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Stags required killer instinct to beat Glovers - boss

16 December 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans believes his side needed to be more clinical in front of goal after seeing them draw 0-0 at home to Yeovil Town this afternoon.

In the second half in particular, Stags dominated the match and at times imposed relentless pressure on the Glovers' defence, but they couldn't find a way through Yeovil's resolute backline.

And although the Stags didn't come away with the three points that their performance arguably deserved, the boss was 'pleased' with his side's performance, on the whole.

"Well we must be disappointed. I don't know what the statistics will show but it's certainly dominant in the first half and as for the second half, I'm coming off and I'm hearing people at the end criticise the performance. Criticise the result, not the performance," the Stags' chief said.

"We've tore them apart and I just said that into the box, we didn't make killer chances for people to take. That's the only disappointing aspect of the performance. So from that point of view, [I'm] delighted with the performance in the second half but not with the killer instinct in front of goal to punish them.

"I'll go home really disappointed because when you play as well as we played in the second half, you have to put this in context, people will have different opinions on this.

"We've tore them apart and I just said that into the box, we didn't make killer chances for people to take. That's the only disappointing aspect of the performance."

Steve Evans, manager

"It's quite interesting, their assistant manager (Terry Skiverton) has been a friend of mine for 20 years and he just said at the end 'How have we survived? I don't know' but they did. I said to him I couldn't set up a team to play that way but they'll take great credit because their guys gave them everything and so they should."

The gaffer believes his side should have scored with some of the chances they created, but admits they didn't generate enough clear-cut opportunities.

"I just said to the strikers 'How many chances did you miss?', the answer was 'none', which they didn't, neither of them but that's an indication, when you've got that much dominance, that perhaps they need to move a little bit differently and do things differently.

"[Paul Anderson] should score, shouldn't he? CJ [Hamilton] has done fantastic. I think he was really bright when he came on. He was so poor at Crawley we left him out and I think we introduced him at the right time.

"It's a game-changing decision and the change was right. He makes the chance for Ando, Ando should tap it in and it goes through his legs and then the goalkeeper's [made] a heroic save from CJ.

"I think Alex MacDonald's had a great chance in the first half, he slashes it or he pulls it to the near post with the goalkeeper when the far side's gaping after about seven or eight passes.

"Probably in terms of clear-cut chances, the one with CJ when the goalkeeper just throws himself and it hits him but I'm really, really pleased with the level of effort and the endeavour and the quality of the passing and the moving."

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