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Gaffer content with festive points tally so far

26 December 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans believes his side are deserved of their tally of four points from their last two games, but insists today's display against Grimsby Town warranted a maximum return.

The Boxing Day clash at Blundell Park ended 1-1 thanks to frontman Lee Angol, who climbed off the bench to equalise for the Stags after Mitchell Rose had put the home side ahead in the first half.

Today's stalemate made it four points in three days for the Stags and although the gaffer feels his side should've won against the Mariners, he believes their points total is a fair reflection of the two games combined.

"We didn't deserve to win against Morecambe, we said that, but we've dominated for long, long spells [today]," the Stags' chief said.

"We've dominated a game in large spells, we should've won the game [but] you're away from home so you'll take a point. Should we take three? Yes. Four out of six, is it probably what we deserve? Yeah, four out of six is what we deserve.

"I just said to the players, it's a really strange game, football. We didn't deserve to win on Saturday but we've come here today and, listen, Russell Slade will say what he says but unless he's been playing Subbuteo, he knows that they've nicked a point today and we've lost two, sadly."

The boss praised the Stags' performance against Grimsby, admitting he's never seen a more dominant performance at Blundell Park from one of his teams.

"Four out of six, is it probably what we deserve? Yeah, four out of six is what we deserve."

Steve Evans, manager

"We've been terrific today all over the pitch in long spells. We went very, very offensively to win it and we're unlucky not to have won it. Our defenders have to put a couple of blocks in when they've come on an attack.

"I don't know what the stats will show, but in terms of domination of the game territorially, it will be staggering. I've won here but I've never had an away performance that's been as dominant in terms of possession of the ball.

"We always thought the goal would come and when we equalised, a lot of teams away from home would 'shut up shop' and you saw what we did. They're going to counter attack and they're going to have some moments. We could've sat there comfortably and taken a point, but we tried to get all three."

After making an error for the Grimsby goal, right-back Hayden White was withdrawn at half-time but the manager revealed that the substitution was made because referee Darren England informed the gaffer that White was one foul away from receiving a second yellow card.

"Hayden makes an error, it happens. You see players in the Premier League every week at different stages making errors. He slipped and it's an error, he's put his hands up. We only take the kid off because he had a little foul before half-time and the referee said to him 'one more and you're away'.

"I think we were dominant with both systems – we were dominant when they scored. Every player we've got here will make mistakes and every player we play against will make mistakes, that's all the way to the top levels, the internationals."

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