DEMPSTER, KHAN, BENTLEY REACTION
We must start how we finished - manager
mansfieldtown.net, 10 August 2019
Manager John Dempster has praised the ‘character’ shown by his charges to stage a second successive two-goal fightback, yet conceded that Stags’ start to today’s 2-2 draw with Morecambe was ‘unacceptable.’
Mansfield found themselves two goals behind for the second game running in Sky Bet League Two, but strikes in either half from Nicky Maynard and Danny Rose rescued a point.
The boss says that he believes the players have the ability to achieve the team’s goals this season, but added that Mansfield must have better starts to future matches.
“We had a very disappointing start to say the least,” he began. “You can’t start football matches like that.
“I gave the players a pat on the back last week for their reaction after being two goals down. It [start] wasn’t good enough.
“They were questioned at half-time whether they had the character to come back into the game again and they answered that question with a ‘yes.’
“I expect that fight and determination from minute one. You know what you’re going to get from Morecambe - they’ll be in your face from the start of the game.
“If you don’t match them, you come up short. And that’s certainly what we did in the first half-an-hour of the game.
“We’ll be really focusing on how we start football matches from this point onwards because that [start] was unacceptable.
“I’ll speak to the players on Monday. We had a brief chat after the game, but there’s a lot of emotion running around. We’ll review the video footage and have a look at a number of things.
“[I’m calling for] characters, leaders, people that aren’t scared when the crowd get on their backs, people that react well to adversity, that type of player. We’ve got to start better though, it’s as simple as that.
“I believe in the players and I believe that this squad of players is good enough to achieve our goal. But we need to see that from start to finish.”
The manager says that today’s result was a fair one, considering both sides had chances to win the game.
He also discussed the straight red card given to defender Matt Preston after his sliding challenge on Lewis Alessandra.
“Morecambe had a couple of chances and we had a couple of chances towards the end when we were 2-2,” he added.
“Obviously again the sending off is disappointing. There was no need for Matty Preston to make that challenge and he’s been very apologetic.
“It takes a man to hold his hands up and say he’s in the wrong and Matty has done that.
“Once you go down to ten [men] you would probably say that a point is a reasonable one, but again we can do better.
“Discipline will be key throughout this campaign, and if we’re not disciplined we won’t win football matches.
“We just had to get the players organised initially [after the red card] to make sure there weren’t too many gaps appearing.
“With the players that remained on the pitch, I felt as though we still had a chance of hitting Morecambe on the counter.
“I think on reflection of the whole game, I can’t be too disappointed with the point that we’ve gained because both teams had some good chances.”
John Dempster also revealed that there will ‘definitely’ be personnel changes for Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup first round encounter against this afternoon’s opponents.
“We’ll re-evaluate [the squad] today and see what bumps and bruises have come from today.
“There will definitely be some changes [for Tuesday night’s game] but we’ll look at that over the next 48 hours.”
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Manager John Dempster disappointed with another poor start by Mansfield Town in battling draw
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 10 August 2019
Boss John Dempster was furious over another poor start by his Mansfield Town side in today’s 2-2 home draw with Morecambe.
For a second week in a row Stags had to battle back from 2-0 down after failing to start on the front foot and Dempster said: “We were 2-0 down so I supposed it’s not a bad point, but we will this week really focus on how we start football matches as that was unacceptable.
“There was a lot of emotion running around today and you have to be careful not to say the wrong thing. We will speak on Monday and review the video, then have a discussion.
“I want characters, leaders, people that are not scared when the crowd are on their back. People who react well to adversity. I know people get frustrated when you are 2-0 down at home and you have to use the moans and groans to get back in the game.
“It was a very disappointing start to say the least. You can’t start football matches like that.”
He added: “I gave the players a pat on the back last week for their reaction after being 2-0 down at half-time.
“But today was not good enough and they were questioned at half-time if they had the character to come back into the game again. They answered that question with a yes - they have.
“But I expect that kind of character and determination from minute one.
“You know what you are going to get with Morecambe. They are going to be in your face from the start and fight for every inch. If you don’t match them you come up short as we did in the first half hour.”
Stags also ended up with 10 men for a second game in a row after a silly lunge by Matty Preston.
“The sending-off was disappointing. There was no need for Matty Preston to make that challenge,” said Dempster.
“ He is very apologetic in the changing room. That decision was not good enough but it take a man to hold his hand up and say he is wrong.
“Discipline will be key throughout this campaign. If we are not disciplined we won’t win enough matches.”
He continued: “I believe in these players. I believe it’s in there and this squad of players is good enough to reach our goal. If I didn’t I would not have taken the job.”
Stags take on Morecambe at home again on Tuesday in round one of the Carabao Cup.
Start to game 'not good enough' - midfielder
mansfieldtown.net, 10 August 2019
Attacking midfielder Otis Khan believes Mansfield Town must start better despite staging a fightback that saw his side secure a deserved 2-2 draw against Morecambe.
Goals inside the first 21 minutes from Sam Lavelle and Lewis Alessandra left the Stags needing a second successive turnaround in Sky Bet League Two.
A goal apiece from frontmen Nicky Maynard and Danny Rose ultimately ensured the contest ended honours even at One Call Stadium.
However, Khan thinks his side were not up to scratch from the outset.
“Conceding those goals in the manner that we did, especially at home, is definitely not good enough,” he told iFollow Stags.
“We need to be better in both boxes. Next game we need to ensure we don’t start like that otherwise against better opposition the game could be done.
“We could [have won] though because the chances were there.
“Rose scored a really good header and Nicky was there, too. We knew we’d have the chances it’s just a case of not conceding those goals, and once we do we’ll be fine.”
The former Yeovil man picked out Maynard’s first goal in amber and blue as the key turning point in Saturday’s contest.
“It was just getting the momentum, once we did we were the better team.
“The gaffer went mad at half time, and deservedly so - we were poor first half.
“He got the lads going and from the first whistle in the second half we were on the front foot.
“We had the momentum after [Maynard scored] the first goal and it meant we knew we could either get a point or win the game.”
The 23-year-old also revealed his satisfaction after a hard-working display but is still hungry to offer more during the 90 minutes.
“I was happy with my own display,” Khan explained. “I can do a bit more but when you’re two-nil down it’s never nice.
“I’m happy myself but I want to get involved with goals and assists, and ensure I’m getting the crucial winners for the team.
“I’m hungry as ever just to stay in the team. I want to get a good run in the team and do well each time I put that shirt on.”
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley happy with draw at Mansfield Town, despite squandering two-goal lead
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 10 August 2019
Despite losing a 2-0 lead, Morecambe boss Jim Bentley said he had to be happy with a point away to Mansfield Town in today’s 2-2 draw.
“You want to win every game but you’d take a point away at Mansfield before the game with what they’ve got, where they are expected to be and what happened to us when they thumped us here last year,” he said.
“We are up and running with our first goals and point and we gave a good account of ourselves.
“It was an eventful game away to one of the favourites in the league who have quality players.
“I think we deserved our lead, we were on top, we get a second and Buxton hits the crossbar from way inside his own half.
“But they changed their shape and it gave them a spark.
“I was a little bit disappointed in the goal we conceded as I think there have been a foul.
“But we were playing against one of the best side with one, if not two, of the best strikers in this division in Maynard and Rose - I thought Rose was exceptional today.”
He added: “Our fans will have been delighted to be 2-0 up away at Mansfield and it could have been three or four.
“My disappointment is I think we’ve got more in the tank and we are better than what we showed. But there were a lot of positives.
“It could have gone either way - it was fine dividing lines.
“If we’d scored a third when Cole Stockton hit the post I think the crowd would have turned and we’d have had the momentum again.
“Instead they went straight down the other end and equalised.”
Mansfield Town striker Danny Rose has big fan in Morecambe boss Jim Bentley
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley will be delighted if Danny Rose is rested for tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup first round tie at Mansfield Town as he believes the Stags striker is one of the best in the division.
Rose netted in Saturday’s 2-2 League Two draw with the Shrimps, his second goal in as many games, in a man of the match display and Bentley said: “He was excellent. Danny was superb at the weekend.
“We had a reserve team game last year at Mansfield and he had a broken jaw at the time. Myself and Kenny (McKenna) had 10 minutes with him, talking to him, and he is a likeable fellow.
“I have seen him in the past and I’ve always been impressed with him at the likes of Bury and Barnsley.
“He has got a bit of everything and he is one of the best in the division.
“He’s got two goals already and when you look at players and what they can do, his movement is good, he’s mobile, he’s quite strong, he’s clever and he is unbelievable in the air for his height.
“He scored a fantastic header on Saturday.
“But Mansfield do have other quality strikers too.”
Changes expected as Morecambe face long return journey to do battle with Mansfield Town for second time in four days
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Morecambe must make the long journey down to Mansfield Town for the second time in four days for tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup first round tie with both sides making changes from Saturday’s 2-2 draw.
Shrimps boss Jim Bentley said: “It was a strange one when the draw came out and Mansfield away will be a tough one for us - not really what you want.
“Then you see you already play them on the Saturday as well. It is what it is. Cup draws are cup draws and there’s nothing you can do about them.
“We were shaking hands with them on Saturday and saying see you Tuesday! It’s bizarre.”
On Saturday Morecambe squandered a two-goal lead as Stags roared back for a point.
“We gave a good account of ourselves on Saturday and on another day we could have won the game,” said Bentley.
“We are pleased with the way it went in some aspects but a little disappointed in others.
“But we are positive and we will go there and embrace the challenge again and hopefully get into the next round.
“We have had a good run in this trophy over the years, winning at Barnsley and Blackpool and beating Wolves at home.
“We have beaten good teams in the past and we’ll have to beat another good team on Tuesday night. At least we now know what they’re about and they know what we’re about and we’ll do battle again after the eventful 2-2 draw at the weekend.
“You want to get a bit of a run and a bit of momentum.”
Bentley confirmed there would be changes.
“We made a couple of changes on Saturday and I am sure we will make a couple more on Tuesday, as I am sure Mansfield will,” he said.
“We have a couple of little injuries and we must make sure we manager the group.
“But it’s an opportunity for players - and I have belief in every one of our players. I won’t be putting a duck egg in there. We have got good players who are capable of going out and embracing the challenge.
“It’s pointless getting fit in pre-season and then going two or three weeks without playing a game. This is a great opportunity for those coming in, though we won’t make wholesale changes.
“We are Saturday/Tuesday again next week, then it’s nearly September and the EFL Trophy comes in, so there is loads of football. It’s important we get the majority of our players up to speed.”
Mansfield Town boss John Dempster also confirmed he will make some changes.
“We will re-evaluate today and have a look at the bumps and bruises from Saturday,” he said.
“There will definitely be some changes, but we’ll look at that over the next 48 hours.”