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27th April 2021 19:20

Our fingers are crossed for defender - boss
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 24th April 2021

Manager Nigel Clough provided an update on Farrend Rawson after the defender was stretchered off following a heavy collision in the latter stages of today’s clash with Salford City.

The match, which was decided by fine finishes from Ash Hunter and Ian Henderson, ended in a concerning manner, with Rawson colliding with substitute goalkeeper Jamie Pardington - an injury that forced over 15 minutes of stoppage time to be played.

The boss, speaking post-match, confirmed that Rawson - who had been knocked unconscious on the field of play - was now ‘awake.’

“He [Rawson] is awake now - he wasn’t at the time Tom [Whittamore, head physio] got onto the pitch, as he’d been knocked unconscious,” Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags.

"He's awake and going to hospital to get checked out. So hopefully he’ll be okay - he didn’t remember too much about the incident, which is pretty normal I think in those sorts of injuries.

“But it’s good that he’s awake and fingers crossed he’s okay. He didn’t see the goalkeeper [Pardington].”


"We have a problem with players not talking and that was a prime example of what can happen when players don't open their mouths.

The Stags created a number of good opportunities in Saturday afternoon’s match - especially in the first-half - but a clinical edge from their opponents was the difference, explained the boss.

“I thought we played very well, especially in the first-half. I thought we had more than enough situations. We lost to two very good finishes,” he added.

"The first goal he's alive in the box and it reminded of Jamie Reid's at Cambridge.

“From that point after the [first] goal, I thought we played extremely well in the first-half.

“We made lots of situations and even before their goal, Ty [Sinclair] went one-on-one.

"And then the second one goes in, and then the injury somewhat dampens everything.

“They [Salford] didn’t have as many [chances] as us. There was a difference in both penalty areas again today.

“Our general play, especially in the first-half, but for a period in the second-half, was very good.

"I thought Ty's chance earlier in the game was the best of our chances because he was going clear. Laps's was a wonderful cross from Quinny, he throws himself at it, and on another day it nestles in the bottom corner but it wasn't quite our day.

“It was a bit more stop-start [in the second-half], a lot of fouls. Then the sending off comes along and we tried to freshen it up with substitutions.

"Then everybody was a bit down after Faz got injured.

"It was a good save from Aidan Stone from the penalty. He shouldn't be giving it away, he was on his back foot, he should be coming and dealing with the ball. Then he redeems it slightly bugt we shouldn't be giving that away.

“Jamie [Pardington] was coming on today anyway for the last 10 or 15 minutes, as we spoke about giving young players opportunities. That was the plan irrespective of the penalty [conceded by Aidan Stone].”

Skipper Ollie Clarke was not included in today’s squad, and the manager explained his absence, adding: “He [Clarke] has twisted his ankle - he got a whack and twisted it on Tuesday night [against Scunthorpe].

“Hopefully he’ll be okay for next Saturday, but he was too sore today.”

iFollow Stags subscribers can watch the manager’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow.


Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham
On Farrend Rawson: "He's gone to hospital to be checked out. Fingers crossed he'll be ok. The medical staff here were brilliant, they were straight on to it and looked after him brilliantly.
"Jamie Pardington will remember his debut, certainly. It's just a lack of communication. It's a problem we have with a lot of players at the club. If they don't talk, I've just told them, then they're at the wrong club."
"We had enough chances and you come in 1-0 down. But it's the same old thing. It's both penalty areas. That's the difference in the game again today. Get us a couple of strikers, a couple of defenders, and certainly we will be making changes in the goalkeeping department."
"George Maris was injured, George Lapslie wasn't having too much of an effect on the game ... and Jason Law. I thought Keaton Ward did well when he came on."
"Aidan Stone made a good save from the penalty. He shouldn't have conceded it, he should have come out and dealt with the ball, it was in the air long enough, and he hesitated, and the lad's pushed it past him. He's saved it but we shouldn't be giving it away."
"Jamie Pardington looked a bit nervous when he came on today. But he's only a young goalkeeper making his league debut. A lack of communication and he's knocked Faz out, but he'll have to deal with that and get over it. If he's going to play professional football, these things happen."
"Mal Benning wasn't in the 18 so we could include Jaden Charles and James Clarke. We want to get the youngsters involved between now and the end of the season."


Article posted: April 24, 2021

Salford City moved up to eight in League Two after a 2-0 win against Mansfield Town.

Ash Hunter set the tone early on with his first goal since December, and Ian Henderson secured the points in the second half with a brilliant finish.

A red card for Richie Towell for unsporting conduct threatened to spoil the afternoon, before Henderson had a spot kick saved by Aidan Stone.

However a serious injury to Mansfield’s Farrend Rawson meant they ended the game with 10-men, and Salford saw out the three points.

It was laboured at times, but Gary Bowyer was happy with the second half performance and the three points.

“That’s the best we’ve started in terms of scoring very early, it was a wonderful finish from Ash and I felt we went through a bit of pain then in the rest of the first half to be honest. Nigel's got them playing the way we knew he would.


“We went through a bit of pain in the first half and the way that we played wasn’t as good as we have been doing. But fair play to the players at half time, they recognised that and said that amongst themselves and I thought second half they came out better then we score a wonderful goal.

“I knew that we’d need the second goal, they’re a good team you look at the number of games they’ve drawn, they’ve drawn 19 this year so you knew that they were going to keep going. I’ve known Nigel personally for many, many years and there’s no way he was going to let them off and let us win the game so we did need that second goal.

“Unfortunately for us we have a great opportunity to get that third goal but unfortunately the goalie’s made a decent save from Hendo.”


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