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Stags' boss confirms new striker bid

29 July 2017

Stags' gaffer Steve Evans has this evening confirmed the club have submitted a bid for a new striker.

The boss was speaking following this afternoon's 2-0 pre-season victory over Alfreton Town, which came courtesy of second half goals from striker Danny Rose and midfielder Jacob Mellis.

And the gaffer confirmed after the game that the club have submitted a new bid for an un-named frontman. 

He said: "We are trying to buy one and we are trying to loan one (another player) and we felt yesterday that we were there with it, but we didn't quite get there.

"[The bid's] for a striker, [but] it's none of the names of players we have been linked to. People will see his CV and people will see goals and he will be an asset to what we have got.

"I have to leave that business to the people above me [but] I know firsthand the player wants to join us.

"People will see his CV and people will see goals and he will be an asset to what we have got."

Steve Evans, manager

"The loan player is subject to the [other] club getting a player this weekend and he would also like to join us [but] it's only when the secretary walks into my office and says the player is registered, that I believe they have become our player.

'We have been resolute with who we have got and we will see if we can get it done. We have until the end of August but we can see if we can get it done by Monday or Tuesday.

"We are trying really hard – we were [working] quite late yesterday, myself and the chairman (John Radford), and the chief executive was there as she pulls it all together."

Both goals at Alfreton came in the final 15 minutes of the game and the former Leeds United manager was impressed by the quality of both goals.

"Danny Rose's [was] an excellent finish, but the involvement of CJ Hamilton in that goal included some great link up play. It was a brilliant finish and [he] puts it where the 'keeper has no chance.

"The second goal, we will see a lot of fantastic goals, and I think supporters who didn't come today will see, not many players can genuinely sit three or four defenders on their backside and 'walk it' into the net.

"Jacob Mellis has all the ability in the world but we have got to get him working hard when we don't have the ball.

"We wanted to come here and get a clean sheet, work hard and let the players try and prove a point into why they should be involved at Crewe. I think some have stepped up and been really good in spells, and some have been off a little bit.

"If you consider the likes of Burnley brought a strong side here and needed a last minute goal for a 3-2 [win], then I think in spells we dominated and missed some chances. I would describe our performance as patchy."

Looking ahead to the final pre-season friendly against Rainworth Miners Welfare on Tuesday, the boss revealed he is yet to decide who will be involved in the fixture.

"We had a very tough training session yesterday and Thursday. [They were] two real tough days for the players and then we have come here today and shaped up the way we have so we will make that decision on Monday.

"To be honest to Rainworth, they deserve a good side sent to them, but what I won't do is lie to our supporters and will tell them on Monday."

Supporters can now view the manager's post-match interview on iFollow Stags.

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