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26th July 2017 13:20

Stags will learn lessons from Forest friendly

Stags' assistant boss Paul Raynor believes there are lessons to be learned from today's pre-season friendly against Nottingham Forest.

The Championship side eventually ran out 4-0 winners at One Call Stadium this afternoon thanks to goals from strikers Jason Cummings, Tyler Walker and a brace from Apostolos Vellios, however Stags had chances of their own through frontmen Danny Rose and Omari Sterling-James.

But Raynor says today's performance was 'a notch down' from the Stags' displays against Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough this week.

"We've had two good performances this week against good Championship opposition, but I have to say the manner of the performance today was very disappointing," Raynor said.


"We lacked a little bit of cohesion, we lacked a bit of intensity. Maybe a couple of games this week have taken a little bit out of us and we were certainly down a notch in terms of our pressure with the ball and without the ball, so I'm a little bit disappointed with that.

"We'll look at everything; everybody will again have an opportunity to perform on Tuesday but we'll certainly be watching the video tonight and picking the bones out of it and seeing who's done well with and without the ball."

The former Preston North End midfielder believes some of the intensity which was apparent in the pre-season friendlies against Wednesday and Boro this week was missing from today's display against the Reds.

"We needed to defend better, we needed to be more intense with our pressure and that's what I mean by the fact we were a notch down.

"We didn't really pressurise Forest into mistakes, as we have in the previous games this week and we'll need to look at that and we'll need to look at why that's happened. We'll learn. It's a bit of a kick in the teeth for us today but we'll take it on the chin and we'll bounce back.

"We'll look at everything; we'll look at today particularly because I think we got a real lesson in one and two-touch football. The two teams we've played previously this week have tried just the same but without the ball today I was a bit disappointed."

Stags can now look forward to games against Matlock Town and Gainsborough Trinity, respectively, on Tuesday evening and Raynor says it is a chance for the squad to complete another 90 minutes.

"We want to make sure everybody gets another 90 minutes under their belt and whether one team's going to be stronger than the other, we'll wait and see.

"I would imagine, at the moment, it will be equal strength but we'll be looking at combinations in both games and see who does well."

Although he was missing from this afternoon's squad, Raynor says trialist Jordan Slew will remain with the club for 'another few days' before a decision is made about his future.

"Jordan will probably be with us for another few days and then we'll make a decision. He played 90 minutes last night so to expect him to perform today would have been a little bit too much for the lad."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view Paul Raynor's entire post-match interview.


Mansfield Town ‘lacked cohesion and intensity’ in defeat to Nottingham Forest
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 22 July 2017

Assistant manager Paul Raynor says he is disappointed with the manner of Mansfield Town’s 4-0 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest.

Stags trailed 1-0 at the break following a bit of magic from Jason Cummings. But they ran out of steam in the closing stages as ruthless Forest bagged three goals in the closing 21 minutes to complete a comprehensive win. And Raynor feels that three games inside a week against Championship opposition may have been a bridge too far.

“I am disappointed by the performance, we have had two good performances against Championship sides but today was disappointing,” he said.

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“We lacked a bit of cohesion and intensity, maybe the two games have taken something out of us. We were certainly down a notch in terms of our pressure with and without the ball.

“We needed to defend better and press better and push Forest into mistakes. It is a bit of kick in the teeth and we have to learn from it.”

And Raynor confirmed that there were still at least five places to play for in Stags’ starting eleven in the season-opener against Crewe.

Mansfield will send teams to Matlock Town and Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night as the selection process gets narrowed down.

He added: “There are five or six players pencilled in to start the first game of the season and we need to look at other players.

“We will look at today especially, we got a lesson in one and two touch football. Everyone will have a chance to perform on Tuesday.

“We will pick the bones out of it and watch the video.

“We will take a look at who plays where on Tuesday in the coming days to make sure everyone gets 90 minutes under their belt, and whether one team will be stronger than the other. I imagine, at this stage, that they will both be equal strength.”


Mark Warburton - Jason Cummings will only get better for Nottingham Forest
nottinghampost.com, BY PAUL TAYLOR, 22 JUL 2017

Mark Warburton believes Jason Cummings will get ‘better and better’ in the coming weeks, after seeing the striker bag his first goal for Nottingham Forest.

The £750,000 capture from Hibs was one of three forwards to get themselves on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win over Mansfield Town, with Tyler Walker also bagging a poacher’s goal and Apostolos Vellios bagging two in the final eight minutes.

Cummings put Forest ahead with the only goal of the first half, which saw him finish with aplomb, after being slid in by David Vaughan.

The Scotland under-21 international had produced an encouraging performance against Notts County, but without finding the net.

But he did find the net at the One Call and Warburton believes there are more goals to come.

“He did put his goal away well and he was onside, as well, for the one chance that was ruled out for offside. He was frustrated with that,” he said.


“But he does have a very good left foot, his timing is good and he has an eye for goal.

“He will get better and better as the weeks go by.

“Apostolos Vellios got a couple of goals late in the game as well and it was good to see that, after we had made nine changes.

“The subs adapted to the game quickly, we had a really good tempo and we opened them up. It was really good work out for us.”

Forest took a while to get into their stride in a first half in which Mansfield carved out as many chances as they did - but took a firmer hold on the game as it developed.

“It was a good workout for us and it was good to be able to make a few changes on the hour as well,” said Warburton. “We knew what to expect. They were physical and well organised. This was game number two and another step forward for us.

“We were loose in the first half at times, we gave the ball away too cheaply. But that is what these games are for; they are there for you to build that sharpness. We will learn from it.

“We did find space on the flanks; we played with width and we did counter attack dangerously three or four times, but did not maximise those opportunities.

“When you work that hard, make sure you get your rewards. At half time we had some good feedback and in the second half we were good.”

After playing with a back three against the Magpies, Forest fielded an orthodox back four in Mansfield.

“It was personnel, as much as anything. We did not have any full backs against Notts County, with Eric Lichaj being away and Danny Fox coming back from injury. We had no full backs and we had to adapt,” said Warburton. “But we had Michael Mancienne back today.

“Matty Cash has a bruised heel, so he was not involved. Although we have been telling him he has a bruised eyelash.

“He has trained really well in pre-season, he is fit. I am sure he will be back for the next game. All the players have worked hard. The boys are in a good place.”

Warburton says Forest will continue to look to give numerous players a taste of the action when they face newly promoted La Liga side Girona at the City Ground on Tuesday.

“It is pre-season and it was about getting players minutes. We spread the load and we will keep doing that to some degree, but we must also fine tune things a little more as well,” he said.



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