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Mansfield Town assistant boss slams players for letting side down
STAGS assisstant manager Micky Moore says his players let themselves and the club down badly after they exited the FA Cup following a 5-0 hammering by Fleetwood Town.
Woeful Mansfield were massively outclassed by the BSP high-flyers who showed superior desire, fighting qualities and creativity to put Stags to the sword.
Big-money signing Richard Brodie opened the scoring on 28 minutes following a sustained period of Fleetwood pressure.
Sean Clancy doubled the home side's lead with another tap in after he had evaded the sleeping Mansfield defence just before the break and it was effectively game over.
Gareth Seddon, Jamie Milligan and Mangan all found the back of the net in the second half as rampant Fleetwood poured forward in numbers at every opportunity.
At the other end all Stags could muster up was a skied effort from Anthony Howell and a tame Ben Futcher header at 1-1 when both players should have scored.
In truth Stags were lucky that the home side did not hit double figures with Alan Marriott performing heroics and some slack finishing by Brodie and Vardy helping to keep the score down.
Speaking after the game a shell-shocked Moore said: “We came here to win the game and not to sit back and maybe in hindsight it would have been better to sit back. They started much brigther and stronger than us.
“The players that went out there tonight could have performed better than they did. Certain players have let themselves down and have underperformed to the standards that we set and expect.
“One or two performances need to be addressed. It is embarrassing to have lost 5-0 in this way, we have had our egos badly bruised
“We missed some great chances to get back into the game when we were 1-0 down, Howell missed an open goal and Futcher had a header to level the game.
“We should have kicked the ball into touch in the build up to their goal and didn't.
“At half-time we had a choice to make, whether to go for the game and get back in it or sit back and accept a 2-0 defeat. I would rather have gone for it than accept 2-0 but that meant we were picked off at the end.
“In the last part of the game they put us under a great deal of pressure and perhaps deserved to score more goals than they did.
“Fleetwood have a very good forward line and that is the difference between the two sides. They have got the spending power to bring in these sort of players, for us we are looking to build a squad capable of winning promotion.”
But despite the woeful defeat Moore, who took charge for the night after boss Paul Cox was laid low with a sickness bug in the camp, was quick to point out that Stags are still in a good position in the Blue Square Premier.
“The bug going around the camp hindered us, sitting on a coach for five hours hindered us and losing Matt Green hit us hard,”he said.
“A lot of teams would miss a player like that. This defeat is not the end of the world for our season and it is important to recognise that.
“We have only lost three games this season and if we win our game in hand we are only four points behind Fleetwood in the league table. This was a bad performance and a bad night for the club. but we have to move on now and pick up the pieces against Cambridge.”
Stags hit by sickness bug
MANSFIELD Town bowed out of the FA Cup last night as they were hammered 5-0 by big-spending Fleetwood Town in their fourth qualifying round replay.
After a hard-fought 1-1 draw in the original tie at Field Mill on Saturday, the Stags were up against it from the start at Highbury Stadium last night due to illness.
A sickness bug had swept through the club prior to the kick-off and led to manager Paul Cox and leading striker Matt Green not even making the trip.
There was no substitute goalkeeper on the bench as Shane Redmond was also ill and a number of other players were very much under the weather.
That, added to a five-hour coach journey due to traffic chaos following the closure of the M6 motorway, meant they missed their planned pre-match meal, stacking the odds against them even further.
Assistant manager Micky Moore said there could be no excuses, but before kick off he explained: "It has upset our plans.
"The gaffer has gone down with it, Matt Green as well and there are a number of players who will be under the weather.
"It has swept through the club in the last 24 hours but you just have to soldier on.
"The groundsman has it too and it is a bit of a nightmare for us. Some lads have not had it to the extreme but you just have to get on with it."
Richard Brodie and Sean Clancy put Fleetwood 2-0 up at half-time before Gareth Seddon, a Jamie Milligan penalty and an injury-time Andy Mangan strike wrapped the game up in the second half, although the 5-0 scoreline flattered the weary Stags
Mansfield Town offer no excuse for FA Cup exit
Mansfield Town assistant manager Micky Moore refused to use a sickness bug as a reason for Tuesday's painful FA Cup exit at the hands of Fleetwood Town.
Boss Paul Cox and top scorer Matt Green missed the 5-0 rout in the fourth qualifying round replay in Lancashire.
Several other players were also affected by the bug in the build-up.
"The sickness bug had an impact and there were four of five other players that had it, but I wouldn't use that as an excuse," Moore said.
After Saturday's 1-1 draw at Field Mill, fellow Blue Square Bet Premier promotion hopefuls Fleetwood went ahead through Richard Brodie and eased to victory with further goals from Sean Clancy, Gareth Seddon, Jamie Milligan and Andy Mangan.
"We went 1-0 down and then, on the stroke of half-time, we conceded a sloppy goal," said Moore.
"We went for it in the second half. We didn't sit back. You always leave yourselves open, but it's still very disappointing."
The Stags also suffered a nightmare journey, taking nearly six hours to travel the 125 miles from Field Mill to the Fylde coast.
"Little things didn't help," added Moore. "We are not using them excuse but it doesn't help your preparation.
"But we have to dust ourselves down and ready to face Cambridge on Saturday.
"We can't have any knee-jerk reaction to this result. We have to take it on the chin and concentrate on the league."
Sean back at his peak after two years
Sean Clancy is feeling fully fit and injury-free for the first time in two years.
nd that's why the Fleetwood Town winger believes his best is yet to come after an outstanding display in Tuesday's 5-0 FA Cup hammering of Mansfield.
The 24-year-old said: “I'm in a good place and enjoying my football. Now I'd like a run of games in the team and hopefully go from strength to strength.
“It's taken me two years but I'm not feeling any injuries and finally I'm feeling like my old self.
“I know that when I'm fit I can reach standards I'm happy with and and I was delighted with my performance on Tuesday night.”
The Liverpudlian scored Town's second but isn't taking any credit away from his team-mates after a dominant Highbury display.
He added: “Someone was going to get it here and we have shown that we can turn teams over at home.
“Mansfield aren't a bad side but we were so good going forward. We created so many chances that anyone watching could see we could have scored more than five.
“You could go on all day about the quality we have in the squad, so when you get in or around the box there will always be opportunities and it was good to put one in the net.”
Clancy scored Town's second at a key moment just before half-time. He recalled: “It's my job to back up every attack, and I burst into the box and was waiting for the ball. Vardy spotted me and I rolled it in.
“As long as we can take that form into the Luton and Wycombe games we can win both.
INTERVIEW: DAVID MITCHELL
MICKY Mellon has a major headache today ... and he couldn't be happier about it.
...But with loan trio Charlie Wassmer, Ryan Jackson and Glen Wilson available after missing the FA Cup ties against Mansfield, Mellon has some serious thinking to do before tomorrow's trip to promotion rivals Luton.
Fletwood are aiming to make it seven away wins on the bounce at Kenilworth Road, but it will be far from easy against a Hatters side beaten only once in their last six league games.
Mellon is delighted with Fleetwood's recent form. The 5-0 replay demolition of Mansfield sets up an FA Cup first-round tie at home to Wycombe a week tomorrow, and Town are just two points behind leaders Wrexham in the league.
...Fleetwood couldn't be in any better shape heading to Luton and Mellon rates Tuesday's win over Mansfield as their best yet this season..
“When you create 28 scoring chances, it shows you how well we played. You don't often get games like that – in fact, I don't think I've seen anything like it before.”
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