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DUNNE, RILEY, DEREK ADAMS REACTION
13th February 2020 21:04



Assistant picks positives despite ‘disappointing’ end
mansfieldtown.net, 8 February 2020

Assistant manager Joe Dunne was left ‘disappointed’ after the Stags left Globe Arena with just a point, following a ‘positive’ second-half display.

After a scrappy first 45 minutes with few chances for either side, defender Joe Riley opened his Mansfield account on the hour, before Alex Kenyon equalised from a Morecambe set piece late on.

Despite the understandable disappointment following the late equaliser, Dunne was pleased with the majority of Mansfield’s display.

“Obviously we’re disappointed to come away with only a point,” he told iFollow Stags. “Coming here today, we were against a team that is in a similar position to us and have good home form.

“The impetus was with them to score and take the lead, so getting into half-time [at 0-0] we thought we could then work our system.

“I thought second-half we were in good control of the match. Getting the goal, I thought we were going to go on and win it.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2020/february/dunne-post-morecambe/

“In the end there was some heroic defending to preserve that point, but it shouldn’t have really come to that.

“We feel that it’s a couple of points that we should have had in the bag again, and it [Morecambe goal] has come from a disappointing situation.

“However, there were a lot of positives in the second-half today. We worked our system and managed to get into it. But the difficulty of the last period of the match, we caused a lot of problems for ourselves.”

The Stags’ assistant boss says that the amber and blue are showing signs of improvement with every passing fixture.

“We’ve worked this week on a certain way of playing and we’re seeing improvements every week playing as a group,” he added.

“It’s good to see it capped off by a good move [Joe Riley goal, pictured below]. There were one or two other moments we had where we could have capitalised - especially in the second-half.

“We just didn’t have that final ball, but we’ll work on that going into Tuesday.

“We thought after we scored there was enough control of the game to get another goal. We felt we had enough to see the game out.

“We added CJ [Hamilton, below] to the game, trying to get a bit of pace up front and get him in behind. Unfortunately we turned down opportunities to use CJ enough - we’ll speak about that and look at that.

“We felt it was a good, attacking substitute to make to put more pressure on the opposition.”

There were also comments on the goal conceded by the Stags from Dunne, who added: “We’ve had a couple now - we want to see more aggression to defend it individually in that moment.

“We defended most of their set plays exceptionally well today. We just need to defend that area a little bit better.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s fixture away at Leyton Orient, the 46-year-old previewed the schedule over the next few days.

“We’ll assess all the boys on the way home tonight and maybe get them in tomorrow depending on the knocks, bumps and bruises.

“Harry Charsley has taken a cruel blow to the nose and we’ve taken a couple of the boys off as a precaution.

“We’ll assess them all and try and stay positive. We still feel that we’re building and that we have a lot of good things going forward.

“You take out the small detail moments and we’re probably well up the league now. But that’s where we are and we have to keep on believing to try and move up the league.”

iFollow Stags subscribers can watch Joe Dunne’s interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.

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Joe Dunne frustrated as Mansfield Town fail to see the game out again
chad.co.uk

Mansfield Town assistant boss Joe Dunne said the Stags must learn to see games out after their latest setback in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Morecambe.

For the second game in a row Mansfield threw away precious points by conceding late.

Ahead of tomorrow's night's big game at Leyton Orient, Dunne said: We’ve had a couple now - we want to see more aggression to defend it individually in that moment.

“We defended most of their set plays exceptionally well. We just need to defend that area a little bit better.

“There were a lot of positives in the second half. We worked our system and managed to get into it.

https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/joe-dunne-frustrated-mansfield-town-fail-see-game-out-again-1396451

“But the difficulty of the last period of the match, we caused a lot of problems for ourselves.”

In a six-pointer for two struggling sides, Mansfield battled well and got themselves into a winning position through Joe Riley's first goal for the club.

“We were up against a team that is in a similar position to us and have good home form,” said Dunne.

“The impetus was with them to score and take the lead, so getting into half-time at 0-0 we thought we could then work our system.

“I thought second half we were in good control of the match. Getting the goal, I thought we were going to go on and win it.

“In the end there was some heroic defending to preserve that point, but it shouldn’t have really come to that.

“We feel that it’s a couple of points that we should have had in the bag again, and the Morecambe goal has come from a disappointing situation.”

Dunne felt the Stags should have extended their lead with their possession, saying: “We just didn’t have that final ball, but we’ll work on that going into Tuesday.

“We thought after we scored there was enough control of the game to get another goal. We felt we had enough to see the game out.

“We added CJ (Hamilton) to the game, trying to get a bit of pace up front and get him in behind. Unfortunately we turned down opportunities to use CJ enough - we’ll speak about that and look at that.

“We felt it was a good, attacking substitute to make to put more pressure on the opposition.”

He added: “We still feel that we’re building and that we have a lot of good things going forward.

“You take out the small detail moments and we’re probably well up the league now. But that’s where we are and we have to keep on believing to try and move up the league.”

Goalscorer Riley said: “I think when you come to Morecambe, you know it’s going to be a fight and I thought we stood up to it, but it’s disappointing we didn’t see the game out.

“It’s déjà vu again where we’ve done well for large parts but we can’t see it out. We need to look at ourselves and try to do better.”

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Goalscorer speaks after draw
mansfieldtown.net, 8 February 2020

Full-back Joe Riley was left with mixed emotions after netting his first Mansfield goal during the eventual 1-1 draw with Morecambe on Saturday afternoon.

Graham Coughlan’s second January signing pounced upon a loose ball to give his side the lead on the hour mark at the Globe Arena.

However, midfielder Alex Kenyon climbed off the bench to salvage a point for the hosts during the closing stages.

It meant the Stags would only take one point back to Nottinghamshire, which left the No. 18 disappointed after opening his account in instinctive fashion.

“I’ve seen the ball get whipped in,” Riley began. “Chief [Krystian Pearce] has got up well and I’ve followed it in because the ‘keeper made a good save.

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“He’s bundled it out to me so it’s probably the easiest goal of my career, to be honest.

“I’d trade it in [the goal] for three points any day of the week. It’s always nice to score but I’m bitterly disappointed that we didn’t win the game.”

The former Plymouth defender - who made his fourth Stags appearance in Lancashire - believed his side should have left with all three points.

“We knew the conditions coming into the game wouldn’t be great.

“I think when you come to Morecambe, you know it’s going to be a fight and I thought we stood up to it, but it’s disappointing we didn’t see the game out.

“[It’s] another game we should be coming away with three points and for 85 minutes I thought, at times, we controlled the game.

“Conditions were difficult, similar to last week, it’s déjà vu again where we’ve done well for large parts but we can’t see it out. We need to look at ourselves and try and do better.”

Mansfield travel to London on Tuesday evening to take on Leyton Orient - a fixture highlighted by Riley as one to make it four points from two league fixtures.

“They say, don’t they, try and turn a point into four and that’s what we’ll try and do,” he continued to iFollow Stags.

“Obviously, like we do every game, we’ll go to try and win the game and fingers crossed we can do that.

“You’ve got to be [low] because it’s a natural reaction but we’re not a negative group of people.

“We’ll come in tomorrow with smiles on faces, go to [Leyton] Orient and hopefully get the three points.”

iFollow Stags subscribers can watch Joe's interview in full by logging into mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.

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Morecambe boss Derek Adams challenges his players to start taking their chances
lancasterguardian.co.uk, By Gavin Browne

Derek Adams has called upon his Morecambe players to be more clinical in and around the penalty area.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town at the Globe Arena saw the Shrimps have plenty of possession without being able to capitalise.

Time and again, they got into the Mansfield penalty area but, barring Alex Kenyon’s late equaliser, they failed to test the keeper by and large.

Kenyon, Cole Stockton, Aaron Wildig and Adam Phillips all failed to hit the target when they had sight of goal.

That said, on a couple of occasions, they did keep the ball down and were foiled by Stags’ keeper Bobby Olejnik.

His foot kept out a late Phillips shot, though he made a more eye-catching stop in denying Jordan Slew his first Morecambe goal.

“We could be further up the league and have more points on the board,” Adams said.

https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/sport/football/morecambe-boss-derek-adams-challenges-his-players-start-taking-their-chances-1394294

“We have to be more clinical when these opportunities come along.

“Adam Phillips got into good goalscoring positions and Cole Stockton could be on 10 goals since I’ve been here.

“He’s getting into those positions but he just needs to be more clinical.

“The goalkeeper made a magnificent save; either Jordan hits it first time and if he scores, we say ‘brilliant’ but if he misses we say ‘he should have taken a touch’.

“He took a touch and smashed it and the goalkeeper made a great save.

“The ones we put across the box, the goalkeeper had another few good saves from different players.

“We probably should have had the three points in the end.”

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ADAMS FRUSTRATED BY MANSFIELD DRAW
https://www.morecambefc.com/news/2020/february/derek-adams-morecambe-v-mansfield-town

MORECAMBE boss Derek Adams said his side created enough chances against Mansfield to win two games.

A late goal from Alex Kenyon gave the Shrimps a draw that took them five points clear of bottom club Stevenage with Adams happy with the way his side once again came from behind after Joe Riley gave the Stags the lead on the hour.

Adams said: “For three-quarters of the game, I thought we were the better side. The way we cut the ball back and the way we made their keeper make three or four magnificent saves has enabled them to get the point.

“We had enough chances to win not only one but probably two football matches.

“First half, I thought we controlled large spells and created chances but we didn’t take them. We got into really good areas in that 18-yard box and didn’t find that killer touch.

“Second half, for the first bit, Mansfield had the better of that, but then, with 15 or 20 minutes to go, we had the next bit.

“They got the goal, really, out of nothing; we couldn’t really see them breaking us down. We had control of the game and they got that goal.

“We didn’t play well in the second half. I thought that we didn’t pass the ball as quickly as we did in the first half, we didn’t create as many opportunities.

“But we changed formation and we finished the game on top. We’ve had four very good chances to win the match and their keeper has made some magnificent saves.”

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Morecambe 1 Mansfield Town 1: How both camps reacted afterwards
thevisitor.co.uk, by GAVIN BROWNE, Saturday 08 February 2020

Morecambe manager Derek Adams felt his players were well worthy of the point they took from Saturday’s draw with Mansfield Town at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps moved five points clear of bottom club Stevenage after Alex Kenyon’s late equaliser cancelled out Joe Riley’s goal for the visitors.

Having equalised late on, the Shrimps could have taken three points but for late saves from Bobby Olejnik denying Jordan Slew and Adam Phillips.

“For three-quarters of the game, I thought we were the better side,” Adams said.

https://www.thevisitor.co.uk/sport/football/shrimps/morecambe-1-mansfield-town-1-how-both-camps-reacted-afterwards-1-10246489

“First half, I thought we controlled large spells and created chances but we didn’t take them.

“They passed the ball well, we ran forward, got into really good areas in that 18-yard box and didn’t find that killer touch.

“Second half, for the first bit, Mansfield had the better of that, but then, with 15 or 20 minutes to go, we had the next bit.

“We had enough chances to win not only one but probably two football matches.

“The way we cut the ball back, the way we made the keeper make three or four magnificent saves has enabled them to get the point.

“They got the goal, really, out of nothing; we couldn’t really see them breaking us down. We had control of the game and they got that goal.

“We didn’t play well in the second half. I thought that we didn’t pass the ball as quickly as we did in the first half, we didn’t create as many opportunities.

“Mansfield had the better of the second half but we changed formation, we wanted to go a wee bit longer.

“We didn’t do that, we actually tried to play a wee bit of football which was a mistake which allowed them to nick a few passes.

“After that, the way we finished the game, we’ve had four very good chances to win the match.”

As for Mansfield assistant boss Joe Dunne, their performance left him with mixed feelings.

“Obviously we’re disappointed to come away with only a point,” he said afterwards.

“Coming here today, we were against a team that is in a similar position to us and have good home form.

“I thought, second half, we were in good control of the match. Getting the goal, I thought we were going to go on and win it.

“In the end there was some heroic defending to preserve that point, but it shouldn’t have really come to that.

“We feel that it’s a couple of points that we should have had in the bag again, and it (Kenyon’s goal) has come from a disappointing situation.

“However, there were a lot of positives in the second half.”

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Morecambe midfielder’s joy at scoring his first goal of the season against Mansfield Town
lancasterguardian.co.uk, By Gavin Browne

Alex Kenyon admitted he was relieved after netting his first goal of the season for Morecambe on Saturday.

The midfielder broke his duck against Mansfield Town at the Globe Arena, scoring a late equaliser from Jordan Cranston’s corner as the two sides drew 1-1.

Kenyon’s goal, which came in his 26th appearance of the season, meant the Shrimps moved five points clear of League Two’s bottom club, Stevenage, going into Tuesday’s home game with Macclesfield Town.

“It’s been a long time coming,” he acknowledged after Saturday’s game.

“I think my last one was Forest Green at home last season so it’s nice to get it in front of the home fans and get the point - but I think we deserved three on the day.”

https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/sport/football/morecambe-midfielders-joy-scoring-his-first-goal-season-against-mansfield-town-1394243

The Shrimps had gone behind on the hour after Joe Riley had scored from close range.

The goal came just as Kenyon was ready to replace John O’Sullivan; a switch that still happened despite Morecambe trailing.

“We conceded so I thought the manager (Derek Adams) might turn around and say ‘we’re putting more attacking players on’.

“Thankfully he still put me on and I got the equaliser; I ran across the goal, it’s held up in the wind, the keeper (Bobby Olejnik) hasn’t quite realised it’s not coming to him and, thankfully, I’ve got the outside of my left foot to it.

“We want three points every game and, at the end, we’ve had a chance with Slewy (Jordan Slew) and I’ve had three chances myself after coming on.

“I probably should have got another one but we deserved it on the day.”

The Shrimps’ late equaliser was also just reward for the fans who gave the players noisy backing from first minute to last.

According to the official attendance figure provided by the Shrimps, Mansfield brought 337 of the 1,965 fans in attendance - and Kenyon paid tribute to the home supporters for their efforts.

“They were singing all the way to the end,” he said.

“There were times we gave it away and there’s a little groan but that happens at every single stadium up and down the country.

“I know I came on when we conceded but you could still hear them singing and they were all behind us.”

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Neal @NealBish

Wholeheartedly and unreservedly apologise for my reaction to a section of the supporters today. For all the frustration I am feeling, that should not, and will not ever be the right repsonse, and it will not happen again.

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