EVANS, BENNING AND SHAUN DERRY REACTION
Stags' dominance wasn't rewarded in U's draw - gaffer
mansfieldtown.net, 13 Jan 2018
Stags' boss Steve Evans believes more quality in the final third would have earned his side a deserved three points against Cambridge United this afternoon, following a dominant second half display at the Abbey Stadium.
After an even first half, Stags upped the ante in the second period and penned the U's into their own half for long spells in Cambridgeshire.
However, after ultimately being unable to convert their dominance into clear-cut chances, the gaffer was left frustrated with his side's end product against the U's.
"I think for a period of 25-30 minutes in the second half, we laid siege to their final third, but if there's a criticism it's that our balls in the final third and our end product wasn't good enough today," the Stags' chief said.
"We never did enough in the final third. I keep going back to that but we had good opportunities on the right, we had good opportunities on the left, we had good opportunities centrally but we'll come back and fight another day.
"We work all week at getting shots away from around the box and we're trying to 'walk it in' at one or two stages in the second half today and we're saying to the players afterwards 'why don't we strike it?' and they're saying people are coming in front of them.
"They have to make that judgement call of course but it looks as though we could have got a few more shots away today.
"It was from the wide areas, penetrating the goal area that our quality was lacking today. If we pick people out, we probably score three or four simple finishes today in the second half when we're totally rampant, they couldn't get out of their half for long spells."
Stags twice had the ball in the net this afternoon through top scorer Danny Rose, but both efforts were chalked off by the match officials.
And Rose's second effort provided cause for debate as it was controversially ruled out for offside, which the former Leeds United manager insists was the wrong call.
"At the time, I couldn't tell and our analyst says it's close but when you look at it, it's clearly onside. They're the big decisions that we've not been getting and don't tend to get. We're disappointed that it comes down to that because at that period we were so dominant it was quite staggering.
"On the replay, he's onside. Danny's not even level with the defender, he's come from behind the defender. When the ball goes into the net, you see the shock on the defender - the shock is because he didn't know where Danny Rose was.
"It's a goal; the linesman's called it wrong, he's made a mistake, we all make mistakes but it could be a costly one as we leave two points here.
"Players are players and they all wanted to see the Danny Rose incident after we'd spoken, so we all took an opportunity to sit quietly and watch it.
"Everyone knows then it's onside and it should be a goal. They get it wrong in the Premier League so if we had a VAR (video assistant referee), the goal would have stood."
Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's full post-match interview later tonight.
Rose ‘winner’ should have stood says Stags boss after draw
chad.co.uk, Saturday 13 January 2018
Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans was unhappy to replays prove see Danny Rose’s ‘goal’ at Cambridge United today was onside and would have won what ended up a 0-0 draw. “We should have won that,” said Evans.
“First half there’s nothing in the game. We were unhappy with our performance. “We were never under any pressure but we never put any pressure on Cambridge to be fair. We never really got control of the ball.
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“I told them to step it up and for a period of 25-30 minutes in the second half we got balls in the final third, but the end product wasn’t good enough. That’s what let us down. “What’s also let us down is an assistant referee who called an offside wrong.” Evans added: “Our analyst said it was close but when you go back in and look, it’s clearly onside. “Danny wasn’t even level - he’s come from behind the defender. If we’d had VAR today, the goal would have stood. “They are the big decisions we’re not getting and don’t tend to get. At that period we were so dominant and it was quite staggering. “We all make mistakes, but it’s a costly one. “Then Conrad has had to make a save after the big fellow had smashed about five of my players with his forearm. That’s about it.”?It stretched Mansfield’s run to one defeat in 20 games, but Evans said: “We’ve had too many draws. “Once again we should have won today. Cambridge supporters are honest people and they’ll go away saying they were fortunate to get a point today.”
The assistant has let us down -Mansfield boss Steve Evans after draw with Cambridge United
cambridge-news.co.uk, By Andrew Georgeson, 13 JAN 2018
Steve Evans believed that Danny Rose's goal should have stood after his side's goalless draw with the U's.
Evans' side were having the better of the second half and Rose managed to scramble the ball over the line after 68 minutes, for the linesman to raise his flag.
And, having seen the video footage, the Mansfield boss said that the goal was "clearly onside."
“We should have won that,” he said.
“First half there’s nothing in the game. We were unhappy with our performance.
“We were never under any pressure but we never put any pressure on Cambridge to be fair. We never really got control of the ball.
“I told them to step it up and for a period of 25-30 minutes in the second half we got balls in the final third, but the end product wasn’t good enough. That’s what let us down.
“What’s also let us down is an assistant referee who called an offside wrong.
“Our analyst said it was close but when you go back in and look, it’s clearly onside.
“Danny wasn’t even level - he’s come from behind the defender. If we’d had VAR today, the goal would have stood. “They are the big decisions we’re not getting and don’t tend to get. At that period we were so dominant and it was quite staggering.
"We all make mistakes, but it’s a costly one.
“Then Conrad has had to make a save after the big fellow [Uche Ikpeazu] had smashed about five of my players with his forearm.
"That’s about it."
Benning hoping clean sheet will keep him his shirt for Stags’ big cup clash
chad.co.uk, Saturday 13 January 2018
Mal Benning is hoping his display in today’s 0-0 draw at Cambridge United was good enough to keep his shirt for Tuesday’s big FA Cup home replay with Cardiff City.
Benning, back in the side in recent weeks after losing his place, helped Stags to a clean sheet at the Abbey Stadium today and said: “It was a frustrating time out of the team. But you just have to believe in your own ability and stay focused.
“I am just enjoying it now. I just want to play football. “Tuesday is a game where everyone wants to play.
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“Everyone is wanting that shirt so it’s up to the gaffer now really what team he picks. “We know it’s Manchester City in the next round but our focus is on Cardiff. “It will be hard as they’re up near the top of the Championship. But we are confident so we’ll see how it goes.” Benning almost grabbed a winner today a Stags made it just one loss in 20. “I thought my shot in the first half was creeping in when it dipped,” he said. “Then in the second half we dominated without getting shots away, though our approach play was good. “I think we deserved to nick the three points today. “They didn’t threaten much. Conrad had to make one decent save but that’s it.”?Danny Rose had a goal chalked off for offside, though post-match replays suggested it was onside. “I thought it was a goal. I thought he went past the defender from an onside position,” said Benning. “It’s frustrating, but we have to take it on the chin and move on. “It is another clean sheet which is decent. If we can stay like that and nick a goal here and there we’ll win games.”
Debutants delight Derry after goalless draw against Mansfield Town
cambridge-news.co.uk, By Andrew Georgeson, 13 JAN 2018
Shaun Derry said that he saw promising signs of things to come during Cambridge United’s goalless draw with Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two.
The U’s dominated proceedings in the first half, without creating anything massively clear cut apart from Jake Carroll’s effort which he cannoned over the crossbar after 37 minutes.
The second half was a bit more uncomfortable for Derry’s men, however, with Alex MacDonald and Lee Angol really running the show and Danny Rose did have the ball in the net, for it to be ruled offside.
But Derry said that he was pleased with the resilience his side, including two debutants and Harry Darling making his first Football League start, showed as Mansfield started to create more towards the end of the game.
“I thought we were the best team in the first half, I thought Mansfield were the best team in the second half,” he said.
"I think it's two good team there. I thought the way we approached the game and the chances we created and the formations that we played from in the first half gives us a little taste of hopefully what can come.
"In the second half, I thought if that would have been a performance six, seven, weeks ago we might have lost. The defending was exceptional from our lads, like I just said, two very good teams.
“I think those that who came to watch the game today, just by the applause at the final whistle, I think everyone appreciate two good teams today.
"We had a style of play in the first half that was different to Mansfield’s and Mansfield’s style of play in the second half caused us a lot of problems.”
Those making their debuts deserve a mention. Adam Phillips look very composed in the first half, whipping in a few brilliant set-pieces and he was unlucky that no one in amber managed to get on the end of one. Billy Waters looks like a totally different option to what the U’s have and earned man of the match while Darling kept a clean sheet against the constant threats of Rose and Angol.
And Derry said the performances from the new players make him even happier with the result.
“Billy came in yesterday morning, so for him to come in as late as he did and with Harry making his full league debut and obviously Adam playing his first senior game of football - I think when you look at that and you throw that into the equation it makes me even happier really,” he said.
“[Darling was] brilliant, he’s had three or four senior appearances for us and he’s been up against some stern opposition. To be up against the likes of Angol is a real tough challenge for anybody even the most established league two centre-haves would find that difficult, and I think Harry played him really well today.”
He added: “All in all, we go home, we’re slightly frustrated because we haven’t won, that’s natural.
"I think you should always have that frustration but there’s no anger. I was pleased with the performance, I was pleased with the resoluteness of the second half against a good team."
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