EVANS, ANDERSON, MARK COOPER REACTION
Boss pleased with 'terrific' second half display
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 12 August 2017
Stags' boss Steve Evans highlighted his side's high intensity in their second half display in this afternoon's 2-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers at One Call Stadium.
Goals from striker Danny Rose and winger Paul Anderson helped Stags to their first win of the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two season against the EFL newcomers.
And the gaffer was pleased with the second half performance by the Stags, during which he said his side could've scored 'five or six'.
"We can certainly play better than we played in the first half - I thought we lacked a little bit of intensity, but saying that, they didn't hurt us," the Stags' gaffer said.
"We sorted a few things out at half-time, not by screaming and shouting but just by tactically having a discussion on the board and involving the boys in it by making them buy into it, like we do on the training ground.
"I think in the second half, we were terrific. For a 20-minute spell, we could've scored five or six - it was chance-after-chance.
"We've always insisted that we play a high pressing game. I heard Jurgen Klopp say he brought it to England - 'hello, I've been here for 10 years!'
"We worked ever-so-hard. In the second half, we had a real high pressing game from Lee (Angol) and Danny (Rose); they were going to run out of legs because they were working so hard. I think our quality came through in the end as well."
After emerging as victors this afternoon, the former Leeds United boss praised today's visitors and also striker Jimmy Spencer, who appeared as a second half substitute this afternoon.
"Fair play to Forest Green Rovers, I think they're a good side and because we've beaten them [it] doesn't deflect away from that at all.
"I think they'll win a lot of games; they're very well set-up tactically, they're organised and what they've got is good players and you don't get out of that National League with the style they did at Wembley if you've not got good players.
"People at the end of the pre-season progamme, and we hear all the comments, [were] talking about whether Jimmy Spencer's good enough - he's been tremendous in mid-week against Rochdale and he's come onto the pitch today and he's been like a leader. He's been like a talisman.
"The fruits of the labour will come out over the period of the season. When we get towards the Christmas and the January parts of the season, this group will be well-gelled by then."
During Thursday's news conference at One Call Stadium, the gaffer revealed the club were set to submit a club-record bid for a striker and, speaking post-match, he provided an update on the situation.
"I think I probably owe the supporters this time, if it doesn't happen, we're going to say who it was. That player will 'go' [be transferred] in this window, I'm sure he will, so it may not be to us but we've bid what is a club record for us and we'll see if we can get permission to talk to him and his representatives.
"That's what we're waiting for, or to say 'no, it's not accepted'. But he's not the only one; we're talking to two or three."
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Evans delighted with win but still seeking two more players
by JOHN LOMAS AT THE ONE CALL STADIUM
Saturday 12 August 2017
Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans was delighted to see his side get off the mark with their first win of the season today thanks to a powerful second half display in the 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers.
He also said he was still working hard to bring in two more players to what is looking a talented squad.
Evans was reported to have made a club record bid for a striker this week and he said: “We have made the offer manager to manager.
“That manager will come back to me after the weekend. They had a big Championship game today which we respect every step of the way.
“We are not just talking to him, we’re talking to two or three different players.
“I’ve said for a few weeks I want another central midfield player in and I want a different type of striker.”
He added: “People are getting carried away saying we need someone scoring 25-30 goals off a striker.
“Go and look at the teams that got promoted and tell me where the 25 goal a season striker is. What they had is three, four or five strikers who got 10 or 15 and midfield players chipped in. But if we get the boy we’ve bid for he will get 20 goals.”
Unambitious Rovers frustrated Stags in the first half but were gunned down by two goals in six minutes early in the second half.
“We’ve got a clean sheet and three points, but I think we can play better than we did in that first half. We lacked a little bit of intensity,” said Evans.
“In saying that they never hurt us, but we didn’t play with out usual attacking flair.
“At half-time we sorted a few things out - not screaming and shouting but just tactically and involving the boys in it so they buy into it.
“Second half we were terrific and in a 20-minute spell we could have scored five or six. We created chance after chance.
“We had a lot of big performances in the second half and Paul Anderson gets better week after week.
“We needed to press from the front and second half we got a really high pressing game from Danny Rose and Lee Angol. Our quality came through in the end.”
He continued: “When you are 2-0 up you need a third one. It’s a dangerous scoreline. I said to the bench if we get a third we could get a lot more.
“But fair play to Forest Green I think they are a really good side and I think they will win a lot of games. They are very well set up tactically and organised and they have good players. You don’t get out the National league without good players.
“We are up and running. We’ve got three points and we’ve got a clean sheet. Now let’s see if we can get two wins in succession.”
Stags 'giving everything' for success - Anderson
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 12 August 2017
After scoring in today's 2-0 win at home to Forest Green Rovers, winger Paul Anderson says every member of the Stags' squad is hungry for success.
The former Nottingham Forest man scored the Stags' second goal after frontman Danny Rose had headed home the first goal against EFL newcomers Forest Green Rovers.
And Anderson believes today's 2-0 victory typified how hungry the Stags' players are for success.
"You can see the hunger from the boys; every single lad is here to do exactly the same thing," Anderson said.
"We've all been brought in to get us as high as possible up that league and we all want to be at the top, we want to be winning, we want to get promoted.
"I think you can see the hunger from the boys, the dedication from every single lad; whether they start or come on off the bench they give absolutely everything.
"In the second half, it was a great performance, our fitness levels showed and then I think we dominated the whole half again. It was another great second half performance [with a] clean sheet - perfect."
After scoring his first goal in Stags' colours this afternoon, Anderson expressed his pleasure at opening his account after going close in our opening two fixtures.
"In the last couple of games, the 'keeper's made a good save, I've hit the post, one's hit me on the leg and almost gone in from two yards and you're just waiting for that one to happen and fortunately I played a one-two with the 'keeper and got an easy slot in!
"I'm just trying to put a great performance in every week. I hope the fans can see that and if I can get a few goals and add some assists to my game and give the fans something to cheer about, that's what I'm here to do.
"I'm enjoying my time and the gaffer's been brilliant with me. Every week the lads are slowly learning about each other and the way they play. Week by week, you'll see us learn each others' abilities and put in better performances."
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Stags can get better week by week now, says goal hero Anderson
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town goal hero Paul Anderson believes the new-look Stags will improve week on week after today’s first victory of the season. Anderson and Danny Rose struck twice in six second half minutes to win 2-0 and spoil Forest Green Rovers’ first ever away day in the Football League. “It was fantastic,” he said. “It took us 15 minutes in the first half to realise how they played as they are a new club and something a little bit different in this league. “Also the wind was very strong at pitch level, which people might not have been able to tell from the stands. “But second half it was a great performance and fitness levels showed. “I think we dominated the whole half again - another great second half performance - and three points and a clean sheet was perfect.” He added: “You can see the hunger from the boys. We have all been brought in to get us as high as possible in that league. “We all want to be at the top, we all want to be winning, we want to get promoted. Every single lad, whether they start or come off the bench, gives absolutely everything.” After coming close on several occasions in the first two games, Anderson was delighted to get off the mark today. Though keeper Bradley Collins saved his initial effort, he netted at the second time of asking. “The last couple of games the keeper has made a good save, I’ve hit the post and I had a couple today,” he said. “One hit me on the legs and nearly went in from two yards and you’re just waiting for that one to happen. “Fortunately I played a one-two with the keeper and got an easy slot-in” He added: “I am enjoying my time. The gaffer has been brilliant with me. “As much as he tries to rein you in and tell you how he wants you to play, I am a winger at the end of the day and I’ve got to go and produce things, score goals and set things up. “There are a lot of new faces and we are all slowly learning about each other and starting to gel. I think week by week you’ll see us gradually learn each other’s abilities and put in better performances. “I am just trying to put in a great performance every week and give 100 per cent - I hope the fans can see that. “If I can add a few goals and assists and give the fans something to cheer about then that’s what I am here to do. “I just want to stay in the team. It’s a strong squad.”
Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-can-get-better-week-by-week-now-says-goal-hero-anderson-1-8700283
Cooper: "We didn’t show enough desire"
Having been pleased with his sides first half performance once again, Mark Cooper found himself disappointed with the goals his team conceded in the second period.
“Second half we knew they’d come at us a little bit. The first goal is a bad defensive mistake from us giving them a free header in the box. Young Jack will look at that and know he has to deal with that
The second one is another mistake where we don’t clear the ball on the half way line and we give them a free one on one.”
Rovers found themselves with plenty of possession in the opening 45 minutes as they dictated the play but went into the break empty handed despite creating chances.
Christian Doidge had a goal chalked off by the offside flag whilst there was some great build up play from Rovers as they looked for the opener.
“We had some good opportunities in the first half. There was some good balls into Christian in the box that usually he gets hold of and finishes
There were also a couple of corners at the end and all we have to do is poke it in but we didn’t show enough desire today”
Today’s loss will certainly be a wake up call for Mark’s squad of the perils of making mistakes in the fourth tier.
“At this level we can’t concede goals like that as we won’t win games
The tempo was at our pace in the first half when we had the ball and they are having to chase everything. But if you concede a goal it gives them that impetus to go on.
The lesson we learned today is you can’t give away soft goals otherwise you can’t win games.”
Forest Green Rovers boss says first Stags goal changed the game
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper said Mansfield Town’s first goal changed the game as Rovers lost their first ever away Football League game 2-0 against the Stags this afternoon. “The lesson we learned today is you can’t give soft goals away like that or you can’t win games,” he said. “The first goal was a bad defensive mistake from us - a free header in the box from a nothing cross. “The second was another mistake where we don’t clear the ball on the halfway line and gave them a free one on one. “That aside there wasn’t a lot in it. They has a lot of huff and puff pressure, but we can’t concede goals like that.” He added: “The goal changed everything. We had the ball in the first half and they were having to chase it. But if you concede a goal it gives them that impetus to go on and up the tempo. “We had couple of corners at the end that landed on the edge of the six yard box that we have to poke it. But we didn’t show enough desire today.”
Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/forest-green-rovers-boss-says-first-stags-goal-changed-the-game-1-8700173
Paul Anderson @P18NDO
What a feeling that is today! Boys were immense onto the next one now. Nice to get off the mark as well
Conrad Logan @conradlogan
BOOM ..3 points and a clean sheet.. Onto the next one #COYS
Hayden White @HaydenWhite7
3 points, clean sheet and MOM... quality from everyone + The fans On to the next one
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