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Stags need to find way to overcome defensive teams - Diamond

16 December 2017

Mansfield Town captain Zander Diamond believes the Stags need to better break down stubborn sides like Yeovil Town following this afternoon's 0-0 draw at One Call Stadium.

Stags dominated much of the encounter but weren't able find a way through the Glovers' solid rearguard, despite some good play up until the final third.

And speaking post-match, the skipper says Stags will analyse today's game and use it to find a way to break down teams who play with a game-plan which is similar to that of the Glovers this afternoon.

"They played counter-attack football and they had one or two chances [in the] first half. [In the] second half, I think we dominated the game without being probably good in certain areas, all over," the Scotsman said.

"We need to find that answer to the frustration that we've all got. We can't come here and not have answers, we've got to find that and we'll be working extensively hard on the training field, as we always do, and hopefully we'll come up with the right answers next week.

"I think if we're honest, we didn't put enough balls in [to the box]. We didn't put our bodies on the line where it hurts maybe to get the goal. We're the ones that can change that. We're an honest group; we'll dust ourselves down and analyse what's went before us.

"Teams like this are going to come here and play like that, hit us on the counter attack and we have to find ways of capitalising on that. It's a big week coming up and positivity has to go towards the Morecambe game."

"We're an honest group; we'll dust ourselves down and analyse what's went before us."

Zander Diamond, captain

Despite ultimately ending this afternoon's game in frustration, Diamond believes Stags need to channel their disappointment into securing a victory in their final game before Christmas at home to Morecambe next week.

"You saw what it meant to them at the end of the game and credit to them. They came with a game plan and they've got a point, they've got a clean sheet and they're away back down the road happy.

"The flip side of that is we're so disappointed. We've got back-to-back home games and we wanted to start it off positively with three points today.

"It's not come but the positive thing is we've not been beaten so we need to use this as a platform to hopefully get three points next week."

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to view the skipper's post-match interview in full later tonight.


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