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26th November 2017 20:41

Gaffer praises 'wonderful' Stags
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 18 November 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans was impressed with his side's performance in this afternoon's 1-0 win over Stevenage, describing some passages of play as 'wonderful'.

Frontman Kane Hemmings scored the only goal of the game in the first half, but Stags created a number of good chances and could have won more emphatically following a dominant display at One Call Stadium.

And speaking after the match, the manager was pleased with some of his side's 'superb play' as they extended their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions.

"In the first 10 minutes, we're not in the game. Then for the next 75 minutes, we should win seven or eight-nil, with the quality of chances we've missed," the Stags' chief said.


"It was the quality of our play that really pleased us. We had some superb interlinking play with different people on the pitch, which was good.

"What I would say is they don't make a chance. I don't think Stevenage have made a chance in the full 95/96 minutes, whatever they play. We made a succession of chances. We played some wonderful football today.

"People thought Coventry was a good performance; in terms of quality of performance, in terms of passing and moving, today was much better than Coventry.

"It's another little sign that we're getting better but all we're thinking about now is freshening up and being ready for Port Vale."

Oxford United loanee Kane Hemmings had a second goal ruled out for a foul on Stevenage goalkeeper Joe Fryer in the second half, however the gaffer believes the effort should have stood and if it was awarded, his side could have won by an even larger margin.

"The referee gives a goal and then he changes his mind. When you look back at the replay, it's the Stevenage player that's fouled his goalkeeper - it's not even our player!

"The goalkeeper comes over Rhys Bennett and flaps at it, like he did for the first goal. It breaks to Kane and Kane's got a superb finish from an angle and that would've been game over.

"That would have been game over and perhaps we could have gone on won by more."

Today's victory moved Stags up to eighth in Sky Bet League Two but the boss wants his side to become more clinical in front of goal to make matches more comfortable.

"We've got some special players here and we know what's cost us in recent weeks has been sharing the spoils as opposed to winning games that we really deserve to win.

"Look at the chances we're making in these last six weeks; we're making an incredible amount of chances and you always feel like a team might be on the end of that one day.

"We've got a clean sheet, we got a clean sheet last week, the boys have been working really hard and once again, I'm here saying we need to punish teams.

"We're working so hard. If we get a little break today, we're 2-0 up and in the end and I think we win by five."

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


Evans: Disallowed goal ‘the strangest decision I’ve ever seen in football’
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 18 November 2017

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans was left bemused by referee Tom Nield’s decision to change his mind over giving the home side a goal during Stags’ comfortable 1-0 home win over Stevenage. Kane Hemmings had already punished young visiting keeper Joe Fryer for spilling the ball on 24 minutes with an easy match-winning finish. But when that was repeated on 57 minutes, the referee seemed to give the goal and then, as the celebrations continued, changed his mind.

“I have seen the strangest decision I have ever seen in football today (Saturday),” said Evans. “The referee gives a goal and then changes his mind. The assistant referee said he didn’t cancel it and the fourth official said he didn’t cancel it. So we can only assume it’s the Stevenage players that have got into him as he changes his mind.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/evans-disallowed-goal-the-strangest-decision-i-ve-ever-seen-in-football-1-8864967

“When people look back at the highlights they’ll see the referee’s definition of giving the goal. He was pointing clearly to the centre circle. “You look back at the replay and it’s a Stevenage player that has fouled his own goalkeeper. It was a superb finish by Kane Hemmings from an angle too. “That would have been game over and perhaps we could have gone on and won by more.” On the game overall, he said: “It was a strange afternoon. First 10 minutes we were not in the game and for the next 75 minutes we should have won seven or eight nil with the chances we’ve missed again. “But it was the quality of our play that really pleased. We had some superb inter-linking play. “In the last few minutes Stevenage were playing with seven giants up front and throwing the balls in. “But we got another clean sheet and once again we know we need to punish teams. “We had a late sucker punch against us against Exeter so you’re always wary. But today they didn’t create a chance in the while game.” Evans added: “Last week we didn’t get a clear cut penalty and today we had a goal chalked off - strange business football isn’t it? “We had such dominance in the first half that my concern was we should have been three up and game over. “Second half Kane should have scored and Will Atkinson should have scored. “But I won’t criticise my players - they are all working so hard. We played some wonderful football today. People thought we played well at Coventry but in terms of quality of passing and movement today was much better.”


Hemmings shows predatory instincts to beat Boro
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 18 November 2017

Stags' frontman Kane Hemmings believes he is beginning to find his feet in front of goal after netting his third effort of the season in this afternoon's 1-0 win over Stevenage at One Call Stadium.

The match-winning goal came in the 23rd minute when he rolled the ball into an empty net from close range after Stevenage 'keeper Joe Fryer had completely missed the ball when trying to claim a cross.

The on-loan Oxford United striker didn't find the net in his first eight Stags' matches, but has since scored three goals in five league games and Hemmings believes his renewed confidence in front of goal is partly down to the faith shown in him by manager Steve Evans.

"I'm doing the same things; just getting in the right place at the right time, sometimes it'll fall for you, sometimes it doesn't," Hemmings said.


"If you just keep doing the right things, eventually [the goals] will come for you.

"You have that extra yard on the front foot, you feel that extra little bit sharper so hopefully there's a lot more to come and we'll go into Tuesday night full of confidence.

"The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me so I'm always thankful to him for that because there has been times when he probably shouldn't have done and took me out of the team, but he's kept with me and hopefully I can keep putting them away and repay his confidence."

The Stags are now on a run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions and after last week's impressive 1-0 victory away at Coventry City and Hemmings believes it is important to continue the unbeaten sequence ahead of a busy week in Sky Bet League Two.

"It was important we saw the game out. We had a good result last week away at Coventry but it's one of those games where it doesn't really mean much if you don't [continue] into this week.

"Obviously we've got a massive game coming up on Tuesday [away to Port Vale] and again on Saturday (Chesterfield at home) so it's important we started the week well and I'm glad I got the goal that got us over the line.

"I enjoy those goals, they're the best ones. I'll take 20 of them a season. It has just fallen nice and obviously you just get yourself in the right position at the right time.

"I'm just delighted to get over the line and get the three points because it was a big three points."

The former Dundee man was denied a second goal this afternoon when referee Tom Nield blew for a foul on Boro 'keeper Joe Fryer after Hemmings had rifled the ball home, and the frontman is certain the goal should have stood.

"As far as I was aware the assistant is running back to the halfway line, the referee has given the goal and we go away and celebrate it.

"Then all of a sudden the assistant is shouting 'No, no, no, no' and I'm thinking what's going on here, they're on the counter-attack trying to score.

"It should have been a lot more [goals]. Their boy's fouled their 'keeper and the referee's decided to give a free kick."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view Kane Hemmings' full post-match interview.


Kane Hemmings wants to repay the faith of Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 18 November 2017

Kane Hemmings said he was trying to repay the faith shown in him by Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans by finding the net on a more regular basis. The Oxford loanee has struggled at times since his arrival, but today’s winning goal against Stevenage took his tally for the club to three and left him with an extra spring in his step.

“I have really enjoyed it at Mansfield. It’s been good for me coming here and playing games,” he said. “They are a good set of lads here - I knew a few of them before I came.”

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/kane-hemmings-wants-to-repay-the-faith-of-mansfield-town-boss-steve-evans-1-8865014

“The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me and I will always be thankful to him for that as there have been times when he probably shouldn’t have done and took me out the team. “But he’s kept faith with me and hopefully I can keep putting them away and repay his confidence. “Having got the goal it was important we saw the game out. We have three big games this week so it was important we started the week well. “It should have been a lot more. We had a of opportunities again and it’s something we need to address. But the main thing was to get the three points.” Hemmings’ winner came after 24 minutes, but he thought he had netted again on 57 minutes when referee Tom Neild gave the goal only to then change his mind, depsite it appearing to be a Stevenage player that collided with his own keeper. “Their boy’s fouled their keeper and the referee decided to give a free kick - I don’t know why,” said Hemmings. “The assistant was running back to the halfway line, the referee had given the goal. We went away to celebrate it, then all of a sudden the assistant is shouting no, no and I was thinking what’s going on here. And they were on the counter attack trying to score. “It was crazy. The referee got it wrong but it is what it is.” Hemmings’ winning goal saw him net a tap-in after young keeper Joe Fryer spilled a free kick. Hemmings smiled: “I enjoy those goals. They are the best ones I will take 20 of those a season. It just fell nice. “Obviously you just get yourself in the right position at the right time. “Maybe a month or two ago they didn’t seem to be falling my way but now they are. I don’t know why, I am doing the same things. Sometimes it works for you, sometimes it doesn’t. If you keep the right things eventually the goals will come for you. “Goals give you confidence and that extra yard on the front foot and I hope there is a lot more to come.”


Defiant Darren Sarll says Stevenage did not deserve to lose to Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by STEPHEN THIRKILL, Saturday 18 November 2017

Defiant Stevenage boss Darren Sarll says his side did not deserve to lose to Mansfield Town. Borough were beaten 1-0 after Kane Hemmings made the most of a shocking blunder by keeper Joe Fryer in the first half. Fryer completely missed the ball as he attempted to punch away a long free-kick. It allowed Jimmy Spencer to cushion a header into the path of Hemmings who had the simplest of finishes. Stevenage had started the game well with top scorer Matt Godden and Harry Beautyman both shooting just over inside the first five minutes. But they faded badly and failed to get a single shot on target all game as Mansfield cruised to a comfortable win.

Sarll said: “We did not deserve to lose this match, absolutely not. An individual error has cost us. “The season is full of problem solving, you get a problem and solve it, you get another problem and solve it as quick as you can to move forward.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/defiant-darren-sarll-says-stevenage-did-not-deserve-to-lose-to-mansfield-town-1-8865003

“It was always going to be a tough month and I do not think we have underperformed. “We are not equipped with masses.

“We were comfortable in the second half against a double budget side.”

And he also aimed a dig at the vocal antics of Stags boss Steve Evans and assistant Paul Raynor, who had been involved in a series of disputes with the officials throughout.

“All you can contend with is what goes on on the pitch, what goes on off the pitch is unexplainable,” he said. “All I know is I have played the game and as long as I can look at myself in the mirror and act in the way I was brought up and with those values, that is fine by me.

“Whatever else goes on is up to them and if they can look at themselves in the mirror behaving in that way then good for them.”



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