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12th November 2017 21:37

Stags’ chief issues hands-off warning for in-form striker
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 07 November 2017

Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans says there is ‘no chance’ of Danny Rose leaving in January following an impressive start to the season.

The Stags’ boss insisted that the striker must continue to work hard at One Call Stadium to continue his rich form in front of goal.

The Barnsley-born marksman has bagged eight goals in the last ten matches - and ten goals in total - following Saturday’s brace at Shaw Lane, which saw Stags win 3-1 in the Emirates FA Cup first round.

Rose, 23, has upped the ante in front of goal since the arrival of boss Steve Evans a year ago and is now one of League Two’s leading goalscorers.

Asked at today’s news conference whether he would expect ‘a fight to keep hold of Rose in January’, the manager replied: “No chance. We have Danny here for a minimum of 20-odd months. We’re trying to build something here.

“It’s a strange situation as you want interest in your players because it means they’re playing well. Danny didn’t have any interest a year ago when I walked in. His goal-ratio when I put him in the team until the end of the season was very good.


“If people go back to the summer, people will have heard me say that we have a 20 goal striker in the building and he’s called Danny Rose.

“He has a real presence about himself and works incredibly hard. We’ve said as a management team since we walked in, we love him. He’s our type. We want him to continue to work hard and keep focussed. He knows if his focus drops he’ll be out the team, it’s as simple as that.

“I love his tenacity to fight, his professionalism. He needs to get a few more before Christmas if he is going to achieve his [goal] target, because statistically it’s harder to get goals in the second half [of the season].”

Meanwhile, Stags’ last night were handed a home draw in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup, to face the winners of Accrington Stanley and Guiseley - a replay which will take place next Tuesday.

Happy with a home draw, the manager said: “By beating Shaw Lane, we’ve got in the draw and genuinely asked for a home tie. We don’t want to be going down to one of the non-league clubs and playing on 4G, for example.

“First and foremost, we’re at home. It saves travelling and you can prepare a little bit better.

“I have a lot of respect for Accrington and the people at Guiseley. It doesn’t matter to me who wins the cup tie.

“Of course the owner of Guiseley Football Club is Steve Parkin, Leeds United’s main sponsor. He’s a really decent fellow. [He’s] Leeds United crazy! He put millions into Leeds United before and during my time [as manager] and I’ll never forget the personal support he gave me when we tried to sign one or two players in January [at Elland Road].

“Let’s see who wins their replay and then we’ll do our homework and be ready.”

Meanwhile, the manager confirmed that striker Lee Angol will be sidelined for up to two weeks with a knee problem.

Subscribers to iFollow Stags can view the manager’s news conference in full later today.


Goal ace Rose is staying put says Stags boss
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 07 November 2017

Despite growing interest in Mansfield Town’s Danny Rose, boss Steve Evans said the in-form striker was going nowhere. Evans had to fend off interest from other clubs last summer and now Rose has reached double figures this season and shown his quality with two class finishes on live TV last weekend, clubs are once again starting to take closer notice.

But asked if Rose could go in January, Evans said: “There is no chance. “We have Danny here for a minimum of another 20-odd months. We are trying to build something here.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/goal-ace-rose-is-staying-put-says-stags-boss-1-8845473

“It’s a strange situation as you do want people interested in your players. We had interest in the summer in Danny as well as (Alex) MacDonald and (CJ) Hamilton and others.

“We love interest as it means they are playing well. “Danny didn’t have any interest in him a year ago when I walked in. But he is a great kid who wants to do well.”

Evans continued: “I said in the summer to anyone who would listen that we have a 20-goal striker in the building and he is called Danny Rose.

“His goals ratio for me when I put him into the team until the end of the season was very good.”

Under previous boss Adam Murray, Rose struggled to win a regular place and also found himself played out of position. “All barring emergencies we are never going to see Danny Rose playing midfield,” said Evans.

“He is a centre forward that has a real presence and works incredibly hard. “When we arrived we found a young man who wasn’t getting picked on a regular basis. He was either substitute or playing in a position that wasn’t familiar to him and he had lost his confidence.

“We said as a management team we loved him from the minute we walked in. He is our type and we want him to continue to work hard and keep focused or he knows he will be out the team.

“But I love his tenacity to fight and professionalism. He cares and he is getting his rewards.”

Evans issued Rose a 20-goal target for the season and he is now halfway. But Evans said: “He has a target from me for the season and he needs to get a few more before Christmas if he is to achieve that target as statistics tell you it’s harder to score goals in the second half of the season as games mean more and teams defend a bit better.

“People are normally in their teams on merit by then. In the first half of the season, there are inconsistencies in performance.”


Stags supporters begin to dream after home cup draw
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 07 November 2017

Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans admitted supporters will start to dream of a fairytale third round tie now Stags have a home tie in round two of the FA Cup. Stags have a home tie in round two of the FA Cup. After overcoming minnows Shaw Lane 3-1 away from home before the live TV cameras on Sunday, Monday’s draw paired Stags at home to the winners of next Tuesday’s replay between League Two rivals Accrington Stanley and National League Guiseley. Accrington remain Stags’ bogey side after 12 games unbeaten against Mansfield while a Guiseley win would see a return for ex-Stags boss Paul Cox. But Evans knows his side have a lot to do before they can start dreaming of a plum third round tie and need to focus solely on Saturday’s tough League Two trip to Coventry City. “I think every owner or chairman of a football would love to go to one of the big Premier League clubs,” he said. “Often our chairman talks to me about my experience of going to Manchester United and what it involved. I think after about 10 seconds he has to stop me talking about it as he gets that wee green man pops up on his shoulder. “Every club wants to get into the third round. Ideally you draw one of the top three or four in English football away from home. “Our supporters would be able to experience it - how about Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley with about 60,000 or 70,000 on a regular basis? What a day that would be. “If if we can’t get one of them give us anyone else at home.” However, he admitted: “There is no point in us dreaming yet. “Supporters can dream, but we have to be professional and go and do the job against whoever wins the replay. “It’s irrelevant as we don’t even know who we play yet, though I think many people would tend to think it’s going to be Accrington. If it is we will do battle with them. “We lost up there earlier in the season and thought it was undeserved. I think they thought a draw was fair and they’d nicked it. But it would be a quality cup tie. “If it’s Coxy coming back then I have come up against old clubs and had old managers coming back to play against my clubs, and it makes no difference at the end of the day. “We don’t stick it in at the far post, we don’t cross it in to score a goal. We pick a team and it’s nonsense to say managers are coming back to get one over on their old club. You just want to go back there and be professional.” Evans continued: “Whoever wins the replay, we’ll do our homework and our aim is to be in the third round. By winning at Shaw Lane we have an opportunity to do that. “Once you’ve got through you say give us a home tie. I don’t want to go away to a non-League club, playing on 4G. “So first and foremost we are at home. That saves travelling and you can prepare a little bit better. “I have a lot of respect for the people at Accrington and a lot of respect for the people at Guiseley. “It doesn’t matter who wins the replay, we will be ready for early December.” Stags saw Shaw Lane hit back to level and hit a post before the break on Saturday after Krystian Pearce had fired Stags ahead. But a Danny Rose brace after the break did the trick. “It was professional,” said Evans. “We spoke to the players all week about approaching the match in a really professional way. “Looking back at the game on Sunday, apart from a 10-minute spell in the first half we probably should have gone on to win the game six or seven. “We’re just pleased to get through. Credit to Shaw Lane. They have built something really special there. “We should be able to go there and deal with it, though when you look over the weekend and see upset after upset, you realise how tough these games are and emphasise the magic of the FA Cup. “Never has a football match been won on a piece of paper. It’s always been on the pitch who should win.”

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-supporters-begin-to-dream-after-home-cup-draw-1-8845469


New faces for Stags in January fine-tune?
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Steve Evans said a couple of players may come in and a couple go out as he fine-tunes his promotion-chasing Mansfield Town squad in January. “I’m at a game tonight and we’re starting to get into that situation where we are looking to see if there is maybe a player or two out there who could help us on our way in January,” he said. “We have a good squad here with some quality players. It’s taking time to bed, which was always expected. “It will take until January/February when we will be strong. “But there are a couple of areas that if the right players become available then we’ll strengthen. “The chances are one or two will go out the building and one or two come in.” He concluded: “It will be fine-tuning ready for the most important part of the season. “What happens in this part of the season is vital. Every point is vital, but not as vital as when you get into February.”

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/new-faces-for-stags-in-january-fine-tune-1-8846488



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