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Boss pleased with 'terrific' second half display

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."

Steve Evans, manager

"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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