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24th November 2019 22:57


We’ll go into big match with confidence - manager
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 19 November 2019

Stags’ boss John Dempster says that his side will go into Saturday’s match at league leaders Swindon Town 'in a positive mood' off the back of six consecutive away matches without defeat.

Mansfield’s away form has been a key strength to the season, having lost just twice on the road this term.

The manager says that his side will go into the weekend’s game against the high-flying Robins with the aim to return to One Call Stadium with all three points.

“Swindon are in good form and have some very good players,” he told iFollow Stags. “At home, they’re very well-supported. It will be a good atmosphere.

“We’ll be going into the game in a positive mood because we’re unbeaten in six away from home. Our home form’s been poor, but our away form is very good.

“We’ll go there and we’re hoping to return with three points. We’ll prepare as we always do throughout the week, we’ll look at their strengths and weaknesses then prepare ourselves.

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“We’ll concentrate on ourselves because we feel we have a strong squad that has performed very well away from home. We feel that there are clean sheets in the squad.”

Reflecting on the Stags’ most recent fixture, a 0-0 draw at Macclesfield, the Mansfield boss discussed the way he set his side up for the match.

“It was a difficult game and the conditions were hard to play in [at Macclesfield],” he added. “We found it difficult to play on the pitch and they were very strong and resolute.

“Going through the team, I think Conrad [Logan] and the back-three were very good. We played with one sitting midfielder and two advanced, while Macclesfield used two sitters and one advanced [midfielder].

“We were hoping to get more play in their final third and create more opportunities but because of the conditions and sometimes a lack of quality, we didn’t get the ball in the right areas for long enough.

“We played with two centre-forwards like we have done for the majority of the season, while a lot of teams play with one. It’s more positive and attacking to play with two strikers. To say that it was a negative setup, I’d disagree.

“If you were to say both teams cancelled each other out a little bit, that would be a fair assumption.”

The manager also discussed the way his side defends corners, adding: “We don’t always have 11 players back from corners. If you take the Colchester game as an example, we set up a certain way.

“Colchester had two players out taking the corner, which allows them to either play short or put the ball in the box - so we send two players out to mark them.

“We have the goalkeeper in between the sticks and two players on the goal-line as zonal markers, one in the front post zone and one in the six-yard box. So that’s four players.

“Then you need to mark the player that goes onto our goalkeeper, which is then five players. We also need to man-mark the pod that are going to attack the players, which is another four players.

“Then we mark the player which is on the edge of the box, as if you don’t mark that player he can land on the ball. That’s 11 players.

“The debate is an interesting one as you’d either have to sacrifice the front post zone or the six-yard zone and I think over the course of the season, you’d concede goals.

“When you look at top level football, it’s something that Liverpool and Manchester City do. The teams that currently occupy the automatic promotions spots [in Sky Bet League Two] do the same.

“It’s not something that’s uncommon or negative - it’s something that other teams do.”

Stags’ reserves are back in action this afternoon (Tuesday), with the manager revealing that a ‘mixture’ of senior and young players will feature in the clash against Rotherham United at The RH Academy.

“It [team for reserves] will be a mixture. Omari [Sterling-James] will play, Jimmy Knowles will play, Jordan Graham will play.

“We’re hoping that Davo [Craig Davies] will come off the bench for some minutes. Bobby [Olejnik] will play in goal.

“It will be a mixture of some experienced pro’s, some of our under-21s and some under-18s. It’s a fixture we’re looking forward to.”

After striker Danny Rose went off injured against Macclesfield, the boss offered an update on the frontman. There was also an update on the welfare of wing-back Hayden White.

“Danny [Rose] is going to be out for three to four weeks with a hamstring strain. As you can imagine we’re all very disappointed and so is Danny.

“He’s a good healer - we saw that with his ankle. It will be three to four weeks, but the sooner he’s back, the better.

“Hayden White will be scanned again on Thursday because we need to check whether the last bit of pain that he’s got is just bone bruising, or whether we need to potentially get the rod that’s in his leg out, which would mean a longer time out for Hayden.

“He’s had a really frustrating time and he’s desperate to be back and fighting for the football club. He’s a big part of the squad and we’re hoping for a positive result on Thursday for Hayden.”

Two players who missed Saturday’s match against the Silkmen through injury were midfielders Otis Khan and Neal Bishop. The manager added: “Otis [Khan] will train on Thursday - he’ll be out with the medical team again today and they’ll be putting him through his paces, making sure he’s ready to return.

“Bish [Neal Bishop] had an issue with his back - he’s also had tonsillitis. We’re hoping he’ll be back in tomorrow to do a light session.

“Otis has [a chance to play on Saturday]. We’ll have to see how Bish [Neal Bishop] is over the next few days.”

John Dempster also revealed that he had been accepted onto a UEFA Pro Licence course, in order to further his self-development.

“I’ve been accepted onto my [UEFA] Pro Licence [course] - it’s something that I applied for last season.

“I’ve been picked along with a number of lucky candidates and I’m very pleased to be picked to go onto it and very appreciative of the football club for supporting me.

“I think I’ll probably be one of the youngest candidates there so I’m really pleased with it. It’ll certainly improve my network and it’s a highly-acclaimed, recognised worldwide qualification.”

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

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Mansfield Town boss John Dempster hits back at criticism of team choice and tactics
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Stags manager John Dempster has hit back at his critics who claim he set his side up too negatively for lasr Saturday’s 0-0 draw at crisis club Macclesfield Town.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game at leaders Swindon he also explained why he often brings his whole side back for defending corners, which is another major bugbear among some supporters.

Of his team selection at Macclesfield, he said: “We played with one sitting midfielder and two advanced whereas Macclesfield play with two sitters and one advanced.

“We were hoping to get more play in their half and final third and create more opportunities.

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“But because of the conditions and sometimes a lack of quality, we didn’t get the ball in the right areas for long enough to have more waves of attacks or get our wings back higher.

“We did play with two centre forwards like we have the majority of the season whereas a lot of teams pay with one.

“We have been more attacking and positive with two centre forwards.

“So to say it was a negative set-up I would disagree.

“I think both teams countered each other out.”

Dempster added: “We did look to change it in the second half, making three substitutions, but Danny Rose going off injured obviously affected the last 10/15 minutes and in the end I don’t think it was a bad point.

“Maybe I could have brought Jacob Mellis on sooner. But football is very easy in hindsight.”

He also disagreed with those saying he should always have someone left up at corners.

“We don’t always have 11 players back for corners, but if you use the Colchester game as an example when some of the shouts were probably louder than previous games, we set up a certain way,” he said

“It’s not something new. Colchester had two players out taking the corner which allows them to pay short or put the ball in the box. So we send two players out to mark them.

“We have a keeper and two players who are zonal markers, one in the front hole by the post and the other in the six yard zone - their job is to go and head the ball away whether it’s an inswinging or out-swinging delivery.

“We mark the player that goes onto our goalkeeper.

“We also man to man mark the pod that go and attack the ball, that’s another four. Then we mark the player on the edge of the box as, if you don’t mark him, he can land on the ball and cause problems. So that’s XI players.

“If we could put an extra player on the pitch we would, but we can’t.”

He continued: “The debate is an interesting one as you’d either have to sacrifice the front post zone player or six yard zone player and, if you did that over the course of a season, you’d concede more goals than you will from leaving a player up.

“This is something the champions of Europe, Liverpool, do, the champions of England do the same in Manchester City and if you want a more kind of relative example, the teams currently in the top three in our division, Swindon, Forest Green and Bradford, they do the same.

“It’s not something uncommon or negative. It’s something a lot of teams do.”

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Mansfield Town top scorer Danny Rose faces new injury lay-off after scan
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 19 November 2019

Mansfield Town’s top scorer Danny Rose faces a second lay-off of the season with a hamstring injury ahead of Saturday’s tough trip to League Two leaders Swindon Town.

Rose, who had only returned a week earlier from an ankle injury that had sidelined him for a month, limped off in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Macclesfield, leaving his side to end the game with 10 men with all the subs used.

Boss John Dempster said: “Danny is going to be out for three to four weeks with a grade two hamstring strain and he will be a massive miss.

“Last season he had some shocking luck. But he started this season like a house on fire and has been brilliant on and off the pitch for us.

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“I feel for Danny. He was very upset after the game - visibly upset.

“But three to four weeks goes very quickly in football, though it will probably seem like a lifetime to him, and it will be a massive boost for myself and the squad when Danny is back.

“As you can imagine we’re very disappointed and so is Danny, but he is a good healer - we saw that with his ankle - so we are hoping it’s three weeks rather than four. The sooner he is back the better.”

However, Rose’s absence does open up a place for someone else and Dempster added: “We are fortunate we’ve got some good attacking players and the players that come in need to take their opportunity as Danny will be back before we know it.

“They need to perform if they come in as the competition for places will be helpful to us.”

Stags head for Swindon in 14th place, seven points off the play-offs, and Dempster said: “We haven’t hits the heights that we want to yet but we feel we’re on the right track.

“Any team that can put an unbeaten run together will find themselves drifting up the table.

“We feel we’ve been in good form over the last seven to eight weeks, but there is more to come. There is more in the tank.

“If we can improve on our goals conceded column we always feel we’ll be a threat and can score goals.”

Otis Khan (groin) and Neal Bishop (back and tonsillitis) do have a chance of a return for the Swindon trip while Mansfield also hope to find out how long Hayden White will be out this week.

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Huge day for striker Craig Davies as he begins Mansfield Town comeback in reserves outing
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 19 November 2019

It’s a big day for Mansfield Town striker Craig Davies today as he begins his playing comeback with some minutes in this afternoon’s home Central League reserves clash with Rotherham United at the RH Academy (2pm).

The experienced Davies has suffered injury problems since soon after signing in the summer of 2018 and has not played since 4th December almost a year ago.

“We are hoping Davo will come off the bench and get some minutes today,” said Stags boss John Dempster.

“It’s a huge day for as he’s been out for such a long time. With the physical and mental challenges he’s had to go through, to get to this stage, it’s been tough for Davo.

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“We are probably looking at getting him 25-30 minutes today to ease him in.

“He has slowly been improving from a fitness point of view. You can see his feet quickening up in training.

“If he comes through today we want to build him up slowly, probably 15 minutes at a time, to eventually get a couple of 90 minutes under his belt when he would then come back into contention for the first team.

“I would say we are still on course for a Christmas return if he comes through as we’d hope.”

Bobby Olejnik, Omari Sterling-James and Jimmy Knowles will all start alongside U21s and U18s in a mixed side.

Last time out, Mansfield’s second string recorded a 1-1 draw away at Walsall reserves, with striker Jordan Graham netting a late equaliser to ensure the spoils were shared.

The clash against the Saddlers has been Mansfield’s only Central League fixture to date this season, with opponents Rotherham having played twice.

The Millers have enjoyed a perfect start to their Central League campaign, winning both of their opening matches.

They began the season with a 3-2 win over Doncaster Rovers and followed the victory up by beating Grimsby 2-1 earlier this month.

Both of the Millers’ games have been home fixtures, while today’s game is the first time Mansfield’s reserves will have played at home this campaign.

The Stags last faced Rotherham in a Central League fixture in February of this year, with the Millers running out 3-1 winners.

Mansfield will be looking to record their first victory of the season.

Entry to the game is free.

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Scan today on Mansfield Town defender Hayden White injury
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Hayden White will on Thursday have a scan on the leg he broke early this year to see if his continued pain is anything to do with the metal rod he has in there.

The key defender has struggled for fitness this season and boss John Dempster said: “Hayden will be scanned again on Thursday as we need to check if the last bit of pain he’s got is bone bruising or we need to potentially get the metal rod out that’s in his leg which would mean a longer time out for him.

“He’s had a really frustrating time. I had a good chat with him last week about how he was feeling and he is desperate to be back and fighting for the football club.

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“He is a big part of the squad, so we are hoping to scan gives us a positive result.”

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Delight for John Dempster as Mansfield Town boss is accepted on EUFA Pro Licence course
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Mansfield Town manager John Dempster is delighted to have been accepted onto the prestigious UEFA Pro Licence course as he continues to build his coaching skills.

In his first season as a Football League manager, he said: “It’s been quite a long process but I have now been accepted onto my Pro Licence which is something I applied for last season and got to the latter stages of the selection process.

“I have been picked along with a number of other lucky candidates and I was very pleased to be selected to go on it and very appreciate of the club in supporting me for yet another qualification. I think I will be one of the youngest on it.

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“It will certainly improve my network, it’s already done that going through the selection process. It is a highly acclaimed qualification, recognised worldwide, and tailored for the individual. It will strengthen my CV, but more importantly it’s about self-development and continuing the journey that I’ve been on.”

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Can Mansfield Town keep free-scoring Swindon Town quiet?
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Mansfield Town need to stop free-scoring League Two leaders Swindon Town adding to their tally when they visit the County Ground on Saturday.

The Robins have scored more goals than anyone and have the division’s top two scorers with Eoin Doyle having already hit 16 and Jerry Yates with eight.

“It will be a very tough test at Swindon, admitted Stags boss John Dempster

“Richie (Wellens) has built a very attacking team there. I spoke to him in the early part of the season at a meeting we were at and he spoke to me about the trials and tribulations he’d had in his first role at Oldham and some of the challenges he was facing at Swindon.

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“But he’s done an excellent job. It goes without saying they’re in good form and they’ve got some very good players.

“He already had some good players there when he joined ad he has added well.

“They are one of the best teams I have seen this season in the league. The league table shows that at this moment in time coming up to the Christmas period. So all credit to Richie and his team.”

However, on a run of six away games unbeaten, Mansfield will not go there with any fear.

“At home they are very well supported so it will be a good atmosphere, but we will be going there in a very confident mood as we are six unbeaten away from home,” said Dempster.

“Our home form has been poor but our away form is very good and we’re hoping to return with three points.

“We had a really positive week last week. We progressed in the FA Cup, we progressed in the Leasing Trophy and went and got a clean sheet at Macclesfield. If you’d said that at the start of the week, we’d have taken that.

“Swindon away is a completely different challenge. It will be a nice pitch, they’re in very good form and they’re an attacking side. But it’s a challenge we will embrace and look forward to and we think we can come out on top.

“We’ll be respectful of them before the game but we think we can cause them a few problems.”

Otis Khan should be available again after a groin problem while a decision will be made late on Neal Bishop, who has had an issue with his back and also had tonsillitis.

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Striker 'hungry' for more goals
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 19 November 2019

Mansfield Town striker Nicky Maynard says he is ‘hungry for more’ having already registered seven goals in 16 games this season.

The 32-year-old’s total is one that only Danny Rose can better in amber and blue this campaign but he still believes he has plenty more to prove in a Stags shirt.

“I’m never happy. I go into every game expecting to have chances and put them away. I aim to get as many goals as possible but the most important thing is to do well for Mansfield Town and get the three points alongside helping the lads along the way.

“I’m always looking to better the season before but I’m not one to put a marker on things - I wouldn’t set myself a goal because last time I did that I targeted 20 goals and ended up with four.”

The Stags face league leaders Swindon Town on Saturday and if they avoid defeat, they will be unbeaten in seven away from home. Maynard attributes this form to the ‘freedom’ Stags play with when on their travels.

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“We’re playing a bit more freely on the road at the moment. Obviously they [Swindon] are doing very well at the minute and scoring a lot of goals but we still have belief we can get a result.

“We’ve just come away from a game with a clean sheet so I’m sure the lads will have loads of confidence. We want to continue our unbeaten run. This consistency, especially going into the Christmas period, will be important for us,” said the 32-year-old.

The former West Ham player then went on to speak about the importance of the ‘experience’ the Stags possess and how that can help the younger players when in difficult situations.

“When playing away, we know that one misplaced pass, a dribble that doesn’t make it or a shot that goes wide doesn’t get criticised.

“Some of the younger players will get disheartened and try to wow the fans to get them back on side, when sometimes you just need to do the easier thing rather than trying to be like Messi.

“We’ve got a few young players here and it’s a learning curve for them; with the experience we have in the likes of myself, Bish [Neal Bishop] and Macca [Alex MacDonald] we can always help them along the way. We’re in it together and if one player feels down, we all feel down,” added the Stags’ second top goalscorer.

Although Maynard and his teammates are currently unbeaten in three in all competitions, he believes that ‘there’s a lot more to come’. He said: “We’re always trying to work on a few things here and there. In some games such as Macclesfield, we tried a few things but didn’t play anywhere near the levels we’d been working on.

“The more we do it, the more it’ll start flowing. Obviously we’d like to be a lot higher in the table at this point, but there are plenty of games to go.”

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

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Nicky Maynard calls on Mansfield Town fans to stop booing and get behind the side as youngsters feel the pressure
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 19 November 2019

Mansfield Town striker Nicky Maynard said he and the other experienced players were trying to help the youngsters come to terms with being booed and pleaded with Stags fans to get behind the side.

Stags have been booed after some poor recent home displays, even after a win against Chorley, and it’s no surprise their home form is much better, now six unbeaten.

“When playing away, we know that one misplaced pass, a dribble that doesn’t make it or a shot that goes wide doesn’t get criticised,” said Maynard.

“Some of the younger players get disheartened as they are trying to do well for the team and they are not getting the full backing of the supporters, which is understandable in a way as we know where they want to be.

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“At the same time we’re all in it together and need to support each other.

“Away from home the fans are more vocal and get behind the lads a lot more and I think that’s why we seem to be doing a lot better away from home than at home.”

Ex West Ham striker Maynard said the boos do not affect him, adding: “I have been there and done that so I am experienced enough to block everything out. It doesn’t bother me. I just concentrate on what I need to do.

“But I have spoken to some of the younger lads and they sometimes feel they need to do too much to try to get the fans back onside when sometimes the easiest thing is to lay it off, carry on your run, and get the ball on the other side rather than being a Messi-like player to try to wow the fans.

“We’ve got a few good young players here and it’s a learning curve for them.

“But with the experience we have in the likes of myself, Bish (Neal Bishop) and Macca (Alex MacDonald) we can always help them along the way.

“We’re in it together and if one player feels down, we all feel down. Then it’s up to us to get them back feeling upbeat.

“We just want the fans to be a bit more supportive. The way I see it, the last time we played Chorley and won 1-0.

“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked but we got the result but we still got booed at the end of the game which I don’t quite understand.

“It’s one of those - do we play well, lose and get cheered off or do we play bad and win? We don’t do it on purpose. We are working hard on the training ground and I like to think there is a lot more to come from this squad.”

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No goals target set by Mansfield Town striker Nicky Maynard
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Nicky Maynard is hoping to add to his seven Mansfield Town goals at Swindon Town on Saturday, but admitted he no longer sets season scoring targets.

Maynard is currently in a race with eight-goal Danny Rose for being the club's leading scorer and said: “I’m always looking to better the season before but I’m not one to put a marker on things.

“I wouldn’t set myself a goal because last time I did that I targeted 20 goals and ended up with four.”

“But I’m never happy. I go into every game expecting to have chances and put them away.

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“I aim to get as many goals as possible but the most important thing is to do well for Mansfield Town and get the three points alongside helping the lads along the way.

“I’m always looking to better the season before but I’m not one to put a marker on things - I wouldn’t set myself a goal because last time I did that I targeted 20 goals and ended up with four.”

Now three games unbeaten, Maynard hopes Stags can maintain some consistency as the game come thick and fast.

“We’re playing a bit more freely on the road at the moment,” he said.

“Obviously Swindon are doing very well at the minute and scoring a lot of goals but we still have belief we can get a result.

“We’ve just come away from a game with a clean sheet so I’m sure the lads will have loads of confidence. We want to continue our unbeaten run. This consistency, especially going into the Christmas period, will be important for us.|”

He added: “We’re always trying to work on a few things here and there. In some games such as Macclesfield, we tried a few things but didn’t play anywhere near the levels we’d been working on.

“The more we do it, the more it’ll start flowing. Obviously we’d like to be a lot higher in the table at this point, but there are plenty of games to go.”

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Swindon Town manager Richie Wellens previews his side's League Two clash with Mansfield Town
By Jonathan Leighfield, Friday 22 November 2019
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to our press conference live blog.
We are due to be sitting down with manager Richie Wellens.

ON MANSFIELD TOWN

RW says it was an 'unbelievable decision' to sack previous manager David Flitcroft.

Manager is aware of the strengths Mansfield have and says they are a very good team who should be doing better than they are.

ON DOYLE AND YATES

RW says he has a plan to deal with or without Doyle-Yates just in case the worst happens.

The manager says the club has dealt with this worry for weeks now, nothing will change until or if it happens.

Has Donahue signed?

Yes. Until the end of the season. Fresh out of the manager's mouth.

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