DEMPSTER, MATT TAYLOR REACTION
‘No excuses’ for disappointing performance - manager
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 31 August 2019
Manager John Dempster has described this afternoon’s performance away to Exeter as ‘simply not good enough,’ after he saw his side fall to a 1-0 defeat at St James Park.
Ryan Bowman’s early strike - which came as a result of a quick throw-in - turned out to be the only goal of the affair in Devon.
The Mansfield chief says there are ‘no excuses’ for what was a sub-par performance from his men.
“Today we weren’t at it,” he began. “It’s about making as few mistakes as possible and today we were really poor.
“They physically dominated us, they caught us out with a quick throw and we were making mistakes all over the pitch.
“You could say we huffed and puffed in the second-half, but overall, it wasn’t good enough.
“They [Exeter] are top of the league after five games. You can’t come here and perform like that and expect to go home with anything.
“I’m not sure what happened with the [Ryan Sweeney] sending off. The players are saying that there was nothing in it but I didn’t see it. We’ve lost a football match and had a man sent off, which is simply not good enough.
“Sweens is adamant there was nothing in it, but whether that is the case or not we’ll have a look. We’ll have to look at it closely.
“I’m very disappointed. The preparation from the football club, as in the bus we travelled down in, the hotel we stayed in. So there are no excuses.
“At times we kept possession but didn’t go anywhere with it. When we played forward, it wasn’t with any quality.
“We had a couple of chances that flashed past the post, but all-in-all, it was just an inept performance. I take responsibility as manager, and so do the players.”
The boss stressed that his charges must ‘consistently hit their standards’ if they are to achieve success this term.
“We have to consistently hit our standards to go where we want to go. It wasn’t good enough today. If we hit the levels we are capable of, we are good enough.
“I won’t make excuses for the players. They didn’t perform collectively or individually and defensively we were all over the place.
“We’ll get on the bus back to Mansfield and I’ll watch the game over. We’ll then pick the bones out of it.”
The game seemed to tilt in Mansfield’s favour following the introductions of forwards Omari Sterling-James and CJ Hamilton in the second-half, but the Stags’ boss says that his starting lineup had enough quality to win the game.
“CJ [Hamilton] and Omari [Sterling-James] came on and worked hard and looked good in wide areas.
“Omari had a couple of chances that flashed past the post and CJ got a couple of crosses in.
“But the players that started the match were good enough to win the game. There were no excuses.”
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John Dempster slams 'inept' Mansfield Town performance at Exeter City
Mansfield Town boss John Dempster says his side fell well short of expectations as they lost 1-0 at league leaders Exeter City on Saturday.
Ryan Bowman's early goal was the difference between the two sides but despite the narrow deficit, Dempster felt the hosts showed far more quality than his own side and that Stags deserved nothing from the game.
And he says plenty of work now needs to be done to put things right.
He said: "We didn't deserve anything from the game.
"If you come here, go toe-to-toe and the footballing gods aren't with you then that's acceptable, but today we weren't at it and were poor on all levels.
"We got caught out at the re-start from a throw in early on which brought the goal but there were mistakes all over. Exeter's back three were immaculate, ours were all over the place.
"In the second-half we huffed and puffed and made some changes but overall we weren't good enough."
Dempster added that the preparation for the game should have given his players a good grounding to turn up and perform, leading to him being all the more disappointed that they failed to do so.
He said: "The preparation the club put on was spot on, from the coach we travelled down on to the hotel we stayed in. It gave the players a platform on which to perform and they didn't do that.
"They were well off the standard expected and I'm very disappointed. It was an inept performance for which I take the responsibility and so do the players.
"We had a couple of efforts fly just wide in the second half but overall the service to the front players was poor.
"You have to respect Exeter but if we'd been at our best we'd not be far off their standard. However, we can't keep saying that. There are no excuses for the players."
Dempster added the club will look again at the red card handed to defender Ryan Sweeney for an off the ball incident late in the game.
He said: "Ryan is adamant there was nothing in it so we'll look at it again. If he's right then we'll decide what to do, if he's wrong then there will be repercussions."
City boss praises rearguard action as defence keeps Mansfield to half-chances
devonlive.com, By Daniel Clark, 31 AUG 2019
Exeter City boss Matt Taylor said he was delighted with his side’s performance as they beat Mansfield Town 1-0.
Ryan Bowman’s fifth minute goal was enough to maintain the Grecians’ unbeaten start and get them flying high at the top of the League 2 table.
Speaking after the game, Taylor praised the way his team defending and said he was particularly delighted with the fact the Stags were limited to only half-chances.
Nicky Maynard dragged a shot narrowly wide of the goal just after they fell behind, but Lewis Ward in the City goal wasn’t forced into making many, if any, saves.
Taylor said: “They had a lot of possession and balls that our backline dealt with really well, and Lewis hasn’t been too troubled, and not been able to say that in the last couple of home games.
“I’m delighted as that’s a strong team we have played against today and we limited them to half sights of our goal. We hit the crossbar ourselves and not quite sure how the header in the first half didn’t go in. We are looking a threat ourselves and we have to keep on building and a start to what hopefully we be another good week.
“We got a good start to the game and the reward for a bright bit of movement from Ryan with the goal, and then limited them to half chances, if that. It was a good finish from Ryan and he hit it cleanly and when you score early, you want the second to go in to settle you down, but 1-0, as a manager, you have to think are the opposition creating enough chances and I didn’t think they were.
“I thought physically we dealt with what they threw at us. We were quick to the second ball and if we didn’t win the first then we made sure we won the second and we withstood a bit of pressure and no real chances.
“They are going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season so to win that game one nil and to limit them to half shots to goal, I am very pleased.”
Bowman’s strike came following a quickly taken thrown-in from Dean Moxey that caught the Mansfield defence sleeping, before Bowman rifled the ball into the roof of the net, and Taylor said it was an example of his players trying to play forward and being a forward thinking club. He said: “Deano just was bright for the first goal and he picked it up and threw it to Ryan who was on the move. “
Ryan Bowman: "The five boys at the back were magnificent."
Exeter City striker Ryan Bowman praised the work of the defenders as the Grecians beat Mansfield Town 1-0 at St James Park.
Ryan scored after latching onto a Dean Moxey throw-in in the box and sending a first-time shot past Conrad Logan.
However, against the likes of Danny Rose, Nicky Maynard and CJ Hamilton, it was perhaps the City defence that impressed the most as they reduced the visitors to no shots on target throughout the match.
“I thought we were very good, very solid,” said Ryan. “The five boys at the back were magnificent all the way through the game. I can’t remember them (Mansfield) having a shot on target and with the talent they have got in their team that is a credit to us boys. I felt we were fantastic for the 90 minutes and we deserved the three points.”
Speaking about his goal, Ryan added: “To be fair we work on that quite a lot. When it goes out for a throw-in and the opposition are not quite set.
“Deano (Dean Moxey) or Sweeney (Pierce Sweeney) whoever it is will look for the quick one in behind because, obviously, there are no offsides from a throw-in. The space was there between (Krystian) Pearce and the other centre-half, I got clear and got the shot away and thankfully it went into the back of the net.”
Ryan could have also had a second just before half-time as he sent a header crashing off the inside off the post from a corner.
“We work a lot on set-pieces, day in, day out on the training ground,” he said. “It would have been nice to score from one today, but I got into the space and when I saw it had hit the post I was bitterly disappointed but we managed to get the win and that was the main thing.”
Ryan was also involved in another major incident near the end of the game as Ryan Sweeney was sent-off for elbowing him. "To be fair a bit of pushing but then he has caught me with an elbow right in the midrift," said Ryan. "It was one of those where I was not expecting it and it took the wind out of me. I didn’t he had got sent-off until I got up but you can’t give the referee a chance to send you off by doing that. He can have no complaints.”