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Stags' boss 'excited' to see benefits of pre-season training
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 24 July 2018
Stags' boss David Flitcroft says he is 'so excited' to see his players emulate the work they have done on the training ground on the pitch against Sheffield Wednesday tonight.
Mansfield Town take on the Owls at 7.30pm at One Call Stadium for their third of four pre-season home matches against Championship opposition.
Manager Flitcroft spoke of how he has tested his players with and without the ball during training, and is looking forward to seeing the energy that the Stags bring to tonight's game.
"I think game time is important," he said. "We'll be looking at the partnerships between the players. It's also another opportunity to work with the back three who nearly got the 90 minutes in [against Sheffield United].
"It's about developing our aspects and how we're going to play. The good thing about pre-season is, you concentrate on yourself. You concentrate on what we want out of the game in possession and out of possession.
"Because you don't know the team they're going to send, you can't do much planning around that.
"We're absolutely focused on Mansfield Town in and out of possession. We did a session yesterday on possession phases, and I'm so excited for the game to see if that learning and that work has hit home with the players.
"The work that we did in the six-week programme, that's what you want to see coming together as we near the start of the campaign.
"You look at other football clubs and at times they choose quite an easy pre-season. We couldn't, in the area that we've got, choose tougher games [than we've got]. That tests the boys. Our running stats are very high in the games.
"That's what you want to get out of these games. They're not just about showcasing the football. You have to get the minutes in and you have to get the numbers right.
"The games have been tough but I think they've really stimulated the players. They have certainly stimulated the management team and staff. That's what you want to get out of a tough pre-season, to see if all of your systems are working. And that's what we'll try and get out of the game tonight."
The manager also added that the Stags are still in the process of adding to their defensive ranks, but is remaining patient and assessing different options.
"Certainly from my point of view we're looking to bring that defender in. The process is still ongoing.
"I'm not going to panic because we've got until 4 August to get a permanent one in but then we also have until the end of August to bring a loan one in.
"It's about bringing the right one in. But again, it might mean we have to get [a player] out before we get that defender in.
"They [scan results for Nathan Cameron] have come back. We've sent them to a specialist who's read through them. Like you do with most scans, we wanted a second opinion.
"As we speak at the minute we've not got any results [from the specialist]. But that's something that we're working on."
Stags' boss Flitcroft also emphasised the need to create a balanced squad for the upcoming season, which could mean outgoing players as well as incomings.
"Over the last sort of four weeks everyone has been building their squads. Now they're trying to finalise the squads with that one or two players. We have got players who are available.
"Those players can only move on if a club wants them. We're still working on the outs, which will able to help us get one in.
"Our squad is currently balanced well. It's just about finalising that as we near the start of the season."
"We're still in that process. I have to make sure that I balance the squad out. But building a squad is making sure you balance the books as well.
"It might be important that some of the players we have transfer listed, we're still looking to work with them. If any club want them, we might have to get those boys out."
No panic for Stags after defender setback
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 24 July 2018
Mansfield Town remain a defender short for the new season after last week’s ill-timed injury to Nathan Cameron - but boss David Flitcroft said he isn’t panicking.
Stags are currently getting a second opinion on the ankle injury trialist Cameron suffered last week against Derby before deciding whether to rule him out. Flitcroft admitted, financially, it would help his cause if he were able to sell one of his transfer-listed players, though was happy to work with them if they stay.
But, just 10 days from the big kick-off, he is adamant that, one way or another, he will bring in another defender and is in no rush.
“We are still in that process. I have got to make sure I balance the squad out and balance the books as well,” he said. “It might be important that we are still looking to work with some of the players we have transfer listed.
Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/no-panic-for-stags-after-defender-setback-1-9267385
“From my point of view, we are still looking to bring that defender in, but I am not going to panic as we have until 4th August to get a permanent one in, then we have until the end of August to bring a loan one in. “So there is loads of time yet. It’s about bringing the right one in.
“But it might be we have to get a player out before we bring that defender in. Balancing the numbers is very important to us going forward.”
The unlucky Cameron had been proving he was over an injury from last season when he suffered a new one within 11 minutes of coming on as a sub last week. “The scan results have come back and we sent them to a specialist,” said Flitcroft. “He read them and now we are getting a second opinion as we speak. It is something we are working on.”
Flitcroft believes someone may yet come in for one of his listed players. “Over the last four weeks everyone has been building squads, now they are trying to finalise them with that missing one or two players,” he said. “We do have players available, which I made very apparent from the end of last season. But they can only move on if another club wants them and has a desire to take them on. “We are still working on the outs as it would help us being able to get one in.”
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