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Nature of defeat was ‘scandalous’ - manager
mansfieldtown.net, 20 August 2019
Stags’ boss John Dempster has delivered his post-match thoughts following this evening’s bitterly disappointing 3-2 defeat to Leyton Orient.
Mansfield were two goals to the good at half-time after Danny Rose scored two penalties in the opening period, but a second-half resurgence from the O’s saw them leave One Call Stadium with maximum points.
The manager says that the nature of tonight’s defeat - conceding three goals in the second period - was ‘scandalous.’
“All the good things we did on Saturday, we did poorly in the second-half. Leadership and game management was severely lacking,” he began.
“We spoke about the third goal at half-time and we had a couple of opportunities early in the second-half that we could have been a little more ruthless with.
“To concede three goals in the second-half and walk off the pitch without a point is scandalous.
“At half-time, the message was that it was a good performance but we could have done better. I thought we started okay in the second-half but then it just went. It was strange and it was weak.
“I expect us to walk in [the dressing room] with all three points at full-time and the fact that we walk in with no points is extremely disappointing.
“[We wanted] to get the third goal and kill them off. But if it wasn’t to be, to walk in with the clean sheet first and foremost.
“Leyton Orient threw the kitchen sink at us, which you’d expect being 2-0 down at half-time. But I expect the players to deal with any kind of pressure. The majority of the second-half just wasn’t good enough.
“Our bench looked young today but we had some experienced players in our starting XI and they know they can do better.
“I’ll look at myself, my staff will look at themselves and I expect the players to look at themselves.
“We’ll certainly look at the game back and we’ll sit down with the players this week to have a serious look at where we can do better.
“The players aren’t stupid - they know that wasn’t good enough. We should have been walking out of here tonight with all three points.”
John Dempster also called for consistency as he compared Saturday’s convincing 2-0 win away at Carlisle to this evening’s display.
“It was a masterclass at Carlisle in terms of the leadership qualities we saw, the game management and making sure people were in the right positions.
“All of that was there to be seen and it’s frustrating. But you can’t have that contrast from game to game.
“Standards need to be better consistently. We’ll have a serious look at that.
“I credited the 18 players involved at Carlisle and we’ve got to take responsibility that the 18 players weren’t good enough tonight.
“I’ve emphasised my disappointment [to my players]. It goes without saying that it wasn’t good enough tonight.”
The manager gave a brief injury update following the pre-match news that midfielder Neal Bishop has a swollen Achilles.
He also discussed Hayden White, who went off injured to be replaced by James Clarke late on this evening.
“He [Neal Bishop] is struggling with a swollen Achilles. When they swell up, they can be quite tricky, so we’ll have to look at him.
“Hayden White passed a fitness test before the game which was good to see, because at times he was excellent tonight.
“To see him come off at the end is concerning. We had a young bench tonight, and it’s great to see a pathway for our young players, but we might have to look at some reinforcements if we continue to pick up these little injuries.
“We do look a little bit light on numbers. That’s something I’ll have to discuss with my staff - the areas that we might look to strengthen. I’ll also have to speak to the CEO [Carolyn Radford] on that one.”
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Mansfield Town manager John Dempster slams ‘scandalous’ capitulation in home defeat by Leyton Orient
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 20 August 2019
Mansfield Town boss John Dempster slammed his side’s second half capitulation as ‘scandalous’ in tonight’s 3-2 home defeat by Leyton Orient.
Two Danny Rose penalties had Mansfield in command at the break.
But when Leyton Orient went up a gear for the last half-hour Stags failed to switch up with them and, after the pain of seeing ex-Stag Lee Angol net his first goal in almost a year to level 12 minutes from time, there was stoppage time heartache to come as Louis Dennis stole a 96th minute winner for the Conference champions.
“To concede three goals in the second half and walk in without a point is scandalous,” said Dempster.
“All the good things we did on Saturday we did poorly tonight in the second half - leadership and game management were severely lacking.
“There was a lack of leadership all over the pitch. We have some experienced players out there and they know they can do better.
“Me and my staff will look at ourselves and I expect my players to look at themselves.”
It had all started off so well and the manager said: “I thought we were good first half, though there was room for improvement.
“We spoke about the third goal at half-time and we had a couple of opportunities early in the second half we could have been more ruthless with to completely kill the game off.
“If we couldn’t score a third the plan was to walk in with a clean sheet first and foremost.
“Worst case scenario was that we’d concede a goal but still get all three points. Instead we conceded three which killed us.
“Orient throw the kitchen sink at us which you’d expect being 2-0 down. I expect the players we have in that starting XI to soak up the pressure.
“We started the second half well, then suddenly we looked weak and powderpuff. We can do a lot better.”
Mansfield Town boss John Dempster to discuss bringing in reinforcements as early crisis deepens and deadline approaches
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 20 August 2019
It looks almost inevitable Mansfield Town boss John Dempster will now have to delve into the transfer market before the 2nd September deadline as his early-season problems mount.
With key trio Bobby Olejnik, Craig Davies and Andy Cook already on the treatment table, influential veteran star Neal Bishop could now be out for up to three weeks with a swollen Achilles tendon while Hayden White, who only passed a late fitness test last night, also limped off near the end of the 3-2 home defeat by Leyton Orient after a heavy challenge.
With midfield pair Dion Donohue and Jacob Mellis also suspended indefinitely by the club over a disciplinary matter, little chance of resolving it before the deadline, and no idea what the pair’s futures hold at the club, Dempster has an early growing crisis to deal with.
Losing last season’s player of the year is his latest blow, and Dempster said: “Neal is struggling with a swollen Achilles.
“When they swell up they can be quite tricky so we’ve got to look after him.
“Hayden White passed a fitness test before the game, which was good to see. At times he was excellent tonight. So to see him come off at the end is concerning.
“We had a young bench tonight - and it’s great to see a pathway for our young players. But we might have to look at some reinforcements if we continue to pick up these little injuries. We can’t lose many more.
“You look at some of the players we’re bringing on - if we are bringing them on for the first team they have got to be good enough.
“I believe the likes of Alistair Smith and, obviously CJ Hamilton, are good enough. But we do look a little light on numbers.”
Dempster said he did not know yet if or how quickly he would move back into the transfer market, saying: “I will have to discuss this now with the staff and the areas we might need to strengthen and I will also have to speak to the CEO.”
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Leyton Orient boss Ross Embleton won’t be apologising after ‘losing control’ over last gasp winner at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 20 August 2019
Ross Embleton admitted the sheer emotional rush of his Leyton Orient side grabbing a 96th minute winner after trailing 2-0 at Mansfield Town last night saw him lose control - but he was apologising to no one.
The O’s interim head coach since the death of manager Justin Edinburgh, Embleton raced to join in the wild celebrations with the fans behind the goal and was shown a yellow card by referee Seb Stocksbridge for his actions.
“I said to the referee that he’d obviously never been involved in a comeback before. I said if you are booking me for celebrating like that you probably never experienced anything like it,” he said.
“I forgot myself, but I have no shame it that. I suppose I will have to take the yellow card on the chin.
“To go and celebrate with those supporters was fantastic. They backed us and stayed with us.”
Embleton knew what a good result it was, saying: “We knew it was going to be tough here. It’s a good club with some very good players.
“They obviously went well last year and will be competitive again this season.
“We set out with a bit of a game plan and I don’t think we executed it early enough. Then the naivety to give two penalties away made it feel like it was going to be a long night.
“I was frustrated we gave Mansfield the opportunity to get a two-goal first half lead and the big message at half-time was that we have to stop giving ourselves mountains to climb. Fortunately today they climbed it.
“It was our team spirit and collective defensive structure that got us through last season and gave us the opportunity to go on and win the league.
“We have stepped up a level this season and today was another huge step forward.”
Former Mansfield striker Lee Angol had not scored a goal for almost a year - but told Embleton he believed he would end his drought against his old club and did so to equalise.
“He called it as we walked out here tonight,” said Embleton.
“I said I had been pleased with his performances and don’t let the fact you’ve not put one in the goal yet bog you down - I believe in you and I know the goals are going to come.
“He said it’s going to come tonight - and it did. So I am delighted for him.”
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