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Raynor commends Stags' 'all-round display' in County victory

15 November 2017

Mansfield Town assistant manager Paul Raynor believes the Stags' reserves 'came out on top in every department' in yesterday's Central League Cup victory against Notts County

A goal in each half from winger Alfie Potter ensured Stags maintained their 100 percent record in the competition as they qualified for the semi finals of the competition.

And after overseeing a dominant display against a strong Magpies' side, Raynor was impressed by the Stags' display all over the pitch.

"I thought it was a good all-round performance; very, very good," Raynor said.

"I spoke to you last week after York saying even though it was a 5-0 victory, I was a little bit disappointed in certain aspects of our play but I thought [the County display] was a good all-round performance against a very good Notts County team.

"It was two teams that could've graced League Two really, with the quality of teams on show, and I thought we controlled the game. We looked a threat going forward, really solid at the back and as I said before, it was a great all-round performance.

"You want to test yourselves against good players and I thought we did that. We came out on top in all departments of the game with a really, really pleasing performance."

Winger Alfie Potter was the star of the show as his double was the difference between the two sides and the assistant boss believes the former Northampton Town man needs to bide his time to win a place in the first team, due to the high performance levels of the players currently occupying the Stags' wide positions.

"Alfie's been knocking on the door for a few weeks now and obviously there are people in good form in the first team at the moment.

"All you can do is train well, play well in these games and keep knocking on that door. Alfie's opportunity will come and when it does, he's got to grab it, just like everybody else.

"It wasn't just Alfie, I can't really pick anyone out who wasn't quite at it [against Notts]. I thought there were good individual performances all over the pitch."

Young midfielder Jack Thomas, who was recalled from his loan spell at Boston United last month, was deployed at right-back against County and Raynor was pleased with the Mansfield Woodhouse-born youngster's performance.

"The gaffer thinks it's another string to his bow that he could add. If he can't break into the team as a central midfield player or playing a little bit wider, we think he's got the attributes to play at full-back.

"But for a little bit of positional problems occasionally, which is going to happen when it's a new position, I thought he did very, very well, particularly going forward."


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