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22nd September 2019 21:24

Manager speaks after disappointing evening
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 17 September 2019

Stags’ boss John Dempster has delivered his post-match verdict from this evening’s 4-0 defeat to Cambridge United.

Mansfield were reduced to ten men in the second-half following defender Matt Preston’s straight red card, which was followed by four second-half goals from the U’s.

The manager believes that Preston’s ‘crazy decision’ was the game’s major turning point.

“The sending off, Pressie [Matt Preston] has made a crazy decision,” he said. “He’s been sent off and rightly so, and that completely changes the complexion of the game.

“We had to regroup [after the sending off]. We went to two banks of four with one centre-forward and we were hoping to get something from a set play or a counter attack.


“That’s the best we’ve played in the first-half, without a doubt. We got after Cambridge and we had several chances that we have to do better with.

“We came out in the second-half and it’s more of the same and then the second-half kills you. You reflect on the game and there was a brilliant opportunity for Andy Cook to make it 1-1.

“I’m absolutely gutted. It felt right before the game and it felt right at half-time. In the end, it’s disastrous and it’s hard to believe that happened.

“We had Cambridge on the ropes [in the first-half] and we were creating opportunities. We were pressing high up the pitch - it was more of what we’re after.

“I understand the supporters’ frustrations without a doubt because they feel as I do about this football club. They want us to succeed and when you lose at home, it hurts. It hurts me as much as anybody, believe me.

“The fact that we’ve lost 4-0 today after the way we played for 60 minutes is tough to take. There’s not a lot more I can say.”

The boss spoke about missed opportunities and explained the reasons for Mansfield’s late collapse.

“The fact that we didn’t take that opportunity [Cook’s chance] and they go up the other end and score [was the reason for late collapse].

“Because we’re now two goals down we had to throw everything at them and try and get something out of the game. When you have ten men, it leaves gaps.

“When it’s one goal, you’re always in the game. When it’s two, it’s very difficult when you’re a man down.

“After the second goal, we were all over the place. The boys were doing okay initially with ten men and we had a great opportunity that we didn’t take.”

John Dempster says he will ‘pick up the pieces and go again,’ adding that he will continue to face the challenge of being Mansfield manager ‘full on.’

“We’re only nine games in and it’s been a real rollercoaster. It’s a real challenge but I knew it would be. There’s probably more happened in the first nine games that’s happened in some managers’ careers.

“It was a challenge that I was always going to face full on as I have a young family to provide for.

“There is pressure but there are people in worse positions than me. I’ll battle on and I’ll never give up, I’ll always do my best.

“The boys are down as you can imagine. Everything felt positive today until the massive turnaround. But however you dress it up, getting beat 4-0 at home is unacceptable.

“We’re a proud football club with proud owners, a proud board and proud supporters. You can’t be getting beat 4-0 at home.

“We’ll be back in tomorrow and we’ll have to move on quickly for Port Vale. It [Vale Park] is always a tough place to go.

“We’ll pick the pieces up and go again, without a doubt. That’s what you do when you’re in this profession.

“I’ll stand up and be counted, without a doubt, and the players need to do the same.”

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BBC Nottingham Sport @BBCRNS
John Dempster:
“You reflect on the game and things have gone against us. But as someone who’s worked here for 7 years...Getting beat 4-0 at home is unacceptable whatever the circumstances”
“To say it’s been an eventful start to the season would be an understatement. As a group, we need to take responsibility for that. To say we’ve been unlucky is a load of rubbish. It’s about stepping up, doing the business in training & when you cross the white line”


John Dempster vows to fight on after being abused by fans after Mansfield Town are hammered by Cambridge United
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkhill, Tuesday 17 September 2019

Under-fire Mansfield Town manager John Dempster admitted he was subjected to distasteful abuse from supporters after his side were hammered 4-0 by by Cambridge United.

Mansfield had dominated the first half and twice went close to taking the lead through CJ Hamilton during a goal-less first 45 minutes.

But the game turned dramatically four minutes after the restart when Matt Preston was dismissed for a reckless tackle on Luke Hannant.

Cambridge dominated from that point and wrapped up a miserable night for struggling Stags with late goals from Jack Roles, Sam Smith, George Maris and Reggie Lambe.

Dempster said: “There is pressure, I carry the weight of the Town on my shoulders.


“But some of the comments from our home supporters are out of order. I was told to "f-off and die" and comments were made about my job, but it is part of the game and the life we choose.

“I understand the frustration and stick, but some of the comments are ridiculous and I think I deserve more respect for my service to the club.”

But the former youth team gaffer says he is determined to overcome the hate and fight on.

“I have to just get on with it, it feels like everything that could go wrong is going wrong at times,” he added.

“It has been a real rollercoaster and a real challenge, I knew it would be.

“It was a challenge that I was always going to face front on, I have a young family to provide for and there is pressure but there are people in worse positions than me.”

“I will battle on and never give up. I still believe the boys can get us promoted.

“The boys are low as you can imagine, it was a massive turnaround to be here compared to the feel around the ground today.

“It is unacceptable to get beat 4-0 at home, we are a proud football club, we are proud owners, board and fans and you cannot get beat, no matter what the circumstances.

“We will be back in again tomorrow and will pick up the pieces, Port Vale is not an easy place to go.

“We will go again, it is what you do, It is tin helmet time, I will stand and be counted and the players need to do the same.”


twitter Neal Bishop @NealBish
Tough night, hard to take. Time to stick together and stand up and be counted


Colin Calderwood admits Matt Preston red card was pivotal in Cambridge United’s win at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 17 September 2019

Cambridge United boss Colin Calderwood admitted Matt Preston’s red-card had been the game-changer in his side’s 4-0 win at Mansfield.

The game was deadlocked at 0-0 with Mansfield Town on top, until Preston was sent-off for a wild challenge on Luke Hannant on 49 minutes.

The visitors dominated from that point and wrapped up a miserable night for struggling Stags with late goals from Jack Roles, Sam Smith, George Maris and Reggie Lambe.

Calderwood said: “If ever there was a deciding factor in the game it was that red card. I did not think we did anything in the first half that warranted any praise.


“We stuck in the game and they missed their moments on counter attacks and long balls.

“They unsettled us at the back in the first half and we tried to get rid of the ball too quick and we did not have the control.

“You have to feel sorry for John Dempster and the situation he is in and getting beat 4-0 at home.

“Up until the tackle we would have been happy to have walked away with a clean sheet.

“We can play better and we did in the second half, but it took until ten men.

“Some of the stuff against 10 men was good, but we have got to be able to do that against 11 men as well.”


Colin Calderwood reacts to Cambridge United's win against Mansfield Town
By Andrew Georgeson, 17 SEP 2019

Colin Calderwood admitted that Matt Preston’s red card was the turning point in the game after Cambridge United’s 4-0 win against Mansfield Town.

For the second game in a row United played against 10 men after the Stags defender was shown a straight red for a challenge on Luke Hannant - although they didn’t make their extra man count straight away.

Indeed, having looked sluggish for the majority of the game, four goals in little over 20 minutes from Jack Roles, Sam Smith, George Maris and Reggie Lambe secured Calderwood’s side a somewhat flattering win.

“We’re certainly getting practice of playing against 10 men, you’ve got to say that,” Calderwood said.

“It was a deciding factor in the game, no doubt about it.

“I didn’t think we did anything really in the first half that warranted any comments of any praise at all.

“We stuck in the game and they missed moments when we were beaten by counter attacks. We were beaten by long balls, we didn’t deal with long passes and their pace really unsettled us at the back.

“I didn’t think we particularly did well with the ball, we didn’t handle the ball, tried to get rid of it too quickly and never brought enough method and control in what we want to do.”

He added: “So you’ve got to feel sorry for John (Dempster, Mansfield manager) in the situation that he’s in, getting a 4-0 home defeat because, up until that tackle, it didn’t look like anything like that.

“We would have walked away with a clean sheet (against 11 men) and have been delighted.

“We can play better and we did in the second half, but it took (playing against) 10 men.

“Some of the stuff with 10 men was good, but they’ve got to be able to cope and do that against 11.

“I don’t want to say it must be confidence, because the rhythm of the play was so much better once they got the goal, but you’ve got to weigh that against... them going down to 10.”

The U’s boss was pleased, however, that all of the midfielders that were on the pitch at the time found the net, particularly Roles, who opened the scored his first Football League goal after coming off the bench.

“(It’s) super (for Roles),” he said.

“I only made the change to maybe bring a bit more guile and craft in the last third.

“The fact he’s the same as Paul Lewis and can score goals from midfield.

“We’ve had a good evening, because all the midfielders have scored.

“I can’t say we warranted it to be 4-0, but it’s just one of those evenings that, as the game went on, it went our way.

“We developed as a team and developed a confidence in our rhythm and used the spaces better and better.”



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