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11th October 2020 20:51

Assistant delivers message to players ahead of weekend
mansfieldtown.net, Thur 08 Oct 2020

Assistant manager Joe Dunne says the message to the players is to ‘believe in yourselves, push and fight for each other,’ ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash at home to Stevenage.

The Boro visit One Call Stadium this weekend for a 3pm kick-off, with both sides looking to bounce back from defeats in the previous round of league fixtures.

The Stags’ assistant boss, Dunne, has urged the players to ‘bring out their quality to win the match.’

“We have to believe in ourselves and trust in what we do,” he began. “We have to trust in the players as well and trust their quality.

“That’s always been the message, from every member of staff, the gaffer [Graham Coughlan] especially leading us, go out and do what you’re good at.


“Go out and be competitive, work hard - we know we have all those attributes. If you keep working hard and keep believing in yourself, we’ll soon turn it so it will fall for us.

“[Our message to the players is to] go out, keep implementing the good stuff we’ve been doing.

“The gaffer will be detailed on the training ground again. Our message to the players on the training ground yesterday was to go out, believe in yourselves, push, fight for each other and bring out your quality to win the match.

“It’s the message that we repeat week-in, week-out. [If you do that] Saturday will take care of itself.”

The former Cambridge United manager also reflected on the Stags’ season so far.

“Of course we would prefer more points on the board, without stating the obvious,” he told iFollow Stags. “However, we do feel that points are available and we’ve shown that in previous games.

“We’ve got ourselves into the lead and in a position to get all three points, but unfortunately they have just got away from us.

“We need to keep focused and stick to fixing the things that have stopped us from getting more points, which for us as coaches, is our job to do.

“We feel the wins will come if we maintain our high performance levels. We always want more - we’ll always push for more.

“We’ve had lots of chunks in games where we’ve had good moments. We’ve been working really hard on the training pitch to create those moments.

“Performance levels - if they are high and you create chances in games - it will eventually turn for you.

“What we have done so far in the league, we feel that we can go up another notch, and the wins will come.”

Joe went onto discuss striker Danny Rose, who was sold to Sky Bet League One side Northampton Town last week.

“Danny [Rose] is obviously a club man and has been here for a period of time. He’s played, scored goals and had a good affinity with the crowd.

“But to anyone that understands the game, it doesn’t last forever. There will always be a time when you lose players and you gain players.

“Losing Danny was a disappointment for us - we offered him a contract in the situation to make him able to stay.

“But in this moment in time, with everything that is going on, players are always up there to be able to be transferred. The situation arose where he moved to Northampton.

“From a club point of view, it’s good business, from the player’s point of view, it’s up to League One.

“We initiated the hope of keeping him early in the pre-season, so we’re obviously disappointed to have lost him. But we move on quickly.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Joe confirmed that the Stags’ squad is ‘healthy’ ahead of a match against an ‘energetic’ Stevenage outfit.

“We’re in a good situation in terms of team selection. The squad is healthy enough. We’ve had one or two over the last few games where it’s been quite demanding [for them].

“Generally, we have a clean bill of health [for the Stevenage game].

“I would expect them [Stevenage] to come here and try to win a football match. But our focus is on us. We must go out with the intention of winning the match.

“Stevenage have a new manager with new ideas, who will want to impose his style.

“I’m sure we can expect an energetic team to come and play against us.”

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

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Joe Dunne keen to take the positives out of Mansfield Town's season into Stevenage game
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Thursday 8th October 2020

Stags assistant manager Joe Dunne is keen to take the positives out of his side’s slow start to the season.

Mansfield host Stevenage on Saturday as they look for their first win of the campaign.

And Dunne believes the Mansfield players must stay focused and take the positive aspects from the season so far into the weekend.

“In large chunks of games we have done well and been ahead,” he said. “We have been in a situation where if we could defend slightly better we would have more points on the board.

Read more at https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/joe-dunne-keen-take-positives-out-mansfield-towns-season-stevenage-game-2997185

“We have done ok in parts and need to minimise the errors, if we do that we can collate more points.

“From a performance point of view we are pleased with what we have done in chunks.

“There are things we need to improve on in the training ground, but there is a long way to go yet.

“There are well over 100 points to play for at this stage of the season and we have to keep things in perspective.

“There are large chunks where we know we can develop and areas where we can improve on.

“The disappointment comes with not having enough points on the board.”

Dunne is now keen to see some consistency and is confident a win is just around the corner if Mansfield can find their levels.

“We are all working hard and need to just find some consistency,” he said.

“We feel confident about ourselves in terms of the elements of the game and we feel a win is coming.

“We believe if we keep working hard then the results will come.every game brings a different challenge, motivation is key.”

Stevenage currently have four points to their name and are enjoying life in League Two following their close season reprieve from relegation.

“It's a game we want to do well in,” added Dunne. “Both teams will see it as a chance to get a win up and running.

“The decision to reprieve their league status will have given them a boost and Stevenage will want to do well with the new manager.

“We expect a tough game, every game we have played has been tough.”


Joe Dunne believes wins are not far away for Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Thursday 8th October 2020

Joe Dunne believes the wins will come if Mansfield Town can bring their ‘A game’ to the table.

Stags host last season’s basement-boys Stevenage on Saturday as they look to record their first win of the campaign.

And the Mansfield Town assistant manager believes the victories will come if the players keep the faith.

“We have to remain focused and stay true to what we believe in,” he said.

Read more at https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/joe-dunne-beleives-wins-are-not-far-away-mansfield-town-2997246

“We have seen a lot of good stuff in the games we have played in.

“We have to keep a level on it and reassure the players to believe in themselves and what their qualities are as a player.

“We have to make sure we are motivated to win and the message on Saturday will be to go out and do what you do well, bring your ‘A game’ and the results will come.

“We feel we have been in a position to win and should have picked up more points, but we have made errors that are uncharacteristic.

“Our focus will be on the chunk that has allowed us to get to those situations.

“We have to be motivated and bring our game on Saturday and go out to win.”

Stags were beaten 3-1 by Lincoln in the EFL Trophy in midweek to keep the poor run of form going.

But Dunne says he has been encouraged by the attitude of the players since the loss.

“We trained the next day and the players showed the character we need to stay positive,” he said,

“We are all working hard to turn it around. Lincoln showed the class they have on the night, we are disappointed but we move on.

“We spoke about it and analysed the defeat in training and we want to see what we have talked about put into action against Stevenage.

“You have to move on quickly in football. The one thing that we need to understand that this (poor run) will happen to every team through the season and we are having our part now.

“The gaffer is working hard on the training pitch to improve, we can always improve.

“We need to move on and put in high performance levels. We won’t win every game, we understand that, but if we keep performing at high levels then it will even itself out and the wins will come.”