FLITCROFT, WALKER AND MICHAEL JOLLEY REACTION
Stags showed character to stave fightback - manager
mansfieldtown.net, 6 November 2018
Stags’ boss David Flitcroft says that the ‘character’ his players displayed was the reason for their comeback 2-1 win over Grimsby Town at One Call Stadium this evening.
Mansfield went into the half-time break a goal down, but a second half resurgence, spearheaded by a Tyler Walker brace, ensured the three points that pushed the amber and blue back into the play-off places.
The manager says that after a sluggish first half, his charges were ‘brilliant’ in the second period to turn the game on its head.
“We were probably 20 per cent down on our work first half,” he said. “We didn’t move the ball quickly enough. They sat deep and we didn’t really break them down.
“I’ll go back to it, because Ty’s [Tyler Walker] chance early doors was a fantastic chance. And Danny’s [Rose] chance one versus one. You just expect them to make the right decision.
“I’m really disappointed with the concentration levels for their goal. [Wes] Thomas just slipped us and it was too easy.
“[In the] second half, only one team wanted to win it and only one team were going to win it. Grimsby couldn’t live with us.
“The character that they [players] showed not just to get back into the game, but to go on and win the game, it was brilliant.
“The energy from the supporters was fantastic. I’m delighted with the win and delighted with the environment that has been created here.
“Tyler Walker’s goals were phenomenal and I’m delighted for CJ [Hamilton]. We work with CJ and at times he gets it wrong. He’s the most honest player I’ve worked with.
“He’s the most honest player in terms of wanting to learn and get better. There were a few moans and groans but he keeps putting himself into those situations, and the ball in for the goal is fantastic.
“He [James McKeown] is a top ‘keeper and he’s had to be tonight to stave off our attacking threat.”
At half-time, the Stags’ boss made a double switch along with changing formation, something he thinks was a key aspect of Mansfield’s improved second half showing.
“It [double change] gives them something different to think about,” he added. “It was really important that the players can flip to that [different formation].
“When we brought Tyler in, we knew he was flexible and could play out wide. He’s got goals from there and he’s very difficult to pick up when he arrives in that position.
“We held it up better second half and that allowed us to get more support. We gave the ball up too frequently first half.”
The manager was also pleased to have now played both games in hand in Sky Bet League Two, earning maximum points from both outings.
“With the loss of players for the international games, I always felt like we were in a false position.
“The work we have put in and the support that I’ve had from everyone at the club, it’s really important that we had to get them three points and start climbing the table.
“It’s nearly half a season of work, and we’ve only been beaten once. It’s an okay tally for where we want to be, and it does give us a platform to refocus and regenerate, and get us ready for a couple of big games.”
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Mansfield Town now in true position in table at last says delighted boss Flitcroft
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 06 November 2018
Mansfield Town are finally into the top seven play-off places after tonight’s win over Grimsby Town - and boss David Flitcroft said the table was now a much truer picture of the season so far. Tyler Walker netted twice as Stags came from behind to make it six points out of six in the two games they have had in hand due to international call-ups which had left them trailing the field.
It was also an 11th game unbeaten and one defeat in 22 for Flitcroft’s men and he said: “With the games postponed for the international breaks I always felt we were in a bit of a false position. “With the work we’ve put in and the support I have had from everyone at the club this season, it was really important to get the points and start climbing the table.
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“That’s 22 games now - almost half a season - with one defeat. It gives us a platform to refocus, regenerate for a couple of big games. We now have to kick on to really drive up there.
“We deserve to be in this position. There are no hard luck stories. We haven’t got two or three wins I think we should have had to make us a top three team. But we are in a good spot.
“It’s brilliant we have three players to celebrate internationally, but you do drop momentum. But we have taken the six points now and it’s important to have them on the board.”
Poor finishing and some fine goalkeeping from James McKeown kept Mansfield at bay in a first half in which Mal Benning put through his own goal. But, with two half-time subs, Stags went 4-4-2 and turned the game on its head. “First half we were sloppy and we didn’t put them to the sword with the chances we made. We were not ruthless enough.
“But the changes we made at half time gave them something new to think about and we held the ball up better. We saw the game out much better tonight too. We have got much better at that.” On Walker’s latest goals, making it five in three games and 12 for the season, he said: “I am really delighted for Tyler. “He had a few games where he couldn’t find his form, but class is permanent.
“You just need to keep working and believe in yourself. “He is from fantastic stock with all those values that are embedded in him. “Tyler has found a home here and everyone stuck with him when he went through that barren spell. All strikers get it, but he stuck with it. He is a fantastic kid and a good learner.” Flitcroft added: “Five out our last six League games have been away so that win tonight was for those supporters who have followed us. We’ve not had enough home games. “I am pleased for everyone. It’s been a collective effort.”
Match winner gives credit to goal architects
mansfieldtown.net, 6 November 2018
Striker Tyler Walker deflected praise onto his teammates after netting a second successive brace during the Stags’ 2-1 win over Grimsby.
Following Walker’s two-goal heroics to secure a vital point against Cheltenham, the youngster followed this up with another brace - this time to steal all three points against the Mariners.
It notched the on-loan striker’s tally to 12 for the season, with eight of those coming in Sky Bet League Two.
But Walker was quick to shift the plaudits towards his teammates as he indicated his goals would not have arrived without the help of others.
“With the ability of Jacob [Mellis] and CJ [Hamilton] everyone knows what they’ve got,” he began.
“They can put the ball in and, as a striker, it’s a dream when you get service like that.
“I couldn’t really miss, I just had to make the run and luckily enough I scored both.
“I don’t know how the ‘keeper made the save either [from Graham]. I thought when Jordan came on he was excellent. He’s a fantastic young player so I hope he does really well.”
In a game that was largely dominated by David Flitcroft’s side, they fell behind courtesy of Mal Benning’s unfortunate own goal just past the half-hour mark.
And the 19-year-old recognised the changes made by the manager at half-time as they were the catalyst for an eventual comeback.
“We went 1-0 down in the first half and we shouldn’t have really.
“We had a few chances to go one or two-nil up but it was great character from the lads to come back and get the win in the end.
“The gaffer had words with us and let us know we’re better than that. I think second half those changes in formation meant we put more balls in the box,” he recollected.
“It’s credit to the squad, too. We’ve got a strong side with power on the bench so when things aren’t quite going our way we know that we can bring lads on that will help impact the game.”
The frontman also laid out his personal targets from hereon in as he looks to build upon the 12-goal platform he’s already built.
“I just want to score as many as I can to help the team - but [score] over 20 goals at least.
“I should have had three or four [tonight], definitely, but obviously it wasn’t meant to be.
“I’m just happy about the win mainly and about the five goals in three games so hopefully that can continue.”
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In-form Walker sets Mansfield Town goals target for the season
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 06 November 2018
In-form Mansfield Town striker Tyler Walker is targeting 20-25 goals for the season after last night’s match-winning brace against Grimsby Town. And, after scoring five goals in three games over the past eight days few would bet against the young Forest loanee achieving that.
Walker recently went through a spell of seven games without a goal with some fans starting to question his ability.
But Walker, son of Forest and England legend Des, had the perfect striker’s answer as he roared back to goalscoring form and took his season’s tally to 12 by early November.
“I just want to score as many as I can to help the team - over 20-25 goals at least,” he smiled.
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“I should have had three or four against Grimsby, definitely, but obviously it wasn’t meant to be. “I’m just happy about the win mainly and about the five goals in three games. so hopefully that can continue. It’s what I am here to do.”
Walker praised the service he is getting from his team mates as crosses were put into perfect areas for him to level the game just after the break and then win it eight minutes from time.
“With the ability of Jacob (Mellis) and CJ (Hamilton) everyone knows what they’ve got,” he said. “They can put the ball in and, as a striker, it’s a dream when you get service like that.
“I couldn’t really miss. They put it in the right areas - I just had to make the run and luckily enough I scored both.
“The winning goal for a striker is an important goal in any game so I probably enjoyed the second one the most.”
Walker also set up young sub Jordan Graham for a late chance that saw keeper James McKeown pull off yet another superb save in his Grimsby man of the match performance.
“I thought Jordan was in,” said Walker. “I don’t know how the keeper made the save. “I thought when Jordan came on he was excellent. He’s a fantastic young player so I hope he does really well.”
The victory put Stags into the top seven play-off places at last, but it was hard work on the night against a determined Grimsby side who went in 1-0 up at the break through Mal Benning’s own goal. “I was delighted we won it,” said Walker. “We went 1-0 down in the first half and we shouldn’t have really. “We had a few chances to go one or two-nil up but it was great character from the lads to come back and get the win in the end. “We knew we hadn’t played well in the first half. The gaffer had words with us and let us know we are better than that. “I think second half those changes in formation meant we put more balls in the box and went for it,” he recollected. “It’s credit to the squad, too. We’ve got a strong side with power on the bench, so when things aren’t quite going our way we know that we can bring lads on that will help impact the game.”
Michael Jolley talks to Matt Dean (Radio Humberside) after a 2-1 defeat at Mansfield in League Two.
"We were in the game for a long time, but we're on the wrong side of a narrow defeat again.
Early on, Macca (McKeown) helped us out with some great saves, and he was outstanding all through the course of the game.
Their movement caused us a problem early doors, but I think we got to grips with it as the half went on.
We got our noses in front.
In the second half, we wanted to be solid and protect our lead and get another goal on the counter-attack.
But we turned the ball over too cheaply when we were countering and that invited them to pressure, and they took a risk and left more players forward so it was quite an open game in the second half.
Tonight we played a very well-resourced team. They can bring in Craig Davies and White at half time and they've got a very strong bench."
Transcribed by Martin
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