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25th November 2018 22:42

Ruthlessness the difference in spirited display - manager
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 20 November 2018

Stags’ boss David Flitcroft was quick to praise his side for the way they created chances aplenty against League One outfit Charlton Athletic, yet conceded that the Addicks’ ruthlessness in front of goal was the main factor in the defeat at The Valley.

In a rather bizarre evening of football in South London, Mansfield were the better side for large portions of the contest, yet succumbed to a 5-0 scoreline, made up mostly by Lyle Taylor’s hat-trick of well-taken strikes.

The manager was pleased with the effort that his charges displayed, yet picked out Taylor’s performance as the difference between the two sides.

“Sometimes things don’t add up or stack up,” he said. “On the end of a 5-0 defeat, I’ve watched a group of lads give each other everything they’ve got.

“They ran for each other and at times the quality was outstanding. We carved them open on numerous occasions. That’s probably the difference between League Two and League One - the ruthlessness.


“They had five chances and scored five goals. Lyle Taylor was the difference tonight. I thought he was outstanding.

“We didn’t even deserve to go into the break at 1-0 down. We were miles better in the first half.

“I’m not deluded with it. Those lads did not deserve what happened to them on the third goal. I find it amateurish and it makes it look bad when the referee gives a decision and our three defenders go up the pitch, to then change your mind and let them [Charlton] take it, is just beyond me.

“To get it wrong, it took all of the resolve that this team has and took it away from them.

“In the end with five, to the fans that have not been down here, it looks bad but it’s not the case. We created very good chances and we hurt them.

“Congratulations to Charlton because they have got a good team. Our chance was probably back at home, and we’ve got an apology from the FA after that [offside equaliser that forced the replay].

“Our lads have covered every blade for each other and the supporters tonight. I’m honest in my appraisal of my team, and they didn’t deserve to get beat by five tonight.

“At half-time I said that it’s really important that we still keep believing. We’re creating lots of chances.”

Following the defeat, the Mansfield boss says he will make sure that his players do not dwell over tonight’s scoreline.

“It won’t [knock the players’ confidence]. We’re staying over tonight and I’ve said if I see any sulking or moping, I’ll send them home. We’re a team and I won’t allow any victims.

“We have a big game on Saturday and I won’t have anyone with poor body language. When we get back home to Mansfield, we have to make sure that everyone is understanding that the next important day in our life is the preparation for Lincoln.

“Our passing was crisp and had quality but we didn’t defend with the right intensity at times. In the first half we got everything right.

“Even at 2-0 I still really believed that we could get back in it. Maybe we missed Bish [Neal Bishop] who was ill. We hope so [he will be fit for Saturday]. He didn’t travel with us.

“I think at times he is the glue. I don’t think we get beat by five if Bish is in the centre. It was a bit of a loss.

“The team I picked tonight went toe-to-toe. I won’t judge what happened tonight on the last eight minutes. They had five opportunities and scored five goals.”

The manager also gave an update on his current injury list, before looking ahead to Stags’ next fixture - a clash against high-flying Lincoln in Sky Bet League Two.

“He [Craig Davies] has had an injection today on his ankle. He’s not getting the power that we want in his movement. Hopefully he’ll be right for the weekend.

“Probably not [Alex MacDonald and Otis Khan being fit for Saturday]. It will probably come too soon for them. We have a full programme of games coming up so we’ll get them back I n the right time.

“MK Dons, the way they play, they’re the team to be reckoned with for me. Lincoln have been consistent with what they’ve done this season.

“They’ve won a lot of football matches and have done a lot of winning. We just want a referee that’s strong. It’s a place that’s been built up and has that noise and atmosphere.

“It’ll be a tough task but we are excited by the challenge and I will look forward to going in there and competing.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Jacob Mellis was withdrawn midway through the first half as a precautionary measure after over-stretching, the manager added.

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


Flitcroft fury over officials and ‘unjust’ scoreline in Mansfield Town FA Cup exit
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 20 November 2018

Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft was again furious with the match officials after a 5-0 FA Cup replay defeat at League One Charlton that he described as an unjust scoreline and not in any way representative of the game. Stags created a wealth of chances but were put to the sword by three goals in the last nine minutes, the first of which left him furious over the officials changing their mind over the direction of a free kick and all but gifting Charlton the killer third goal. This came after Flitcroft received a letter from the Referees’ Association this week apologising for Charlton’s offside equaliser that forced the replay in the first place.

“As a manager that is the most unjust scoreline I’ve seen,” he said.

“We didn’t even deserve to go into the break 1-0 down. We were miles better than them. “I am not deluded. I have watched what I’ve watched. “I won’t judge today on the last 10 minutes. “Sometimes things don’t really add up. I am always honest in my appraisal of a game, win, lose or draw, and tonight on the end of a 5-0 defeat I have watched a group of lads give each other everything they’ve got.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/flitcroft-fury-over-officials-and-unjust-scoreline-in-mansfield-town-fa-cup-exit-1-9454028

“They ran for each other and, at times, the quality of play was outstanding. That’s the galling thing tonight. “We carved them open on numerous occasions and that was probably the difference between League Two and League One - they were ruthless. They’ve had five chances and scored five goals.”

However, the third goal left the visitors livid. “Those lads did not deserve what happened to them with the third goal,” said Flitcroft. “I find it disgusting and amateurish and it just makes it look bad for everyone when a referee gives a decision like that.

“All three of our defenders go up the pitch and get told it’s our free kick. “So to suddenly change your mind, give it the other way and let them take it when they’ve got a three versus two on a counter-attack is just beyond me. “He can apologise all he wants, but for all three of them and the fourth official to get it wrong, it knocked the stuffing and resolve from us. We lost our focus with that third goal.

“Congratulations to Charlton. They’ve got a good team and we knew we were playing against real quality. “Our chance was probably back at home and we’ve got an apology from the FA about that goal too. They have got to start getting it right. “To the fans who’ve not been down here it looks like we’ve been smashed and that was not the case.”

Lyle Taylor bagged a hat-trick for the Addicks and Flitcroft said: “A million per cent, Lyle Taylor was the difference. He was good when he was at Wimbledon, but the kid has improved and tonight he was outstanding. “He will go higher than League One - I am sure of that. “The step up in that quality just hurt us at times tonight. We had an offside goal for CJ (Hamilton) that for me was a just goal.”

He added: “The result won’t shake our confidence. It’s gone now. “I am beside myself knowing we are not going to continue in the FA Cup but we have a big game at Lincoln on Saturday and I won’t have anyone moping around now. “We did miss Neal Bishop with illness tonight. At times he is the glue and I don’t think we’d have lost 5-0 if he’s been in the centre tonight pulling people together.”


Mansfield boss Flitcroft: Charlton have taken Lyle Taylor’s game to a new level

David Flitcroft lavished praise on Lyle Taylor after the Charlton striker’s hat-trick helped dump his Mansfield side out of the FA Cup last night.

The Addicks started with the frontman due to the fact that he is suspended for their League One fixture on Saturday.

And Taylor walked away with the matchball as he took his season’s goal haul to 12. The South Londoners face Doncaster Rovers in round two.

Stags boss Flitcroft was unhappy at Charlton’s third goal - referee Kevin Johnson reversing a free-kick which the hosts took quickly to score from.

He said: “I evaluate the game how it should be evaluated. I feel for a group of players tonight and supporters who have travelled down who were on the end of what looks like a 5-0 kicking.

“But if you’re honest with yourself, which I always am, we certainly didn’t deserve a 5-0 scoreline.

“I think it’s a travesty when you have a refereeing decision at 2-0 and capitulate [the match officials] - almost go into their shell. You’re meant to lead the game, you’re meant to manage the game and they got the decision totally wrong at 2-0.

“My players have run up the pitch, my centre-halves have run up the pitch for a free-kick which has been awarded to us, and he’s changed his mind and it’s gone the other way.

“To let them take the free-kick….I’m not going to judge that performance on the last eight minutes of sort of chaos. I’m going to judge it on what we’ve tried to do coming down here.

“We had a really good start and moved the ball brilliantly and created good chances. CJ [Hamilton] is not offside, I’ve had a look at that one. He’s got on the backside of the centre-halves and scored a fantastic goal.

“We’ve had good chances and at 1-0 down we stayed spirited, focused and true to what we do. If I’m being honest I was disappointed to go in 1-0 down. We rallied and even at 2-0 I genuinely believed we’d get back into the game. At 3-0 it was a travesty.

“Congratulations to Charlton. Lyle Taylor didn’t play up there [in the first meeting between the sides]. We had a really good chance last week to get into the next round and we didn’t. They’ve put Lyle in and he’s a wonderful player. I rated him really highly when he was down at Wimbledon but I think what the management team have done here - the development curve he is on; he’s going to be a top, top player. He’s got everything in front of him.

“They had five or six opportunities to score and they took every single one.

“His third goal was Eric Cantona-esque wasn’t it? It was brilliant.

“We haven’t got beaten by the referee tonight. We’ve got beaten by a very good Charlton team, a very good manager and an extremely talented player [Taylor].

“His workrate - the tackle he put in on [Danny] Rose - his energy was brilliant. I’m really impressed with him tonight.”


Mansfield Town boss calls for strong refereeing for Lincoln City away derby clash

Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft has called for a strong refereeing performance from man in the middle Gavin Ward as Stags enter the white hot atmosphere of a local derby with Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Saturday. Stags have been on the rough end of decisions in both FA Cup games with Charlton Athletic this month. Stags head to title-chasing Lincoln on the back of a club record 12 unbeaten away league games and unbeaten away in League Two all season, but know Lincoln’s direct style will prove a gruelling test.

“We just want a referee that’s strong,” said Flitcroft.

“We’ve seen it at Charlton on Tuesday with a referee that can’t handle an occasion that’s got 2,000 fans. It can capitulate into what we saw there. “We need a strong ref as it’s a place that’s been built up now and has got that noise and that atmosphere.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-boss-calls-for-strong-refereeing-for-lincoln-city-away-derby-clash-1-9456915?fbclid=IwAR2uRFYyY3bRN-PBXiafNUgZUtjz6N04RsBjIwthfvfQeKlLV_dpeyOPHi8

“Their fans come into the stadium expecting their team to win and it’s going to be a tough task. “But we are certainly excited by the challenge and I am looking forward to going in there and competing.”

Surrey official Ward is an experienced referee with most of his games this season in the Championship. He has handed out 50 yellows but no reds in his 17 games to date.

Flitcroft has huge respect for Lincoln, but believes MK Dons, who replaced Lincoln at the top of the table last weekend, are the best team in the division. He said: “MK Dons, for me, who have now got the top spot, the way they play and the way they move the ball and what they’ve got up front - they are the team to be reckoned with for me. They also have a very good manager in Paul Tisdale.

“But Lincoln have been really consistent in what they’ve done since the Cowleys came in. They’ve won a lot of football matches and they’ve got a way of winning.”

Flitcroft said injured striker Craig Davies has a chance of playing on Saturday. “He had an injection into his ankle on Tuesday,” he said. “He is not getting the power that we want in his ankle and his movement. “So we’ve injected the ankle. He has one in his right ankle a few weeks ago and that’s settled that down. “Hopefully he will be right for the weekend.”

However, midfield pair Otis Khan and Alex MacDonald look set to be ruled out again. Flitcroft added: “Saturday will probably come too quick for them, but we have a full programme of games coming up thick and fast, so we’ll probably get them back at the right time to compete in those games.”

Stags will be boosted at Sincil Bank by a sold-out away following of 1,652 Mansfield Town supporters. Flitcroft’s men have already won at Sincil Bank this season, 2-1 in a Checkatrade Trophy group game.


Bowyer on Charlton's ruthlessness, Taylor's hat-trick and why he told the striker to stop running

Lee Bowyer believed Mansfield Town were unlucky to lose 5-0 to his Addicks side in tonight’s FA Cup first-round replay but said it was a result of a bit of luck and a ruthlessness in front of goal.

Lyle Taylor scored a sublime hat-trick and Nicky Ajose and Mark Marshall also netted in what ended up as a comprehensive victory but Bowyer praised his League Two opponents.

His full post-game interview is will be on Valley Pass this evening.

On the result

“I like to think I’m always honest. Yes we did some good things, there were pros and cons in that performance. Was it a 5-0 game? No, I thought Mansfield played well, opened us up at times. They miss a few good chances, it could have been 5-4 that game.

“I just said to the lads ‘Yeah, I’ll praise ya but trust me, that weren’t a 5-0 game, so don’t get too ahead of yourselves’.

“There were some positives, Pat got 60 minutes into him which is very important to us. Billy Clarke started his first proper game I’d say, 70 minutes into him. So yeah, some good positives, a lot of young players which was good too.”

On Taylor

“Lyle to get a hat-trick was very good. I just said to him before the game ‘Go out there, work hard and you get rewarded’. I’m a firm believer that if you work hard and give everything, things drop for you. He didn’t stop running until I told him. In the last 10 minutes I said ‘Stop running around’. I don’t want him getting injured. I’m really pleased for him. I’m pleased for the lot of them. The lads work hard and sometimes it is nice to get a result like that.”

On Patrick Bauer’s return to the side after two months on the sidelines…

“It’s good for Pat. Pat has been a big miss for us. He’s solid, he’s a solid man. It’s good timing so I’m over the moon to have got an hour into him.”


Charlton's Lee Bowyer left unconvinced after 5-0 FA Cup win over Mansfield
By Huw Thomas Cross, htcross10

Lee Bowyer isn’t getting carried away after his side’s 5-0 FA Cup first-round replay win over Mansfield Town on Tuesday.

A Lyle Taylor hat-trick and strikes from Mark Marshall and Nicky Ajose gave the Addicks a convincing win on paper, but the Charlton boss said the scoreline flattered his side.

“It wasn’t a 5-0 result for me,” said Bowyer.

“I’m happy. But don’t get too ahead of yourself because it wasn’t that result. They’ve missed three or four goals, they missed chances. We were lucky to get a clean sheet.

“I think their manager should be proud of their side and I think they did well tonight. I said they were a good team, and they are.”

The visitors will feel hard done by after a number of decisions went against them.

A strong first half penalty appeal from Danny Rose was waved away despite clearly being manhandled by Naby Sarr in the box, as well as an offside call which ruled out CJ Hamilton’s fine strike.

The turning point however was the in the build up to the third goal, scored by Marshall.

At 2-0 down, the Stags were pushing for a breakthrough and looked to have been awarded a freekick on the half way by referee Kevin Johnson. The referee incorrectly pointed in favour of the visitors and as they sent their defensive pairing up to attack, Charlton took a quick free-kick and scored as Mansfield’s back-line were deep in the Charlton’s half. Needless to say they made their feelings known to the referee immediately after.

“I feel for them,” continued Bowyer.

“I think the right thing to do would’ve been to stop the free-kick until they’re back in position and stop us taking the quick one. But it didn’t so I do feel for them. It’s harsh 100%.”

Bowyer rested a number of first team regulars and gave those coming back from injury or those in need of first team game experience a chance.

Patrick Bauer made his first appearance since early September and Billy Clarke continued his comeback playing 70-minutes in central midfield.

“The league is my priority and I won’t take my eye off that I can assure you. But I’ve got good lads and they come in and give me 100%.

“We had kids out there at the end. It’s good for the club, it shows the players we’re bringing through the academy.”


Charlton boss sympathy with Mansfield Town over size and manner of FA Cup defeat

Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer had plenty of sympathy for Mansfield Town as Stags exited the FA Cup 5-0 at the Valley last night on the rough end of more decisions by officials. The game was far closer than the eventual scoreline suggests and Bowyer agreed it wasn’t a 5-0 game. Stags only faced a replay after Charlton levelled with a goal from their first meeting that proved to be offside on replays and the Stags received an official apology from the Referees’ Association.

Last night they had a goal disallowed on a tight offside decision and, trailing 2-0 with nine minutes to go, saw all hopes of a comeback ended when the referee changed his mind over the direction of a free kick with Stags defenders out of position and let Charlton take it quickly to net a decisive third goal. “I like to think I’m always honest,” said Bowyer. “Yes we did some good things, there were pros and cons in that performance. “It wasn’t a 5-0 game for me. I thought Mansfield played well and opened us up at times. “They missed three or four good chances. It could have been 5-4 that game. We were lucky to get a clean sheet. “I just said to the lads ‘I’ll praise you but trust me, that wasn’t a 5-0 game, so don’t get too ahead of yourselves’. On the free kick decision that killed off any hopes of a late rally, Bowyer added: “I think the right thing to do would’ve been to stop the free-kick until they’re back in position and stop us taking the quick one. “But it didn’t, so I do feel for them. It’s harsh 100 per cent. “I think their manager should be proud of their side and I think they did well tonight. “I said they were a good team, and they are.”

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/charlton-boss-sympathy-with-mansfield-town-over-size-and-manner-of-fa-cup-defeat-1-9455314



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