved to win that today and I don’t think either team deserved to lose it. “On my way home I am going to buy a tin of paint from B&Q, paint the wall and watch it dry because it might be better than watching that game again.” He continued “I think Cambridge were much better than us in the first half. “But I think we found some energy levels in the second half and the subs made a big impact. “There is no better feeling in football than when Danny Rose scored and made it 2-1. “This game is a results business as we know. Perhaps a draw is a fair result today, but we’ll take the three points.” Stags were in big trouble once they went behind in the second half, having created few chances. But Evans said: “We’ve got character in the dressing room which comes from the coaching staff. Once we scored I wasn’t in any doubt we’d win the game. “We didn’t seem to be able to get a foothold in the game until the penalty. But, for me, the turning point was Jacob Mellis starting to pass the ball. He was only on the pitch 15 seconds and he’d played Kane Hemmings in on a run at their goal - a fantastic sliderule pass.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/steve-evans-admits-stags-were-a-little-lucky-to-win-today-1-8769333


Stags hero Rose delighted after a week to remember
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Monday 25 September 2017

Mansfield Town hero Danny Rose looked back on probably the best week of his professional career after bagging match-winning goals two Saturdays on the trot.

Rose cam on as a substitute to score the all-important goal in the 1-0 derby win at Lincoln City last week and on Saturday was the 87th minute hero as his late strike saw off Cambridge United 2-1 at the One Call Stadium.

Rose followed his Lincoln goal with a brace in the reserves in midweek to persuade boss Steve Evans to give him a starting shirt against Cambridge and Rose repaid his faith.

“I can’t remember a better week for me with two match-winning goals and maximum points from two games - it is a great feeling,” he smiled.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-hero-rose-delighted-after-a-week-to-remember-1-8770859

“It’s been a good week for us and we showed great character today. It was a good win and another three points.”

Stags had trailed 1-0 before Jacob Mellis levelled from the spot, then Krystian Pearce set up Rose for a late winner with his headed flick.

“Pearcey did brilliantly to win the flick on and I have just gambled and met it with my left foot on the half volley and luckily it’s gone in the net - it was a great feeling.

“At half-time we knew we hadn’t been good enough but second half we were a little bit better.

“It was disappointing to go behind to a set piece. But we have reacted well and Jacob put his penalty away. Now Rose is hoping he will keep his shirt with two big games at Cheltenham tomorrow and at home to neighbours Notts County on Saturday.

“It’s a big squad and we are all working hard in training,” he said. “There are five strikers here now and we are all fighting for two shirts so it was nice to be involved today.”


Shaun Derry: "It was a silly error by us giving the penalty away."


Shaun Derry felt his side dominated Stags but praises Steve Evans’ men
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS AT THE ONE CALL STADIUM, Saturday 23 September 2017

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry praised Mansfield Town for keeping going until the end to snatch a late 2-1 win over his side.

But Derry was adamant United deserved at least a point. “I thought it was a dominant display from our lads,” he said.

“Even at 1-1 and 2-1 down we were still pushing the buttons trying to get the winner and the equaliser.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/shaun-derry-felt-his-side-dominated-stags-but-praises-steve-evans-men-1-8769356

“What we do know is that Steve and his team go right to the very end and they play a very direct style of play into the front men and jump on second balls.”

He added: “I thought we deserved a result today and I’m very, very disappointed to come away with nothing.

“I thought for 65 minutes we were excellent - the complete polar opposite to the last time we lost away at Barnet.

“It was a really strong, aggressive, intelligent away performance up until the point where we switched off.

“I need to see the penalty again before I can comment on it but I didn’t see many Mansfield players’ arms in the air appealing for it.

“The second goal disappointed me as we contested the first part of the entry into the box and we’ve not contested the second properly and you end up losing the game.”

Stags stay in the top seven but United drop out.

“It is disappointing as it’s vital moments in games like these between top seven teams - and we are playing like a top seven team as results and performances prove that,” said Derry.

“We should be up there and the disappointment of today is that we fall out of it and I didn’t think that type of performance warranted that.

“I am picking today, though, as I know that against a lesser opposition we’d have put somebody right to the sword. But that’s credit to Steve Evans.”


Harrison Dunk believes U's "threw away" points against Mansfield Town
Read the defender's honest assessment of events at the One Call Stadium
BY TOM HARLE, cambridge-news.co.uk

Harrison Dunk was under no illusion that Cambridge United “threw away” points in their 2-1 defeat to Mansfield Town.

Dunk was part of a U’s defence largely untroubled before Jacob Mellis’s second-half penalty and the introduction of Lee Angol from the bench.

The 26-year-old felt United were the architects of their own downfall in the closing stages.

“We’ve given it away there, really,” Dunk said after the game.

“We were patient in the first half, had the majority of the ball and got the breakthrough.


“Then we’ve given away two sloppy goals which were both disappointing.

“Greg [Taylor] got a knock in the lead-up to the second goal which didn’t help him but they were errors from all of us.

“We’ll have to look at the game and how to close it out better. I think we threw it away a little bit.”

Dunk was given a stern examination down the left flank by Alfie Potter and the overlapping runs of Hayden White.

But his side held the Stags at arm’s length for the vast majority of the contest, while also impressing with their passing play.

The former Bromley man underlined the general quality of the display at the One Call Stadium.

“If you were here, you would have seen we played well,” Dunk commented.

“We maybe didn’t create as many chances as we would have wanted but played good football and were in their half a lot.

“In this league, every team is going to lose games.

“There’s a game Tuesday so we’ll make sure we put that right.”

Jake Carroll’s return from injury to take a spot on the bench increases competition for the left-back place in Shaun Derry’s side.

Dunk has played further forward than left-back for the U’s, but he sees his current role as an attacking one nonetheless.

“Brad [Halliday] and I are quite attacking naturally,” he said.

“It suits the system for us to get forward and we both did that quite a lot at Mansfield.

“As a defence we’ve kept some clean sheets and the communication between us is good."



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