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8th January 2021 23:54

Monday 4th January 2021

Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags:
"Andy Garner has been encouraging Jordan Bowery to do finishing after training, which apparently he didn't do before.
"And I think scoring's a habit, whether it's in training or in games. Doing that finishing and building his confidence.
"His third goal, and the move from the team, is a goal of the season contender, and his finish was exemplary.

"(On the transfer window, any update?) ... No, unfortunately. We're going through our list of targets, making contacts, and seeing what's out there available. But nothing's changed in terms of two or three players in, with a similar number going out to make way."


Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough expects a reaction from Salford City
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Monday 4th January 2021

Nigel Clough expects a tough challenge against wounded Salford tomorrow night.

Promotion-chasing City were beaten 1-0 at Leyton Orient on Saturday to leave them just outside the play-off places.

It leaves Clough expecting Mansfield to have to deal with a reaction as they look to make it three wins in a row.

“We have to back the result up,” he said. “We have two important games coming up this week - it’s a big week for us.


“They will be a different challenge. We are expecting a reaction from them, but we have to keep ticking on and maintain our momentum, without getting over confident.

“They are a side more than capable of challenging and their ambitions are there for all to see.

“They are big spenders and have a lot of quality on the pitch.”

Striker Jordan Bowery goes into the game in a rich vein of form with five goals in three games.

And Clough hopes there's more to come.

“We hope there is more to come from Jordan,” said Clough. “He has to take the form on now and kick on.

“From the first game we saw him against Walsall, when we were watching from the stands, he has been good. Now he is getting confidence with the goals and he has to take it on.”


Nigel Clough wants Mansfield Town to make One Call Stadium a tough place for away teams
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Monday 4th January 2021

Nigel Clough wants Stags to make the One Call Stadium a tough place for away teams.

Mansfield finally picked up their first home win of the campaign in the 4-0 drubbing of Port Vale on Saturday.

But the Stags chief knows his side must rack up home wins if they are to challenge.

“It was good to get our first home win on Saturday,” he said. “It gets the monkey off our back. The longer it went the more pressure there was.


“We have to have a strong home record and we need to get more wins now.

"We have got to score goals if we are going to get out of the position we are in, so Saturday was very encouraging. A lot of things went our way.

“We want the fans to watch on the tv and look forward to watching us next season, if it is next season.

“We can still make it a tough place to come, even if there are no fans in. Hopefully we are doing that at the minute with how we start games.

“We want to start fast and put teams on the back foot. We want to make them think they are in for an uncomfortable 90 mins.”

Clough is now calling for his Stags players to keep up the standards and build on the positives - no matter what the starting line-up is.

“We want the players to just keep it going now,” he added. “It might not be the same team, but we are looking for the same performance.

“We can always look at where we can improve, but it is also good to look back at the weekend and point out why it was also a good performance.

“We want to highlight the good things they are doing and why it gets you results doing things that way.

“The players relaxed a bit on Saturday. We had a significant lead and you saw the players relax and play better.

“We want to play like that no matter what the state of the game.”

Clough is keen to see his side start to build up a head of steam as results continue to slowly improve.

"Momentum is the word," he said, “We need momentum now. It’s been a case of one step forward and two back at items and not being able to back results up.”