EVANS AND JOHN COLEMAN REACTION
Boss disappointed in defeat to Stanley
mansfieldtown.net, 19 Aug 2017
Stags' boss Steve Evans admits he was disappointed with his side's display in this afternoon's 2-1 defeat to Accrington Stanley.
Stags slipped to their first defeat of the season at the Wham Stadium, despite striker Lee Angol scoring his first competitive goal in Stags' colours after he cancelled out Stanley frontman Kayden Jackson's opener.
Former Stags' striker Billy Kee then snatched all three points for the hosts with a close range finish in second half stoppage time.
And despite admitting his side didn't play well enough to warrant a victory, the gaffer also believes the Stags didn't deserve to lose.
"We didn't play very well, that's the first thing. We thought we were poor today but we certainly didn't deserve to lose the game," the Stags' chief said.
"We've come today and we've not got a lot in the game, but we don't blame the officials. John's team have worked hard and they've nicked two extra points. We have to take it and just move on.
"We learn from it, we go back on the training ground. You learn that if you don't play well, you don't deserve to win games.
"We didn't deserve to win today in terms of the quality of football, but if it was based on possession and patterns of play, we'd have won it."
Stags enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the first half and the former Leeds United boss believes his side should have been ahead at the break.
"We shouldn't have turned one each at half time; we should have turned two or three-one up. We never took advantage of good possession.
"In the second half, there was a spell where they couldn't get out of their half as well and they resorted to long balls up to the two front lads who are quite bright for them.
"They've nicked two points at the end and we wish John and his team well and we'll go back on the training ground and we'll go again."
Stanley's two goals came from set pieces at the Wham Stadium, to which the managr said: "[Their goals were] two set plays, that's disappointing, so we'll have to look at that.
"I think for the first one, Krystian Pearce gets too tight and Zander [Diamond] can't get across. Zander was undecided whether to go or not, the second one, Billy Kee taps it in when Hayden White should mark him.
"We'll learn from it, we'll try and learn from it and we'll go again next week. It's a disappointing day. It's a tough place to come, as always, and we didn't deserve to lose, but you don't get, in this game, often what you deserve."
Supporters will be able to view the manager's post-match interview later this evening on iFollow Stags.
Evans disappointed with Stags performance after ‘sucker punch’ defeat at Accrington
Steve Evans was disappointed to see his side lose in the league for the first time today as a late sucker punch goal from former Stags loanee Billy Kee won it 2-1 for home side Accrington Stanley. “There was no question against effort and commitment on the team,” said manager Evans. “They did give everything for the cause. But our quality never came out the bag today and it doesn’t matter how well you play. If you don’t get your quality out you don’t win games. “We didn’t deserve to lose it. We had periods of play in both halves, though I don’t think we did enough in the final third. “Both goals from them came from set plays and that is disappointing. The winner was a bit of a sucker punch. But we didn’t play well enough today. “We looked a yard off it in key areas. We didn’t make any effect from wide areas and didn’t do enough in a lot of areas of the pitch. “We still dominated but goals win games.” Lee Angol pulled Stags level in the first half and Evans said: “Lee Angol does brilliantly. He is very brave. He goes in, gets a ricochet and it falls for him and he scored. “Then we had a couple of great opportunities where we won free kicks, we get ourselves into great areas but we don’t put the ball in the net and you get punished.” He added: “If we had come to Accrington and got a point everyone would have said it was a good point on the road, but we would still have been disappointed with our performance. We wouldn’t have hidden from that. “You can see the reaction as to what it means to people to beat us. We have been named by others as favourites. “We can’t do anything about that apart from get back on the training ground on Monday and get ready for another big game next week.” Evans confirmed nothing was happening at the moment on his two transfer targets with 10 days left until the window closes. “We are still working hard. If something happens it’s a bonus. If nothing happens we go as we are,” he said.
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John Coleman reaction
"I must say I think Steve Evans takes a lot of unnecessary stick. He's passionate about the game and wants his team to do well.
A lot of people don't give him credit for how he get's his team up for games.
They were one of the strongest teams who will come here this season. They pressed the life out of us, they didn't give us a minute on the ball.
It was a really hard fought game and it could have gone either way.
Thankfully the ball bounced for us in their box from the corner and it didn't really bounce for them in our box and they had corners. And that's the fine line in football.
We'll play miles better than that and lose this season.
I have to take my hat of to Mansfield because they stopped us playing.
We're disappointed with their goal, we think it's a foul on Chappie."
transcribed by Martin
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