DEMPSTER, LOGAN, CIOFFI REACTION
Missed chances the difference, says boss
mansfieldtown.net, 14 September 2019
Manager John Dempster believes that missed opportunities were the Stags’ downfall in this afternoon’s 1-0 defeat away to Crawley Town.
The hosts took the lead in the second-half via Bez Lubala’s deflected effort, after the winger saw his penalty saved by Conrad Logan in the opening period.
The Mansfield boss says that his side’s lack of a ‘clinical’ edge in an ‘even’ game proved to be the difference.
“It was an even game and there were chances for both sides,” he began. “The game has been won by a deflected goal which you could call a fine margin.
“But you can’t play a spell of games and harping on about fine margins. It’s about making the most of your opportunities. It’s a deflected goal that’s won the game, but we had opportunities.
“You can’t really overanalyse it. There were times where we created chances when we’ve not made the ‘keeper work or been clinical.
“We had some good opportunities, but we were snatching at it. We can do better. On reflection, with the opportunities we created today, we should’ve had one or two goals.
“We don’t want to make excuses or talk about being unfortunate. We’ve had a run of games and so far this season we haven’t been good enough - that’s the reality.
“There have been times this season when we haven’t taken our chances and there have been times when we’ve conceded silly goals.
“We’ve scored some good goals this season when we’ve not looked good at the back, then snatched at our opportunities when we’ve been solid defensively. If we bring that together, we’ll be fine. But we don’t want to be saying that as often as we have.”
The boss added that his players’ ‘effort and endeavour’ could not be faulted in West Sussex, with the Stags pressing for the equalising goal for the majority of the second-half.
“The goal went in and it injected a little bit of energy into the players that were on the pitch,” said the manager. “Because we have good attacking players on the bench, we wanted to bring them on.
“They [substitutes] didn’t make enough of an impact and they didn’t take the opportunities that we created - but that’s all over the pitch.
“I am gutted because this football club means a lot to me and I think there have been times where I have been critical of the players.
“Today, no-one can fault our effort and endeavour and our ability to create opportunities - we just weren’t ruthless enough or clinical enough today.”
He moved on to praise the performance of goalkeeper Logan, who could do nothing about the game’s only goal and made a superb penalty save in the 26th minute.
“I think KP [Krystian Pearce] has read where the Crawley player is going. As soon as he’s taken his touch, KP has got his arm around him and in my view, it’s good defending.
“It’s never been a penalty, but Logan has pulled off a great save to keep us in the game. He made a couple of good saves today.
“When Conrad was called upon today, he did what he is paid to do. I think the Crawley Town ‘keeper had a good game as well, so it’s a reflection of the ball going from end to end.
“I’m disappointed we haven’t scored a goal with the opportunities we created. It’s important that once we’ve digested this game, we go into Cambridge with a positive frame of mind.”
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‘Over time it’s not bad luck... so far we’ve fallen short,’ says Mansfield Town boss John Dempster after defeat at Crawley
chad.co.uk, 14 September 2019
Mansfield Town boss John Dempster believes luck had nothing to do with his side leaving Crawley empty-handed, despite a deflected shot giving the home side all three points.
Conrad Logan helped the Stags go into the break all square with a first-half penalty save, but he could do nothing about Bez Lubala’s 53rd-minute effort which proved to be the winner for the hosts.
“The game was a bit like a tennis match,” said Dempster. “The ball was going back and forth.
“Both teams had plenty of opportunities and in the end, the game was decided by a deflected goal that Conrad Logan could do nothing about.
“We’re desperately disappointed that we haven’t come out of the game with at least a point, but essentially we’ve got to take responsibility for those moments in games when you’re expecting to make one of those fine margins count.
“Too often this season we’ve not been able to do that.”
And added: “We haven’t been clinical in front of goal but at times we have been clinical in front of goal and sloppy at the back.
“The combination between the two isn’t good but it’s my job along with the staff to bring that together.
“If we do that we know we’ll be a force but what we don’t want is to be a team, looking at today’s game, to say we were unlucky today.
“We created opportunities and they’ve won by a deflected goal.
“Over time it’s not bad luck, over a period of time it’s about making those inches count and so far this season we’ve fallen short.”
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John Dempster: "The game was a bit like a tennis match. Both teams had plenty of opportunities and in the end it’s decided by a deflected goal that Conrad Logan can do nothing about”
There is 'more to come' from Stags - goalkeeper
mansfieldtown.net, 14 September 2019
Goalkeeper Conrad Logan believes there is still ‘more to come’ from Mansfield Town after slipping to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Crawley.
The Stags’ shot-stopper thwarted Bez Lubala from the penalty spot to keep the contest goalless in the first half.
However, the energetic winger eventually found the back of the net courtesy of a wicked deflection that left Logan with no chance.
And the 33-year-old feels as though the amber and blue could have taken at least a point back to Nottinghamshire had they been more ruthless in front of goal.
“I think we did enough to get something,” he started.
“If you look on the whole I didn’t have a save to make after they went one-nil up. It was attack after attack we just couldn’t get the ball in the net.
“We’ve done alright but there’s more to come from us. We had a good result last week and we were hoping to get something down here.
“It was a decent game, but if we were here having won one-nil with three points I’d be buzzing. We haven’t, so in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t really matter that much.”
The former Hibernian ‘keeper then offered his thoughts on both the superb penalty save and fortuitous Lubala strike that ultimately sealed victory for the home side.
“I went the right way, got a hand on it and luckily saved it but I’m not dwelling on that because we’re disappointed we couldn’t kick on and get something from the game.
“I’ve got my own techniques that I use and it’s been alright for me throughout my career - it worked again today.
“It [the goal] was ‘disgusting’ - we had the better chances on the day. I know they had a penalty, but in the grand scheme of things our entries into their box were miles more than what came into ours.
“Unfortunately it was a deflection that won the game for them.”
Logan also affirmed that one victory for his side would begin to breed confidence, which Stags will aim for against Cambridge United this Tuesday.
“Now we’re looking forward, we can do nothing about today and just look towards Tuesday,” he continued.
“Thankfully that game comes nice and quick, and hopefully the positives we’re showing today can be brought into Tuesday to get the three points.
“It’s like any season when you start, although I don’t know the exact points tally from last season, we drew a lot.
“We just need to get some more points on the board and hopefully by October the table will start looking healthy for us.”
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Gets switched to overload... @mansfieldtownfc
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I’m not sacking anyone!!! What a ridiculous idea... I believe in longevity not switching it up always.
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no you can’t sack people all the time. That’s why football is so flawed.
There’s more factors to look at than resorting to just sacking people... it feels like Henry the 8th stuff here
I didn’t sack DF it was a board decision I disagreed with. I also didn’t sack PC or AM or or obviously SE. I’m all for finding a fit that works long time for the football club. For me fighting against male testosterone / wanting to win / dealing with defeat / knowing longevity being key is a real challenge. I will keep fighting with each manager...
We’ve had the best years just not found anyone who can finish off the job
Crawley Town head coach Cioffi: 'It is not the moment to look at the table'
Gabriel Cioffi cooled talk of Crawley Town reaching the League Two play-offs after the Reds' 1-0 home win over Mansfield Town this (Saturday) afternoon.
Bez Lubala struck on 53 minutes to atone for his penalty miss on 26 minutes and move The People's Pension Stadium outfit up to eighth.
The Reds are now just one place outside the play-offs by virtue of goal difference. Cioffi's charges have the same amount of points as sixth-placed Cheltenham Town and seventh-placed Bradford City (14 from eight) but are just a solitary goal behind the place-above Bantams.
Despite Crawley's flying start to the 2019/20 league campaign, Cioffi was more concerned about Tuesday night's game with Plymouth Argyle, although he did admit the Reds can 'be proud' after a hard-fought win.
He said: "If we need 50 points to win the play-offs we are happy. If we need 50 points to be safe we are happy.
"We don't have to fly up to the sky, we are humble people. We will enjoy the next game and we will enjoy tonight. This is normal.
"We've got to prepare for Plymouth which is in just three days. It is not the moment to look at the table.
"It is not the time to be different. Now is the moment to look at ourselves and be proud of our DNA."
Victory over the Stags extended the Reds' unbeaten league run to four. The People's Pension Stadium outfit have also notched up the impressive feat of scoring in every game in 2019/20.
With the feel-good factor back at Crawley, head coach Cioffi paid tribute to the tireless work of his backroom staff after an outstanding start to the new season.
He added: The big thanks we have to say is to the staff. From Marcus (Doyle, the kit manager) to my assistant Edu (Rubio), we are working hard.
"Everyone is overloaded but the results have paid off. It's thanks to them for the result."
‘I always dreamt this day would come again’ - New Crawley Town defender makes first football league appearance in three years
On September 17, 2016, Jamie Sendles-White’s football career was thrown into doubt after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament during a League One match between Swindon and Bury.
Many dark days followed for the then-Swindon defender, who was ruled out of action for 12 months.
Having made just 15 appearances for The Robins, the centre-back wasn't able to restore his place in the side, so had to move on. Following spells at Leyton Orient, Torquay United and St Albans City, Sendles-White is now looking to kick start his career at Crawley, where he has just made his first football league appearance in nearly three years in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Mansfield Town.
Speaking after the game, Sendles-White, 25, said: "I've spent the last couple of years rebuilding my career at Leyton Orient and Torquay. I've put in a lot of hard work to get me back into the league.
"That was always my aim and I'm finally able to say I've got here. I always dreamt that this day would come again.
"There were some hard days where I was in the gym on my own and having two/three operations. There were times I thought it would be hard to get back. I've put the work in and luckily enough I'm back in the league.
"The hard work doesn't stop for me. I want to keep pushing on and keep getting some wins for Crawley. I don't want to think too much about the injury. I try to look forward now."
Sendles-White said yesterday's victory was a 'deserved three points' for the Reds, with Bez Lubala's second half strike proving the difference between the sides.
"We are delighted as a team, it was a tough game," he said.
"It was a very good team performance. We defended very well and hit them on the counter.
"When we went 1-0 up, they had a go at us but we stayed strong and defended very well as a team. It was a hard earned three points.
"They had their chances but it was a testament to us that we kept going and created a lot of chances ourselves so."
On his own performance and giving Gabrile Cioffi a defensive headache when Tom Dallison returns from injury, he added: "I was happy with it. I was rusty as I haven't played for a while but I was very happy to be playing again. I felt solid and comfortable with Jordan [Tunnicliffe] next to me.
"As a manager that's the decisions you want to be making. It's a big and very competitive squad. We are all pushing each other everyday to get the best out of each other. We are reaping the awards now on the pitch."
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