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15th January 2021 15:31

Tuesday 12th January 2021

Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags:

"We've had enquiries about 2 or 3 of our players who are on the fringes, but we can't afford to let anybody go until we get somebody in."

Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"One thing we were unbelievably disappointed with on Sunday was the performance of the three officials. We've got a clip of Jamie Reid receiving an arm, an elbow, in the face and ironically it's from the player that went on and scored the winner."

"Oldham have players that can hurt you with goals from all over the place. I'm looking for us to be strong and resiliant.


Preview: Oldham Athletic vs Stags
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 12th January 2021

The Stags return to Sky Bet League Two action on Wednesday, as they travel to face Oldham Athletic for a 7.45pm kick-off. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the match…

Ollie Clarke (knee) is said to have a ‘50-50’ chance of being in tomorrow’s squad.

James Perch has received a negative test for COVID-19 after he reported to feeling unwell on Sunday morning.

Kellan Gordon has resumed training following a hamstring problem, while it is hoped Nicky Maynard will recover from the same injury in time for the trip.



Nigel Clough wants Mansfield to show the same effort and desire at Oldham Athletic
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Tuesday 12th January 2021

Nigel Clough wants Stags to display the same qualities shown in their last three games when they face Oldham on Wednesday night.

Mansfield head to Boundary Park on the back of three league wins in a row.

“I'm looking for us to be strong and resilient and get us back to the performance level of the last three league games,” he said.

“We need to show the effort and desire, when we do that we are a match for most teams in this league.


“We are capable of scoring goals wherever we go. I hope we create chances to score goals.

“Jamie Reid’s performances and workrate has been exceptional without getting a goal, he is due one.

“It is about being tight and not conceding.”

He also feels the first goal will be important with Stags potentially weary after their draining FA Cup defeat at Cheltenham fresh in mind and legs.

“The first goal will be important,” he added. “We want to start the game quickly. You don't want to be chasing the game when you are mentaly and physically tired.

“It becomes tougher in that situation. We are in good shape at creating chances, we don’t always put them away but we are looking good going forward.”

James Perch is a doubt for the game with a sickness bug, while Ollie Clarke, Nicky Maynard and Kellan Gordon all rated as 50/50.


Nigel Clough says Mansfield Town must secure safety before thinking about play-offs
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Tuesday 12th January 2021

Nigel Clough believes it is far too early to talk about Mansfield making a push for the play-offs.

Stags sit just eight points off the play-off places ahead of Wednesday night’s trip to Oldham following a run of three wins on the spin.

But the Mansfield manager says the focus must still remain on getting above the 50 point safety mark as they enter the second half of the season.

“We are still looking at it week by week,” he said. “We know we are slightly up on the points per game now, which is good.


“If we repeat the first half of the season then we will get over the 50 point mark for safety, but there are no targets beyond that.

“I think it is a bit early to look at the play-offs. You have to reach the point where you are nearer the top seven than the bottom two and we are not there yet.

“If you do that with a few weeks to go and are not too far away then that is a different scenario.

“At this moment let's get safe and take it from there. I know we have had a good run over the last three games, but it only takes a couple of results to go against us and we are right back in it.”

Stags face another important week, with two games in four days before getting seven days of rest.

And, with.Ollie Clarke, Nicky Maynard and Kellan Gordon all close to recovering from injuries, Clough feels his squad will soon be in good shape.

“We just need to get through the next two games with the knocks that we have got,” he said.

“The clear seven days will do a lot of good for everyone in getting rested up and getting knocks and niggles sorted.

“Looking ahead after that, we hope to have a fully fit squad and maybe one or two extra players as well.

“We are talking to other clubs right now. We can’t let anyone go until we get players in and that will be the first priority.”


Match Preview, Team News
oldhamathletic.co.uk, Tuesday 12th January 2021

In terms of selection, for the return to home since Boxing Day, Head Coach Harry Kewell is still waiting to see if Danny Rowe and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are available to feature as they recover from recent injuries.

Defenders Andrea Badan and Kyle Jameson continue to be part of full training as they increase their fitness to become match ready.

George Blackwood is still a couple of weeks away after a setback in his recovery, whilst Bobby Grant serves the final game of his three-match suspension.



Kewell Ready For In-Form Mansfield
oldhamathletic.co.uk, Tuesday 12th January 2021

Ahead of the Wednesday evening fixture at Boundary Park, Head Coach Harry Kewell spoke to iFollow Latics about the fixture and the transfer window.

With the full focus now on Sky Bet League Two his side entertain the Stags who have won their last three games in the division and are the first of two fixtures in a week for Latics against teams in and around their current position.

“The extra 24 hours has obviously helped our preparation in terms of playing on Wednesday instead of Tuesday, it's allowed some of the injured players to get match ready. It’s also allowed us to put in another good session to work on ideas. But like I said, we're coming into a stage of the league where we are playing a lot of teams in and around us and also playing teams that we've just recently beaten.


“So it's going to be an interesting time for us. I think it's going to show a lot of character from my team of what they can produce and hopefully we can show the league itself, that it wasn't a one-off fluke. It's something that we're working on and trying to improve and take these steps forward and it starts again tomorrow against a good team.

On Mansfield, he added: “They're a hardworking team, especially with their new manager who has a strict way of playing and is starting to get results. They were unlucky against Cheltenham in the FA Cup so they're going to want to get back on track against us.

“It's going to be one of the more very difficult games. But it’s another home game and hopefully we can start to put that right and concentrate on putting a good performance in and move slowly and steadily up the table.”

Coming up against Nigel Clough’s Mansfield, Kewell is under no illusions that they present a threat but knows the hard work has been done to prepare the team in the best way possible.

“That’s the problem we face, you take out their FA Cup defeat, the way that they're conducting themselves in the league is a threat to any team. So we're going to have to be at our very best. We have a good idea of what possibility they could do. But again, we've got to be able to adapt because he could come out with any kind of formation he wants, which is the same as us, both teams are very versatile. So again, as much as we prepared for Mansfield, we’ve still got to be ready for a surprise attack, and we will be.”

He continued: “We have no other choice now than to focus on league. It would’ve been nice to have gone through to the next round because it always gets that momentum going and gets everyone happy. But we can't really feel sorry for ourselves as we came up against a very good Bournemouth team and it's as simple as that. It'd be interesting to see how my team reacts as it’s something we’ve prided ourselves on this season coming out of difficult defeats and getting a result or performance straight away.

“As I’ve said, they've worked well in training this week, we’ve recovered and we’re raring to go. The game against Mansfield is going to take a lot of dedication and concentration, as well as a lot of discipline and hard work.

“They can be direct and will cause us problems in areas we’ve picked out but like any game of football in this division, if you work hard we'll always give ourselves a good chance.”

With January already two weeks in, the Head Coach is also working away from the training pitch on improving fortunes by bringing fresh faces in and is confident a deal can be done in the window.

“It’s always nice and one of my aims to create good competition in a number of positions and although 11 spots are only available, I’m looking to add one or two people that we've recognised can fit into the team and squad I’m trying to build.

“We're very close to signing at least one soon, which is fantastic and I think he’ll be a great addition to what I believe is a strong, talented but young outfit.

“It will ultimately create more competition, so the players will have to, again, step up, which is what we want. We always want to upgrade the team. We always want to push players to become better.

“We have to keep improving not for ourselves but to make sure we're doing the right thing for the football club.”