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6th January 2020 0:15


Boss challenges Stags to build on comeback win
mansfieldtown.net, Wednesday 01 January 2020

Stags’ boss Graham Coughlan has called on his players to build momentum from this afternoon’s thrilling 3-2 victory away at Cambridge United.

Mansfield trailed twice in the game, but a hat-trick from Nicky Maynard sentenced the ten-man U’s to defeat to take all three points from a thrilling New Year’s Day encounter.

And, after securing his first win as Stags’ boss, Graham Coughlan says that ‘consistency’ is now key after a fine display at Abbey Stadium.

“It’s a good feeling,” he told iFollow Stags. “It [win] was coming over the last four games and it culminated today. Today we were very good and thoroughly deserved to win.

“Now it’s about consistency. We won today because we were the better team and we have to build on it.

“The honesty, hard work and commitment was there for all to see. I’ve challenged them now to put another win on the table on Saturday against Grimsby.

“It was a very fiery, feisty game today and we got stuck in. I think both sides enjoyed it - it was honest, hard and tough.

“We had words at half-time and we came out on the front foot and got after people. It’s about making these players realise their potential and what they can achieve.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2020/january/gaffer-post-cambridge-a/

“I’ve said it from the day I came in - crawl, walk, then run. Let’s not get carried away with one win.

“I’ll be looking to build on this and win the next game, the next challenge, the next target and that should come on Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to Thursday and Friday and I can’t wait for a full week on the grass next week.

“Overall I’m really pleased - not with results - but the last four performances have been excellent. The results will follow if we carry on playing like that.

“I just want the lads to be honest, I want them to be hard-working, and it was great to get across and cherish that victory with the fans.

“They’ve had a tough time of it - so have the players - now hopefully we can come together and get the stadium rocking on Saturday.”

Looking back on the game, Graham Coughlan spoke of the fine individual performances from his men, including that of hat-trick hero Maynard (below), who the boss says deserves all of the ‘accolades.’

“Nicky is a class player who has quality at this level. I thought the two lads - Rosey [Danny Rose] and CJ [Hamilton] - around him worked hard and helped him so much.

“What a ball in by Mal [Benning] for the first goal as well. Cooky [Andy Cook] should’ve finished it off at the end and Danny had a chance as well.

“I was really pleased all round to be honest, but as the lads know, I’m a little bit frustrated with the goals that we are conceding. I want us to be tighter at the back.

“But he [Maynard] deserves the accolades because he’s worked really hard in his preparation as well.

“He was patient and he’s got his just rewards today - I’m delighted for him. That dressing room hasn’t had that winning feeling for a while, so hopefully now we can build on it.”

With the January transfer window now open, the manager provided an update on his current stance on the market.

“There will certainly be a little bit of work in the [January] market - one or two will want to move on.

“The conundrum now is do we put something together now and perhaps lose players we have here, or do we stick with what we’ve got?

“There’s a conundrum and lots of things to be dealt with, but I am actively seeking one or two players.

“I know the players I want and I know the type I want, if they’re available, I will get them, if not, we’ll carry on as we are.”

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

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Graham Coughlan told Jake Garner on BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I've certainly got players I'd like to bring in, to work with. But, as we are now, they may not be available in January. So it might be a long drawn out process that has to wait til the summer.
But I know what I want, I know the type, I know what I need.
But I've no problems if nothing comes through the door and I've no problem working with this group of lads. Because I've thoroughly enjoyed the last 12 days with them.
They have really rolled their sleeves up and dug deep.
Never say never. We will be trying to bring one or two players in and naturally one or two players may go the other way.
But this is a decent group of boys and it was part of the attraction of coming to the football club was the dressing room, was the players that were in the squad."

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Coughlan calls for consistency after Mansfield beat Cambridge United
chad.co.uk, by Agency (SPORTS REPORTER), Wednesday 01 January 2020

Graham Coughlan has challenged his Mansfield Town players to build on their win at Cambridge on New Year’s Day - his first success as Stags boss.

Nicky Maynard struck a hat-trick to ensure the victory and provide a huge morale boost in what has been a tough season for Mansfield so far.

But having witnessed his first victory, Coughlan now wants more.

He said: “It’s a good feeling. “The win was coming over the last four games and it culminated today as we were very good and thoroughly deserved to win.

“Now it’s about consistency. We won because we were the better team and now we have to build on it.

https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/coughlan-calls-for-consistency-after-mansfield-beat-cambridge-united-1-10179597

“The honesty, hard work and commitment was there for all to see. I’ve challenged the players now to put another win on the board on Saturday against Grimsby.

“It was a very fiery, feisty game and we got stuck in. I think both sides enjoyed it. I was honest, hard and tough.

“We had words at half-time and we came out on the front foot and got after people. It’s about making these players realise their potential and what they can achieve.

“I’ve said it from the day I came in - crawl, walk, then run. Let’s not get carried away with one win.

“I’ll be looking to build on this and win the next game, the next challenge, the next target and that should come on Saturday.”

Coughlan says that despite Wednesday’s win being his first in charge, he has been pleased on the whole with what he has seen from his players.

He said: “Overall I’m really pleased, not just with results, but the last four performances have been excellent and more will follow if we carry on playing like that.

“I just want the lads to be honest, I want them to be hard-working, and it was great to get across and cherish that victory with the fans.

“They’ve had a tough time of it and so have the players, so now hopefully we can come together and get the stadium rocking on Saturday.”

Looking back on the Cambridge game, Coughlan spoke of the fine individual performances from his men, including that of hat-trick hero Maynard.

He said “Nicky is a class player who has quality at this level. I thought Danny Rose and CJ Hamilton worked hard around him and helped him so much.

“It was a great ball in for the first goal as well by Mal Benning. Andy Cook and Rosey also had great chances too.

“I was really pleased all round to be honest, but as the lads know I’m a little bit frustrated with the goals that we are conceding. I want us to be tighter at the back.

“Nicky Maynard deserves the accolades because he’s worked really hard in his preparation as well.

“He was patient and he’s got his just rewards today and I’m delighted for him. The dressing room hasn’t had that winning feeling for a while, so hopefully now we can build on it.”

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We've gained 'belief' from win - hat-trick hero
mansfieldtown.net, Wednesday 01 January 2020

Hat-trick hero Nicky Maynard believes Mansfield Town’s come-from-behind victory against Cambridge United has given his side extra ‘belief’ heading into the New Year.

The Stags were made to work hard for their first victory under manager Graham Coughlan after two goals twice sent the visitors behind at Abbey Stadium.

Forward Harvey Knibbs and skipper Greg Taylor sandwiched Maynard’s first of the afternoon, and with midfielder Reggie Lambe dismissed shy of the hour-mark, Mansfield made their one-man advantage count.

Two further strikes via Mansfield’s No.11 sealed all three points on the road - something Maynard feels will spur the amber and blue on.

“It’s given us the belief,” the match-winner told iFollow Stags.

“I know there’s been times where we’ve been behind and we’ve not had the belief to think we can still get something out of the game.

“But we’ve shown that we can come from behind, dominate the game and come away with three points. Now we’ve just got to keep the momentum going into the next game.”

The 33-year-old assessed the overall contest against the U’s, as he stated his side had to ‘dig deep’ to secure victory in Sky Bet League Two.

“We’ve had to dig deep. I think we’ve been playing a lot better with a higher tempo, without getting results.

“The gaffer drummed it into us to say that the first win would be hard but now we have that we can gain some momentum.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2020/january/maynard-post-cambridge-a/

“We were a bit lackadaisical in the first half. I thought we were the better side without being ruthless in the penalty box.

“We had the talk at half time that we weren’t pressing enough, giving silly fouls away but we nipped that in the bud and we knew that we had the beating of them.

“We just had to remain positive and I thought we started the second half really well and that set the tone for the rest of the second half.”

The former West Ham frontman then picked his favourite finish from Wednesday afternoon while remaining adamant his targets for goals stretch further than the current tally of 11.

“My expectation is always to get double figures,” he continued.

“I pride myself on getting chances and scoring goals, but as I say, I’m not going to be happy now. I’ll keep pushing and striving to score as many as possible.

“The competition for places in the dressing room is up there and you’ve got to take your chance when you get it.

“The header at the end, the winner [was my favourite]. I do score a few headers but not ones where I have to compete against other defenders that are a lot bigger than me.

“As I’ve gone to celebrate, the defender's put his arm out and I’ve ran straight into it. It was unintentional but it ruined my celebration!

“I wanted to celebrate and waste a little more time because we were ahead - it was about seeing the game out."

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

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Hat-trick hero Maynard hails morale-boosting Mansfield Town win
chad.co.uk, by Agency (SPORTS REPORTER), Wednesday 01 January 2020

Nicky Maynard says the New Year’s Day win at Cambridge United could do wonders for Mansfield Town’s belief in upcoming matches.

The fact that Stags came from behind to win the game should, according to Maynard, reinforce the belief in the squad that digging deep can produce rewards.

And having hit a hat-trick to ensure the 3-2 success, he was delighted with the outcome.

He said: “It’s given us the belief. There have been times where we’ve been behind and we’ve not had the belief to think we can still get something out of the game.

“But we’ve shown that we can come from behind, dominate and come away with three points. Now we’ve just got to keep the momentum going into the next game.”

https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/hat-trick-hero-maynard-hails-morale-boosting-mansfield-town-win-1-10180017

Maynard said his side had to work hard to secure victory in Wednesday’s game.

“We’ve had to dig deep. I think we’ve been playing a lot better with a higher tempo, without getting results,” he said.

“The gaffer drummed it into us to say that the first win would be hard but now we have that we can gain some momentum.

“We were a bit lackadaisical in the first half. I thought we were the better side without being ruthless in the penalty box.

“We had the talk at half time that we weren’t pressing enough and were giving silly fouls away but we nipped that in the bud and we knew we had the beating of them.

“We just had to remain positive and I thought we started the second half really well and that set the tone for the rest of the game.”

The 33-year-old also still believes he has a lot more to offer and that he can add to his 11 goals so far this campaign.

He said: “My expectation is always to get double figures.

“I pride myself on getting chances and scoring goals, but I’m not going to be happy now. I’ll keep pushing and striving to score as many as possible.

“The competition for places in the dressing room is up there and you’ve got to take your chance when you get it.

“The winner was my favourite goal. I score a few headers but not ones where I have to compete against other defenders that are a lot bigger than me.

“As I’ve gone to celebrate, the defender put his arm out and I ran straight into it. It was unintentional but it ruined my celebration!

“I wanted to celebrate and waste a little more time because we were ahead and it was about seeing the game out."

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Hayden White @HaydenWhite7

Nice way to start the new year, 3points for the gang. It’s been a long road to get back, let’s push on now. NM with the hatty too

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Colin Calderwood reacts to Cambridge United's defeat to Mansfield Town
cambridge-news.co.uk, By Andrew Georgeson, 1 JAN 2020

Colin Calderwood branded referee Neil Hair’s decision to send Reggie Lambe off “scary” after his side’s 3-2 defeat to Mansfield Town in League Two.

Lambe received his marching orders for the second time in the consecutive starts against the Stags, with both yellows coming in the space of two minutes.

United were 2-1 up when the Bermudan international walked, but conceded two goals Nicky Maynard goals within 25 minutes of his dismissal.

“The fact we were 2-1 up and then Reggie gets sent off really sets the agenda for my summary of the game,” Calderwood said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen two fouls for us end up as a red card for someone in our team.

“It’s fairly unusual circumstances. I don’t know what rule in the rule book it is, but he’s obviously deemed it a foul.

“And that’s quite scary, in my opinion.”

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/sport/colin-calderwood-reacts-cambridge-uniteds-17499245

Despite losing their lead twice in the game, and conceding a particularly soft third goal, Calderwood refuted the idea that his side had thrown away the game.

Indeed, the U’s boss believed that, had it remained 11 vs 11, they would have found another goal to secure them the win.

“Where did we let ourselves down?,” he continued. “Certainly in moments for the goals. We should defend the first goal much better, even though it’s a great cross.

“We were really stretched, and there were some really towering performances from the boys on the pitch who really stood up to a team who have speed and movement like they do.

“They used [CJ] Hamilton especially well, but we coped with him reasonably well, until the moment for the second goal [which Hamilton assisted].”

He added: “I think we score another goal 11 vs 11 because they [Mansfield] would have pushed on.

“We were going to make changes and the changes were going to be different ones and I think that would certainly have posed them a threat.

“We’ve had to absorb the referee making that decision.

“The annoying thing is, similar to Arsenal [when they were reduced to 10 when in the lead], we haven’t been stretched or run ragged [before the sending off].

“In moments, we’ve really let ourselves down. There’s got to be better, individual, one vs one when defending certain situations.”

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