CLOUGH, CHARSLEY AND MARK COOPER REACTION
Boss salutes players after first league win
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 14th November 2020
Manager Nigel Clough has praised the ‘momentous effort’ on show from his players in this afternoon’s 2-1 win away at Forest Green Rovers.
First-half goals from midfielders George Lapslie and Harry Charsley had the Stags in control at the break, and the amber and blue withstood late Forest Green pressure following an 84th minute Odin Bailey goal.
The boss says his charges ‘defended magnificently’ in Gloucestershire this afternoon.
“It was an absolutely momentous effort from the players today to see that through,” he told iFollow Stags. “We scored a couple of good goals in the first-half and I thought we could’ve had another one.
“Forest Green, who are third in the league, are always going to put you under pressure. We were a bit unfortunate with the goal as it came off Perchy’s [James Perch] head and dropped down to their lad.
“The last eight to ten minutes, when we were really under pressure, I thought we defended magnificently.
“Occasionally, you can coast through a game, getting two or three up, but when you’re desperate for your first league victory, that sort of effort is what you need.
“We had a couple of scares, but to get a result like that, you’re going to have to get away with a couple of balls across the box.
“I thought generally, we did restrict them to not too many chances. I thought Marek [Stech] did well when he was called upon, and everybody to a man defended as though their lives depended on it. That’s what we need to do.
“We made a couple of poor decisions on the ball when we had the opportunity to counter and Nicky Maynard doesn’t think he was offside for the third goal [that was disallowed] as well.
“Overall, with the three points and the effort that’s gone in today, it’s absolutely brilliant.”
Nigel Clough says that this week, which has seen the Stags win three consecutive away matches, will add ‘confidence and belief’ to the Mansfield Town ranks.
“We needed to do it [win a league game] as soon as possible. We were very close to doing it against Walsall and Bolton.
“That’s the difference today, we conceded in the last minute against Bolton and we didn’t today.
“That’s great for confidence and belief. I think the players will need some recovery as an awful lot of effort has gone in over the last two or three weeks.
“They need to recover ahead of Friday night now [against Colchester], but I think we go into it with a bit more confidence than we had at the start of the week.”
There was also an update on midfielder George Maris, who was replaced in the first-half due to an injury.
“He [Maris] got a whack in the ribs. He cleared the ball and then as he fell, the lad then caught him accidentally.
“Anybody who has a rib injury will tell you he is going to be pretty uncomfortable for the next few weeks.
“There is no treatment for it and nothing you can do, it’s just about time and seeing how it heals.
“It’s great to have Ollie Clarke back - to have him come on in the centre of midfield, it was a good option.”
iFollow Stags subscribers can watch Nigel Clough’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.
Nigel Clough told EFL on Quest TV:
"Whatever's happened in previous games doesn't really matter. We start the season now, and we've got to try and climb up that table.
We're not getting carried away with one victory, we've got a lot of tough games coming up, but it gives the lads in the dressing room a big lift."
"It feels wonderful!" Nigel Clough praises Mansfield Town's battlers as they topple highflying Forest Green Rovers
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Saturday 14th November 2020
Nigel Clough said it felt 'wonderful' as Mansfield Town picked up league win number one of the season.
The Stags are now five games unbeaten in all competitions and, following two League Two draws and two cup victories, they made it three wins in a row at highfliers Forest Green Rovers.
It was third versus third-bottom before kick off, but Town turned the league table on its head with strikes from George Lapslie and Harry Charsley before Odin Bailey's late finish set up a tense finish.
"It feels wonderful. It feels wonderful for the players to be 12 games in and get their first league win now," Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"I think it's a brilliant achievement for them. It's been coming over the last few weeks - could have won against Walsall, could have won against Bolton.
"But to get it here at such a good team, I hope that will do wonders for our confidence."
Clough praised his side's fighting spirit and willingness to battle until the end to secure the points.
"Forest Green at 2-0 down are always going to come out and have a go at you, that's why they're such a good team," the manager added.
"I thought we were going to see it through with a clean sheet - bit unlucky with the corner and goal we conceded, but I thought from that point on we dug in and made sure we didn't concede.
"Jordan Bowery is absolutely shattered with all the running he's done. but you have to get used to that.
"Corey O'Keeffe makes a crucial tackle at the end. They're the sort of things you need to get results at the moment.
"Winning's a good habit and it's good for the dressing room."
Mansfield Town will re-charge the batteries before Colchester test - Clough
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Saturday 14th November 2020
Mansfield Town will be looking to make it four wins in a row as they they host Colchester United on Friday night.
And Stags boss Nigel Clough believes that re-charging the batteries will be the best way to help get his squad prepared.
Saturday's 2-1 win at Forest Green Rovers - Town's first league win of the campaign - was the side's ninth game in four weeks.
And although new boss Clough is still getting to know his players, he wants to allow them to recuperate and overcome any niggles before the hard work begins again in preparation for the contest at One Call Stadium (KO 7pm).
Speaking after Saturday's win he was asked how he was preparing to face the U's.
"Rest," he replied. "Certainly for the lads that have played.
"It's been pretty much the same lads, same players for the last four or five games apart from Tuesday night (an EFL Trophy win at Scunthorpe United), so they'll need some rest.
"A couple of days training this week and we'll get ready for Friday night."
Midfielder heaps praise on new boss
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 14th November 2020
Midfielder Harry Charsley praised manager Nigel Clough for instilling ‘confidence’ into his new side, following a battling 2-1 victory at Forest Green Rovers.
The No.7’s powerful finish at the innocent New Lawn Stadium proved to be the deciding strike after teammate George Lapslie had opened the scoring in only the fifth minute.
Forward Odin Bailey halved the deficit for the hosts towards the game’s conclusion but Mansfield stood firm to pick up maximum points against Rovers - who started the afternoon third in Sky Bet League Two.
Subsequently, Charsley spoke with positivity regarding Clough’s instant impact amongst the dressing room.
“I couldn’t exactly tell you but I’d say confidence,” he told iFollow Stags when asked about what Clough has brought to the club.
“Everyone’s feeling a lot more confident and we’re starting to turn good performances into three points. Beating Sunderland helped a lot and our last few performances have [helped] gain confidence every week.
“He hasn’t overfilled us with information, he’s just let us play with a bit of confidence and he’s got the respect of the changing room. Whenever we go out there we’ve just got to play 100 per cent because that’s what he’ll want.
“He wants you to pass forward, play forward and [do it] together as a team. Defend together, attack together and I think today we did that today.”
The 24-year-old’s third league goal of the season was ultimately the difference maker but Charsley believes everyone played their part throughout difficult weather conditions on Saturday afternoon.
“It was brilliant today from everyone. We all worked our socks off from minute one, we dug deep and what a performance and what a result.
“I think we pressed well when we had to, we attacked well and stuck at it. We had to dig in because the conditions were horrible, really tough, but we all stuck together and saw the game out really well to get the three points.
“It wasn’t easy but the lads managed to deal with it. We headed balls away, lots of clearances and Jordan [Bowery] held it up today which really helped. Of course, it wasn’t easy but they had the same conditions as well.”
And the former Everton youngster hopes to build upon his strike in Gloucestershire as the season progresses.
“I’m happy to start converting chances into goals now,” he explained.
“I had a lot of chances early in the season but now I’m starting to finish them so hopefully I can carry that on.”
iFollow Stags subscribers can watch Harry's interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.
Mark Cooper told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:
"I'm devastated. I thought we were outstanding in the second half but to give two goals away from horrendous mistakes without them even having to try to score ... you give yourself a lot of work to do. And it was just too much for us.
But then in the second half we had three open goals in the 6 yard box where we expect our centre forwards to score and we missed all three of them, and we should be coming away with something.
For the first goal, the ball bounced on the halfway line and our centre half (Godwin-Malife) let it run and the lad took him on in the box. So instead of the centre-half dealing with it, kicking it out, he lets it run and he can't recover, cross in the box, goal. So he’s a young centre half but he’s got to learn.
For the second goal, he (Ebou Adams) could be colour blind ... maybe. So we'll have to get his eyes tested.
The boys tried so hard in the second half, we probably deserved to get something out of it. But they have to learn that you can't giving teams a goal start.
We’ve conceded the most goals in the Football League in the first 20 minutes. That’s a stat. Something has to change.
We’ve been through scenarios of looking at the clock. Come on, let’s get to five minutes, 10, 15, 20. It’s usually no coincidence that when we do score first, we win.
I could have brought 5 or 6 off at half time but we made some changes and they were brilliant in the second half.
The tempo of the passing was outstanding second half. We missed good chances. Jake Young had two great chances to score. We should have won the game 1-0.
Full credit to Mansfield, they've got good players.
We will be training tomorrow. We have to do our work to stop conceding goals early on."
David Sharpe @DavidSharpe91
Big win!! The boys gave absolutely everything to get the 3 points and well done to Nigel and staff on a great first week! 5 unbeaten and 3 wins on the bounce! #UpTheStags