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EVANS AND MARCUS BIGNOT REACTION
23rd February 2017 22:05



Missed chances cost Stags, says manager
mansfieldtown.net, 18th February 2017

Stags’ boss Steve Evans says missing a number of good opportunities in the first half led to his side’s eventual 3-0 defeat away to Grimsby Town this afternoon.

A first half goal from former Stags’ midfielder Chris Clements, followed by a second half brace from Calum Dyson, meant Stags tasted defeat in Sky Bet League Two for the first time in 2017.

However, the gaffer says his side should have been ahead before the deadlock was broken and bemoaned their ruthlessness in front of goal.

“Grimsby get a goal and we go in 1-0 down at half-time but we should be 2-1 in front,” the Stags’ chief said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/missed-chances-cost-stags-says-manager-3582765.aspx#d6CKXFbHyzWEZZq8.99

“Greeny (Matt Green) misses two big chances, that’s where it lands. Then the best chance is early in the second half, Shaq (Coulthirst) should certainly do better and so should Greeny on other occasions, so you’re going to get punished.

“I think we should be leading at half-time. You can’t miss the quality of those chances. I don’t think they get missed by many strikers in the league.”

The manager was sent to the stands by referee Seb Stockbridge in the second half and he explained the situation which led to his dismissal, as well as clearing up defender Hayden White’s red card following the award of the Mariners’ penalty.

“I asked the fourth official if he could ask the referee a question during the game and he said he wasn’t prepared to do that. I said: ‘well I’ll phone your boss on Monday and see if he’s prepared to do that’ and he didn’t answer it.

“There was no verbal, no foul [language] and he just said 'I’m not being threatened, you’re going up [in the stands]'. I have to do that but we’ll see what the people say and I think there’ll be a little bit of empathy for me with those people.

“They offered me the opportunity to sit with the Grimsby press, which I didn’t think was fair really. I asked to go in the far side, which I was refused to do, so I took the opportunity to take myself away from the situation and sat downstairs waiting for the players to come in.

“I obviously saw Hayden in the dressing room and he said that he said to the referee on the penalty that his view was that Mal Benning slipped and it was a shocking decision. For a referee then to give somebody a second yellow and send him off for that is hard to take.”

After a superb nine-match unbeaten league run came to an end at Blundell Park this afternoon, the boss has now challenged his squad to go on another run of similar calibre, beginning with next week’s home clash against Newport County.

“The difficulty is having to accept that we didn’t let ourselves down losing at Blundell Park at Grimsby, that’s always a tough place to go - we let ourselves down by drawing at home on Tuesday.

“The One Call Stadium should be a bit of a fortress but what do you do? You get back on the training ground and you work hard and smarter and you get prepared for the next one.

“Those that continually look back end up with nothing at the end of the season. I understand, looking at the results today, we’re very much still in the hunt.”

Supporters will be able to view Steve Evans’ post-match interview on Stags PlayerHD later this evening.

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Angry scenes as Stags boss Evans is forced the run the gauntlet with Grimsby fans after ‘sending-off’
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Saturday 18 February 2017

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans found himself in the dressing room for his own protection before the end of today’s fiery 3-0 defeat at Grimsby Town.

Evans had been sent to the stand after an argument with the fourth official in a game in which Hayden White was also red-carded.

But Evans was given no protection in the stand where he suffered some dreadful abuse from home fans and decided to walk away from it before things got out of hand.

Evans had already unsuccessfully tried to get ref Seb Stockbridge removed from the game earlier in the week after bad experiences with him earlier in the season.

Now he will await the fall-out of an afternoon to forget for Mansfield, who are still in seventh place.

On his sending into the stand in the second half, Evans said: “I asked the fourth official if he could ask the referee a question during the game. He said he wasn’t prepared to do that.

“I said I’ll phone your boss on Monday and see if he’s prepared to answer it. That was exactly the tone and language. But he just said I am not being threatened, you’re going up in the stand.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/angry-scenes-as-stags-boss-evans-is-forced-the-run-the-gauntlet-with-grimsby-fans-after-sending-off-1-8397563

“So I had to do that and we’ll see what the people say.”

Things then rapidly deteriorated for Evans as he was left to run the gauntlet of sitting with the home fans.

“They offered me the opportunity to sit with the Grimsby press which I didn’t think was fair really, so I asked to go on the far side, which I was refused to do,” he explained.

“When there was 10 minutes left and we were 3-0 down I took the opportunity to take myself away from the situation and sat downstairs waiting for the players to come in.”

No one knew what the red card to Hayden White was given fo,r but Evans said: “He told me he’d said to the referee on the penalty that his view was that Mal Benning slipped and it was a shocking decision.

“For the referee to then give someone their second yellow and send them off for that is hard to take.

“But it’s the same referee we had at Carlisle and we tried to get him removed from the game early in the week which was refused.

“They will probably give him us in two weeks time again won’t they? That’s what they tend to do.” Evans made two changes to his line-up and said: “I think we got the decisions right on the team today. It’s always a tough place to come and with the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to make decisions.

“But we should have turned the half 2-0 up and you can’t miss chances in the middle of the goal from six yards.

“We won’t get too down. We’ve been on a nine-game unbeaten run until today and we will look to start another on Saturday.

“We don’t let ourselves down losing to Grimsby at Blundell Park, it’s always a tough place to go. We let ourselves down by drawing at home on Tuesday.

“Looking at results today we are very much still in the hunt and still in the play-offs by default.

“We’ve come a million miles but we have only come three steps out of 15 and we’ve got along way to go.”

He continued: “There were three chances in that first half, they took advantage of their chance and we missed two.

“At the start of the second half again there is nothing in the game, but we missed two headers we should score and then we paid the price by being sloppy in the middle of the park and allowing people to run into the box.

“The third one, Mal’s just had a rush of blood to the head and given a penalty away - no complaints with that. So it looks worse than what it is. We will regroup and move forward.”

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Bignot: Supporters Will Have Gone Home Happy
grimsby-townfc.co.uk, 18th February 2017, by Andy Phillips

BOSS Marcus Bignot was delighted to pick up the 3-0 victory over Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon, and believes the supporters will have gone home happy after what they saw on display.

A first half goal from Chris Clements against his former club was followed up by a second half brace from loanee Calum Dyson as Town ended Mansfield's nine game unbeaten run at Blundell Park, and speaking after the game, Bignot said:''Obviously the key thing is winning football matches and sending supporters home happy.

'They've gone home happy and they've seen some good football and some drama off the pitch as well, do what a great Saturday afternoon at the BP.''

As the manager stated, there was drama off the field with Stags boss Steve Evans being sent to the stands and his side also being reduced to ten men when Hayden White was dismissed for a second bookable offence, and Bignot added that there was a feisty atmosphere throughout.

He said:''They certainly played up to their roles and it was certainly a bit pantomime but the Mansfield fans came here in their numbers and made it a good atmosphere but we gave as good as we got.

''You know, all the talk before the game was about how Mansfield have done well and haven't been beaten in 2017. There was talk of play-offs and even automatic and we're only three points behind it now so it's funny the difference a week makes.

''This time last Saturday, I was the villain and now this week we're three points behind a team who people have been talking about, so hopefully this will give us a bit of belief and we'll move forward with it.

The Town boss believes that his side are starting to show that they can adapt to certain situations based on the opponent, which is what he has been trying to introduce since arriving.

''What you're starting to see now is a physicality and balance to the team, and players that are technically a lot differently to what this league is about.

''With the first goal, Clem's reverse ball and then Sam Jones showing his a talent a well which leads to a free-kick, I look at that and these are your moments and that's the talent that we're hoping to unleash.

''I think what we'll get now, with Luke Maxwell coming into the building, is a settled eighteen.

'' I did say to one or two that the team is gonna settle down because we've got the ingredients that we want now and and its about going out there and performing.

''What excites me is that I'm already thinking about Tuesday (when Town face Mansfield reserves at Blundell Park).

''We've got a 23 man squad, so I'd advise people to come down and watch because the majority of them can play in the starting eleven so I'm excited with the squad we're building and the progess we're making.'

Read more at http://www.grimsby-townfc.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/bignot-supporters-will-have-gone-home-happy-3583101.aspx#fhGupVG0ftBklfxS.99

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Grimsby Town 3-0 Mansfield Town REACTION: Mariners fans 'will have gone home happy'
By James Findlater, grimsbytelegraph.co.uk

GRIMSBY Town boss Marcus Bignot feels Mariners fans went home happy after seeing their side beat Mansfield 3-0 today.

Former Stags midfielder Chris Clements opened the scoring for Town before a second half brace from Calum Dyson sealed the victory at Blundell Park.

It was a match full of incident, with Mansfield boss Steve Evans once again being sent off in Cleethorpes, while defender Hayden White saw red for the visitors after his side conceded the penalty that led to the third goal.

And after their action-packed afternoon, Bignot feels his side's fans certainly got their money's worth!

"The key thing is winning football matches and sending your supporters home happy," Bignot said.

Read more at http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/grimsby-town-3-0-mansfield-town-reaction-mariners-fans-will-have-gone-home-happy/story-30146197-detail/story.html#pxuSYtkZlpYpwDxY.99

"They've certainly gone home happy, and they've seen some good football and some drama off the pitch as well.

"I said if we won, we'd only be three points behind them. It shows how funny a week can be.

"Last Saturday I was the villain and now this week we're three points behind the team who, for all week, the talk has been about the play-offs.

"Hopefully this will give us a bit of belief and we can move forward with it."

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