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1st December 2019 22:14

Manager analyses cup exit
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 30 November 2019

Stags’ boss John Dempster has delivered his post-match verdict on today’s 2-0 defeat at Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury Town in the Emirates FA Cup.

Mansfield were given a good opportunity to make the Third Round of the competition after Shrews’ captain Oliver Norburn was shown a straight red card on the hour mark, but late goals from Josh Laurent and Brad Walker sealed victory for the hosts.

Speaking after the match, the Stags’ manager analysed the defeat.

“I think after the hour, we weren’t good enough,” he told iFollow Stags. “You expect to dominate the ball and create more chances when you’re up against ten men and we did the opposite.

“It’s happened too many times this season when we’ve been in the ascendancy and played reasonably well, and either drawn or lost, which is unacceptable.

“[We wanted] to dominate the ball [when Shrewsbury went down to ten men]. We ended up going 4-4-2 so we could get more bodies up the pitch.

“We were hoping to get more crosses into the box but it didn’t happen and that’s been the story of the season so far. The buck stops with me - I’m responsible for how the players are set up and how they perform, but the players have to look at themselves in the mirror as well.

“Some of the individual performances in vital moments in games haven’t been good enough. I go home and look at myself in the mirror and it’s important that other people do as well.


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


Mansfield Town boss John Dempster admits he is feeling the pressure
chad.co.uk, Saturday 30 November 2019

Underfire Mansfield Town boss John Dempster admitted he was feeling the pressure after the Stags’ 2-0 FA Cup exit at 10-man Shrewsbury - and his side’s poor form in League Two.

Dempster said after two late goals knocked his side out of the FA Cup: “I have felt the pressure since I was given the job. It is a pressure I put on myself, never mind the external factors.

“There are bigger and better managers from this level up to the Premier League who have lost their jobs because of results and our results have not been good enough.

“Of course, I am confident in my own ability that I can learn from mistakes and put things right, but there is no hiding away - this is a pressure cooker environment.



Midfielder reflects on 'massively disappointing' defeat
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 30 November 2019

Midfielder Jacob Mellis believes it was a ‘massively disappointing’ result as Mansfield Town exited the Emirates FA Cup through a 2-0 loss to Shrewsbury Town.

The Stags battled for a place in the third round against Sky Bet League One opposition but were undone by two late counter attacks.

Forward Josh Laurent and substitute Brad Walker sealed the victory late on, despite having been reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of skipper Ollie Norburn.

Mellis feels as though his side missed an opportunity at the Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium to make their one-man advantage count.

“It’s disappointing - I think we played better when it was 11 versus 11,” he told iFollow Stags.

“When they went down to 10 men we probably took our foot off the gas. We didn’t move the ball quick enough, which is what you need to do to break down 10 men, then they’ve caught us on the counter.



Sam Ricketts Post Mansfield Town

Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's 2-0 win over Mansfield Town.

Shrewsbury Town welcomed Mansfield Town to the Montgomery Waters Meadow for the second-round of the FA Cup.

Two goals in the last 10 minutes from Josh Laurent and Brad Walker secured the win for Salop and secured a place in the third-round of the competition.

Town manager Sam Ricketts was pleased with his teams’ performance against the Stags, despite Town going down to 10 men in the early stages of the second-half.

“I am delighted at getting through,” said Sam. “I thought we were good all game, in the first-half we just couldn’t get that final shot or pass.