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21st November 2020 18:43

Boss encouraged by unbeaten spell
mansfieldtown.net, Friday 20th November 2020

Despite being ‘disappointed’ with just a point against Colchester United this evening, manager Nigel Clough says it is ‘extremely encouraging’ that the Stags have embarked on a six-game unbeaten run.

Striker Nicky Maynard fired the amber and blue into the lead on 67 minutes with a stunning effort, but Colchester equalised late on, as Luke Norris lobbed the ball over the onrushing Marek Stech.

The Mansfield boss says that his side did enough to win tonight’s match.

“We could have had the three points tonight,” he told iFollow Stags. “I thought we were comfortable and restricted them to so few opportunities.

“It’s one misjudgement from Marek [Stech] with ten minutes to go, and all of a sudden, they have a lifeline.

“I thought we looked the more likely to get the second goal, and we had a few situations tonight where we could have had that.


iFollow Stags subscribers can watch Nigel Clough’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later this evening.


Nigel Clough frustrated after Mansfield Town are held by Colchester United
chad.co.uk, Friday 20th November 2020

Boss Nigel Clough admitted his frustration after Mansfield were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Colchester United.

Nicky Maynard fired Stags ahead with a long-range piledriver on 67 minutes.

But they were pegged back when Luke Norris levelled with five minutes to go after Marek Stech raised out for the ball and was lobbed.

The draw stretches resurgent Mansfield’s unbeaten run to six games, but leaves them still waiting for their first home win of the campaign.



Stags moving in right direction, says goalscorer
mansfieldtown.net, Friday 20th November 2020

‘We’re moving in the right direction,’ striker Nicky Maynard stated after Mansfield Town’s 1-1 draw with promotion chasers Colchester United.

The Stags capitalised upon their bright start to the second period against the U’s as Maynard crashed the opener against the underside of the bar.

However, substitute Luke Norris restored parity for the away side with five minutes remaining via a delicate lob - leaving both sides to share the points on Friday evening at One Call Stadium.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” the goalscorer told iFollow Stags. “We just have to look at the positives and move towards the next game on Tuesday.

“I tried to get on the ball a bit more with where the gaffer wanted me to play.



Colchester United boss Steve Ball on Mansfield Town draw
By Jonathan Waldron JonWaldron1

COLCHESTER United boss Steve Ball felt a point was the very least his side deserved after they struck late to draw 1-1 at Mansfield Town.

The U’s needed a well-taken 85th-minute equaliser from substitute Luke Norris to earn them a draw in their League Two clash, at the One Call Stadium.

Nicky Maynard had given the Stags a 67th-minute lead but the introduction of four substitutes - for the first time in a league game for the U’s - and a switch to a more attacking shape, paid dividends for the visitors.

Ball said: “I think we’ll take the point in the end.