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COUGHLAN AND MICHAEL FLYNN REACTION
8th October 2020 19:16


Boss speaks after Newport defeat
mansfieldtown.net

Manager Graham Coughlan has offered his post-match thoughts on this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat away at Newport County.

Stags took the lead in extraordinary fashion through wing-back Stephen McLaughlin in South Wales, but late goals from Scott Twine and Matt Dolan saw the in-form hosts take all three points.

The Exiles’ winner came in a controversial manner, with Dolan finishing from the spot after referee Samuel Allison awarded a contentious penalty for an apparent Rollin Menayese handball.

The boss says his side’s ‘basic errors’ spoiled an encouraging performance away from home.

“We shouldn’t have been in that situation [when penalty was awarded],” he told iFollow Stags. “It’s another basic error, whether it’s a refereeing error or an individual error from us that’s cost the two goals.

“Until we eradicate those [errors], we can’t be talking about referees or performances - there are too many basic errors.

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“We’re doing some daft things at vital times in games. We need to stop making basic errors. I don’t know whether it’s nerves or tension, or there is an expectation level at this football club that one or two players at this club find very demanding.

“Performances count for very little - it’s results that matter. I want them [players] to pick me up like they do Monday to Friday.

“It’s up to them as players to pick us up as a football club and react. I did see them react today, but we didn’t get the points, and that’s what we’re in the business for.”

Graham Coughlan says his side were on the wrong side of luck this afternoon.

“You’re looking for a bit of help from lady luck - you’re looking for a decision or a break of the ball,” he added.

“I could go on about referees and decisions but that doesn’t change anything. The game is in a bad way at this moment in time with rules and decisions, and we’re just another football club today that fell victim to it.”

Despite the final scoreline, the manager saw promising signs from his charges at Rodney Parade.

“There were a lot of positives and things to take from the game, but all I’m seeing from this game is the result.

“Top of the agenda is winning a game of football - I firmly believe when we win a game it’ll give us masses of confidence.

“I’m not making excuses - we are making basic errors, and we are getting punished for every single decision.”

There was also an update on midfielder Ollie Clarke (below), who was replaced by Alistair Smith late on.

“He [Clarke] had a bit of cramp. His calf cramped up and tightened up.

“The last thing I want is Ollie Clarke pulling or tearing something and we miss him for longer than we need to.”

The boss also confirmed he will play a strong side for Tuesday’s EFL Trophy match against Lincoln City at One Call Stadium, available to watch live on iFollow Stags for £10 (7pm kick-off).

“I want to win the game, so I’ll be fielding as strong [a side] as possible.”

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

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‘Doing daft things’ is costing Mansfield Town, says boss Graham Coughlan
chad.co.uk, by Duncan Browne

Graham Coughlan admitted he couldn't look beyond the result as Mansfield Town were beaten at Newport County.

Again, the Stags gave their manager some positives to work on, but again late goals proved costly.

“There were a lot of positives and things to take from the game, but all I’m seeing from this game is the result," Coughlan told iFollow Stags as his side still look for win number one of the season.

“Top of the agenda is winning a game of football - I firmly believe when we win a game it’ll give us masses of confidence.

https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/doing-daft-things-costing-mansfield-town-says-boss-graham-coughlan-2992003

“I’m not making excuses - we are making basic errors, and we are getting punished for every single decision.”

Stephen McLaughlin put Town in front but Scott Twine and Matt Dolan settled the contest in the hosts favour - with Dolan netting from the spot in the final throes after Rollin Menayese had been adjudged to have handled.

“We shouldn’t have been in that situation (when penalty was awarded),” Coughlan added.

“It’s another basic error, whether it’s a refereeing error or an individual error from us that’s cost the two goals.

“Until we eradicate those (errors), we can’t be talking about referees or performances - there are too many basic errors.

“We’re doing some daft things at vital times in games. We need to stop making basic errors. I don’t know whether it’s nerves or tension, or there is an expectation level at this football club that one or two players at this club find very demanding.

“It’s up to them as players to pick us up as a football club and react. I did see them react today, but we didn’t get the points, and that’s what we’re in the business for.”

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REACTION - Michael Flynn: "The character of the players was second to none"
https://www.newport-county.co.uk/news/2020/october/reaction-michael-flynn-mansfield/

Manager Michael Flynn hailed his side's character in their victory over Mansfield Town as Newport County AFC moved to the top of the Sky Bet League Two Table.

After taking Premier League outfit Newcastle United all the way to penalties in their midweek Carabao Cup clash, Flynn made just two changes and saw his side make a positive start.

Mansfield improved after the restart and took the lead with a great strike from Stephen McLaughlin.

The Exiles drew level through Scott Twine before Matty Dolan completed the comeback with a late penalty.

Flynn was delighted with the response of his players after it looked like things were going against them.

“They [Mansfield] came out in the second half and made it very difficult for us,” explained Flynn.

“On the second half performance, or the start of the second half, they deserved to take the lead because they looked quite threatening and as much ball as we had we didn’t create enough in the final third.

“But the character of the players was second to none. Everything was against them - the energy they used up on Wednesday night, going 1-0 down and not taking our opportunities - but they stuck together.

“Scott Twine scored a fabulous goal and Matty Dolan got the winner at the end.”

County now lead the way in League Two and while Flynn is pleased with the club’s positive start to the season, he isn’t getting carried away.

“It’s early doors, it’s a very good start,” he continued.

"It's much better than being down at the bottom. We’re playing some really good football and we want it to continue.

“It’s going to get harder and harder and we’ve got another tough game next weekend against Cambridge, who have started well, so we’ve got to make sure we are ready.”

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Manager Michael Flynn hails Newport County comeback
southwalesargus.co.uk

Newport County manager Mike Flynn hailed an “unbelievable” comeback as the Exiles went top of League Two thanks to Matty Dolan’s late penalty against Mansfield Town.

The Welsh side are yet to lose in the league this season and staged a second-half revival to down Mansfield who are still without a win.

Stephen McLaughlin’s stunning strike looked like it would give the Stags three points, but Scott Twine equalised and Dolan won it from 12 yards.

Flynn said: “It was a massive win because of the energy we used up against Newcastle. Mansfield made it very difficult for us in the second half and they deserved to take the lead.

“As much of the ball as we had, we didn’t create that much but our character and attitude was second to none. Everything went against them, but they stayed together.

“Scott scored a fabulous goal and Matty got the winner. It’s still early doors, but there is no doubt it’s been a very good start and we are playing some good football.

“We have a tough game away next week now at Cambridge. I know we have the EFL Cup game with Norwich in the week, but I’m going to have to be very careful with who I play in that game.

“All it is a good start and it’s much better than being at the bottom. We want to be at the top and any footballer who doesn’t want to be there to be shot at is just coasting.

“It was an unbelievable win and they deserved it just about.”

Newport had only lost on penalties to Premier League Newcastle in the Carabao Cup in midweek and they dominated Mansfield in the first half but just couldn’t convert.

It looked like they would pay the price after the break when McLaughlin cut in from the left and found the top corner from 25 yards.

But Twine’s cool finish came following a poor Jordan Bowery clearance and there was still time for Dolan to give County all three points with just two minutes of normal time to go.

Referee Samuel Alisson judged Padraig Amond’s cross to have struck Rollin Menayese on the hand and Dolan calmly slotted home the penalty.

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“It was in the box and the referee has given it. It did hit his hand. Sometimes you get the rub of the green and sometimes you don’t,” Flynn said.

Mansfield boss Graham Coughlan fumed at the penalty decision by Allison.

He said: “There is an expectation at this football club and some of my players need to be aware of that. There were a lot of positives and things to take from the game, but all I’m seeing at the moment is the negatives. How satisfied can you be when you get sucker punched like that and a referee makes a decision like that? It’s up to the players to reset and regroup.

“We didn’t get the result we wanted. We are looking for a little bit of lady luck and I could go on about refereeing decisions, but it’s not going to help.”

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