CLOUGH AND NEIL COX REACTION
Today is about the result - manager
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 26 December 2020
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough says the most important thing about the Boxing Day victory over Scunthorpe United was seeing his side get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two.
Goals from midfielder George Lapslie and striker Jordan Bowery, alongside a Manny Onariase own goal, contributed to the Stags’ 3-2 win at Sands Venue Stadium.
The manager says that although the performance ‘could have been better,’ he believes Saturday’s victory was a deserved one for his side.
“I thought we did deserve it on the balance of play,” said the boss. “We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times from good positions.
“It should’ve been more comfortable. When you’re 3-1 up and looking for the fourth goal and give the ball away in a bad position, [it meant] we caused our own problems today.
“We scored three goals away from home and looked a threat. I thought we should have won by more today and I was pleased.
“Of course, the performance could have been better, but it’s about the result and nothing more than that today.
“There were no clean goals today - all five were a little bit scruffy and you’re not quite sure who’s scored them. George [Lapslie] is claiming the first one.
“We got the ball into wide positions and I thought we looked a threat from our set plays today.
“When you’ve got two points from nine, we haven’t had enough wins [recently]. That’s what it was about today, getting the three points.
“We battled, were organised and had the ability to come away from home and score three goals [today]. Goals breed confidence and you have to be able to score goals.”
Nigel Clough also praised his defenders following the win, after the Stags’ back-line contributed in both boxes this afternoon.
“I thought we defended well in the last five or ten minutes,” he added. “There were a couple of set plays [to defend].
“If you look at what Marek [Stech] had to do today, it’s very little. I thought the centre-halves played well in the second-half to see out the victory.
“The defenders contributed to our goals as well. Kellan [Gordon] has got the cross in [for the Lapslie goal] and Faz Rawson has got the header that went towards Jordan’s goal as well.
“As well as defensively, they contributed in the other penalty area as well.”
The boss then outlined the schedule ahead of Tuesday night’s home match against Salford City, alongside issuing an injury update on frontman Nicky Maynard.
“To come away from home, score three goals and get three points on Boxing Day, it makes your Boxing Day, your Christmas Day, and we go again on Tuesday.
“We’ll be off Sunday, training on Monday as usual, then ready for the game on Tuesday.
“Not sure [about Maynard]. It’s unlikely, it’s probably going to be a couple of weeks. We’ll see how he’s getting on, but it’s unlikely.”
iFollow Stags subscribers can watch the boss’ interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.
Scunthorpe United 2-3 Mansfield Town: Reaction as Iron fall to Boxing Day defeat
The manager’s thoughts
Neil Cox told the Iron’s website: "I'm disappointed because I felt after the first 10 minutes they started the game well. Then we started to get the ball down, play and get some good angles without really hurting them. We have to be better on the ball.
"We then conceded a sloppy first goal as the ball came into our box too easily, with us letting them cross it in. Manny (Onariase) misses it and we just didn't defend it properly. We then conceded an own goal, which is difficult at any time.
"We got ourselves back in the game, as Gilly (Alex Gilliead) did well driving forward and we got some luck with an own goal.
"We came in at half-time and tried to calm the boys down, and relax them a little bit because they looked a little bit nervous. We came out in the second half and they stopped us from playing - we didn't really make many angles or chances, and then conceded another sloppy goal from a set-play again. We have conceded too many sloppy goals lately.
"We then changed it by bringing some forward-thinking players on and got ourselves another goal for 3-2. We chased the game after that, but made bad decisions from set-plays and our delivery wasn't very good."
Kellan Gordon @kellangordon25
3 points tick
John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Excellent result. Just what we needed.
Well done to Nigel and the boys.
Roll on to Salford!
Very important three points. Enjoy the rest of your Boxing Day!!
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