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9th October 2019 18:59

Late win will have ‘massive effect’ on players - manager
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 05 October 2019

Stags’ boss John Dempster believes that this afternoon’s dramatic 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park could be a ‘massive turning point’ in Mansfield’s season.

Captain Krystian Pearce sparked scenes of ecstasy in the Mansfield away end when he prodded home a 96th minute winner from close range.

The winning strike came after the amber and blue were reduced to ten men on the hour mark when Hayden White saw red for a sliding challenge.

The manager says to win the game so late on with a man less was ‘an unbelievable feeling.’


“We went down to ten men again and the Mansfield supporters didn’t stop singing,” said the boss. “For the captain [Pearce] to pop up and net the winner was an unbelievable feeling.

“You saw how the bench and the supporters reacted - Lee Glover [assistant manager] got a yellow for doing a cartwheel I think!

“I’m really chuffed. I don’t think we played brilliantly today. We did really well when we went down to ten but up to that point I don’t think we were brilliant.

“I’m taking that all day long. There have been times where we haven’t had the rub of the green and I’ve tried not to go on about it.

“We’ve been through a lot in the first 12 games. But what a feeling that was, that’s why we’re in the game. I’m absolutely delighted and I think the reaction said it all.

“These players are with me and they want the club to do well. We spoke about picking up points when we don’t play particularly well and we spoke about digging in - in football if you do that for long enough, things do turn.

“It was an unbelievable feeling [when Pearce scored] - I’m still getting goosebumps now. I was getting a lot of stick from the fans behind me so it was nice to show my delight to them as well.

“When our supporters get the away end rocking like that, the noise doesn’t match the numbers. If we can give them more memories like that and stick together, we’ll climb the table without a doubt.

“It’s a results business, I’m not stupid. If you’re brave and you have courage and you keep doing the things you believe in, football does turn. This is a massive turning point, the effect it will have on the dressing room, giving them that confidence and belief.”

John Dempster gave his opinion on White’s red card before praising the reaction shown by his side after being reduced to ten men.

“Hayden White’s tackle [for the red card] today, he won the ball and went in hard and fair in my opinion.

“I’ve only seen it in real time, I haven’t seen it back. But he 100 per cent won the ball. Hayden has been out for a long time with a broken leg and if you don’t tackle with 100 per cent sometimes you can get injured.

“We were disappointed to see him leave the pitch but the way the players reacted was magnificent.

“Our backs were against the wall and it was looking unfavourable for us but we’ve come through a massive challenge which I believe is a massive turning point because everything was against us and we’ve come out with all three points at Grimsby.”

The boss then looked ahead to Tuesday’s Leasing.com Trophy match against Crewe, before emphasising his aim to secure back-to-back league wins when Oldham visit One Call Stadium next Saturday.

“To get on the bus with all three points is brilliant. We have a game on Tuesday night against Crewe which we’ll respect but we’ll make a lot of changes for.

“Then we’re going to go and play on the front foot against Oldham and put back-to-back [league] wins together. That’s the plan.”

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


Mansfield Town will gain ‘belief and confidence’ from last minute win at Grimsby, says John Dempster
chad.co.uk, Saturday 05 October 2019

John Dempster says Mansfield Town’s last-minute win at Grimsby will give the players “belief and confidence” in their League Two campaign.

A 96th-minute Krystian Pearce goal gave the travelling Stags all three points at Blundell Park, which came after they were reduced to ten men when Hayden White was shown a straight red card.

Victory ended a four-game winless run for Mansfield and manager Dempster was delighted for everyone associated with the club.

He said: “It gives the players the confidence and belief that they need.

“They want to perform for this football club. They are paid to win football matches, like I am.

“We believe if we keep performing as we have done in previous weeks then the results will come.

“It’s important you pick up results when the odds are against you and you’re not playing particularly well.

“The character the boys have shown today was a joy to be part of.”


And added: “It was a huge boost [for Dempster himself]. There have been times when I’ve been kicked and kicked when I’m down.

“It’s been an eventful 12 games and it’s hard to believe we’ve only played 12 league games.

“I’ll enjoy that - I’ll go home with the family and enjoy that tonight - but make no mistake about it we’ll make some changes on Tuesday night and we’ll go for back-to-back wins on Saturday when Oldham come to town.”

Dempster was pleased with the character his side showed during the match.

“The character is in there,” he said. “If you hang on in there then the football gods can be cruel to you but they can sometimes be kind.

“Although we didn’t play brilliantly today I thought we deserved the win because of previous things that have happened to us.

“I’m delighted for the players, the supporters and everyone involved.”


Chief believes victory can ignite season
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 05 October 2019

Match-winner Krystian Pearce believes today’s dramatic, last-gasp victory at Grimsby Town can kick-start Stags’ season.

John Dempster’s men secured their third league win of the campaign as Pearce - known as 'The Chief' - stabbed home a 96th minute goal to earn three vital points for the amber and blue.

Stags had to march to victory with ten men following a controversial red-card to defender Hayden White on the stroke of the hour.

Speaking just minutes after the full-time whistle, skipper Pearce said that the win was merited.

“I think it was a typical hard-fought away performance,” commented the 29-year-old.


“We felt that we deserved all three points. The first half was a cagey affair, but we know it only takes one chance, as long as we stay organised, and luckily we took our chance.

"We were organised, had a good game plan which we worked on all week. It nullified their strengths and even with ten men we were able to incorporate our game plan to get the three points."

Reflecting on his decisive goal, he said: "It just fell to me at the right time and it was there to be hit. Luckily, I took it. It was a great moment.

"It’s always good to score the winning goal away from home in a scrappy 1-0 win. As a centre-back, it’s the ideal situation. Those ‘horrible’ 1-0 away wins are personally my favourite, so to get the goal as well, it’s just what you need.

"Everyone knows that I’m a passionate player. I wear my heart on my sleeve and try and give my all every game."

A measured then Pearce wants the win to act as a springboard to launch the Stags' campaign into life.

"It’s still very early in the season so we’re not going to get carried away. We’ll keep plugging away and working hard on the training pitch and hopefully results will come.

"We’ve been unlucky in recent weeks. Performances have improved, but results haven’t. But I think today we got the result that our performance deserved

"We’ve been waiting for that result to kick-start our season, so hopefully that’s the kick-start we needed.

"The boys have been quietly confident throughout the recent couple of games that we’ve had, but we’ve just not had the results. Now we have a good result we can build on it."

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Otis Khan @OtisKhan63
Buzzing!! What a win for the boys, deserved it hopefully start of a run now fans were right behind us safe journey back.

KG @kellangordon25
Hard fought 3 points today and clean sheet love it team

Drewe Broughton
What it’s all about........
It’s been coming...
10 men today. A performance full of sweat and courage with great bravery in and off the ball. It’s been coming...
You can overanalyse when results aren’t there... you can start the “search” man do I know that search ...
You can ONLY look at two things ... did you run and run and run, when the voices say I’m tired say FUCK YOU And did you go and get that football , lose it, get it, lose it and get it... never hide..
#football #mansfieldtownfc #winning #courage #bravery

Note he was absent:
Drewe Broughton
A great week.
Tel Aviv Israel...
Coaching and delivering to an exceptional group of people and start up.
#performancecoaching #coach #telaviv #vulnerability #emotionalintelligence #business #football #leadership #thoughtleader #speaker

Steven Hymas
MTFC .Thats what supporting your team is all about ...the 680 that made the trip need a massive pat on the back for getting behind the team against all the odds .Down to ten and still singing loud and proud .
Really pleased for the manager and players too who have took that much stick lately it’s been nothing short of shameful.
The team pushed on in the final minute and got their just rewards for never giving in .A fantastic win in a very hostile atmosphere was just the tonic we needed.
A very happy Sunday for everyone involved with Mansfield Town Football Club


Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley blasts referee after 1-0 defeat to Mansfield

Michael Jolley says the apology offered to him by referee Paul Marsden is ‘not good enough’ after Grimsby Town suffered a late defeat against League Two rivals Mansfield.

In a game of few genuine chances, the Stags won it in the 96th minute when Krystian Pearce fired home from a set-piece.

Man in the middle Paul Marsden showed Hayden White a straight red card earlier in the afternoon, but his overall display was widely criticised by both sets of supporters - and managers!

Jolley said: “It would be fair to say we were disappointed with the team of officials.

“I think both teams had plenty to be upset about in the way that the game was managed. It was very frustrating.


“I went to see the referee. I have been managing for 100 games now - this is the first time I’ve ever been to speak to a referee after a game.

“He made an apology to me for two key incidents (*) that he got wrong. Apologies don’t get us any points and they mean absolutely nothing.

“We are in the business of getting things right. If you get it wrong and apologise, that’s not good enough.”

Jolley added: “Other than those two incidents, I thought there were numerous other incidents where he got it badly, badly wrong.

“He wasn’t helped enough by the two assistant referees, or the fourth official, in the overall running of the game.

“I’ve no idea what John (Mansfield boss, Dempster) would think. But from our side, I thought the referee was absolutely appalling.”

Ahead of kick-off, there were two changes in the Town ranks as Harry Davis and James Hanson were welcomed back into the line-up, in place of Youth graduates Mattie Pollock and Ahkeem Rose.

Hanson saw an early goal ruled out for offside in Cleethorpes - before Mansfield defender White saw red on the hour-mark for a high challenge on Town midfielder Jake Hessenthaler.

As the clock ticked deep into added time, the points were snatched away by the Stags when Pearce picked up the pieces from a set-piece.

Jolley added: “I thought our performance was good overall. I thought we were the better team for most of the game, certainly in the first half.

“After the sending-off, they camped in and tried to make it difficult for us, which they did. But still, right up to the end, we were trying to win.

“Of course, if you can’t win the game you need to make sure you don’t lose it, but we didn’t deal with that set-play at the end.

“We are disappointed with that.”

Comment by Martin:
(*) the two incidents were both concerning drop-balls.
He gave a drop-ball for Grimsby when Rose had a head injury, but allowed Rose back onto the pitch right by where he dropped the ball and Rose immediately dispossessed the Grimsby player.
He also gave a drop-ball when the ball was heading out for a Grimsby corner, and there was a head injury. He dropped the ball for Logan, which was indeed a mistake.

Neither was a "key incident" by any reasonable definition.


Grimsby keeper James McKeown protested furiously against the goal. It was not clear at the time what for. He was interviewed after the game on BBC Radio Humberside. I went to find the interview on the BBC iPlayer and he said he thought one of the Mansfield players was offside. From the video, plainly no-one was offside.




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