DEMPSTER, ROSE, FLYNN REACTION
Gaffer hails assistant’s tactical changes
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 03 August 2019
Stags’ boss John Dempster has praised the tactical insight shown by Lee Glover at half-time, citing the changes enforced by the assistant manager as a key factor in Mansfield’s dramatic second-half comeback at Rodney Parade.
Mansfield went into the half-time break two-goals down following a strike from Joss Labadie and a Padraig Amond penalty, but produced a stunning two-minute comeback early in the second-half, levelling the score with efforts from Krystian Pearce and Danny Rose.
And although Nicky Maynard had his spot-kick saved, which would have given the Stags a 3-2 lead, the Mansfield boss was satisfied with the hard-fought point on the road.
“I’m delighted with the players and pleased with the point,” he began. “When the fixtures come out and you look at this one, you think an away point wouldn’t be a bad one.
“On reflection of the game, it couldn’t have been more eventful really. We looked dangerous [to begin with], but it was a sucker punch to concede that early.
“People would have thought we were dead and buried at half-time, but full credit [goes to] the players.
“We had a couple of chances to win it, then saw the kitchen sink being thrown at us, but we stood strong.
“So I’m pleased with the point - but not sure I can do this every week! I’m pleased with the players.
“[We changed] the shape and personnel [at half-time]. Ryan Sweeney was on a yellow card, and we felt that if we went to a back-four we could cause a few more problems.
“Like I said, credit to the players, but I think the tactical bits that Lee Glover [assistant manager, pictured above] gave [helped] and the boys that came on did an excellent job.
“Newport didn’t really know what hit them after half-time, and it’s just a shame that the sending off meant that we had to park the bus a little bit and fight for that point.
“I’m pleased with the point, with the confidence knowing that there is more in the tank.
“It’s just a shame that we couldn’t bury our penalty, as it may have been a different story. But only positives to take from it, because there was great character shown by the players."
Another major talking point in a highly-eventful game was the dismissal of midfielder Jacob Mellis (pictured below), who was shown red in the 68th minute.
The manager says that - after reviewing footage of the incident post-match - the dismissal of Mellis was harsh, and believes the decision stole the ‘momentum’ from his side.
“I didn’t think it [Jacob Mellis’ dismissal] was a red card,” he added. “The referee said it was a stamp, but I’ve just watched it back and it wasn’t.
“Jacob fell on [Joss] Labadie, so we’re disappointed. We’ll have a look at it more closely and if there is an option to appeal, then that may be the case.
“I spoke to the players at half-time about making the most of momentum when we have it and we certainly did that with the two goals.
“The message from the bench [after the equaliser] was to keep going, because we had the momentum.
“We wanted to go for the kill, but we couldn’t in the end, because of the sending off.”
The manager also revealed that his approach to the half-time team talk, which inspired his charges to score twice before the 50-minute mark, was a calm one.
“I was quite calm at half-time if I’m being honest. I felt that things went against us.
“I felt that the change in momentum with their two goals wobbled us a little bit. It wasn’t the time to go in and start booting tables and kicking things over, it was the time for a calm head.”
The boss also provided an injury update following the battle at Rodney Parade.
“Typical Danny [Rose, pictured below] has got a split head, which was glued together at half-time. But he couldn’t wait to get back out there.
“I asked him if he was okay and he made it clear to me that he didn’t want to come off the pitch.
“CJ [Hamilton] has taken a bit of a whack and didn’t feel as if he could give us 100 percent so he came off.
“Kellan Gordon - what an excellent display - to come on when we’re 2-0 down with our backs against the wall and perform like he did, I thought he was outstanding.
“There are a few bruises [in the squad]. Pressie [Matt Preston] has a badly bruised leg from the Rangers [under-23s] game and he keeps getting whacked on it. But apart from that, we’re good to go.”
iFollow Stags subscribers can watch the gaffer’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.
Mansfield Town boss John Dempster happy with a point from opening game
chad.co.uk, Saturday 03 August 2019
John Dempster was delighted to have taken a point from his side's opening day 2-2 draw at Newport County on Saturday.
Stags were 2-0 down at half-time but recovered to level within four minutes of the break and then went on to miss a penalty before seeing Jacob Mellis sent off in a dramatic encounter.
And overall, Dempster was left satisfied with a hard-earned point.
He said: "I'm delighted with the players and pleased with a point.
"When the fixtures came out I looked at this game and thought an away point wouldn't be a bad one as plenty of teams will get nothing here.
"In the end, the game couldn't have been more eventful.
"We started really well and were giving them lots of problems but they then dished out a sucker punch in taking the lead, and when the penalty goes in a lot of people will have thought we were dead and buried.
"But we had a great reaction in the second-half. My assistant Lee Glover had made a few tactical points which helped, then once we got level we had a couple of chances to win it and it was a shame the red card affected our momentum as then we had to park the bus a bit and battle for a point."
Dempster felt the changes made at half-time were necessary for more than just tactical reasons, but was pleased to see them pay off.
He said: "Ryan Sweeney was on a yellow and we felt a back four would be better as we could get more width from people like Otis Khan, which showed when he set up the goal.
"Newport didn't know what had hit them in the second-half."
The Stags boss added that he felt the red card Mellis received was harsh, commenting: "I've watched it back and Jacob's fallen on Labadie and there's no stamp there, which is what the referee had said. So if there's the option to appeal it we may well do that."
For his first game in management, it was a baptism of fire for Dempster but he says he felt calm throughout.
He said: "At half-time I knew we'd done well but things had gone against us. After the game, I feel that we've got a really good point knowing there is more in the tank.
"There are only positives to take from the game and we'll have a day off tomorrow and get back into it on Monday."
John Dempster told Jake Garner on BBC Radio Nottingham:
"2-0 down at half time, we had a plan B, and I'm absolutey delighted to say that the gameplan that was put together by Dan the analyst and Lee Glover was carried out by the players perfectly".
We showed 'great character' in comeback - striker
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 03 August 2019
Striker Danny Rose feels as though Mansfield Town displayed ‘great character’ to take a ‘good point’ away from Rodney Parade despite facing a two-goal deficit at half time.
Joss Labadie and Padraig Amond were on target for Newport County in the first period, leaving the Stags an uphill battle in their opening Sky Bet League Two fixture.
However, it was one they admirably took on as skipper Krystian Pearce, alongside Rose, notched a goal apiece four minutes after the restart.
And the Stags’ number 32 cited the squad’s character to see the result through despite playing over 25 minutes with 10 men, following Jacob Mellis' controversial dismissal.
“The first half was unacceptable by our standards and we know that,” he told iFollow Stags.
“Newport are a very good side but we matched them in the second half. On another day we could have taken the lead but it didn’t happen.
“Instead, we went down to 10 men but showed great character to pick up a good point away from home.
“The gaffer made subs, of course, but we gave them a lot of problems and a lot to think about.
“We got two quick goals, [it] could have been three, but we move on to next week now.”
The former Bury frontman believed the third goal in Saturday afternoon’s curtain-raiser to be crucial to sparking a comeback in south Wales.
“We knew at half time we were nowhere near our standards but we had confidence that we could get back into it.
“The third goal in the match was vital, and luckily enough Pearce has come up from the back and put in a very good header before I’ve equalised.
“Newport are very physical, and they showed how good they were [today]. They beat us last season in the play-offs but I feel as though we have got one over on them with a point away from home.”
Speaking on a personal level, the 25-year-old also stated that he feels sharp after a fruitful pre-season, and after taking a blow to the head this afternoon.
“I’ve got another whack - another day, another whack,” he joked.
“I’ll get it stitched up but it’s nothing to worry about, nothing like last time, my face is alright this time!
“I feel good. The gaffer’s given me a lot of freedom this season. I just feel like I want to kick on now and repay the Mansfield faithful.
“The lads were down at half time but now we’re full of confidence to go into Morecambe knowing if we play like we did second half we can beat any side in this league.”
iFollow Stags subscribers can watch Danny's interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.
Scorer Danny Rose takes heart from battling Mansfield Town display at Newport
chad.co.uk, Saturday 03 August 2019
Danny Rose says Mansfield Town believe they can beat anyone in League Two following their second-half display at Newport County on Saturday.
Stags battled back from 2-0 down at half-time to draw 2-2 with Rose notching his first goal since October to draw the teams level.
And he said it helped cap a great response to a disappointing first-half.
He said: "By our own standards we weren't good enough in the first half. In the end we've come back to get a great point in a hostile stadium.
"It's great for me to get off the mark as I've not scored in a while after what was a bad season for me last year. Goals breed confidence so I hope there are more to come."
Rose felt playing to their strengths was key to Mansfield's fightback.
He said: "That's what we did and gave them lots of problems. In the end it wasn't to be but at 2-2 we certainly felt we could win the game.
"The contrast from first-half to second was like chalk and cheese but we've come out of the game ready to face the challenge of Morecambe at home and confident we can beat anyone in this division."
Newport County boss positive after 2-2 draw with Mansfield Town
southwalesargus.co.uk, By Andrew Penman
MANAGER Michael Flynn was keen to take the positives after Newport County AFC let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Mansfield Town in their League Two opener.
Joss Labadie gave County an early lead at Rodney Parade and Padraig Amond made it 2-0 from the penalty spot before half-time.
But, after an excellent first 45 minutes, the Exiles conceded twice in the first four minutes of the second half and only a Tom King penalty save prevented Mansfield from taking the lead just before the hour.
The Stags then had Jacob Mellis sent off for an alleged stamp on Labadie but Flynn’s men couldn’t force a winner.
“I thought we were brilliant for 90 per cent of the match,” said the Exiles boss.
“It was a really good performance and we should have scored more goals.
“But we knew they’d be on us after half-time and we shot ourselves in the foot.
“We gave away two very poor goals and it’s really disappointing that we haven’t won the football match.
“But I’ve got to take the positives from it - we should have won that comfortably.
“You never take things for granted, but you couldn’t see them scoring unless it was a mistake from us,” he added.
“And what happened? Two mistakes from us.
“I’m not sure it was a penalty either and that would have been really unfortunate if we’d lost from that.
“It’s a long old season and there’s never a dull moment here.
“I’m just pleased with the way we played, taking out the mistakes.
“There are a lot of positives to take against one of the favourites to win the league.
“We’ve come a long way when we expect to be top of the league.”
EXCLUSIVE - Padraig Amond delighted to be off the mark early in draw with Mansfield Town
Padraig Amond insists Newport County AFC will take numerous positives from the opening day draw with Mansfield Town, even if there’s a frustration at not holding on for all three points.
Amond once again got himself off the mark early for a campaign when he dispatched a first half penalty, doubling the advantage after Joss Labadie had earlier opened the scoring on six minutes.
Having not posed a threat in the first half, Mansfield sprung into life in the second half and were level four minutes after the restart following a Krystian Pearce header and a Danny Rose strike.
Exiles shot stopper Tom King saved Nicky Maynard’s penalty to prevent a complete turnaround at Rodney Parade, but County couldn’t retake the lead themselves after Jacob Mellis’ red card.
Here, read what Amond exclusively told iFollow Exiles following the conclusion of the contest.
On the opening day draw with Mansfield Town
"We’re very frustrated. We played really well for the first 45 minutes, switched off for ten minutes of the second half, then we were the better team again and dominated after the red card. Just couldn’t get the winner at the end.
"Very mixed feelings but we know there are lots of positives to take out of it. There’ll be negatives which we can work on in the week but it’s not the worst start in the world.
"The position we were in at half time, it doesn’t look great in terms of the result, but the most important thing was that we made sure we didn’t lose the game. We easily could have done that as well, Kingy [Tom King] has made a good save from the penalty so it’s frustrating."
On the dominance of the first half display
"We were completely on top. We feel that we maybe could have got another couple, Labz has hit one and it’s hit my foot because I couldn’t get out of the way of it. I’m not sure if it was going in or not.
"Matty Dolan has hit the crossbar from his free-kick and that extra goal would have killed the game off. Unfortunately we didn’t get it.
"We’ve been in a position like that a couple of times last year where we’ve been 2-0 down and therefore, we knew exactly what to expect from Mansfield.
"We didn’t play well enough in the first 10 minutes of the second half and we’ve been made to pay for it. We showed a bit of character, dominated the game again in the last 25 minutes and even just before the red card, we were back on top again.
"It’s a frustrating start but we can look at it and say it was a better start than last year against Mansfield."
On getting off the mark early for the campaign
"It’s always pleasing because you want to score as quick as you can. Thankfully I had the chance and I scored.
"I was disappointed with the one at the end, I think I was offside, but I would like to see it again. It’s one of those where I was so convinced I was offside that I might look back and not be.
"We probably would have deserved that if it had gone in at the end, just to get the three points because the first half was so good.
"I took a couple of penalties in pre-season. I took one over in Spain against Al Ahly, missed one last week against Hungerford but there was never a doubt.
"Scored it and obviously pleased to get off the mark."
Scott Merriman, kitman, on the new teal coloured third kit:
(In answer to will be wear the kit again?)
"We will wear it a couple more times I’m sure"
(In answer to who chooses which kit to wear for each game?)
"Yeah I choose, try and wear the home kit whenever we can, but the lads love the 3rd kit this year"