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28th July 2019 11:12



Boss impressed by Stags’ ‘intensity’ in win
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 23 July 2019

Manager John Dempster was left pleased by his players’ ‘intensity in and out of possession’ during tonight’s 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest under-23s at One Call Stadium.

In hot summer conditions, the Stags came back from a goal down to secure victory courtesy of an Ethan Stewart own goal and a late strike by forward Nicky Maynard.

The Mansfield boss says that there was plenty of effort on show from his charges in demanding playing conditions.

“We’ve played some good opponents so far - I think that [tonight] was the first time I saw players getting after one another when we conceded early,” he began.

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“We’ve got some really good senior pro’s here and I expect them to drive that. I’ll lead and guide them, but it has to come from within.

“The intensity in and out of possession was better tonight. I was really pleased with some of the play.

“I was really chuffed for Nicky Maynard to get his goal because he had a quiet night, he worked his socks off, but that’s what he is capable of - he may have a quiet game but you can guarantee he’ll pop up with a goal.

“We encourage the players to celebrate their success, whether that be in games or training. I think it’s important that the players enjoy what they’re doing.

“There were a few tired bodies because it was almost like playing abroad tonight. Some of the effort that was put in, particularly if you look at the lads sprinting back in the last ten minutes, I’m really pleased with the effort that was put in.”

One negative of the evening was an injury to right-back Hayden White, who the manager says felt a ‘slight tweak’ in his hamstring, causing him to be substituted ten minutes into the second-half.

The gaffer says that the defender will be assessed over the next 24 hours.

“He [White] felt a slight tweak in his hamstring and he signalled straight away so we got him off instantly.

“We’ll assess him over the next 24 hours - we’re hoping it’s nothing too serious. It’s been slowly slowly [reintroducing him] since recovering from his broken leg.

“He’s been working hard in pre-season so we’re hoping that it’s just a slight tweak and nothing too serious.

“It’s difficult to say [how long he’ll be out for]. He’s currently on the treatment table with the medics as we speak.

“Initially, he said it was a slight tweak, but we’ll leave that for the experts to decide.”

The manager also revealed that the Stags are ‘in discussions’ with a player who he hopes to bring into the building over the next 48 hours.

“I expect something to happen in the next 48 hours. We’ve been in discussions with a young right-sider who we are very keen on.

“He’s still young, got real potential and has Football League experience, so I’m hoping something will happen with that in the next 48 hours.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash against Rangers under-23s at One Call Stadium - Stags’ final pre-season fixture - John Dempster is expecting ‘another challenge’ due to the ‘excellent talent’ in the Scottish side’s ranks.

“We wanted to get 90 minutes into certain players. We did that on Saturday and it was important that we did the same this evening.

“It will be another test [against Rangers under-23s on Saturday], certainly out of possession. Steven Gerrard encourages his teams to play with the ball, so that will be another challenge.

“They will have some excellent talent on show that we’ll be able to look at and discuss. I don’t think we’re looking to bring in say three bodies - we’re probably looking at one or two at most.”

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

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Mansfield Town expect to make a signing in the next 48 hours as they await news on Hayden White injury
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 23 July 2019

Mansfield Town boss John Dempster said the club expects to bring in a talented young right-sided player within the next 48 hours.

Stags are also anxiously awaiting news on a hamstring injury sustained by right back Hayden White in tonight’s 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest U23s which could make the new signing even more important to get over the line quickly with the new season looming.

“I expect something to happen probably in the next 48 hours,” said Dempster.

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“I have been in discussion with a young right-sider who we are very keen on.

“He is still young and has real potential. He also has Football League experience.

“But we are looking to bring in one or two bodies now at the most.”

White’s injury is a concern after the defender looked like getting back to his best after missing half of last season with a broken ankle.

He limped off nine minutes after the break and Dempster said: “Hayden felt a slight tweak in his hamstring and he signalled to us straight away, so we got him off instantly.

“We will assess him over the next 24 hours and we are hoping it’s nothing too serious.

“It’s been safety first and ‘slowly slowly’ with Hayden since his broken leg, getting him back to where he needs to be.

“He has been working hard in pre-season, so we are hoping that’s it’s just a slight tweak.

“It’s difficult to say how long he could be out - we will leave that to the experts to decide.”

Dempster said the Forest game had been another good work-out.

“We have played some good opponents so far,” he said.

“But I think tonight was the first time I noticed players getting after one another when we conceded early, which is what I want.

“It needs to be driven from within. We have some really good senior pros here and I expect them to drive it.

“I will lead and guide them, but it’s got to come from within.”

He added: “I think our intensity in and out of possession was better tonight. I was really pleased with some of the play.”

Stags’ winner came six minutes from time when interval sub CJ Hamilton pulled a low pass back to summer signing Nicky Maynard to net.

“Clearly when CJ comes and he has a little bit of space to run into there is nobody better,” said Dempster.

“And I was really chuffed for Nicky Maynard to get his goal as well as he had a quiet night, though worked his socks off.

“But that is what he is capable of. He might have a quite game but if he gets the minutes in the tank you can guarantee he will pop up with a goal.”

Stags only made the one enforced change all night with a trialist failing to get on, but Dempster said: “We needed to get 90 minutes into certain players tonight as we did on Saturday.”

Stags next face Glasgow Rangers U23s at home in their final friendly on Saturday.

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I want to keep bringing the 'magic' - CJ
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 23 July 2019

Winger CJ Hamilton revealed that he wants to continue to ‘bring the magic’ to games following his assist in tonight’s 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest under-23s.

The Stags’ number 22 was introduced in the 55th minute following the unfortunate withdrawal of right-back Hayden White due to injury.

Nevertheless, Hamilton made a glaring impact on proceedings and ultimately helped secure victory courtesy of a lung-busting run that ended with an assist to the evening’s match winner, Nicky Maynard.

“I think it [pre-season] has gone well for me so far,” he stated.

“I’ve got a goal and an assist now, so hopefully I can carry it into Saturday then Newport and bring the magic in them games.

“I’m not sure about my targets [for the season] yet - I’ll have to evaluate that before next week and then I’ll come back to it!”

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With exactly 11 days until the outset of the 2019-20 Sky Bet League Two campaign, the former Sheffield United man then assessed his own fitness levels ahead of the upcoming season.

“I feel very fit, making runs, like in the last game [against Hull City] I was still making runs in the final minutes, so I feel good.

“I think I’ve always been naturally fit and can run; other players may be different but I’m always fit.”

And Hamilton believes that tonight’s penultimate pre-season outing, against the Reds’ youngsters, posed yet another good workout for the Stags.

“It was good to get on and get some more minutes,” the winger affirmed.

“Obviously it’s only pre-season so everyone’s just trying to get those minutes in the tank. It was a good test and it’s always nice to come away with the victory, too.

“Anything positive in a game is always good so it gives me confidence going into the next one.

“That’s what I’m known for [long runs], I’ll just keep doing that and hopefully the goals and assists keep coming.”

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

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CJ Hamilton boost as Mansfield Town worry over Hayden White injury
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 23 July 2019

With Hayden White off injured, sub CJ Hamilton underlined he can ably cover at right wing back with a burst of pace and accurate low cross that carved out the late winner in the 2-1 home friendly win over Nottingham Forest’s U23s.

A good night’s work looked marred when White limped off with a hamstring problem as he continued his comeback from a broken ankle.

But a typical explosion of magic from Hamilton helped win the game and he said he was very happy and comfortable in a position Stags may now need cover for until White is fit.

“I played there in the early part of last season and was in and out of there,” he said.

“So I am used to it and it feels like a normal position now.

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“It was good to get on and get some more minutes.

“Obviously it’s only pre-season so everyone’s just trying to get those minutes in the tank.

“It was a good test and it’s always nice to come away with a victory in any kind of game. It was a good work out for the boys.”

On his match-winning assist for Nicky Maynard, he added: “Anything positive in a game is always good as it obviously gives you confidence going into the next game.

“Those runs are what I’m known for, I’ll just keep doing that and hopefully the goals and assists keep coming.”

“I think pre-season has gone well for me so far. I’ve got a goal and an assist now, so hopefully I can carry it into Saturday then Newport and ‘bring the magic’ in those games too.”

Hamilton is happy with his fitness as the new season nears, adding: “I am up there - I feel very fit, making runs, like in the last game against Hull City. I was still making runs in the final minutes, so I feel good.

“I think I’ve always been naturally fit and can run; other players may be different but I’m always fit.”

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Hayden White out for two weeks as Mansfield Town prepare for Glasgow Rangers visit
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Thursday 25 July 2019

Mansfield Town will be without injured defender Hayden White for Saturday’s final home friendly with Glasgow Rangers U23s (3pm).

But Stags still hope to bring in a new right-sided signing who could cover down there and enhance the squad.

White limped off with what has now been confirmed as a minor hamstring strain during Tuesday night’s 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest U23s and will be out for up to a fortnight.

That is good news for the Stags, who got the player off the field quickly as a precaution.

Whte Tweeted: “Could have been worse.. just part of the process after so long! We keep working.”

Stags forged a good relationship with Rangers boss Steven Gerrad when losing 2-0 to their U23s during last month’s Portugal training camp and Saturday provides a rematch.

“It will be another test for us - certainly out of possession,” said Stags boss John Dempster.

“Steven Gerrard encourages his team to play with the ball like we saw in Portugal. So that will be another challenge.

“It might not look entirely what the Newport game will look like if I am being honest. But we will have a full week to prep that.”

Gerrard has already told Stags he would be happy to loan to them any U23 players not in his plans that Dempster likes the look of.

“One of the advantages of playing Rangers this time of pre-season is they will have some excellent talent on show that we will be able to look at and discuss,” said Dempster.

“I don’t think we’re looking to bring in two or three bodies now - probably one or two at the most.

“It’s a great opportunity to look at their talent. But we’re not looking for wholesale changes.”

In a week of extraordinary heat, Dempster admitted pre-season had been extra tough.

“We have a few tired bodies - it was like playing abroad on Tuesday night,” he said.

“Some of the effort put in, especially in the last 10 minutes when you saw lads sprinting back to get into position after attacking, was really pleasing.”

Dempster admitted he had also been impressed by some of Forest’s youngsters on Tuesday.

“Forest had some really talented players on show. I would not want to single anyone out as I’d have to speak to the Nottingham Forest staff on that,” he said.

“They had a good mixture of youth and experience. If you look at their front three at the start of the game, I dread to think what their wage bill would be!

“But some of the U23 players - and even some of their U18 players that came on near the end - were very impressive.

“That was no surprise to me though as I know what hard work Gary Brazil puts into their academy.”

Stags will go into the Rangers game without any trialists.

They had three trialists in last week which were all released before the Forest game.

Stags then had a new unnamed trialist on the bench for that game who did not come on and has since departed as well.

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