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12th September 2019 22:42

That win was for supporters - manager
mansfieldtown.net, 7 September 2019

Stags’ boss John Dempster has dedicated this afternoon’s convincing 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe United to the supporters, the club’s owners and its board of directors.

A goal in either half from Matt Preston and Danny Rose without reply earned the amber and blue their first home victory of the season in front of a 4,772-strong crowd.

The manager says that the win was a ‘real team effort’ and that his charges ‘worked their socks off’ at One Call Stadium.

“I think we dominated. I’m really pleased with how the boys managed the game in the last ten minutes.

“We were comfortable. That win was for the supporters. In that, I include the chairman [John Radford], Carolyn and the board of directors because they bleed amber and blue.

“It’s brilliant to get three points at home. It wasn’t total soccer at times - I think the supporters and players should be happy with three points at home.


“Training this week has been outstanding in terms of tempo and application and it goes into the game, we’ve seen that today.

“I thought Conor [Shaughnessy] was a massive plus in midfield. He won his headers and also played some lovely passes to our wing-backs.

“I thought Matty Preston (below, left) was outstanding - possibly the pick of the back-three - but I thought the back-three and the goalkeeper [Conrad Logan] were very good today with the clean sheet.

“Every player worked their socks off today. It was a real team effort. It was important that we saw the game out.

“We haven’t played many games yet, there’s a long way to go. Make no mistake, Scunthorpe will climb the league table with the manager they’ve got.

“They have some very good players for this level so they’ll start taking points off people. We were strong and resolute, which is why they didn’t take any points from us today.

“It was a really positive performance. I think there has been quite a lot of negativity around the place, which I think is unjust, but the players were a credit today and got a really positive result.”

Following the Stags’ third clean sheet in the league this term, the boss paid credit to the Stags’ defensive work, while also praising centre-back Preston after he opened the scoring this afternoon.

“I think KP [Krystian Pearce], Matty Preston and Sweens [Ryan Sweeney] have got a little [scoring] competition going now. We were joking before the game how KP is two up.

“Matty has got one back on him today, so Ryan Sweeney (below) needs to join the party with the goals!

“It’s good to see a little bit of competition there. All three of them were really good today and the reward of that is a clean sheet.

“All over the pitch we dominated and we were worthy winners.”

The duo of Dapo Afolayan and Hayden White were missing through injury for today’s game, and John Dempster described the reasons for their absences post-match.

“I think Dapo [Afolayan] will be training on Monday. You look at our bench today and it was very strong. He had a bit of a niggle in his knee so there was no need to risk him.

“When you look at the injured players we’ve got coming back and the additions that we had today, it’s looking strong. Competition for places is healthy and that’s what we need.

“Hayden [White] is still very sore on the site where he broke his leg. The pain is slowly going away but it seems like a slow process.

“Again, I expect him to be training again next week.”

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


Mansfield Town boss dedicates win against Scunthorpe United to Stags fans and club’s owners
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 7 September 2019

Mansfield Town boss John Dempster dedicated his side’s first home win of the season to the fans and owners John and Carolyn Radford.

The Radfords flew in from Portugal to witness the 2-0 win over struggling Scunthorpe United, set up by goals from Matt Preston and Danny Rose either side of half-time.


It was also watched by a bigger than usual crowd of just over 4,700.

A delighted Dempster said: “That win was for the supporters, within that I include the chairman and directors because they bleed amber and blue.

“It is brilliant to get three points at home, last week we got beat at Exeter and they were celebrating like that had won the World Cup, it shows what it means to win a football match.

“The fans and players should be very happy. We have another week to get some more work into the players

“The goalkeeper and the back three were outstanding today and it is good to get the clean sheet.

“Every player worked their socks off and it was a real team effort.

“The second goal always makes you feel more comfortable but we did not want to get complacent.”

He added: “There is a long way to go, make no mistake Scunthrope will climb the table with the manager and players they have got.

“They will take points if teams, but they have not taken any of us.”


We were 'brilliant' - wing-back
mansfieldtown.net, 7 September 2019

Wing-back Kellan Gordon hailed a ‘brilliant’ Mansfield Town display as they secured both three points and a clean sheet against Scunthorpe United.

Goals from centre-half Matt Preston and striker Danny Rose in either half sent the Stags on their way to their second victory in Sky Bet League Two this term.

The visiting side sought to reduce the arrears during the second period but the amber and blue limited the opposition to few chances, marking their third clean sheet in the league.

And the 21-year-old feels as though Mansfield’s game management left them deserving three points from their latest fixture.

“It was a brilliant performance,” he began. “I’m just happy to get the three points and the clean sheet, which we’ve been working hard towards.


“We managed the game well, moved the ball well and for us it was about not giving them chances. I felt like we stayed strong and we didn’t give them anything.

“There was high intensity from all the lads and everyone put their bodies on the line when the shots were coming in - the desire we showed paid off today.”

The former Derby County man also touched upon his own personal performance, after another fruitful display in Mansfield colours.

“I just give my all every game - I want to work hard for the team and do everything I can.

“I’m privileged to be playing, so it’s my job to work hard for the team, that’s just how it is really. I would probably say it was [my best Mansfield performance].

“Like I say, I worked hard for the team and put my body on the line, but it’s not really about me it’s about the team with the clean sheet.”

In addition, Gordon believes this afternoon’s triumph can act as a stepping stone to build momentum as the season progresses.

“[The win] gives us something where we want to push on and hopefully it’s that stepping stone to keep getting more points on the table,” he said.

“You could really sense [a lift in spirit] this week. We’ve worked hard and it’s been high intensity, I feel like we took that into the game today.

“The lads after the game were buzzing and we just need to work from this. We need to carry it on and take into the next game without being happy with it.”

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


‘Work-rate won us the game’, says Mansfield Town defender Kellan Gordon
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 7 September 2019

Defender Kellan Gordon said Mansfield Town’s work-rate was key to their clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Scunthorpe.

Matt Preston got things underway in the 31st minute before Danny Rose wrapped the points up with a poacher’s finish on 54 minutes.

And a delighted Gordon said the clean sheet had been fully deserved by the entire team

“It was a brilliant performance and we are really happy to get the clean sheet, which we have been working hard on,” he said.


“All the lads played at a good intensity, we put bodies on the line and showed a desire, it paid off today.

“We said at half-time that we needed to keep it up in the second half and play like it was still 0-0 and we did that.

“The second goal helped us feel like we could play our game, we moved the ball well and kept the ball and didn’t give them chances. We stayed strong.”


Conor Shaughnessy @Conor_shaughs
Happy to have made my debut today @mansfieldtownfc and get the 3 points

Neal Bishop @NealBish
Delighted to get back on pitch! Good 3 points, time to kick on now


Hurst reacts to Mansfield match

Iron manager Paul Hurst reacted to the 2-0 defeat away at Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two.

He told iFollow Iron: “I’m frustrated again. We were more than in the game for large parts. We conceded a bad first goal, having defended the first ball in.


“We started the second half strongly and shot ourselves in the foot with a mistake. At 2-0, it’s a lot more difficult. We weren’t really outplayed.”

One positive to take was an encouraging debut outing for striker Jamie Proctor.

Hurst said: “There were more minutes for Junior [Brown] and [Jamie] Proctor got his debut. (Abo) Eisa caused problems in the first half. Kev [van Veen] and Ryan [Colclough] came in and got some more minutes.

“He [Proctor] did pretty well. You can tell he’s a strong lad. You can see his link play. There were signs to show he can be a good player for us.”

Hurst also had his say on the penalty appeal for Abo Eisa mid-way through the first-half.

He said: “At the time, it didn’t look the most obvious of penalties. Speaking to Abo, he said their lad admitted he caught him.”

Next up is a home clash against Morecambe on Saturday, and the manager continued: “We’ve got to pull together. We’ve got to remain positive and take parts of performances and build on them. The team - through players coming in and returning from injury - hasn’t settled. We’re striving to get that right balance.

“The overall record and picture isn’t good at the moment but that can change and we can be the ones to change that.”


Scunthorpe United manager Paul Hurst says his team were ‘more than in the game’ in loss to Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 7 September 2019

Scunthorpe United boss Paul Hurst says his side must remain positive following their 2-0 defeat at Mansfield Town.

Goals from Matt Preston and Danny Rose condemned Iron to their sixth defeat in seven and leaves them still waiting for a first away point.

United had started well with Abo Eisa firing just over on 12 minutes.

Rory Watson beat away a long range Nicky Maynard effort on 22 minutes after Jordan Clarke gave the ball away.

Preston slotted home CJ Hamilton’s cross at the back post to give Mansfield the lead nine minutes later.

Jamie Proctor nearly levelled when he fired inches wide from a free-kick on 41 minutes.

Rose doubled the lead after he took advantage of indecision between Andy Butler and Rory Watson to nip in and score on 54 minutes.

Jamie Proctor headed just wide on 74 minutes as Iron failed to get back into the game.

Hurst said: “It is frustrating again, we were more than in the game for large parts and conceded a bad first goal, having defended the first ball.

“We finished the first half strongly, and started the second half strongly, and we shot ourselves in the foot with the second goal.


“It becomes much more difficult from that point. We were well in the game, it is key moments that are either going against us or we are not helping ourselves and it is costing us.

“We need things to go our way, but we have to pull together and come out of this. ASt some point things will start to go for us, but we have to try and make that happen ourselves by remaining positive and taking parts of positive performances to build on it.

“We are not a settled side yet for various reasons, but that will come.”



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