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21st August 2018 10:20

A night of 'magic moments,' says Stags' boss
mansfieldtown.net, 14 August 2018

Stags’ boss David Flitcroft has described tonight’s resounding 6-1 win over League One outfit Accrington Stanley as a ‘night of aggression and magic moments,’ after he watched his Mansfield side cruise into the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Tyler Walker’s two penalties and deft flick to the back post gave him a first-half hat-trick, with further goals coming from Otis Khan, Danny Rose and CJ Hamilton.

The Stags’ boss heaped praise on his players for their ‘top class’ performance.

“I look at what I want to try and bring to the club and the values of the town and our owners,” he said. “Your players have to play with honesty and sincerity. The bottom line to success is hard work and endeavour.

“We started off on the right foot in terms of pressing them. Accrington are a good team who absolutely blitzed League Two last season. I watched the work they did at the weekend against Bristol Rovers and they were brilliant.


“We knew we had to put them under pressure which we did and got a few early chances. We went 1-0 down to some sloppy defending.

“Tyler Walker epitomised getting us on the front foot. I thought he was outstanding at leading the line. Butcher, Otis [Khan], Mellis all backed it up. It was a night of aggression and a night of magic moments.

“Some of the goals and the work were top class. It was absolutely top class. I’m absolutely delighted with the group tonight.

“I told all of the players to be ready as this is a squad. It was tough to leave Omari out at the weekend after he travelled seven or eight hours [to Yeovil]. But then he came on [tonight] and he influenced the game.

“We’re in the next round and that’s really important to keep the momentum going. It’s really important to me how we develop the players and that’s what we’re trying to do.

“The last one [was my favourite goal]. Oh, wow. Lots of passes, patience and then when we hit them, we hit them hard.”

The manager also spoke of Danny Rose, who tonight marked his first appearance of the season, coming off the bench to fire in Stags’ fifth goal of the evening.

“I’m also delighted for Danny [Rose] for getting his goal. The cross has come in and Danny is in a great position to go and score. It was nice to see the Danny of old. He ran for me like he did when I was at Bury and at Barnsley.

“Seeing Rose at full-flight tonight and going with a desire to score that goal that meant so much to him was important.”

The Stags’ boss also touched on the development of his players as the season progresses, that in particular of Walker and Khan, whose goals gave Mansfield a 4-1 lead heading into the half-time break.

“I know they scored after six minutes, but before that six minutes, some of the football and the quick play [was outstanding]. We are all working hard and the boys and the staff probably don’t get the credit.

“It’s important because we want to implement stuff off the training ground and they’re doing that. They’re taking it on board.

“I’m delighted for Tyler [Walker] that he’s got a hat-trick. He’s just pure class. The kid is pure class. You can see from his upbringing from his dad that he’s been honest with him.

“He’s not like an academy player. He gets up, he’s robust, he wants to run and I just love working with him.

“I brought Otis in to score goals and assist goals and that’s what we’re working on.

“I’m really delighted with how the group is developing. I know we’re good at what we do and I want to give our supporters a team that represents the town and give them football they haven’t seem for a long time. That’s how it felt tonight.”

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Flitcroft delighted to see Stanley put to the sword
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 14 August 2018

Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft was clearly delighted to see his League Two side rip apart bogey club Accrington Stanley in an unexpected one-sided Carabao Cup victory at the One Call Stadium tonight.

Tyler Walker’s first half hat-trick led the fightback after going an early goal down to a League One side who have avoided defeat in the clubs’ last 13 meetings.

“We were very good tonight,” beamed Flitcroft.

“I have unbelievable admiration for Accrington Stanley and the work done there.


“They are a good team and we knew it would be a tough game. “But we have taken on a League One team tonight and at times put them to the sword. Some of the football was outstanding.

“Hopefully the supporters who came tonight will spread the message that the wind is changing a bit at the One Call.”

Stags made four changes tonight and he said: “The lads who came in tonight and have waited patiently and they have performed.

“I know Accrington scored on six minutes, but before that some of the football, the one-touch and quick play was excellent and the boys and staff probably don’t get enough credit for it.

“I want to give our supporters a team that represents the town and give them football they’ve not seen for a long time.”

On hat-trick hero Walker, he said: “The kid is pure class.

“You can see from his upbringing from his dad he has been honest with him and he is not like an academy player.

“He is robust and gets up and gets on with it. I love working with the kid.”

A surprise inclusion on the bench was Danny Rose, who asked for a transfer last week only to see a move to Peterborough fail to materialise.

He remains on the list but was included after a chat with the manager and scored within a minute of coming on.

“It was good to see the Danny Rose of old running for me like he did at Bury and Barnsley with a desire to go and score that goal, which meant so much to him,” said Flitcroft.

It was Mansfield’s first win in the competition since August 2006.


Forest legend Des Walker praised for his part in shaping Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 14 August 2018

Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft paid tribute to how former Forest and England hero Des Walker has brought up son Tyler to be robust and willing to work hard and learn. Tyler is on loan for the season from Forest and his hat-trick, including two ice cool penalties, in Tuesday night’s 6-1 thrashing of Accrington Stanley underlined his quality.

“The kid is pure class. You can see from his upbringing from his dad that he has been honest with him,” said Flitcroft. “He’s not like an academy player. He gets up, he is robust, he wants to run and he does run. I love working with the kid and he’s deserved that.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/forest-legend-des-walker-praised-for-his-part-in-shaping-mansfield-town-hat-trick-hero-tyler-1-9303288

“He is a learner. Him and Craig Davies stayed out yesterday to do more work. He is always asking for more. But he has had the right upbringing. “You work with some academy players and they are soft. Tyler is a tough nut. “You can see his dad has given him tough love and fantastic values - great family values. “And he has brought them to Mansfield Town and is representing us. He led the line brilliantly against Accrington and he totally deserved the hat-trick.”

Flitcroft was impressed by Walker’s penalty taking prowess. “The first penalty there was no doubt,” he said. “The second one can sometimes be difficult when you have already scored one. It’s a bit cat and mouse and mind games with the keeper. But he absolutely dispatched it perfectly. “For the third goal, he nearly got that same goal on Saturday, running across his man. He is elusive in the box and pure class.” Delighted with Walker’s triple, the manager added: “The only trouble was he couldn’t have the actual ball as Danny Rose booted it over the stand!”


Boss Flitcroft ready to forgive if want-away Rose remains a Mansfield Town player
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 14 August 2018

Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft said he was ready to forgive and forget if striker Danny Rose opts to come off the transfer list. But he admitted the player could still go out on loan before the end of the month if another club came in with Stags’; market value on a permanent deal in January. After requesting to go on the transfer list only to see his proposed move to Peterborough United collapse on deadline day, Rose has been left in limbo but came on a substitute in last night’s 6-1 hammering of Accrington Stanley and scored within a minute of joining the action.

Flitcroft said Rose had been manipulated, lied to and deceived by Peterborough but, if he wanted to stay and was prepared to knuckle down, he could still have a future at Manfield. “To score the goal he did, it was nice to see the Danny of old,” said Flitcroft. “He ran for me like he did when I was at Bury and when I was at Barnsley.

“You could see Danny Rose at full flight tonight with a desire to go and score that goal which meant so much to him. It was important. “Anyone in football and in life will tell you that forgiveness is the best human quality. I am not stubborn in anything I do. I am always professional.

“He was worried about turning out tonight after some of the stuff about him on social media. “But I thought it was the right game in which to put him on and introduce him back into what we are doing. He trained on Monday and got in a good half-an-hour against Accrington for some more fitness.”

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/boss-flitcroft-ready-to-forgive-if-want-away-rose-remains-a-mansfield-town-player-1-9302223

Flitcroft was adamant that Peterborough failed to make the required offer for Rose while telling the player they had. “The valuation was not met for Danny so he is Mansfield Town player. He is contracted to Mansfield Town,” he said.

“Danny has made a mistake. We all do. I make hundreds and he now needs my support. “He’s been led down the line. He’s been lied to and manipulated by the buying club.

“This is a kid that’s been manipulated, been lied to and been deceived. “He got told he was a Peterborough player and that they had put the bid in the chairman wanted. “The chairman had a valuation that one million per cent was never met. “Danny Rose got told ‘put your transfer request in because it’s been met’. “When he put the request in - that’s not Danny Rose. I know him as a person. “He was being worked behind the scenes and it’s a shame as he’s a lovely kid. I have always had a good relationship with him and it was nice to see him back to his old self again tonight.” Flitcroft said Rose now needed to win over Stags supporters, most of whom who cheered his introduction last night amid a smattering of boos. “He was absolutely outright told he was a Peterborough player and Danny chose to believe it. Now he can knuckle down and what might come out of this could be a good thing,” said the manager. “The fans have got to fall in love with him again. For that he has to work himself into the ground like Danny Rose does. He has to make himself available at all times and commit to his work as he is a Mansfield Town player. “He knows he has got to win his fans back over. He’s already done that once and he knows he’s got to do it again. “He will fight for them, scrap for them and run for them. That’s what the Mansfield public need. That’s what they are desperate for and that’s what Danny has got to do now. “He has not done that since I’ve been here. Certainly tonight I saw the Danny Rose of old and I am delighted for him.” Flitcroft said he almost took Rose to Yeovil but decided to give him the weekend off. “We had a really good chat regarding the move not happening. He wasn’t right to feature on Saturday - his head space was wrong,” he said. “He very nearly came with us to Yeovil. But I thought there was too much background noise - too much of a circus. “We spoke on Sunday, then met up on Monday morning and had a good hour’s heart talking about what I wanted.” He added: “The values of Danny Rose have always been - and will always be - hard work, sincerity and goals. That is Danny Rose. “They are his raw qualities. That’s what his family expects of him and what I expect from him. “That was the Danny Rose of old last night - his willingness to go and score that goal was incredible. It was like turning back the clock. “He hasn’t done that while I’ve been manager, that’s pretty obvious.” The manager said the next step was the player deciding he wanted to come off the transfer list. “That’s another discussion,” said Flitcroft. “There are still 10 days or so of the loan window. “If the valuation was met we might look to do business. But it hasn’t been and it never was. The chairman has stood strong with it., “We are a football club but we are also a business. The chairman and Carolyn (CEO Radford) support this club incredibly, funding it to a massive tune, and I have come to try to make it a sustainable business. “Danny is a Mansfield player and will be treated like one. “It’s been difficult to get him involved as I knew his head was somewhere else. “But when Ivan Toney got done Danny knew the deal was off. We just said no problem - you are not a victim. Let’s just knuckle down. “You have a fantastic contact here so go and earn your money. That’s what we are working towards.”


Hat-trick hero praises team-mates after emphatic win
mansfieldtown.net, 14 August 2018

Hat-trick hero Tyler Walker says that despite netting on three occasions during Stags' 6-1 win over Accrington Stanley, he is 'happier' about how his team performed as a whole to book their place in the next round of the Carabao Cup.

The on-loan striker rolled home two penalties in four minutes before claiming the match ball with an expert finish in first-half injury time.

It marked a goal return of four in three for Walker, who was in high spirits after his side’s demolition job against League One opposition.

“Just coming out of the changing rooms the lads are obviously delighted,” said Walker.


“We’ve played really well against a League One team that did great last season [earning promotion] and we’re all buzzing to be in the hat for the next round.

“For the squad as a whole it’s a great confidence boost but we can’t get too ahead of ourselves.

“We just have to look to Colchester and forget what’s happened tonight but still take the confidence forward with the way that we played - some of the football tonight was really good.”

Walker then added the fact that he is simply enjoying his football with Mansfield Town.

“I’m really happy and enjoying my football, as well as playing with some really good players and that always helps when you’re getting the service.

“I’m here to score goals and I did that today which I’m really happy about, too. I’m happier, though, about the team’s overall performance, the win and the fact we're in the next round.

“It was a great performance tonight so I’m buzzing.”

Walker then spoke with regards to his teammates - specifically the fact that the Stags are able to cut it against even tougher opponents.

“We’ve got a really good team and we showed in pre-season, against tougher opponents, that we can cut it against anyone.

“At home I feel like no matter who comes here we can give them a really good go. We did that tonight for sure.”

Tonight’s win ensured the Stags would play a part in the second round of the League Cup for the first time since 2006, and the 21-year-old walks away with the match ball knowing exactly where it’s going.

“The match ball’s definitely going on the mantelpiece; I just have to get the lads to sign it, so yes, I’m buzzing!”

iFollow Stags subcribers will soon be able to watch Tyler Walker's post-match interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow.


Walker proudly takes home match ball after Stanley rout
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 14 August 2018

Forest loanee striker Tyler Walker left One Call Stadium proudly clutching the match ball tonight after his first half hat-trick spearheaded Mansfield Town’s sensational 6-1 win over League One bogey side Accrington Stanley in a Carabao Cup night to remember.

“It will probably go on the mantlepiece - I’ve got to get the lads to sign it now,” he smiled. “I am really happy and enjoying my football. I’m playing with some really good players which helps and I am getting the service.

“I was doing my job tonight as I am here to score goals.

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/walker-proudly-takes-home-match-ball-after-stanley-rout-1-9301575

“I did that today and I am really happy, but I am more happy about the team’s performance and the win.”

Walker coolly stroked home two penalties in four minutes after Stags had conceded an early goal against the run of play before flicking in a third just before the break

“A goal is a goal but the third was a good one,” he said. “To be fair I thought the last one by CJ Hamilton was a great team goal - probably one of the best I have seen. “We did penalty taking yesterday so it’s not such a shock on the pitch. Obviously a penalty is a goalscoring opportunity so I am glad to take them both today.” He added: “We have played really well against a League One team that did really well last season. We are buzzing to be in the hat for the next round.

“We have a really good team as we showed in pre-season against better teams. We’ve shown we can cut it and at home I feel whoever comes here we’ll give them a really good game. “For the squad as a whole it’s a confidence boost but we can’t get too ahead of ourselves. “We now have to forget tonight and look at Colchester, though we’ll take the confidence from tonight into Saturday.”


Coleman: I feel sorry for Stanley fans
By Suzanne Geldard

JOHN Coleman thanked the Accrington Stanley fans who travelled to Mansfield, and apologised for not being able to reward their commitment.

The Reds suffered their biggest defeat of his second spell in charge as they bowed out of the Carabao Cup 6-1 to Mansfield Town.

Around 80 fans made the trip to Field Mill, and would have been optimistic after Sam Finley fired them in front in the sixth minute.

But by the 16th Stanley were 3-1 down, with Mansfield adding a fourth just before half-time.

“I’ve got to thank the fans who came and I really feel sorry for them because no-one wants to see their team beaten that heavily,” said Coleman.

“I don’t like getting beat. I certainly don’t like getting beat 6-1.

“We had a very young back four and had three players making their first starts at this level.

“But I can’t take anything away from Mansfield, they were excellent.

“We scored a fantastic goal to give ourselves a great chance and then a couple of things conspired against us, but that’s not Mansfield’s fault.

“They got the killer goal at half-time to make it 4-1, because up to that we were threatening to get back into it and possibly could have had a penalty ourselves.

“But then in the second half I think a little bit of tiredness in the legs of the lads who haven’t played a lot showed and the two full backs tired.

“We had a very young defence, apart from Mark Hughes, and that showed, and they capitalised on it. The final goal they scored was one of the best goals I’ve ever seen to be honest.

“I think they must have kept it for about 60 passes but we were down to 10 by then. It was a great goal to watch though.”

He added: “The one thing I can be proud of was the way we stuck to our guns. We tried, and ran ourselves into the ground at stages. We didn’t give up.

“But let’s get one thing straight - Accrington won’t win this cup, and neither will Mansfield.

“It would have been a pay day for us if we could have got through to the next round, but our priority is the league.”

Sean McConville and Sam Finley went off with injuries but Coleman is hoping their exits were more a precaution ahead of Saturday’s visit of Charlton Athletic, and nothing serious.

He added: “There’s a few tired legs but we are going to have lots of games and lots of ups and downs.”


Coleman full of praise for Mansfield Town after Stanley suffer hiding
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 14 August 2018

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman had nothing but praise for six-shooting Mansfield Town tonight and wished them well in round two of the Carabao Cup. Mansfield ended a winless 13-game streak against Stanley in style with a 6-1 victory against League One opposition tonight and Coleman said: “We are a bit shellshocked, but I can’t take anything away from Mansfield.

“They flew out the traps. We knew they couldn’t keep it up but they managed to score three goals in that 15 minutes spell and it was just reward for the way they played.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/coleman-full-of-praise-for-mansfield-town-after-stanley-suffer-hiding-1-9301532

“If we’d kept it at 1-0 and they hadn’t scored things would have been different. But it’s all ifs and buts. All I can do is congratulate Mansfield and hope they do well in the next round.” Coleman was booked and clearly upset at one or two decisions during the game, particularly when Tyler Walker was awarded a second penalty in four minutes.

But he said: “The season is in its infancy and referees are getting used to things. “They are going to make mistakes and I think there were a couple of mistakes made tonight. But I think we probably made more mistakes than him.” He added: “I have to thank the fans that came and I really feel sorry for them as no one wants to see the team beaten that heavily. “But the one thing I can be proud of is the way we stuck to our guns. We ran ourselves into the ground in the later stages and didn’t give up.

“We just have to give Mansfield a bit of credit. But let’s get one thing straight - Accrington won’t win this cup and neither will Mansfield. “It would have been a good pay day for us if we’d got could have got through to the next round, but our main priority is the league.” The draw for the next round is on Thursday.



Otis Khan @OtisKhan63
Brilliant performance from the boys!!! through to the next round, and another goal and assist fans were class

Tyler Walker @tylerjandrew1
Love it oats

Ryan Sweeney @RyanSweeney97_
Some performance from the boys! Onto the next round

Omari Sterling @OSterling19
Omg !!! What a team goal that last goal was buzzing for @tylerjandrew1 Hat-trick



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