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Gaffer praises 'wonderful' Stags

18 November 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans was impressed with his side's performance in this afternoon's 1-0 win over Stevenage, describing some passages of play as 'wonderful'.

Frontman Kane Hemmings scored the only goal of the game in the first half, but Stags created a number of good chances and could have won more emphatically following a dominant display at One Call Stadium.

And speaking after the match, the manager was pleased with some of his side's 'superb play' as they extended their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions.

"In the first 10 minutes, we're not in the game. Then for the next 75 minutes, we should win seven or eight-nil, with the quality of chances we've missed," the Stags' chief said.

"It was the quality of our play that really pleased us. We had some superb interlinking play with different people on the pitch, which was good.

"What I would say is they don't make a chance. I don't think Stevenage have made a chance in the full 95/96 minutes, whatever they play. We made a succession of chances. We played some wonderful football today.

"People thought Coventry was a good performance; in terms of quality of performance, in terms of passing and moving, today was much better than Coventry.

"It's another little sign that we're getting better but all we're thinking about now is freshening up and being ready for Port Vale."

Oxford United loanee Kane Hemmings had a second goal ruled out for a foul on Stevenage goalkeeper Joe Fryer in the second half, however the gaffer believes the effort should have stood and if it was awarded, his side could have won by an even larger margin.

"People thought Coventry was a good performance; in terms of quality of performance, in terms of passing and moving, today was much better than Coventry."

Steve Evans, manager

"The referee gives a goal and then he changes his mind. When you look back at the replay, it's the Stevenage player that's fouled his goalkeeper – it's not even our player!

"The goalkeeper comes over Rhys Bennett and flaps at it, like he did for the first goal. It breaks to Kane and Kane's got a superb finish from an angle and that would've been game over.

"That would have been game over and perhaps we could have gone on won by more."

Today's victory moved Stags up to eighth in Sky Bet League Two but the boss wants his side to become more clinical in front of goal to make matches more comfortable.

"We've got some special players here and we know what's cost us in recent weeks has been sharing the spoils as opposed to winning games that we really deserve to win.

"Look at the chances we're making in these last six weeks; we're making an incredible amount of chances and you always feel like a team might be on the end of that one day.

"We've got a clean sheet, we got a clean sheet last week, the boys have been working really hard and once again, I'm here saying we need to punish teams.

"We're working so hard. If we get a little break today, we're 2-0 up and in the end and I think we win by five."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's post-match interview in full.

 


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