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Stags will learn lessons from Forest friendly

22 July 2017

Stags' assistant boss Paul Raynor believes there are lessons to be learned from today's pre-season friendly against Nottingham Forest.

The Championship side eventually ran out 4-0 winners at One Call Stadium this afternoon thanks to goals from strikers Jason Cummings, Tyler Walker and a brace from Apostolos Vellios, however Stags had chances of their own through frontmen Danny Rose and Omari Sterling-James.

But Raynor says today's performance was 'a notch down' from the Stags' displays against Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough this week. 

"We've had two good performances this week against good Championship opposition, but I have to say the manner of the performance today was very disappointing," Raynor said.

"We lacked a little bit of cohesion, we lacked a bit of intensity. Maybe a couple of games this week have taken a little bit out of us and we were certainly down a notch in terms of our pressure with the ball and without the ball, so I'm a little bit disappointed with that.

"We'll look at everything; everybody will again have an opportunity to perform on Tuesday but we'll certainly be watching the video tonight and picking the bones out of it and seeing who's done well with and without the ball."

"It's a bit of a kick in the teeth for us today but we'll take it on the chin and we'll bounce back."

Paul Raynor, assistant manager

The former Preston North End midfielder believes some of the intensity which was apparent in the pre-season friendlies against Wednesday and Boro this week was missing from today's display against the Reds.

"We needed to defend better, we needed to be more intense with our pressure and that's what I mean by the fact we were a notch down.

"We didn't really pressurise Forest into mistakes, as we have in the previous games this week and we'll need to look at that and we'll need to look at why that's happened. We'll learn. It's a bit of a kick in the teeth for us today but we'll take it on the chin and we'll bounce back.

"We'll look at everything; we'll look at today particularly because I think we got a real lesson in one and two-touch football. The two teams we've played previously this week have tried just the same but without the ball today I was a bit disappointed."

Stags can now look forward to games against Matlock Town and Gainsborough Trinity, respectively, on Tuesday evening and Raynor says it is a chance for the squad to complete another 90 minutes.

"We want to make sure everybody gets another 90 minutes under their belt and whether one team's going to be stronger than the other, we'll wait and see.

"I would imagine, at the moment, it will be equal strength but we'll be looking at combinations in both games and see who does well."

Although he was missing from this afternoon's squad, Raynor says trialist Jordan Slew will remain with the club for 'another few days' before a decision is made about his future.

"Jordan will probably be with us for another few days and then we'll make a decision. He played 90 minutes last night so to expect him to perform today would have been a little bit too much for the lad."

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