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4th October 2018 19:11

Rose apologies to fans

Futcher delighted with nature of victory
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 29 September 2018

Assistant manager Ben Futcher believes that Stags’ emphatic 4-0 win over Northampton Town was one the players deserved, and says such a victory has been coming for the past few weeks.

Mansfield went into the half-time break leading by a goal-to-nil after Timi Elsnik’s superb solo effort, and flew out of the traps in the second period, with Danny Rose netting twice on either side of CJ Hamilton’s strike.

Futcher was full of praise for the way the Stags attacked the game, something the coaching staff have been working on in the training ground this week.

“I thought we played really well,” he said. “We deserved the four goals and possibly could’ve got a few more. We were delighted to go out and get those goals that have been coming for the past few weeks.

“After conceding late last week we worked in training this week on really trying to change the mindset. We just told the players to have no fear and go for it.

“But today we were ruthless in both boxes and that’s the difference. When you take your chances, you can run away with the game and it becomes very comfortable.


“We’ve drawn a few too many but the performances have good. We’ve always believed in what we are doing. Today as brilliant and the players deserved that.

“In previous weeks we’ve lost the odd lead, so today to go and kick on was everything we’ve been looking at and what the players deserved.

“We’ve got just as good a defensive record as anyone. But today it really started from the front. We changed it in the second half and put plenty of pressure on them so they couldn’t get the ball forward.

“If we can keep on the front foot and that’s the outcome then we’ll be delighted.”

Mansfield’s assistant boss also spoke of what he believed was the most pleasing aspect of the Stags’ performance, the four goals.

“The goals [pleased me most today]. We’ve played some top teams at home and we’ve done really well. We’ve just probably not been ruthless enough at times.

“We’ve worked with Timi [Elsnik] before, who is a very talented young player. It was a great finish and he’s only going to get better with time.

“It’s his first full [league] game of the season. He will get fitter and get stronger and will be a real asset to us.

“It was brilliant [Rose’s first goal]. That’s what Rosey is all about. He deserved his luck and tucked it away nicely.

“We looked at it and wanted to change it. We pushed CJ [Hamilton] up a bit higher because with his pace, once they came onto us, he could cause them problems.

“It [second goal] is always massive. In previous games we’ve created chances but not always taken them. That makes it difficult at 1-0 sometimes.”

Prior to the game, it was confirmed that midfielder Alex MacDonald was to have an operation on his knee, following an injury picked up in last week’s 1-1 draw away to Cambridge. Futcher spoke of MacDonald’s injury, and also gave an update on defender Hayden White.

“[MacDonald] got a scan during the week. He felt it after the Cambridge game and his knee swelled up so we got some bad news on that. It [operation] needs to be done. It happens with players sometimes.

“We have to look after Macca the best we can. He’ll hopefully go for the operation on Tuesday, then we’ll get him back as soon as we can.

“Whitey [Hayden White] is kind of building up to training next week. It’s going to take a couple of weeks for Whitey to be honest.”

iFollow Stags subscribers can watch assistant manager Ben Futcher’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.


Mansfield assistant boss delighted as Stags put Cobblers to the sword
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 29 September 2018

Mansfield Town assistant manager Ben Futcher was delighted to see the players finally put a team to the sword in today’s 4-0 dismantling of visiting Northampton Town. Stags had been playing well and creating a wealth of chances, but often failing to get the results. But, after a week of hard work on finishing and attacking play, it all came good today as they took apart an experienced Cobblers team with plenty to spare.

“That was fantastic,” said Futcher. “The performances have been there but we’ve just not finished teams off at times.

“So to play Northampton, who on paper are a very strong side, and get four goals and be as dominant as that - it could have been more - it’s been a great day.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/mansfield-assistant-boss-delighted-as-stags-put-cobblers-to-the-sword-1-9373169

“All the lads have been aware of us not finishing teams off and we’ve worked on it in training. “We have kept believing in what we do and kept creating chances - today we’ve taken them.” He added: “The lads are in a good place tonight. They know by getting that second and then third goals they made life easy in the last 15 minutes. “We said at half-time the next goal was big and we urged them forward. We just went out there with no fear and kept going. “It was always going to be a tricky game as Northampton were never going to come here and lie down. They have some very experienced players who have played in a higher league.” A brilliant pitch-length break and finish by League debut-making loanee Timi Elsnik set Stags on the path to glory after only five minutes. Futcher said: “It was a good finish. Timi has that in him. “He is a very talented young player who we’ve worked with before. “He is only going to get fitter and stronger the more he plays and he is going to be a good asset to us.” But man of the match went to Danny Rose with two goals and two assists. “We were delighted with Danny today. He was excellent throughout the game and to get the goals was just desserts,” smiled Futcher. The only down side of the day was the news that midfielder Alex MacDonald will miss the next six weeks after a knee operation. “Macca had a scan in the week. He felt it after the Cambridge game - his knee had swollen up,” said Futcher. “We had bad news on it as it needs a small operation, but it needs to be done. “We have to look after him as best we can. He has the operation on Tuesday and will be back as soon as he can.”


Two-goal Rose reiterates commitment to Stags
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 29 September 2018

Danny Rose says he has put a ‘horrible summer’ behind him after netting a second-half brace during Mansfield Town’s victory this afternoon.

The striker, who took his tally to three league goals for the season, enjoyed his time in front of goal against the Cobblers.

He played the full match in what was an eventual rout against fellow League Two opposition.

Rose looked back on a personally difficult summer, one in which he handed in a transfer request, citing the reason for doing so as having been given 'bad advice.'

“It was horrible [the summer] for me personally,” he admitted.

“It was kind of bad advice from the people around me but you learn from mistakes in life.


“I think it’s important that me and the gaffer sit down to have a talk but for me I want to be playing week in, week out. As long as the team’s winning and we’re up there come the end of the season that’s the main objective.

“I do [love it at the club] and I apologise to everyone for everything that’s happened over the summer. The fans have been brilliant and stuck by me so I can’t thank them enough and the people behind Mansfield; I can’t thank them enough either.

“It’s gone well for me this season but I’m hoping to continue that now for the rest of the season.”

Jumping forwards from the summer, the 24-year-old certainly played his part against Northampton as the Stags got back to winning ways in style.

“It [the win] was needed after the point at Cambridge.

“We sat down together after the game and said that we needed to stop sitting back after going one-nil up and thankfully we got the second and third to kill them off.”

“It was really nice to get the goals but more importantly we got the win to push us up the table.”

“I’m really enjoying my football now after a bad summer for me personally. I’m just really glad to be playing week in, week out, and getting the goals.”

Rose also looked ahead to his side’s next fixture, when they face Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening at One Call Stadium.

“Today gives us confidence going into Tuesday. Back to back wins would put us in touching distance of the play-offs and some people are forgetting that we have a game in hand.

"So, I think if we get maximum points in the next two games we’ll be right up there.

“Like I said it feels as though for a while, we’ve been getting the first goal and sitting back but today we haven’t done that and we’ve gone on to win 4-0.”


In-form striker apologises to Mansfield fans for summer ‘mistake’
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 29 September 2018

Mansfield Town striker Danny Rose has apologised to supporters for his failed attempt to leave the club in the summer and thanked them for sticking by him. Two goals and two assists today in the 4-0 win over Northampton followed his goal at Cambridge last week and Rose said: “I am really enjoying my football now after a really bad summer for me personally.

“I am just glad to be playing week in, week out, getting the goals and the three points. “The summer was horrible for me personally. It was bad advice from me and the people around me. You learn from your mistakes in life and I now move on.

“I do love it here and I want to apologise to everyone for what happened over the summer.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/in-form-striker-apologises-to-mansfield-fans-for-summer-mistake-1-9373235

“The fans have been brilliant. They have stuck by me, which I couldn’t believe, and I can’t thank them enough. “It’s been up to me to get them back on my side.” Rose remains on the transfer list and added: “I think it’s important me and the gaffer sit down and have a talk about it. “The most important thing is that I am playing week in, week out. That’s all I want really.” Mansfield put the Cobblers to the sword and Rose said: “That gives us a lot of confidence going into Tuesday now. “Back-to-back wins would put us right up there within touching distance of the play-offs and people forget we have a game in hand. “We need that after the draw at Cambridge. We needed to stop sitting back after going well 1-0 up and today we thankfully got a second and third to kill them off and get the three points.” He added: “It was nice to get the goals but more importantly we got a win to put us up the table. “My first one was an ugly goal to be fair and I probably should have passed it but thankfully it’s gone in. “The second was a little shank to be fair. CJ (Hamilton) put it on a plate for me as I did for his goal.”


Midfielder labels Stags' performance as perfect after 4-0 win
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 29 September 2018

Midfielder Timi Elsnik believes the Stags showcased a perfect performance as they secured a 4-0 victory against Northampton Town.

The Slovenian grasped his first league start with both hands as he opened the scoring at One Call Stadium inside six minutes with an outstanding individual effort.

His goal was followed up by a brace from Danny Rose and CJ Hamilton's finish in the second-half, as well as a clean sheet, to give the Stags maximum points from this afternoon's outing.

Elsnik labelled the performance as 'perfect' in all aspects, airing expected positivity during his post-match interview.

“I think we were excellent both attacking and defending,” he began.

“Their ‘keeper made so many good saves. We could have had so many goals today but ours [Olejnik] only had one save to make, I think. [It was a] perfect performance from everyone.


“A win is a win - we’re happy with the three points and now we have to look forward to Tuesday.”

The 20-year-old then reflected on his superb individual performance, during which he netted his first goal in a yellow and blue jersey.

“Yeah it was [a great goal] I agree with you,” he said, jokingly.

“It’s a special feeling to have scored my first goal here in front of the fans and to get the win.

“First five minutes they have a corner and we break on them. Luckily it went in and I think it set the tone for the whole game. We were comfortable and when the second goal went in they almost crumbled.

“It was a fantastic effort from everybody at Mansfield Town Football Club.”

Finally, the midfielder wrapped up as he set out his targets for his stint in Mansfield.

“I scored so I’m happy with that but there’s always areas to improve.

“I think the first 20 minutes I was a bit erratic with the ball and after that I settled down, just played my game so I’m going to learn from that and help my team get wins.

“That’s why I came here - to get games, get goals, get wins and get promotion.

“When we look at the table we know where we want to be but we have to get wins so that’s what we’ll try to do.”

iFollow Stags subscribers can watch the midfielder's interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.


CJ backs close friend Rose to bloom again for Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 02 October 2018

Close friend and team mate CJ Hamilton is backing Danny Rose to get back to his sparkling best after his on-off summer transfer saga. The striker scored twice and had a hand in the other two goals as Stags spanked Northampton Town 4-0 on Saturday and after the game Rose apologised to supporters over his summer attempts to join Peterborough United.

“Danny deserved those goals for the way he’s been playing lately,” said Hamilton, who set up one of the goals and had one set up for him by Rose in return in a thrilling last eight minutes.

“You can see he looks more focused than ever and he’s back playing week in, week out, and getting the rewards.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/cj-backs-close-friend-rose-to-bloom-again-for-mansfield-town-1-9377236

“Danny and me have a good relationship on and off the field. We get along very well. “It’s been a trying time for him but everyone at the club is 100 per cent behind him and backing him.

“We are all supporting him as he is such a good lad. Everyone loves him here. “The crowd were behind him and I think he was buzzing off that probably more than the goals themselves.

“The fans gave him a good reception from day one on his first game back to be fair. “He is just happy to be out there and helping the team again.”

Hamilton said the team as a whole will take great confidence from Saturday’s win ahead of tonight’s visit of Oldham Athletic. “We have been creating chances all season but not taking them,” he said.

“So we have been working much more on it in training, shooting from different angles and trying to be more confident around the box.

“It was a big confidence booster to score four. That result can now get us on the front foot to go on and get more results like that against teams in this league.”

Hamilton began the game as wing back but was pushed up onto the right of midfield later on and scored a goal. “The gaffer pushed me a bit further forward and I felt like I’d got a lot left in my tank. I felt fit and enjoyed it playing higher up in my preferred position,” he smiled. “I got myself a goal so I can’t complain. I was looking to square it but I saw a little gap between keeper and post and thought why not try it? I managed to squeeze it in there. “From right wing back I’d like to score over 10 this season and I am hoping for a lot more assists as well.”


Angry Austin 'feels let down by players' as he apologises for Mansfield thrashing in emotional interview
northamptonchron.co.uk, by JAMES HENEGHAN, Saturday 29 September 2018

Cobblers boss Dean Austin accused his players of letting him down during an emotionally-charged post-match interview following Saturday's 4-0 hammering at Mansfield Town.

Austin was visibly very angry and frustrated by what he had just witnessed after Town were comprehensively outclassed by the Stags to drop to 21st in Sky Bet League Two, extending their woeful form to just one win in 12 games.


The rout started as early as the fifth minute when Timi Elsnik took advantage of hesitant defending to sweep home before Northampton completely went to pieces in a dreadful second-half.

Mansfield forward Danny Rose scored twice, either side of CJ Hamilton's strike, and it could have been more had David Cornell not produced several decent stops in the away goal as Austin was left to give an emotional interview shortly after full-time.

"I can only apologise to our faithful for what we served up today," said the Northampton manager.

"We started off OK, we were quite bright but then on five minutes we give away a stupid goal from our own set-piece and you're then chasing the game.

"We were kind of in it in the first-half without creating too much but the concerning thing from my point of view is that we were playing well in the early part of the season and created chances but not scoring.

"Now, we're not even playing well and we're not creating chances so that's concerning, but I'm not going to stand for that performance."

Austin did not give his players the hairdryer treatment immediately after Saturday's defeat but his words and animated demeanour made it clear what he thought.

"The boys know that I'm not going to say too much now but they'll be big changes on Tuesday," he added.

"Obviously it's only a few minutes after the game and I'm very, very emotional. I feel let down and I feel I've let the fans down and myself down, even though I'm not on the field.

"The preparation was again very good, as it normally is, but I'm angry, I'm really angry."


The views of the Cobblers boss


Cobblers boss Dean Austin apologised to Cobblers supporters as he reflected on the 4-0 defeat away at Mansfield.

“I can only apologise to our faithful supporters for what we served up, it was unacceptable,” he said.

“We started okay but then gave away a stupid goal and then we were chasing the game.

“The concern for me now is at the start of the season we were playing well and creating chances but now we’re not even playing well.

“I won’t stand for that today and there will be big changes on Tuesday.

“I feel that I have let the fans down and I’m really angry.

“We’re far too easy to play against at the moment and I can’t defend that this afternoon.

“Everyone is under pressure including me and we have got to start producing."


David Buchanan
Every single player needs to take a long hard look at ourselves after that performance today... let ourselves, our families and the club down.. Tuesday is massive for us.



Sunday 30 September 2018
Club statement


Northampton Town can confirm following discussions that they have parted company with manager Dean Austin.

Dean has worked extremely hard for the football club both last season and this. We thank him for his efforts and we wish him well for the future.



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