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Steve Evans told TalkSport: "We still sit within two points of the play-offs and when my players go across to applaud the supporters, hard-earned money spent by the supporters, and they've got back in their face that they're a load of rubbish. So we all have thoughts of what's going to happen in the next 24 hours."


Stags' display at Colchester warranted more - boss

Stags' boss Steve Evans believes his side 'did enough' to earn something at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, despite slipping to a 2-0 defeat to Colchester United this afternoon.

Two goals in the space of five first half minutes from the U's decided the encounter, but Stags created enough openings to make a breakthrough of their own.

And speaking post-match, the manager said despite his players giving everything in Essex, it wasn't their day.

"I think we got ourselves in enough good areas today to give them a problem," the Stags' chief said.


"You come to Colchester and you never have that dominance that we had in the second half, but there's got to be that end product.

"You look around League Two today and there's a mixture of results because it's a tough competition.

"This is a tough place to come but we did enough today to certainly take something back to Mansfield but it wasn't to be our day.

"It was very similar to Cheltenham; we should be two up. The players have turned up and given everything, but it just wasn't our day."

The manager felt his side should have had a penalty early in the second half after winger Alex MacDonald was brought down following a driving run into the box.

"I think the boy's left his trailing leg. I don't think there was lots of intention to go and chop Alex down.

"Alex wrong-foots the defender and he's left a trailing leg, which is a penalty. We didn't get it and we need to move on from it.

"We've had enough good chances to score. The fourth official said to me with two or three minutes of added time left: 'you must feel that you've run over a black cat on the way in' and that's how it feels because we've had a lot of domination but domination has never won a point."

Speaking about the goals conceded, the boss was frustrated to see U's midfielder Sean Murray's opener take a deflection en route to the back of the net

"It was going straight into Conrad's (Logan) arms and it's hit Alex's trailing leg. Alex MacDonald has gone to block the shot and it's hit the inside of his trailing leg and it crawls into the far corner.

"We shouldn't give [away] the free-kick. Omari (Sterling-James) gives away the free-kick - it's a striker's challenge on the edge of the box - and it gives them an opportunity to do that.

"The second one, we don't close the cross down quick enough and then the boy peels off Mirf (David Mirfin) and scores a simple header."

Supporters can login later tonight to iFollow Stags to view the manager's full post-match interview.


Steve Evans: Mansfield Town boss baffled by negative reaction from fans

Manager Steve Evans says he cannot understand the negative response from Mansfield's supporters on Saturday.

The Stags lost 2-0 at Colchester and are now ninth in League Two with 19 points from 12 matches.

There has been speculation about Evans' future, with Mansfield turning down two approaches from Gillingham last week.

"I watched my players go to the supporters and get told they are a load of rubbish, I've never experienced that," Evans told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"I have worries when you see the reaction at full-time. Whether people are in it for a promotion challenge or whether they are in it for glory days, there's a big, big difference.

"It was quite harsh on them because I think they gave us everything. I have done interviews with local media here and they are all saying the same thing, they find it hard to believe we have not scored today. We dominated for 75 minutes of the 90.

"I apologised to the players in the dressing room for the response they got when the genuinely went over to clap supporters, who had travelled a long way and paid their hard-earned money, but I apologised on their behalf."


Steve Evans unhappy with reaction of fans at Colchester
chad.co.uk, Saturday 07 October 2017

Steve Evans was unhappy with the reaction his players got from Stags fans at the end of today’s defeat at Colchester.

Mansfield Town were on the wrong end of the 2-0 scoreline despite Evans’ assertion that they dominated the majority of the encounter.

When asked if he could have demanded any more effort from his players, he said: ““It appears we can by the reaction.

“I’ve watched my players at the end of the game go to the supporters and get told they’re a load of rubbish.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/steve-evans-unhappy-with-reaction-of-fans-at-colchester-1-8793356

“I’ve never experienced that, we’ve all had criticisms as managers and teams, that’s quite harsh on them. They’ve given us everything today.

“I’ve done interviews with local media and they all say the same thing, they find it hard to believe we’ve not scored today. “We’ve dominated for probably 75 minutes of 90.

“I said to the players, I apologised for the response they got when they went genuinely to clap supporters who have travelled a long way and paid their hard earned money.”

Evans said he was concerned by what he saw after the game when his players approached the fans. “We have two big opportunities, we don’t take them and we suffer a bit of misfortune.

“There’s deeper worries when you see some of the reaction at full-time.

“That gives me deeper worries about whether people are really in it for a promotion challenge or if they’re in it for glory days. There’s a big, big difference.”

The Stags boss was in no mood to blame the referee for the defeat, despite his belief that they should have had a spot-kick.

“We think it’s a penalty, we think there’s contact. I don't think there was lots of intention to go and chop Alex down. He’s left his trailing leg, it’s a penalty most days of the week but we’re not going to blame the referee for getting beaten today.”
“Alex wrong-foots the defender and he's left a trailing leg, which is a penalty. We didn’t get it and we need to move on from it.

For all their possession and chances, Mansfield just couldn’t find a way back into the game and a long winless run against the U’s was extended.

Evans felt they worked hard enough, without reward. “I think we started really well, we were totally dominant, the goal comes against the run of play.

“The second goal is more we’re not happy with, it’s just a simple cross David should deal with and the boy gets in behind him.

“We’ve done enough in the second half to get ourselves back in the game. The changes were very positive.

“Our supporters were at the end we were attacking, they’ve seen the whole game and the second half in front of them but from the reaction they’ve not seen any of that.”

“The fourth official said to me with two or three minutes of added time left, ‘you must feel that you’ve run over a black cat on the way in’. And that’s how it feels because we’ve had a lot of domination but domination has never won a point.”


John McGreal praises his Colchester United goalscorers following their 2-0 win over Mansfield Town in League Two
by Jonathan Waldron, gazette-news.co.uk

Colchester United head coach John McGreal had words of praise for his two goalscorers following their 2-0 win over Mansfield Town this afternoon.

First-half goals from Sean Murray and Mikael Mandron were enough to seal an impressive victory for the U's at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Murray struck for the second successive week to open the scoring for Colchester and then five minutes later, provided a superb cross for Mandron to superbly head in at the far post for a second.

McGreal said: “It was great for Sean, who’s put a lot of toil into the position he plays and now he’s getting his rewards with some goals.


“We’ve been working on different set plays and Kyel Reid has done something different for Sean to score.

“Sean also put a quality ball in for Mika’s goal and he also put some quality free-kicks in - Mika has got his head on it and it’s a great finish from him.

“I thought Mika was a threat - he was excellent.

“Sean could have had a hat-trick but it hasn’t come back to bite us and it was a thoroughly professional victory."

Colchester have now taken seven points out of nine in League Two and boss McGreal believes they are building some momentum.

He said: “It’s a really good win against one of the top teams in this division and the experience of Steve (Evans) and the promotions that he’s had.

“It’s great for us because we want to build a bit of momentum and keep getting points.

“We love playing at home, where we get the fans right behind us.

“We always tend to start well here which we did again today and it’s a great win.

“We do tend to get chances at home and you always fancy us to create more than we do away but hopefully we can even that out.”


Colchester United 2 Mansfield Town 0, match reaction: ‘It was a great win’ - John McGreal
greenun24.co.uk, 07 October 2017, by Carl Marston

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, was full of praise for his team, and Sean Murray in particular, following today’s comfortable 2-0 home win over Mansfield.

First-half goals by midfielder Murray and striker Mikael Mandron inflicted a defeat on the Stags. It was nothing more than the U’s deserved.

“We had felt hard done by after the (2-1) defeat to Wycombe, and we’ve responded well,” explained McGreal, whose side followed by good away displays at Grimsby (2-2) and Yeovil (1-0 win) with this home success.


“We do love playing at home, and we started well, creating several good early chances, which we do tend to do.

“We do tend to create more scoring chances at home than away from home, and that’s something we need to even out.

“But this was a great win for us.

“I didn’t know much about the free-kick (for the opening goal). I had nothing to do with it, the players decided that, with Kyle (Reid) passing short to Sean (Murray).

“It was a good finish by Sean, and was rich reward with his hard toil and hard work.

“Sean then produced a quality cross for the second goal, and his free-kicks all afternoon were excellent.

“He’s come off the pitch saying to me that he could have had a hat-trick, which is true, but he got that assist as well.

“It was a good header by Mikael (Mandron), a great finish,” added McGreal.


Colchester United 2 Mansfield Town 0: John McGreal hails the potential of Mikael Mandron
greenun24.co.uk, 07 October 2017, by Carl Marston

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, has hailed the potential of his young target man, Mikael Mandron, after yesterday’s 2-0 win over Mansfield.

Mandron bagged the U’s second goal with a wonderful header, in the 34th minute, to wrap up the points for the Essex hosts and also chalk up his third goal of the campaign.

The Frenchman rose high above defender Mirfin to meet Sean Murray’s pinpoint cross with a sublime header.

And McGreal believes there is more to come from his striker.

“It was a great header from Mikael,” enthused McGreal.


“I thought he was excellent, and I thought he was a threat.

“You listen to the Yeovil manager (Darren Way) last week (after the U’s 1-0 away win) talking about Mikael and different things.

“He’s 22 years of age and 6ft 3ins - now he’s grown into the No. 9 role.

“It’s a tough one to replace Ports (Chris Porter), and I think he is getting there, game by game.

“Mikael has got a lot of learning to do, but I’m sure the fans will get behind him if he continues to score goals like he did today,” added McGreal.

A product of the Sunderland Academy, Mandron had a productive half-season at National League club Eastleigh last term - 15 goals in 33 outings - before signing for Wigan at the stat of this year.

He switched to the U’s for an undisclosed fee this summer, and has now netted three goals in 11 league games.



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