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Nigel Clough says Mansfield Town can take confidence into their trip to Carlisle United
chad.co.uk, Monday 14 December 2020
Nigel Clough says Mansfield Town will travel to Carlisle United full of confidence.
The Cumbrians trounced Stevenage 4-0 at the weekend to go third in the table.
But Clough says Stags should go to Brunton Park with no fear having proved they can already compete against the division’s top teams following wins at Forest Green Rovers and Cambridge United.
“Carlisle will be full of confidence, they are the form team in the league with the way they are playing right now,” he said
“They are scoring goals and will see us as another great opportunity to get three poitns and cement their place in the top three.
We can take confidence and belief into the game that we can beat top six teams. If our performance level is as good as it was in those sort of games (Forest Green and Cambridge) then I don't see that much difference in the league that we can't go and get a result there.
“Hopefully we will play better than we did on Saturday and go get a result.”
Clough believes having another game so soon after Saturday could also benefit Mansfield and help them keep the momentum going.
“You get into a groove of playing Saturday/Tuesday/Saturday and then you don’t it can change the routine a bit and it can be difficult to get back into it.
“Sometimes the breaks are good but you can also have an impact like it did on Saturday when we were physically not as sharp as in the other games when we had three games in seven days.
“It is difficult to assess those sorts of things and the exact reason why it happens, we are all in the same boat at times.
“I’m pleased we didn't lose when we are like that. It can be mental as well as physical, when you know you don’t have a game for six or seven days you can switch off a bit and then can’t pick it back up.”
MANAGER: They'll be right at it
Chris Beech ahead of tonight's game
United head into the Tuesday night game against Mansfield Town looking to make it four wins on the bounce - with the other eye-catching stat tagged to this current run the fact that the Blues have won eight of their nine home league games so far.
The Stags are the division’s draw specialists, with 10 of their 17 outings ending up as stalemates, so it’s going to prove to be another test as the games continue to come thick and fast.
“They’re a good team,” manager Chris Beech said. “Nigel Clough has been managing a long time and he’s had some great experiences at Sheffield United, and at Burton too.
“He knows what he’s doing. He’ll have those lads right at it and they’ll have an understanding of what we’ve been like at home, so we’ll be taking nothing for granted.
“If you don’t bring your toolbag to work, you can’t do a job. We have to make sure we bring our bag with us.”
“I’ve come up against Nigel a lot at Rochdale, and Andy Garner,” he continued. “I used to watch Andy score goals for Blackpool when I was a young boy, ‘ooh Andy Garner’ - swivel, turn, top corner shot, that’s what the Seasiders used to sing.
“It will be good to see him but, of course, we have to look to try and repeat our current performance. We want our run to continue for our reasons and we want to give our fans more to cheer about.”
Blues boss set to face boyhood hero when Carlisle United take on Mansfield Town
newsandstar.co.uk, By Jon Colman
Chris Beech will come up against one of his boyhood heroes when Carlisle United take on Mansfield tonight.
The Stags’ first-team coach Andy Garner was a fans’ favourite when Beech was on the terraces at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.
The United head coach will be trying to get the better of his former Tangerines idol Garner and Mansfield boss Nigel Clough at Brunton Park tonight.
“I’ve come up against Nigel a lot at Rochdale, and Andy Garner,” Beech said.
“I used to watch Andy score goals for Blackpool when I was a young boy. ‘Ooh Andy Garner’ - swivel, turn, top corner shot - that’s what the Seasiders used to sing.
“It will be good to see him but of course we have to look to try and repeat our current performance.”
Clough and Garner have been in charge at Mansfield since early November after the sacking of Graham Coughlan.
Experienced former Derby, Sheffield United and Burton boss Clough has stemmed the Stags’ early-season run of defeats.
They have lost just once in their last 11 games in all competitions despite sitting 19th in the League Two table.
Mansfield - who could include former Blues striker Andy Cook - have drawn 10 of their 17 games so far in the league, winning two and losing five.
They have lost just once on their travels.
While high-flying Carlisle are seeking a fourth straight win for the first time in nearly two years, Beech says it is vital his side are at their best tonight.
“Nigel’s been managing a long time, had some great experiences at Sheffield United and Burton,” Beech said.
“He knows what he’s doing, he’ll have those lads right at it and they’ll have an understanding of what we’ve been like at home.
“Take nothing for granted. If you don’t bring your toolbag to work, you can’t do a job. We have to make sure we bring our bag with us.”
United have won seven of their eight home league games, and are in good form both at Brunton Park and on the road.
Beech says they have responded well to the rare setbacks they have suffered in recent weeks.
“I think Tranmere were very fortunate to face us on that situation where you’ve travelled to Crawley and had a real good away performance, and come back, and travelled away to play another away game back to back,” he said.
“Hopefully we’ll be in a fresher place when we play them again. The lads have also recovered well from the FA Cup disappointment [against Doncaster] - they’ve responded great.”
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