EVANS AND KEITH HILL REACTION
Stags should have progressed - gaffer
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 08 August 2017
Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans believes the best team exited the Carabao Cup this evening as his side were defeated 1-0 by League One Rochdale.
Rochdale midfielder Callum Camps' superb first half strike was the only difference between the two sides at One Call Stadium, while Stags' forward Danny Rose missed a late penalty to take the game to extra-time.
And the gaffer is in no doubt that his side deserved to progress to the second round of the competition.
"We should have won the cup tie; we've dominated them," insisted the Stags' chief.
"The best team on the night has gone out, but that's cup tie football. We deserve to be in the next round; it was one-way domination in the second half.
"In the first half, I don't think there's a lot in it - they have a special goal, you have to recognise that the lad's (Callum Camps) a talented boy and he puts it in the top bag. But, other than that and a couple of half-chances, there's nothing in the game.
"There was nothing in the cup tie and in the second half there was only us in the cup tie, but we've lost out to a great goal and a bad penalty miss.
"It's hard to take and we'll go home disappointed, as we should, but we'll come back again on the training ground."
Winger and skipper for the night Paul Anderson was denied his first goal for the club when his spectacular volley crashed back off the inside of the post in the first half and the Stags continued to press forward after the interval, with debutant Jimmy Spencer and young forward Omari Sterling-James proving to be constant threats to the Rochdale back line.
"I thought Spencer was fantastic and he only came off because he was really tired; he put so much into the game," continued Evans.
"I think his link up play and hold up play was good, and those two lads at the back won't come up against a much tougher opponent.
"The players must take enormous credit for the performance, but we go out of the cup and that's the sad part.
"We carved them open time-after-time with some good passages of play and I think the lads have done really well. I think [Paul] Digby had fantastic energy going from box-to-box, and you know what you're going to get with [Will] Atkinson and Anderson.
"The substitutes made a real impact for us and of course Alfie [Potter] comes on and within five minutes we've got a penalty."
Attention now returns to league matters and the visit of Forest Green Rovers on Saturday and the boss believes it's the perfect opportunity to bounce back from tonight's defeat.
"We should have gone away from home in the league and got more than a point on Saturday and we should be through in the cup, but we're not.
"We need to go into the Forest Green game with confidence and try and get a result.
"There'll be some questions [regarding team selection], but we'll pick it honestly like we did tonight - we picked a team to win the cup tie."
Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's full post-match interview.
The best team went out, says Stags boss Evans after cup exit
chad.co.uk.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 08 August 2017
Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans felt his side did not deserve their 1-0 Carabao Cup exit at home to League One Rochdale tonight. The Stags hit a post among several good chances and also saw Danny Rose miss a late penalty that would have forced extra-time as Stags tried to get past the first hurdle of this competition for the first time in 11 years.
But Callum Camps’ 25-yard wonder goal on 17 minutes proved the difference in the end on a night of non-stop rain that saw both sides produced an entertaining game in appalling conditions.
“We deserve to be in the second round. It’s hard to take,” admitted the Stags boss.
“We had a couple of golden chances and total dominance in the second half against what you’d class as a good side.
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“The players must take enormous credit for the performance, but we are out the cup and that is the sad part.”
Danny Rose won the late spot kick only to see a poor finish down the middle kept out by the keeper’s trailing legs as he dived.
“He won’t take the next one. It was a bad miss and I think he kicked the ground,” said Evans.
Evans made six changes and had plenty of praise for those who came in on the night.
“I thought (Jimmy) Spencer was fantastic and he only came off because he was really tired. He had put so much into the game - his link-up play, his hold-up play - those Rochdale lads at the back won’t come up against much tougher opponents than Spencer.
“I thought (Paul) Digby had fantastic energy going box to box and you know what you’re going to get with (Will) Atkinson and (Paul) Anderson.
“I thought all the subs made a real impact too. “We picked a team to win a cup tie and we should have won the cup tie.”
He continued: “We have dominated them. First half there wasn’t a lot in it, but they scored a special goal.
“You recognise the lad is a talented boy and he puts it in the top bag. Other than that and a couple of half-chances there was nothing in the game.
“We made chance after chance in the second half and had total dominance territorially. “We carved them open time after time with our passages of play.
“They had Calvin Andrew on to play five at the back in the end.
“We go away disappointed, not with the performance but to be out the cup for the reason that the best team on the night went out. But that’s cup tie football.
“Rochdale are a good team, efficient and well-organised. But we grew into the game and in the second half there was only us in it.”
Keith Hill Reflects On Dale's Carabao Cup Win Over Mansfield Town
Manager Keith Hill has praised the performance of his players following Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup victory over Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium.
On a night where torrential rain made conditions difficult, his side put in a display against an opposition tipped to secure promotion to League One this season that was worthy of progressing to the next round of the competition.
Hill told iFollow: “It was a winning performance. I’m relatively happy with that we played - our intensity and the speed at which we played.
“Mansfield are a threat from set-plays and they’re very effective from those situations but we did reasonably well, and Josh saves the penalty as well.
“I thought, at times, we were quite outstanding in the way that we tried to control the game and the way that we limited the opposition.
“I watched the Bolton v Leeds game at the weekend and I thought let’s set up like Leeds do, because we’ve done it before in the past. When I watched us on Saturday against Portsmouth there was something missing - I know what it is, but I don’t want to reveal it.
“Watching Leeds reminded me of what we’re good at away from home - I think we’ve got a similar style and a similar sort of presence to the way that Leeds play and the way that they penetrate, and I think we showed that tonight.
“Matty Done and Ian Henderson are a marriage made in heaven.”
Hill had been critical of the individual defensive mistakes that cost his side points at Fratton Park on Saturday, but was full of praise for his defence after Tuesday night's display.
“I said to them, listen, I’m preparing you for the danger and you’ve got to deal with that danger. You’re a back four, so deal with the opposition. Wherever you want to hold the line, you hold the line, but you need to take responsibility for it. And I thought they were excellent tonight.”
Watch the full interview on iFollow.
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Unfortunately wasn't to be tonight, thanks to the fans that came out in that weather and to vote me M.O.M #stags