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7th December 2017 22:13

Professional display books Stags' place in third round
mansfieldtown.net, 3 December 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans commended his players on a professional display after they comfortably swept aside National League outfit Guiseley 3-0 in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

Frontman Jimmy Spencer was the star of the show as he struck a clinical hat-trick - his first goals for the club - to ensure the Stags progressed to round three of the Emirates FA Cup.

And the manager believes his side were 'fantastic' in spells of today's game and were deserved victors against the Lions.

"They had a game plan to be very physical, I think that was evident from 30 seconds and we had a game plan to get the ball on the floor and pass it when we could," the Stags' chief said.


"I know people [will] look tomorrow or tonight and see ten men and nine men but 11 v 11, if it had been a boxing match the gloves would have been off and we would have all been home for the night.

"But you don't get anything for knocking on the door so we reminded them (the players) at half-time just to go and be really professional and I thought we were fantastic in spells.

"You have to be very reflective of who you're playing against. They're not in the bottom three of the National League for no reason but you have to respect a team that can go to Accrington and win over 220 minutes in a shoot-out."

Summer signing Jimmy Spencer opened his account for the Stags with today's match-winning hat-trick and the manager says his inclusion in the starting XI against the Lions is testament to the striker's hard work.

"He's a young man [and] you can see what it means to all the squad, everyone was hugging him when he [came] off. He works so hard and I said when we signed him 'he'll play a part' and he will play a part.

"When he's been in the side we've thought he's done very well. I think in mid-week, I know it's only against a Clipstone side - again another team who worked hard - I was away watching a potential player but the reports I got is that Jimmy never scored but he was sensational, that's why he started today. It doesn't matter who we play, you have to work and deserve to be in the team."

Stags are now in the hat for the third round of the competition and the gaffer hopes tomorrow's draw is 'kind' to his side, but joked he'd like to be handed an away tie against Premier League side Tottenham Hotpsur, as he 'normally wins' at Wembley!

"We'll be in the next round and we're proud of that and we'll hope the draw is kind to us and it's another draw at the One Call Stadium.

"I want to go to Wembley because I normally win at Wembley so that would mean Tottenham away; I think the chairman would hug me if we got Tottenham away!

"I would take Jose (Mourinho, Manchester United manager), because I fancy taking him on. We just want either the lowest ranked team at home, because that will help us, we weren't far away from that today, we don't kid ourselves, or I quite fancy going to Wembley."

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


FA CUP: Evans dreaming of Spurs away in the next round
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Sunday 03 December 2017

Having tasted Wembley success, Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans fancies an away tie at Spurs in the third round of the FA Cup. Evans has enjoyed play-off final success there before and, after today’s easy 3-0 second round victory over Guiseley, said: “We hope the draw is kind to us.

“I want to go to Wembley to play Tottenham as I normally win at Wembley! “I also fancy taking Jose (Mourhino) on. “We want either the lowest ranked team at home - we weren’t far away from that today so we don’t kid ourselves - or I fancy going to Wembley.”

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/fa-cup-evans-dreaming-of-spurs-away-in-the-next-round-1-8890637

The draw will be live on TV at 7pm tomorrow. READ THE MATCH REPORT Mansfield dominated from start to finish against former boss Paul Cox’s National League strugglers with Jimmy Spencer netting a hat-trick and Cox’s team finishing with nine men. “It was as comprehensive as you could want it to be,£ said Evans. “They had a game plan to be very physical, which was evident from 30 seconds in, and we had a game plan to get the ball on the floor and pass it when we could. “I know people will look tonight and say it was against 10 men and nine men, but 11 v 11 if it had been a boxing match, the gloves would have been home and we’d all have been home early. They didn’t have a shot today “But you don’t get nothing for knocking on the door. “I reminded them at half-time to be really professional and I thought we were fantastic in spells. There was a gulf in class “You have to be reflective who you’re playing against as they’re not in the bottom three of the National League for no reason. But you have to respect a team that can go to Accrington and win in a shoot-out.” He continued: “Fair play to the Guiseley players, the boys on the pitch never stopped running. It was questionable what they were told before the game as they have some good players in there technically. “You’re never going to beat us by turning up just wanting to be physical as we have some lads that will work hard physically and then try to pass the ball. “They could have finished up with seven men, but if you set up your teams to be physical then it’s risk you have to run.” Evans was delighted to see Spencer finally get off the mark for the club in style. “He is a young man who you can see what he means to the rest of the squad,” he said. “They were all hugging him when he came off. He works so hard. I said when I signed him he will play a part. “When he has been in the side we thought he’d done well. “In midweek, I know it was only against a Clipstone side, the reports I got were that Jimmy didn’t score but he was sensational and that’s why he started today.”


Match-winner ecstatic to open goalscoring account
mansfieldtown.net, 3 December 2017

Hat-trick hero Jimmy Spencer was delighted to see his hard work pay off this afternoon as his three goals booked Mansfield Town's place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring in the 31st minute, heading home winger Paul Anderson's cross and he scored again in the 52nd minute, volleying a drilled pass from wingman CJ Hamilton into the roof of the net.

The former Plymouth Argyle striker then secured his hat-trick in the 66th minute, converting a penalty after he was hauled down in the box.

And after being forced to bide his time in Stags' colours, Spencer was visibly delighted to open his goalscoring account for the club.

"Personally it's nice to just get off [the mark], even a goal would have been nice so a hat-trick's even better," the Leeds-born frontman said.


"I've been working hard in training, I've been doing what's asked of me. I make those runs every week and sometimes they don't find you, sometimes they do. That's the easy bit, putting the ball in the back of the net.

"I've played games in the league here; I think that was only my third or fourth start. I make those runs in games and sometimes it just goes over your head or you just can't get there.

"[I was] bringing stuff down and winning headers and making runs in behind and everything just felt like it was falling into place.

"Today everything fell to my feet and I just put it in, apart from the penalty which I scuffed into the bottom corner, but I'll take that!"

Spencer will undoubtedly take the plaudits for his treble, but the former Notts County striker praised Stags' wingers Paul Anderson and CJ Hamilton, who both provided assists against Guiseley.

"I'll mention CJ [Hamilton]; I thought he was brilliant and Ando [Paul Anderson] as well, his delivery for my first goal was just exceptional and that's what Ando's got.

"CJ's got the pace. He knocks it ten yards and can beat any full-back in this league, or in the country - he's quick.

"It's thanks to them really; I just had the simple task of putting it in the back of the net."

Guiseley were reduced to nine men by referee Carl Boyeson as left-back Darren Holden was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Spencer, before defender Chris M'Boungou was dismissed for two bookable offences.

And although Stags played against nine men for more than 30 minutes, Spencer believes Mansfield's dominance was evident whilst both teams were at full strength.

"Even when they had eleven men we were on top, we kept the ball well; we penetrated them in the right areas.

"[It was] really enjoyable. I think you could tell with the way the lads were moving about and passing the ball and keeping it moving and passing.

"It's nice when you get a one, two, three goal lead; you can relax a bit and things start to turn out better."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view Jimmy Spencer's full post-match interview.


FA CUP: Hat-trick hero Spencer praises wide men for top class service
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Sunday 03 December 2017

Hat-trick hero Jimmy Spencer praised Paul Anderson and CJ Hamilton’s supply of crosses for setting him up to shoot down non-League Guiseley 3-0 in today’s FA Cup second round tie. Spencer scored the first goals of his Stags career to send Mansfield into the third round hat. But he acknowledged the quality of service he got today and said on another day he might have had five. Spencer said: “It was nice to get the hat-trick. I have been working hard in training, doing what’s asked of me.

“I make those runs every week. Sometimes they don’t find you, sometimes they do. “Putting the ball in the back of the net is the easy bit really and I could have had four or five.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/fa-cup-hat-trick-hero-spencer-praises-wide-men-for-top-class-service-1-8890683

“I thought CJ was brilliant today. He can knock it 10 yards and beat any full back in the country. He is quick. “I though Ando also played well and his cross for my first goal,was exceptional. That’s what he’s got. “It’s thanks to them I just had the simple task of putting it in the back of the net.” Spencer added: “Everything just felt like it was falling into place today and in the box the ball was dropping for me. I could have had five in the end. “Personally it’s nice to get off the mark. One goal would have been good but a hat-trick is even better. “Even when they had 11 men we were on top and kept the ball well. We penetrated them in the right areas. “It was really enjoyable out there. Three up, you can relax a bit.” Despite two superb finishes, Spencer took most satisfaction from the spot kick that completed his treble. “The penalty was the most enjoyable as I missed the last one. I scuffed it but it went in so I’ll take that,” he said. “It was the perfect day for me, but most important was getting through and hopefully we’ll get a big one in the next round and the lads can go and enjoy the day somewhere. “I’d like Manchester United as I am Leeds fan!”


Paul Cox has no qualms about result as nine-man Guiseley crash out of FA Cup at Mansfield
thetelegraphandargus.co.uk, by Simon Parker

DISAPPOINTED Guiseley boss Paul Cox admitted his team never turned up as their FA Cup adventure came to a painful end at Mansfield.

The Lions, making their first appearance in the second round, were beaten 3-0 and had defenders Darren Holden and Chris M'Boungou sent off.

Jimmy Spencer's first hat-trick of his career made it a miserable return to Field Mill for former Mansfield boss Cox.

The Guiseley manager said: "We never got to grips with the game, not even from the start. I was disappointed we didn't apply ourselves right in the first half.


"You go down to ten men and then nine and it's basically damage limitation. But we had to impose ourselves on the game from the start and never did that.

"Sometimes referees should have a five-second think about decisions but that didn't have any bearing on our first 25 to 30-minute performance. I've no qualms about the result."

Left back Holden was dismissed just before half-time for a rash challenge on Spencer, before M'Boungou followed after the break for a second booking.

Cox said: "I actually thought that Darren slipped and it was more clumsy. I'll have to see it again to see if it was as dangerous as everyone was making out.

"From then on, it was an uphill task and then obviously we lost Chris, so it was a case of trying to keep the score down. But I thought we paid for the way we started the game."

In a stormy match, there were also a few spats on the sideline between the two dugouts.

Mansfield boss Steve Evans said: "They had a game plan to be very physical. I think that was very evident from the first 30 seconds.

"You're never going to beat us by just turning up and wanting to be physical. It was as comprehensive as you'd want it to be."


FA CUP: Cox laments poor start by Guiseley on Stags return
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Sunday 03 December 2017

Former Stags manager Paul Cox was disappointed his Guiseley side failed to recover from a poor start in today’s 3-0 FA Cup second round defeat back at the one Call Stadium. His struggling National League side were shot down by a Jimmy Spencer hat-trick, but played a huge part in their own downfall after two red cards either side of the break. READ THE MATCH REPORT READ STEVE EVANS’ VIEWS “We came into a big game with a great following and never got to grips with it, even from the start,” said Cox. “We came up against a side that played with a high tempo - you have to Mansfield a bit of credit. “But I’m just disappointed we didn’t really apply ourselves right in the first half. “Second half you go down to 10 men and then nine men and then you’re basically chasing the game and it’s damage limitation with all due respect. “We should have imposed ourselves on the game at the start.” Cox had no arguments over the second red card, Chris M’Boungou walking for a second yellow card, but he wanted to see a replay of the tackle that saw Darren Holden given a straight red. Cox side: “I have no qualms with the result though I think the referee should have a five second think about decisions - I found some of them strange but they had no bearing on our first 30 minute performance in the first half. “I will have a look at the first one again. I though Darren Holden slipped and it more clumsy. I will see if it was as dangerous as everyone was making out. “The game was an uphill task from there. I have got to be honest the second one probably was a second booking - I’ll give him that one.” Cox added: “Our main goal is to keep the club in this league. If I achieve that it will be my biggest success - and I’ve won a few leagues. “It’s not about what happened today. It’s learning from it to make sure we stay up.”

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/fa-cup-cox-laments-poor-start-by-guiseley-on-stags-return-1-8890662



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