EVANS AND DARREN FERGUSON REACTION
Gaffer bemused by penalty decision
mansfieldtown.net, 8th April 2017
Stags’ boss Steve Evans was left frustrated after his side were denied an 89th-minute penalty in this afternoon’s 1-0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers.
Rovers’ midfielder Tommy Rowe headed home substitute James Coppinger’s corner to seal Rovers' promotion to League One, but Stags will feel like they should have left the Keepmoat Stadium with at least a point after striker Danny Rose and midfielder Alfie Potter both had efforts cleared off the line.
However, the most contentious decision of the afternoon came in the 89th minute when Potter was pushed to the floor by Doncaster defender Mathieu Baudry, but referee Dean Whitestone waved play on, much to the frustration of the Stags’ manager.
“Well if last week’s is a penalty, this week’s is assault. There’s no intention [to get the ball]. Alfie’s gone by him, he’s got wonderful low trajectory, he’s twisting inside the guy and I’ve just watched it back on the video - let the Stags’ fans judge it,” the gaffer said.
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“I think they thought last week we could understand maybe why the ref gave it (the penalty for Exeter City) [but] there was double hand full contact today.
“Alfie’s got just pushed over in the box and, interestingly, about a minute later he (the referee) gives one to them for a push in the middle of the park and I said to the fourth [official] ‘what’s the difference?’ and his reply was ‘none’.”
Despite being understandably disappointed with today’s defeat, the Stags’ chief offered his congratulations to opposite number Darren Ferguson and everyone associated with Doncaster Rovers for sealing promotion to League One.
“They deserve to be promoted, Doncaster Rovers, and my personal best wishes go to Darren, his staff and of course his players.
“I’ve had them (the celebrations) a number of times and they’re very, very special when they come and so is the manager who’s just had that today. They’re a wonderful side, we take nothing away from them, we’ll let them enjoy their promotion and we’ll just continue to be frustrated by decisions.
“I don’t want to take anything away from what Doncaster Rovers have achieved today. If that’s the benchmark, then this football club will be in and around it next year.”
After sides in and around the Sky Bet League Two play-off places also dropped points this afternoon, Stags remain four points away from the top seven and the boss says the hard work will continue ahead of next week’s trip to Wycombe Wanderers.
“I think I said to the chairman (John Radford) in the meeting yesterday that if I come away from Doncaster with the same points differential, I’d be quite happy.
“It’s not where we finish; it’s seventh or it doesn’t matter. We’ll go to Wycombe and the good thing is if we go to Wycombe and get a positive result and you tell me it’s still four points, I’ll be a little bit happier going home.
“I’m still not happy with the decision in added time - we could’ve come here and drawn today and reduced the deficit which would have been a major boost for us.
“We’ll just continue to work hard on the training ground on Monday. You’re never out of it until you’re out of it. At Rotherham a few years ago we needed to win the last five to get promoted and we won the last five. The aim now is to win next week and we’ve got another difficult one down at Wycombe but we’ll go there and we’ll certainly work hard but nothing changes.”
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Evans frustrated with officials as Stags lose at Doncaster
chad.co.uk, by SPORTS REPORTER, Saturday 08 April 2017
Steve Evans could not hide his frustration with referee Dean Whitestone as his side narrowly lost out to promoted Doncaster Rovers. The Stags boss was pleased with his side’s efforts at the Keepmoat Stadium on a day when Rovers secured their place in League One next season. The defeat is a blow to Mansfield’s own hopes of reaching the play-offs as they slip to 13th in the table, four points from seventh-placed Carlisle. And Evans was disappointed with the man in the middle, Mr Whitestone, after he decided not to award Stags a penalty when Alfie Potter hit the floor. Evans said: “It was a good performance, but we’re disappointed the penalty was not given at the end. “We have seen penalties like that given and he was bang on there to see it. “If last week’s is a penalty then this is a penalty, I don’t get why it was not given. There is no debate, it was a clear cut penalty “We will continue to be frustrated by decisions, the referee was not good for both sides. “He has one big decision to take and he got it wrong. We have suffered. “We are running on nothing at the moment, but we came here fancying it. “We have come to a team who are a wonderful side and who are getting promoted. “Donny deserve to be promoted and they are a wonderful team. “We see the celebrations out there, it is special for Doncaster, they are a wonderful side and let them enjoy it. And added: “We will continue working hard on the training ground on Monday. We will keep working hard and nothing changes “We will go to Wycombe and look for the positive result. I’m not happy with the penalty decision we could have come here and drawn. “I dont want to take anything away from Doncaster, they are the benchmark.”
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Ferguson's tactical masterclass
Manager Darren Ferguson believes a change in formation gave his side all three points against Mansfield Town.
Rovers secured promotion to Sky Bet League One after a 74th minute header from Tommy Rowe sent Ferguson men back to the third tier of English football at the first attempt.
“All week we had worked on playing the diamond formation for 10 minutes and then changing to three at the back because we knew it would cause them problems,” he said.
“We worked hard on a system in training, we wanted to play forward in the first half and stop them from pressing us, but once we went to three at the back we had control of the game.
“The clean sheet was vital for us against a very good team, I would not like to play them in the playoffs actually because they have a lot of energy and commitment.”
Darren Ferguson has made it clear to his side that he would like them to go unbeaten until the end of the season but did concede it would be a hard challenge.
“We want to go the remainder of the season unbeaten now, I would like us to go on and win all five of our games but it is going to be very difficult,” he said.
“I don’t have to worry about keeping the lads focused to be honest they are a level-headed bunch, the main focus for us is to go on and win the league, we are determined to show people that we are the best team in this league.”
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