CREWE EFL TROPHY PREVIEWS / OLEJNIK IN CONTENTION
Goalkeeper pushing for Trophy start
mansfieldtown.net, Mon Oct 7 2019
Shot-stopper Bobby Olejnik will be in contention for a place in the line-up for tomorrow night’s Leasing.com Trophy match at home to Crewe Alexandra (7.45pm kick-off), manager John Dempster revealed today.
The 32-year-old has been sidelined since December of last year after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in training.
Hopes of a speedier return to the squad were dashed recently when the Austrian goalkeeper dislocated a finger during training prior to Stags’ home match against Plymouth last month.
But he’ll now compete with Aidan Stone tomorrow for a start in between the posts.
“Bobby completed a full training session today and he’s in contention to play against Crewe and he’ll be involved with everybody heading forward,” said Stags’ boss John Dempster, speaking to http://www.mansfieldtown.net this afternoon.
“We’ve also got Aidan Stone, who is training brilliantly, so those will be the two goalkeepers in the squad for tomorrow night’s game.”
The manager said that tomorrow’s squad will consist largely of first team players whilst some under-21s and under-18s’ players will be elevated to the first team squad.
“We have a lot of senior pro’s who will feature, and we’ll have some of under-21s’ players in and around them, as well as some under-18s. It’ll be a real mix of experience and youth, and we’ll be aiming to win the football match.
“I’ve had one or two players who have come to me and expressed their desire to break into the team and have asked what’s needed to break into the starting 11. This is an opportunity for those players to go and perform to a high standard and give me a problem for the weekend.
“If there are outstanding performances tomorrow night from certain individuals then they will be in contention for a place on Saturday. What an opportunity for those players stepping in tomorrow night to make a real positive impact and put me in a position where I’m considering them for the Oldham game.”
Meanwhile, defender Matt Preston will return to the matchnight squad. The 24-year-old is suspended for four league matches - the last of which will be this Saturday at home to Oldham Athletic - but will be available for tomorrow night’s Group E trophy match.
In other news, John Dempster confirmed that the club would not be appealing Hayden White’s red card from Saturday’s dramatic 1-0 victory at Grimsby.
Stop seeing red Mansfield Town boss John Dempster orders players as early card count mounts
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Thursday 10 October 2019
Mansfield Town manager John Dempster is calling on his players to stop seeing red and think before they dive into challenges.
Hayden White’s dismissal at Grimsby last weekend saw Stags end a game with 10 men for the fifth time already this season and tomorrow against Oldham White begins a three game ban while Matt Preston completes a four-game ban, following his three game ban earlier in the campaign.
“At Grimsby at half-time we spoke about making sure that we matched them physically and competed with them as they had a very physical side,” said Dempster.
“They had a lot of height in their team and I felt they were winning too many aerial duels and landing on too many second balls.
“I do want players being committed and winning tackles, but at times this season we have over-stepped the mark with tackles.
“We are now in the modern day and the modern game, so it’s important to stay on your feet.
“You can only go to ground if it’s a last ditch tackle and at times when we’ve had players sent off this season there has been so need.”
Dempster initially felt the White red card was harsh until he saw it back after the game, but admitted it did perk his side up for what was a much-needed win against the odds.
“I didn’t feel we were brilliant up to the point where Hayden got sent off. The effort was there but the quality was lacking,” he said.
“But when Hayden got sent of the boys reacted brilliantly and we didn’t ever feel in danger.
“The tackle looked worse on video. In real time, and I had a reasonable view of it, Hayden got the ball. But, on reflection, the follow through - you can’t really do that any more.
“The referee had a difficult afternoon and probably lost control of the game at ties.
“But, on reflection, he probably got that one right.”
Boss Wants To Keep Our Cup Hopes Alive At Mansfield This Evening
David Artell wants his Crewe Alexandra side to remain alive in the Leasing.Com Trophy with a positive result at Mansfield Town this evening.
Crewe lost their opening group fixture 3-1 to League One Burton Albion, so another defeat at the One Call Stadium would end our hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition we won back in 2013.
Artell told the club’s official website: “The money on offer in the competition is significant to the smaller clubs and we want to go as far as we can in the competition.
“I will pick a team to try and win the game. A few will get a chance to stake their claim as well, so there is plenty to play for.
“It is my duty to try and win the game and if we can then we will take it to the final game.
“It will be hard to predict Mansfield’s team because they made plenty of changes in their first game and changed the shape.
“We will have to look at their team when we get it on the night but we will look at their games and see if we can spot some trends to their play and patterns. “