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Stags should have beaten Barnet, says gaffer

17 October 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans believes his side deserved to win tonight's Sky Bet League Two clash with Barnet after a late equaliser from former loanee Shaq Coulthirst rescued a point for the home side.

Frontman Kane Hemmings scored his first goal in Stags' colours just before the interval when he rifled home a close range effort following an Alex MacDonald free-kick, before Coulthirst popped up five minutes from time to send Stags home with just a point from The Hive Stadium.

And reflecting on tonight's encounter in North London, the manager admitted he was disappointed not to come away with the three points which he feels his side deserved.

"It's certainly a good performance, we should win the game and we're disappointed, but we'll make the journey home and get ready for Saturday," the Stags' chief said.

"It's a wicked deflection that falls in their favour and if that happens, you'll pay a price. It's ricocheted twice in the box, it's fallen to them twice, but apart from that I don't think they gave us any real problems.

"[In the] first half, we were unlucky not to go two up and I thought we controlled the first half for large, large spells. Then in the second half, they're going to come into it a little bit more – they're the home side – but we still looked threatening.

"We should win, [but] we don't win. That's probably been the nature of some of the games we've been involved in, but we'll try and build on this."

Oxford United loanee Kane Hemmings opened his account for the Stags with the opener at the Hive and the gaffer believes the 26-year-old could have doubled his tally, if not for an excellent save by Bees' 'keeper Craig Ross.

"We should win, we don't win, that's probably been the nature of some of the games we've been involved in, but we'll try and build on this."

Steve Evans, manager

"It's a great finish; we get a free-kick, it takes a deflection and Kane's got a proper connection on it, he gives the 'keeper no chance.

"He's unlucky not to get a second one. If he hits it first time, like he did the first one, he probably doubles it (the scoreline) and the goalkeeper's made a great save at 1-0 when Kane goes for the far corner; it's a top class save.

"We needed to keep the ball better in the final third in the second half. Danny Rose and Kane worked ever-so-hard but they didn't work ever-so-smart."

The former Leeds United boss used a 3-5-2 formation against the Bees and he dubbed its effectiveness 'terrific', but admits he'll approach Saturday's trip to Newport in a different way.

"I thought it was terrific. We'll change it again; Newport are a different bag to these.

"You look at Barnet and they go and take Swindon apart because they played that system. We matched it up and we proved we're better than them.

"At the end of the day, we'll take the point. Barnet have got a lot of good players, a lot of good technical players, lads that give you a problem. Fair play to them - they stuck at it, they got the ricochet and Shaq puts it in the net."

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to listen to the manager's post-match interview later tonight.


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