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‘Effort and energy’ key to win - manager
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 17th April 2021

Boss Nigel Clough was delighted by the ‘effort and energy’ on show from his players in this afternoon’s big win away at Stevenage.

Defender Ryan Sweeney scored the game’s only goal in the first-half, with Mansfield preserving their one-goal lead for over 70 minutes of football.

The manager was pleased by the Stags’ ‘brilliant’ defending to see out the win.

“To get this one [win] today with five games to go, a win, clean sheet and three points, we’re very close to that 50-point mark now,” he told iFollow Stags.

“It was a game of two halves in some ways. We were very positive closing down [in the first-half].

“I thought we should’ve had a penalty after 20 seconds, then Jordan Bowery puts it over from eight yards. We should’ve gone ahead that early.


“It was nice to score from a set play and then we looked after the lead relatively well.

“It dropped to him [Sweeney] in the box and he finished it well.

"Two things today, that little break in the box (falling for Sweeney). Then we made no silly errors, just a couple of daft free kicks we dealt with.

“They were the highlights today. We needed a break in the box, we got one, and then we made them work for every half-chance they had today.

“He [Stone] was called upon two or three times today and made some good saves. That’s good for him after his error last week.

“He bounced back with a clean sheet. I thought him and the back four today won us the game.

“As much as we were positive in the first-half, I thought the back four defended brilliantly.

“There was a lot of effort and energy today on a very warm day.”

The boss made one change for the game, with striker Jamie Reid coming in for midfielder Ollie Clarke. He explained the alteration, adding: “We wanted to put the three up [front] and be positive right from the start.

“It didn’t leave us with too many attacking options on the bench, with Oli Sarkic being out, but we had Jason Law and Harry Charsley, who were both used today.

“George Lapslie only came off because we were thinking that he might get sent off, as he’d been booked and then made three fouls.

"Quinny was struggling with his ankle. He's keeps going over on his ankle in training, the pitches are so hard at the moment. And Ty was a little bit tired in the last five minutes.

“We wanted to be positive and with the players we had out [on the pitch], it [formation] is pretty flexible.

“You can go to a diamond, but we wanted three centrally and it caused them a lot of problems today.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s match against Scunthorpe, the manager said: “We set ourselves a mini target of four points [from Stevenage and Scunthorpe games].

“We’ve given ourselves a good chance now, so it’ll be about how we recover and get our legs back.”

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Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham
"We had one or two opportunities in the second half. Great opportunity for Jason Law to play Tyrese through but he just overhit the pass.
"I thought our back four and the goalkeeper were our star players."


'No silly errors'! Nigel Clough delighted as graft pays off for Mansfield Town at Stevenage
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Saturday 17th April 2021

Ryan Sweeney's first half finish - netting from a set piece as the ball landed in his path - secured the three points for the Stags, moving them to 49 points and within a whisker of the total the manager believes will secure safety.

"The fact we haven't won for so long then, to get this one today - five games to go, clean sheet, three points - we're very close to that 50-point mark now," Clough said.


"It was the old game of two halves in many ways. I thought in the first half we were very positive, closed them down and nicked the ball numerous times just outside their penalty area.

"We didn't quite have the quality to make the most of those situations, but (we should have had an) absolute stonewall penalty after 20 seconds and then Jordan (Bowery), somehow, it bobbles to him and he puts it over from eight yards.

"We should have been ahead as early as that but nice to score from a set play (was nice) and then we looked after the lead relatively well after that."

After a tough run, Clough felt it was about time Lady Luck took a shining to his side.

But despite getting a break in the box, the Stags boss believes victory was down to hard work.

He added: "Two things today, that little break in the box (falling for Sweeney). Then we made no silly errors, just a couple of daft free kicks we dealt with, but they were the two things - we needed a break in the box and we made them work for every half chance they had today."


Mansfield Town feeling the heat! Clough hopes it won't be sunny against Scunny
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Saturday 17th April 2021

Nigel Clough is hoping his Mansfield Town side can return to full fitness to face Scunthorpe United following a gruelling test at Stevenage - especially the redheads.

The Stags host the Iron on Tuesday at One Call Stadium (KO 7pm).

It will be a swift turnaround from Saturday's victory on the road, played in warm temperatures.

"It'll be about how we recover," Clough told iFollow Stags, before adding the kind of dry, off-the-cuff comment his late father Brian was famous for during his days in the dugout.


"(There was) a lot of effort today and a lot of energy (used up) on a very, very warm day - and with us having two or three ginger lads that didn't help.

"Quinny (Stephen Quinn) really feels the sun and so does George Maris.

"I said to George 'how you feeling?' and he said 'I need some after sun'."

Clough set his side the target of four points from those two games against Stevenage and Scunthorpe.

And with three in the bag after Ryan Sweeney secured victory against Borough, a draw would see Mansfield reach that coveted 50-point mark.

"We set ourselves the target of four points from the two games and we've given ourselves a good chance now," added Clough.

Clough's first game as Stags manager was a 2-1 Football League Trophy win at Scunthorpe in November.


'Nowhere near good enough!" Stevenage boss Alex Revell gives his verdict on Mansfield Town defeat
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Saturday 17th April 2021

Stevenage boss Alex Revell slammed his side's first half display as 'nowhere near good enough'.

Ryan Sweeney's finish earned Mansfield Town the three points today.

And Revell believes the result was more about his side's shortcomings than Stags superiority.

"Yet again it was another game where our keeper hasn't had a save to make," he told the Stevenage YouTube channel.


"They had one chance from a set piece, scored it and after that, second half we dominated.

"Jamie (Cumming) didn't have a save to make and missed chances cost you games - and goals against you that are poor cost you games.

"We've got to learn quickly."

Revell was particularly frustrated by the first half showing.

He added: "It was a really slow start, we gave the ball away from the kick off, they break.

"It summed it up really. We had chances to slip people through and didn’t take it, whereas in recent weeks they've been going through.

"It was nowhere near good enough."


Stevenage and Jack Smith still aiming for strong finish to season despite Mansfield frustrations

A frustrating defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town should not detract from what has been a great season for Stevenage says young midfield maestro Jack Smith.

The 19-year-old arrived at half-time in the 1-0 defeat with the damage already done, Ryan Sweeney scoring the only goal of the game after 24 minutes.

And although he couldn't helped Boro find an equaliser, his 45-minute performance was still worthy of the man of the match award.

And the plan for both player and team is the same, finish strong and cap off a good year.

He said: "[Manager Alex Revell and assistant Dean Wilkins] want us to finish well. Results in the last couple of games haven't gone our way but we've been on a great run and we want to finish well.


"We don't want to let our standards drop. We've done so well to get this high in the league and safe as early as we have.

"We want to take all this good form into next year."

They will need to play better than they did in the first half against the Stags though.

Neat interplay only got them so far before a wayward pass ended all the good preceding it and the goal conceded was poor, the big centre half given a ridiculous amount of time inside the six-yard box to roll the ball home.

The second period was better, helped by Smith's prompting, but

He said: "It's not the result we wanted. There are plenty of positives we can take from the game but you cannot start like that.

"It was a sloppy goal from the set-piece and when you make errors like that and don't punish them at the other end, you are always going to fall short.

"We came out in the second half knowing that the first half wasn't good enough. We started sharp, started fast and had a few chances but we just couldn't put them away.

"It's frustrating."


Tyrese Sinclair @ty_sinclair27

What a win! Massive 3pts todayYellow heartBlue heart come on the boys! @mansfieldtownfc



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