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Boss asks players to grab Oldham opportunity
mansfieldtown.net, 9th January 2017
Stags’ boss Steve Evans says tomorrow’s Checkatrade Trophy tie against Oldham Athletic (7.45pm kick-off) presents his squad with the chance to stake a claim for a starting spot against Notts County.
The manager has revealed that he will be making changes for the visit of the Latics as he looks to freshen up the starting XI which played against both Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra over the last week.
New midfielders Joel Byrom and Ben Whiteman are cup-tied for the fixture as they appeared for Northampton Town and Sheffield United, respectively, in the earlier stages of the competition and the Stags’ boss says tomorrow’s match gives players the opportunity to impress him.
“We have to make changes - we’ve got some players cup-tied and I want to freshen the team up, but there’s rules to be respected in the competition. We know we’ll play against a full-strength Oldham side,” the Stags’ manager said.
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“I don’t think whether we progress in this competition will be about what Oldham Athletic do tomorrow night, it will be about how we play and what we do. Will players grab an opportunity to stake a claim for their place in the team at Notts County on Saturday?
“There’s competition to be in the team; we’re going to make some changes and people will get a platform and they have to produce.”
After seeing Whiteman and striker Yoann Arquin score on their home debuts on Saturday, the gaffer says the aim is for the new signings to contribute towards ‘a solid base’ in his playing squad.
“It’s not fully the ‘Steve Evans project’ yet because we’ve still got a lot of work to do. We’ve signed three or four players and whether any of those four will ultimately be successful with us is determined by those guys. It’s very similar to anyone thinking of buying a house or building a house; if you don’t get the base right then the house will fall down.
“We’re gradually building the base, we’re gradually putting blocks in place which are quite firm and strong and good for the level and if we can continue to do that, we’ll get better.”
The former Crawley Town manager has also provided supporters with an update on the two cash bids which he submitted for players last Monday, admitting that one of his targets has chosen to join a club in a higher division.
“One’s obviously decided to go somewhere else, so he’s away. The other one: [his club is] trying to do some business and our offer would be acceptable but they’re trying to get someone in.
“We’re in a little bit of a chain and that tends to be [the case] when you are in League Two. A lot of times if you’re in the Championship, you’re controlling a lot of it because you’re the head of that chain, but again it’s no different to house moves.
“We’re in a chain and we’ve got a manager saying if he gets his target, we can have ours. Ours, in respect of his personal terms with his representatives when we were given permission to speak [to him], is done. It’s a case of the other club getting their business done.”
Stags to make changes for EFL Trophy tie
chad.co.uk, Monday 09 January 2017
Steve Evans has made no secret he will make changes to his Mansfield Town side that faces Oldham Athletic in the EFL Trophy.
The Stags boss will be without the cup-tied Ben Whiteman and Joel Byrom on Tuesday night from the 3-0 League Two win over Crewe.
But has challenged those players that will take to the field in the third round tie to stake a claim for a start at Notts County.
He said: “This competition has always been one where if you go through, you say it’s good for the players that are playing. If you go out, you say it’s the last thing on your priority list.
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“Many managers use that for the cups if they don’t progress. We’ll make changes, we have to make changes. We have some cup-tied and I want to freshen the team up but there are rules to be respected in the competition.
“We know we’ll play against a full strength Oldham side. I’m very fortunate to speak to the chairman, Simon Corney, regularly up there. They’ll be at full strength.
“I don’t think whether we progress in this competition will depend on what Oldham Athletic do, it’ll be about how we play and what we do. Players have the chance to stake a claim for a place in the team for Notts County on Saturday.”
Oldham have lost three of their last four games - not scoring in any of them - with their last win coming in the second round of this competition.
“They need a win,” said Evans. “The manager needs a win and the players need a win. We aspire to be in League One so we have to be very respectful. I almost took the Oldham Athletic job. I had a detailed analysis of what they had.
“They’ve got some very good players. We need to be at our best to make progress, we need them to be slightly down, and it’s just about levels in football - as many clubs find.
“There’s a gulf from League One to the Championship in what you’re trying to achieve. It’s the same from League Two to League One. It’s the same as what Rochdale did at Barrow, they won 2-0 but it could have been nine looking at the highlights.”
Stags making progress with transfer target
by MATT BROOKS, chad.co.uk
Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans hopes to have signed another player before Saturday’s derby with Notts County. Evans revealed how the club had missed out on one of their targets this week but were making progress with a second ahead of the showdown at Meadow Lane. Stags have already seen four players come through the One Call Stadium entrance this month as Evans continues to re-shape his squad during the transfer window. Evans said: “We’re working really hard. I’ve had chats with managers from levels above and representatives. I think we’re making real progress, with a view to something maybe happening Wednesday or Thursday to see if we can add them to the squad for Notts County.” The club made two written offers for players last week but as one given the chance to play higher up the leagues Stags may have to be patient with the other. “One’s decided to go somewhere else, so he’s away,” said Evans. “The other one, they’re (player’s club is) trying to do some business and our offer would be acceptable but they’re trying to get someone in. “We’re in a little bit of a chain and that tends to be (the case) when you are in League Two. A lot of times if you’re in the Championship, you’re controlling a lot of it because you’re the head of that chain, but it’s no different to house moves. “We’re in a chain and we’ve got a manager saying if he gets his target, we can have ours. Ours, in respect of his personal terms with his representatives when we were given permission to speak, is done. It’s a case of the other club getting their business done.” While four have arrived, four have left the club this month and there could yet be more as Evans looks to balance the numbers in his squad. He added: “We want some movement in and out. You can’t keep adding at the top and forgetting the bottom end. Four have come in and four have gone out. We have to balance it and our squad was pretty high in terms of numbers. We can’t be running with 26-27 players.”
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Evans ‘gobsmacked’ by Stags ticket offer
Steve Evans admitted he was ‘gobsmacked’ when Stags chairman John Radford told him about the ticket offer which would see fans allowed to watch a game for free. The generous offer will give supporters who purchase a ticket for the home match against Leyton Orient on January 28 free entry to the Stags’ following home game against Hartlepool United on February 11. Radford said he wanted to create a ‘carnival-like’ atmosphere at the One Call Stadium for the players to thrive under while Evans has sent out a rallying cry to the Stags fan base: “Come out and support us.” He added: “Everyone knows in this town what he does for this football club. He never ceases to amaze me and when he spoke to me at the back end of last week and said ‘I’m going to put this ticket offer on, what do you think?’ I was pretty gobsmacked. “I think he recognises how hard it is for supporters these days, in difficult times with families, commitments, cars, mortgages, rents and other stuff you have to do, and at the same time he wants a busy One Call Stadium. “He wants to give us every opportunity to have a good atmosphere and he’s been very generous up until now with the offers he’s made. And with buy one get one free you’ve got to say to Mansfield people: ‘Come out and support us’. “It’s a great offer and let’s take up the offer and make them do it again.”
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