EVANS AND ROSSI EAMES REACTION
Stags should have beaten Barnet, says gaffer
Stags' boss Steve Evans believes his side deserved to win tonight's Sky Bet League Two clash with Barnet after a late equaliser from former loanee Shaq Coulthirst rescued a point for the home side.
Frontman Kane Hemmings scored his first goal in Stags' colours just before the interval when he rifled home a close range effort following an Alex MacDonald free-kick, before Coulthirst popped up five minutes from time to send Stags home with just a point from The Hive Stadium.
And reflecting on tonight's encounter in North London, the manager admitted he was disappointed not to come away with the three points which he feels his side deserved.
"It's certainly a good performance, we should win the game and we're disappointed, but we'll make the journey home and get ready for Saturday," the Stags' chief said.
"It's a wicked deflection that falls in their favour and if that happens, you'll pay a price. It's ricocheted twice in the box, it's fallen to them twice, but apart from that I don't think they gave us any real problems.
"[In the] first half, we were unlucky not to go two up and I thought we controlled the first half for large, large spells. Then in the second half, they're going to come into it a little bit more - they're the home side - but we still looked threatening.
"We should win, [but] we don't win. That's probably been the nature of some of the games we've been involved in, but we'll try and build on this."
Oxford United loanee Kane Hemmings opened his account for the Stags with the opener at the Hive and the gaffer believes the 26-year-old could have doubled his tally, if not for an excellent save by Bees' 'keeper Craig Ross.
"It's a great finish; we get a free-kick, it takes a deflection and Kane's got a proper connection on it, he gives the 'keeper no chance.
"He's unlucky not to get a second one. If he hits it first time, like he did the first one, he probably doubles it (the scoreline) and the goalkeeper's made a great save at 1-0 when Kane goes for the far corner; it's a top class save.
"We needed to keep the ball better in the final third in the second half. Danny Rose and Kane worked ever-so-hard but they didn't work ever-so-smart."
The former Leeds United boss used a 3-5-2 formation against the Bees and he dubbed its effectiveness 'terrific', but admits he'll approach Saturday's trip to Newport in a different way.
"I thought it was terrific. We'll change it again; Newport are a different bag to these.
"You look at Barnet and they go and take Swindon apart because they played that system. We matched it up and we proved we're better than them.
"At the end of the day, we'll take the point. Barnet have got a lot of good players, a lot of good technical players, lads that give you a problem. Fair play to them - they stuck at it, they got the ricochet and Shaq puts it in the net."
Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to listen to the manager's post-match interview later tonight.
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Evans: "It's 2 points left behind but we're in that little run, but I was ever so pleased with the performance."
"If we play like that every week, with a little bit more finesse in the final 3rd, we'll be fine."
"We had big chances. We're disappointed, but we'll go again."
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8 goals Stags ave conceded in the final 5 minutes.
It's cost them 5 points which would have put them 6th in League Two.
Instead, they're 12th.
Hemmings strike can restore missing confidence for goal ace B
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 17 October 2017
Steve Evans believes goal ace Kane Hemmings will finally rediscover his missing confidence after scoring his first Mansfield Town goal in tonight’s 1-1 draw at Barnet. On-loan Hemmings had gone eight goals without a goal, despite arriving with a record of almost one every two games. But he struck to put Stags ahead tonight before former Stags loanee Shaq Coulthirst earned the Bees a point with an equaliser.
“We have been speaking to Kane all week about not stopping getting into the box and getting on the end of half-things and it was a great finish,” smiled Evans.
“We got a free kick that took a deflection. Kane then got a proper connection on it that gave their keeper no chance.
Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/hemmings-strike-can-restore-missing-confidence-for-goal-ace-1-8810118
“You could see his confidence come back. He was unlucky not to get a second one - if he’d hit it first time like he did the first one.
“The keeper made a great save when Kane went for the far corner.” However, he added: “Danny Rose and Kane Hemmings worked ever so hard but they didn’t work smart.
“Danny is a big player for us but he was poor in the second half. He wasn’t great in the first half either.
“He didn’t hold the ball up once all evening - that’s a part of his game he needs to get better at. But he knows that.”
The draw ended a run of two defeats and Evans admitted: “We should have won but we didn’t - that’s been the nature of some of the games we’ve been involved in. “We needed to keep the ball better in the final third in the second half. “But we will take the point - it’s a wholly different performance from the weekend and we’ll build on it for Newport. “That wasn’t a Steve Evans team performance against Swindon on Saturday. But it was tonight in terms of effort and commitment. “We are lacking in terms of quality in one or two areas as we are missing key players.” Evans said it was almost inevitable Coulthirst would score against his old club. Evans smiled: “He would have to do it wouldn’t he? It was a wicked deflection that fell in their favour. “Other than that they’ve not really given us any concerns, although they had a bit of the ball in the second half. “They put a few crosses into our box, but ones you’d expect your defenders to head away. “We should have won the game. We are disappointed and now we have to get ready for Saturday. “I thought we controlled the first half for large spells and were unlucky not to be two up. “Second half they were going to come into it more, but we still looked threatening.”?Evans matched up Barnet with three at the back and was pleased with how it went. “I thought it was terrific,” he said. “We’ll change it again on Saturday as Newport are a different bag to these. “Barnet took Swindon apart as they played that system. We said if we match them up we are better than them. “Credit to Barnet, they have a lot of good players and they stuck at it tonight.” Stags lost centre half David Mirfin with injury, Evans explaining: “He dislocated two fingers in a first half challenge but the referee said there was no intent. “And I think Kane Hemmings is still picking his forehead up out the seats - and the referee said he didn’t see that either. “We are not going to say anything about the referee. We’ll just mark him as we should mark him - poor. But we can’t blame him for the game ending a draw.”
Rossi Eames happy to see Shaquile Coulthirst back among the goals
Barnet boss Rossi Eames praised his side after they rallied to earn a point from a 1-1 draw against Mansfield thanks to Shaquile Coulthirst's late goal.
Kane Hemmings put the visitors ahead in stoppage time of the first half after latching onto the end of Alex MacDonald's skewed shot.
However, Coulthirst tapped in the rebound of Wesley Fonguck's effort in the 84th minute to level the scores.
"I'm very pleased with the way that we moved the ball well and competed," Eames said.
"Everyone deserves a pat on the back for the way they played tonight.
"It's all about consistency so we've got to carry on with the same work ethic and demeanour that they've used the ball.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't get three points but that's the way it is.
"We really looked after Shaq to bring him back to fitness. I'm delighted that he's scored again.
"We've missed him and his prowess around the box. He got through the 90 minutes and another goal to his tally.
"Simeon Akinola was outstanding at the weekend and did ever so well tonight again.
"I've always talked about the flexibility of this football squad. They're very adaptable and intelligent players.
"We want to get this place rocking because the fans pay their money each week and we want to make sure that it's well invested."
His opposite number, Mansfield manager Steve Evans felt that his side should have won.
"We paid the price today. The ball has ricocheted twice in the box and fell to them twice but other than that they've not really given us any concerns," Evans said.
"It was a good performance tonight and we should've won the game so I'm disappointed.
"We could've scored a couple more and were unfortunate not to go 2-0 up. We still looked threatening in the second half.
"I don't understand why we don't get given corners in this league - it's mystifying.
"The Barnet captain [Krystian Pearce] is an honest lad and he's hit it out three times for a corner but they got three goal kicks.
"It's hard but we'll take the point and build on it for Newport at the weekend."
Despite his disappointment with the result, the 54-year-old heaped praise onto his side's goalscorer.
"Kane Hemmings scored with a great finish. We had a free-kick that took a deflection and Kane has got a proper connection and gives the goalkeeper no chance. He was maybe unlucky to not get a second one too," Evans said.
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