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14th November 2019 18:19

Manager pleased to be in hat for round two
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 09 November 2019

Manager John Dempster says that, despite not creating ‘enough clear-cut opportunities,’ he is ‘pleased’ by the Stags achieving today’s ‘objective’ of making the Emirates FA Cup Second Round.

Frontman Nicky Maynard (below) nodded home his seventh goal of the campaign in the closing ten minutes to give the amber and blue a one-goal victory over National League side Chorley.

The boss says that the journey towards his previous positive experiences in the FA Cup have ‘never been pleasant,’ and he was left happy with his players ‘getting the job done.’

“That was the objective [getting through] at the start of the day so we’re pleased to be in the hat,” he told iFollow Stags. “I thought Chorley stayed with us for 45 to 60 minutes then started to tire.


“I think we could have worked the ‘keeper a little more, but overall, I’m pleased with the players because at times, we had to be patient.

“We didn’t create enough clear-cut opportunities and didn’t work the ‘keeper enough, but with the positive experiences I’ve had in the FA Cup, the roads to getting to the third, fourth or fifth rounds have been rocky ones.

“It’s never a pleasant journey and today is another example of that. We had to get the job done and we’ve done that today.

“It was a big occasion for them [Chorley] even though they’re only in the league below us. They were always going to give it their all, and credit to them, they did that.”

The boss cited a difference in fitness levels as a reason for an improved second-half.

“The players mentioned at half-time that they felt Chorley were starting to tire. When you’re a player on the pitch, you can feel that. The lads recognised that and were keen to have a positive start to the second-half.

“I thought we got better in the second-half and moved the ball better, but the criticism would be that we didn’t work the ‘keeper enough. But we’re in the hat and that’s all that matters.

“Our final delivery was lacking at times and when we did get into the box we missed the target. Mells [Jacob Mellis] came on and hit the target and of course, the sniffer dog [Nicky Maynard] was there to put it in.”

He spoke more of the Stags’ opponents, adding: “I think when Chorley started putting us under pressure at the end, you could hear the frustration in the crowd.

“But let’s not disrespect opposition. They’re in the league below us and they took Doncaster to a replay last season.

“They have experience in this competition and they’ve caused people problems. I don’t think they caused us great problems today, but when they did put the ball in the box, we defended it well.”

The Stags were forced to make an alteration for the match, with versatile midfielder Conor Shaughnessy not having permission from his parent club to play in the fixture.

The gaffer spoke of his decision to start Willem Tomlinson (below) in place of the absent Leeds United man, saying: “I thought Willem [Tomlinson] deserved a start today. Jacob Mellis only trained on Thursday and Friday because he was ill.

“Those are the kind of things I need to take into consideration and I thought Willem did well today.

“He got on the ball and got us switching the play. Alistair [Smith] is always in contention and had a good week of training as well.

“It’s good to have that kind of healthy competition and it was great that Mells played a part in the goal because it was always going to take a team effort today.

“The players have got the job done and at times, when Chorley had the opportunity to get the ball into the box, we defended resolutely and professionally.”

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


Mansfield Town boss Dempster: All that mattered was the result
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 09 November 2019

Despite a poor game and only a single goal, Mansfield Town boss John Dempster said all that mattered was making sure they reached the FA Cup second round after today's 1-0 home first round win over National League part-timers Chorley.

It was a laboured victory for the Stags which frustrated home fans.


But Dempster said: “Getting through was the objective at the start of the day so we are pleased to be in the hat - that's all that matters.

“The experiences I have had in the FA Cup, positive ones when we have got to the third, fourth, fifth round, the journey is a rocky one and there are trials and tribulations along the way. “It's never a pleasant journey and today was another example of that. We had to get the job done and we've done that today.

“I thought Chorley stayed with us for 45-60 minutes and then they started to tire.

“That was always going to be the case as it was a big day for them, even though they are only in the league below us. They were always going to give it their all and, credit to them, they did that.”

Stags could only muster three efforts on target all game and Dempster admitted: “I think we could have worked the keeper more, but overall I am pleased with the players as at times we had to be patient as they had players behind the ball and forcing us wide.

“We had to move the opposition and tire them and we did that.

“When they put the ball into our box I thought we defended professionally and resolutely.

“When Chorley started putting us under pressure near the end you could hear the frustration in the crowd, but let's not disrespect opposition.

“They took Doncaster to a replay last season so have experience in this competition and have caused people problems.”


Later interview: Mansfield Town manager John Dempster said it was ‘hurtful’ to be booed off by own fans after victory
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Wednesday 13 November 2019

Mansfield Town boss John Dempster said it was ‘hurtful’ to be booed off after the home FA Cup victory last weekend.

Stags were given a tough afternoon by National League strugglers Chorley before pulling off a 1-0 win which earned the club £36,000 and an away second round tie at Shrewsbury Town or Bradford City in Monday night’s draw.

Despite some poor recent home results, the Stags were shocked by the reaction and Dempster said: “We were delighted to progress to the next round by beating Chorley on Saturday.

“But there was some frustration among the supporters and I found it quite hurtful to be booed off at full-time as I felt it was a positive to progress to the next round.


“When you look at the fixtures that took place on Sunday, there were a few clubs playing lower division sides who did not progress into the next round.

“It just shows you there are no ‘givens’ in the FA Cup.

“We expected that kind of contest with Chorley. When you go through their line up they had ex-Football League players and some of their players are still full-time.

“There were players who have played in higher divisions than League Two. So they were no mugs.

“Before the game we were never going to disrespect them or overlooked them.

“We’ve all played in FA Cup ties when you’re the underdog or the favourite and you’ve got to be very careful and get the job done. I feel as a group we did that on Saturday.”


Match-winner post Emirates FA Cup victory
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 09 November 2019

Striker Nicky Maynard expressed his delight after scoring the match-winning header during Mansfield Town’s 1-0 victory over Chorley.

The frontman secured his side’s passage into the Emirates FA Cup second round with an 81st minute header, which came after goalkeeper Matt Urwin was unable to hold substitute Jacob Mellis’ initial effort.

And his seventh goal of the season proved to be the decisive moment - his predatory instincts ensuring victory over the Magpies.

“I’m pleased, obviously, to score the goal because we never played as well as we’d have liked but I’d give credit to Chorley,” he began.


“It’s nice to get a clean sheet as well - they made it hard for us but the lads dug deep, stuck to the plan of being patient on the ball and tried not to force it.

“We thought we would wear them down, which seemed to be the case but they kept going until the end.”

The ex-Cardiff man continued to praise the National League side, who made life difficult for the amber and blue at One Call Stadium.

“We have to tip our hats to Chorley because they made it difficult for us, but I don’t think we were ever in trouble of conceding.

“They had three centre-backs who were big and their wing-backs operated more like full-backs so they made it difficult to play through balls.

“We stuck to our task of using the free man to get crosses in and get shots. They put their bodies on the line; we came in at nil-nil and we just said to keep going.”

In addition, the 32-year-old believes his side must now work on patterns of play in the final third, ahead of their trip to face Burton Albion in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday.

“I think we need to work on patterns of play in the final third,” he continued to tell iFollow Stags.

“We do it a couple of times and if it doesn’t come off we stop but we’ve just got to believe in what we set out to do, and sooner or later it’ll work.

“Maybe we didn’t have as much width as we’d like at times but with CJ [Hamilton] coming on that made a little bit of a difference.

“We would have liked to have won four or five-nil but it’s the FA Cup and that’s not always going to be the case - the main thing is we got through to the next round.”

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


Match-winner Nicky Maynard pays tribute to Chorley after Mansfield Town cup win
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 09 November 2019

Mansfield Town match-winner Nicky Maynard said National League strugglers Chorley deserved much credit for their battling display in today's 1-0 FA Cup first round win for the Stags.

Despite being bottom of the league and away to EFL opposition, the Magpies dug deep and pushed Stags hard right to the end.

“We didn't play as well as we liked but you have to give credit to Chorley,” said Maynard, who netted an 81st minute poacher's goal a minute after Conrad Logan had made a crucial save at the other end.

“They made it hard for us, but the lads dug deep, stuck to the plan and were patient on the ball, not trying to force it too much.


“We thought we'd wear them down sooner or later but they kept on going until the end, though I don't think we were ever in danger of conceding.

“They had three big centre halves and their wing backs were not really wing backs, so they had five at the back at times which made it difficult to play through balls.

“We just stuck to the task of keeping the ball and trying to get a free man to get shots or crosses in. But they put their bodies on the line.”

Maynard added: “I was pleased to score the goal and it was nice to get a clean sheet as well.

“We would have liked to have won four or five nil but this is the FA Cup and that's never going to be the case sometimes. The main thing is we got through to the next round.”


Neal Bishop reaction on facebook:


Neal Bishop upset with Mansfield Town fans who booed their team after a win
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Veteran Mansfield Town midfielder Neal Bishop has hit out at fans booing their own players after Saturday’s 1-0 home FA Cup win over National League bottom side Chorley.

Stags were made to work hard for their 81st minute winner to reach round two, but Bishop was clearly upset by the post-match reaction, pointing out the effect it can have on the younger players in the dressing room

Stags have struggled at home this season and the number of fans showing their displeasure has been rising. But this was the first time fans had actually booed a win.


Bishop said: “After playing professional football for nearly 15 years, playing at every level in this county expect Premier League, and as a lifelong Boro fan, I have never experienced anything like that today.

“Getting so aggressively booed off after a win by the majority of the crowd is something I’ve never seen.

“We had some younger lads in the dressing room after the game in absolute astonishment at what had just happened.

“People need to let the disappointment of last season go. We messed up. We didn’t get promotion. We’re truly sorry.

“But the negativity and toxic atmosphere that currently surrounds our club at home games is not going to turn back time.

“I would say stop scapegoating people and get behind the boys, because the truth is the lads prefer playing away from home at the minute, and that should never be the case.

“We all want to be successful, but castigating and abusing the people who are giving everything for the cause is not going to achieve anything.

“I appreciate people spend their hard-earned cash to watch football and are entitled to voice their opinion in any way they please.

“But if anyone thinks booing and abusing their own players is going to make things better and help the team then they are very, very wrong.”


Willem Tomlinson @WillemWillem8
Good to be back out there today, job done

Ryan Sweeney @RyanSweeney97_
Job done through to the next round get up the boys

KG @kellangordon25
Buzzing to get through to the next round with a win today

Drewe Broughton - High Performance Consultant @DreweBroughton
The FA cup first round is never an easy affair. Teams raise their games, expectancy on the higher league team , “nothing to lose” for the team lower down... a great days work @mansfieldtownfc


Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio feels FA Cup defeat to Mansfield Town was harsh
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 09 November 2019

Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio said today's narrow 1-0 FA Cup first round defeat at Mansfield Town was typical of their season.

The National League part-timers defended well and forced a great save out of Conrad Logan on 80 minutes before Stags went straight upfield to win it through a Nicky Maynard strike.

“It's the story of our season,” said Vermiglio.

“We go down that end and if Bainesy had scored we potentially win the game, instead we go down the other end, Matty was unsighted and they go on and score.


“The lads have done very well today. They have defended like trojans, they've won the ball back and kept it well, especially in the first half.”

Mansfield's supporters grew increasingly unsettled as their side failed to carve out chances after recent home flops.

“We've caused them a few problems and you could hear from their fans they've been in a bit of a pickle at home,” said Vermiglio.

“You can see from some of their recent results that they've not got flowing at home.

“Their fans clapped us off and we've had some positive comments from the Mansfield management team.

“But at the end of the day we're out the FA Cup. We were obviously never going to win it. But it's the prestige and financial gain that comes with it so we're disappointed, especially when you get to the last 10 minutes thinking you could get them back for at the very least a replay.

“We gave it a really good go at the end and I think we were unlucky today.”

He added: “They had more of the ball than us but our shape was good and they had to work very hard to break us down. They very rarely broke us down in the second half.

“Credit to our lads, they've done well at a very established side who play good football. We've more than matched them, but we now have to dust ourselves down and go again next week against Chesterfield.

“I feel sorry for the lads to a certain degree. To be sucker-punched again in the last 10 minutes it's difficult for them to take."



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