COUGHLAN, ROSS EMBLETON REACTION
Boss analyses Orient loss
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 11 Feb 2020
Manager Graham Coughlan has delivered his post-match verdict following this evening’s 2-1 defeat away at Leyton Orient.
James Dayton fired the hosts into the lead in the first-half before on-loan Newcastle man Kelland Watts’ first goal for the Stags restored parity on the hour.
However, the O’s responded and found their winner via an inadvertent Mal Benning own goal 15 minutes from time.
The boss says that ‘basic errors’ are costing his side at present.
“It obviously wasn’t good enough,” he told iFollow Stags. “We’re vulnerable and the goals we’re conceding are soft. The errors we’re making are killing us and the decision making is poor.
“We’re shooting ourselves in the foot once too often. [We’re making] basic errors, mistakes and we’re massively lacking in confidence.
“They’re not in a great place, the players. It’s hurting us, to be honest. We made too many errors on our behalf - if we do our jobs correctly, we don’t concede.
“When you make simple, basic errors, you’re going to get punished - and we are getting punished.
“We’re conceding all sorts of goals. It’s killing us but all the lads can do is keep working. You can’t do anything other than that.
“We didn’t do enough to win the game. We could have possibly come away with a draw if we cut out our basic errors. If we cut our mistakes out and do the basics better, we may win a game or get some more points on the board.
“But at this moment in time, there is a lot of work to be done and the lads need help with it - they need picking up and an injection of confidence.”
The manager says that after a ‘little more spirited’ second-half, the Stags now have to ‘keep working’ to rectify their form.
“The second-half was a little more spirited. In the second-half we gave it a go and we put them on the back foot.
“In fairness, when we put them on the back foot, they stood up to it. That’s the frustrating thing - the opposition don’t make the plain, simple, basic errors that we’re making.
“We went up their end in the first-half and it was a fantastic save from their goalie [from Nicky Maynard’s effort]. Then they go up the other end and it goes in the back of our net.
“It’s where we are at this moment in time and all we can do is keep working with the personnel that we’ve got.”
Graham Coughlan also provided an update on right-back Joe Riley, after the former Plymouth man was replaced by James Clarke at half-time.
“He [Riley] was tightening up, as you could see in the first half. He went through a little bit of treatment [on the pitch] and he came off against Morecambe as well.
“He wants to carry on playing and he’s come here to help the club. He wants to be on the pitch and he was fit - he just tightened up going through the game, so he had to come off.”
iFollow Stags subscribers can watch the manager’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later tonight.
Mansfield Town boss Graham Coughlan admits squad needs confidence boost after latest defeat
Mansfield Town manager Graham Coughlan admitted his side desperately need a confidence boost as they slumped to yet another defeat - losing 2-1 at Leyton Orient tonight.
A Mal Benning own goal sank them 16 minutes from time after a Kell Watts header had cancelled out Orient's first half goal.
But Stags again made too many errors and Coughlan said: “It wasn't good enough. We are vulnerable - soft - and the goals we're conceding are killing us.
“The errors we're making and our decision-making is poor.
“We are shooting ourselves in the foot and massively lacking in confidence and a bit of leadership. They need an injection of confidence.
“The players are not in a great place and it's hurting us.
“If we do our jobs right we don't concede. We are getting punished for every mistake we make right now.”
He added: “All the lads can do is keep working. The lads need help and picking up.
“The second half was a bit more spirited. We gave it a go and put them on the back foot. But they did not make the basic mistakes we make.”
Defender Joe Riley again had to limp off and Coughlan said: “His glute was tightening up again. He came off on Saturday as well but he has come here to try to help us and he wants to be out there on the grass.”
Leyton Orient deserved hard-fought Mansfield Town win, says Ross Embleton
guardian-series.co.uk, By Nat Goodlad
Ross Embleton felt that Leyton Orient’s victory over Mansfield Town on Tuesday night was deserved after falling short against Macclesfield Town at the weekend.
The O’s edged further away from the group at the bottom of League Two with a 2-1 win while plunging their opponents further into the mix through goals from James Dayton and a Mal Benning own goal.
Orient had been hit by a sucker punch on Saturday when Jacob Blyth equalised for Macclesfield in stoppage time, but there was to be no such problem here as they held out in the final moments with relative ease.
Speaking after the game, Embleton said: “I felt we did [deserve the win], without it being a ‘blow you away’ type of performance. We had a lot of control on the game again and I think the difference today in comparison to Saturday was the hairy-ish moments we had in and around our own box, we saw them through.”
There were several standout performers for the O’s, and although he was not able to get on the scoresheet, Conor Wilkinson was one that Embleton reserved particular praise for following some brilliant solo runs against the Mansfield defence.
He said: “When Conor gets the ball one-v-one, for a lad of his size, good feet for a big man and all that sort of stuff, he can dribble with the ball like not many people of his stature can.
“He got himself some really good opportunities today, especially in the second half when we managed to get the ball to him a little bit quicker.”
Embleton also singled out goal-scorer Dayton, who came back into the side following his suspension for the red card he received against Northampton Town.
His goal got the O’s rolling in the game and the boss praised the patience that he has shown in waiting for his chance.
He said: “I think we always see the best of Dayts when he has two or three games under his belt. I think he’d be the first to admit that and I think it’s really important that we can continue to have that mindset on him, which is why we brought him off when we did.
“He had a good 90 minutes in the reserves this time last week and despite the fact that he was suspended we felt that he was more than ready to step in.
“I think the previous game where he came on here, I thought he performed well in that and he deserved his opportunity today.”