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DEMPSTER, BENNING, GRANT McCANN REACTION
24th July 2019 16:34



'A good day at the office,' says boss
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 20 July 2019

Stags’ boss John Dempster has described this afternoon as a ‘good day at the office,’ as he saw his side draw 2-2 against Championship outfit Hull City, a team he says are a ‘real challenge’ to play against.

Midfielder Neal Bishop and winger CJ Hamilton were on target for the amber and blue in either half, with the pair scoring two well-taken goals.

The boss says that he saw his side improve in the second-half, but there are still elements that the Stags need to work on.

“When you look at their [Hull’s] starting XI, that’s the strongest XI they could put out, so we knew it was going to be a real challenge.

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“I think our shape was good. The plan was to counter wherever possible, which didn’t happen particularly well in the first-half, but defensively we were decent.

“In the second-half, when we conceded that sloppy goal, it was almost a shot in the arm for the players to stand up and be counted.

“We were better on the ball [in the second-half] and our second goal was the perfect counter. It was good play from Otis [Khan] to steal the ball, drive with it and pass it to CJ [Hamilton].

“We all know when CJ is one-v-one, he’s very dangerous. He managed to get the better of the Hull defender and slot the ball home.

“We had a couple of other opportunities and had some good spells in and around their box.

“All-in-all, a good day at the office. There are lots to work on still - I feel a little frustrated even though we’ve just drawn 2-2 with a Championship side.”

The manager was also pleased with the calibre of goals scored by Mansfield this afternoon.

“They were good goals [by Bishop and Hamilton]. Bish took his brilliantly, because it’s a very difficult technique to do that.

“To get his knee over the ball and hit it with the connection he did, it was very impressive.

“The second goal was a really good counter-attack, which is what we were looking for.”

John Dempster also confirmed that the Stags came through the friendly unscathed, while also adding that strikers Nicky Maynard and Danny Rose will play a more prominent role in Tuesday’s match against Nottingham Forest under-23s, after being unused substitutes today.

“None to report [injuries]. Hayden White got 45 [minutes] into his legs again, so that was really pleasing.

“We looked after KP [Krystian Pearce] today because he played 90 minutes against Blackburn and performed well.

“There were a few more 90 minutes in the tank there and hopefully we’ll get a few more of those in the tank for a few other players on Tuesday [against Nottingham Forest under-23s].

“I’m hoping that both of those players [Maynard and Rose] will get 90 minutes into their legs on Tuesday.”

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

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'Work still to do' says Dempster after Mansfield Town draw with Hull City
chad.co.uk, by STEPHEN THIRKILL, Saturday 20 July 2019

Mansfield Town manager John Dempster says there is plenty of work still to do be done following the 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Neal Bishop emphatically levelled just before the break following a good spell of pressure to cancel out Jarrod Bowen’s opener.

And CJ Hamilton did exactly the same in the second half with a tidy finish as Stags rallied from conceding one minute after the restart.

Dempster said: "It was a good result, the 11 that Hull put out in the first half was their strongest side, so we knew it was going to be tough.

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"Our shape was good and our plan was to counter where possible, which did not happen particularly well in the first half.

"When we conceded that sloppy goal at the start of the second half, it was almost a shot in the arm for the players to stand up and be counted.

"We were better on the ball and our second goal was a nice counter. When CJ Hamilton is one on one he is always dangerous and he managed to get the better of the defender.

"All in all it was good day at the office, there is stiill work to be done still and it feels a bit frustrating.

"The two goals were very good, Bish took his brilliantly with what is a hard technique to pull off. The second goal was good counter attack.

"There are no injuries to report. Hayden White got another 45 minutes under his belt, we looked after Krystian Pearce today after the match against Blackburn and Danny Rose and Nicky Maynard will hopefully get in a full 90 minutes against Nottingham Forest."

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Hull clash a 'good workout' - Benning
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 20 July 2019

Left-back Mal Benning has labelled Mansfield Town’s contest against Hull City ‘a good workout,’ following an encouraging 2-2 draw at One Call Stadium.

The Stags’ no.3 was one of a handful of players to maintain their place on the pitch and get 90 minutes under their belt.

Two equally fine strikes from Neal Bishop and CJ Hamilton cancelled out Jarrod Bowen and Nouha Dicko’s respective goals as Mansfield’s latest pre-season test ended level.

And Benning believes that it was another good test as they were pitted against Sky Bet Championship opposition for the second successive time.

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“I think it was a good workout,” the full-back stated.

“They had a full team that you’d expect to see [playing] in the Championship so that was a good test for us.

“We grew into it second half. You could see once we started passing the ball well that we got into our rhythm and we started to cause problems.”

The left-back also touched upon his own fitness after completing the entirety of the match against Grant McCann’s roster.

“I feel fit - pre-season has been decent but there’s two weeks left which means more work in games and training.

“Training has been decent and there’s phases of play we still need to work on but I’m sure that will come and I’m sure we’ll get performances in.”

Today’s clash with the Tigers marks exactly two weeks until the beginning of the Stags’ 2019-20 Sky Bet League Two campaign gets underway against Newport County.

And it’s a fixture Benning has his sights set firmly on.

“You look forward to any game on the opening day of the season,” he continued.

“I think everyone talking about last season has to be forgotten so we’ll just put it to bed and focus on the new season coming.”

iFollow Stags subscribers can watch Mal's interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow.

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Mal Benning pleased with Mansfield Town’s display in draw with Hull City
chad.co.uk, by STEPHEN THIRKILL, Saturday 20 July 2019

Mansfield Town left-back Mal Benning is taking encouragement from his side’s 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Stags came from behind twice to earn a draw thanks to goals from Neal Bishop and CJ Hamilton.

"I think it was a good workout,” the said.

“They had a full team that you’d expect to see [playing] in the Championship so that was a good test for us.

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“We grew into it second half. You could see once we started passing the ball well that we got into our rhythm and we started to cause problems.”

And the defender also spoke of how he cannot wait to get going on 3rd August at Newport County

“I feel fit - pre-season has been decent but there’s two weeks left which means more work in games and training.

“Training has been decent and there’s phases of play we still need to work on but I’m sure that will come and I’m sure we’ll get performances in.

“You look forward to any game on the opening day of the season.”

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MCCANN: WORK TO BE DONE
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McCann watched his Hull City side maintain their unbeaten pre-season form despite twice being pegged back twice by their League Two opponents. Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring in the first half before Neal Bishop levelled the scores on the stroke of half-time, while Nouha Dicko’s goal early in the second half was quickly cancelled out by CJ Hamilton to ensure it finished all-square.

Reflecting on the stalemate, McCann said: “I was pleased to get 90 minutes into a few of the players and 60-65 minutes into some of the others.

“That was the most pleasing part because obviously pre-season is all about building up the players’ fitness levels. At the end of the day, it’s a fitness exercise.

“The two goals were pleasing in terms of how we scored them, but what didn’t please me was the two goals we conceded.

“Overall, the performance was a bit iffy if I’m being completely honest. Parts of it were good, but there were also areas in which we can improve and be better.

“There were always going to be a few teething problems in terms of implementing our style, but the players are starting to understand.

“I want them to play with high intensity and show real aggression when out of possession. If they don’t, they won’t be in the team - it’s as simple as that and the boys know that.

“As I say, there were positives to take from the Mansfield game but we’ve still got things to work on. We’re not ready just yet, but we will be.

“We’ve got a little bit of touching up to do, so we’ll continue to work hard in the next couple of weeks ahead of our opening game of the Championship season away at Swansea.”

Bowen and Dicko’s goals represented the duo’s first of pre-season and the Tigers’ Head Coach was quick to express his delight at seeing both players get off the mark.

“I was really pleased with Nouha when he came on. He’s a different player to Tom and they’re both different in terms of what they offer the team, which is good.

“I was also pleased for Jarrod to get his first goal of pre-season. He maybe should’ve had another one from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box, which was a blatant penalty in my opinion.

“That was frustrating on our behalf because it also led to their first equaliser. But, putting that to one side, I was pleased to see both Jarrod and Nouha find the back of the net and hopefully, it will do their confidence the world of good.”

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