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Gaffer wants Stags to 'work smarter' after Wycombe draw

12 September 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans says his side need to 'work smarter' after seeing them draw 0-0 at home to Wycombe Wanderers this evening.

Neither side could break the deadlock during 90 minutes of torrential, swirling rain, with both goalkeepers being called into action to preserve their respective clean sheets.

And after admitting his side weren't at their best against the Chairboys, he wants them to 'work smarter' in games.

"We didn't play well tonight, we can't disguise that fact. We worked hard, we didn't work smart. We didn't get on the ball with any purpose at any stage.

"We'll take this point. We've [won] four out of six [points] from Grimsby and Wycombe, two sides who I think will do alright this season.

"The boys can't work any harder but we can certainly work a lot smarter and when you work a lot smarter it means you've got more of the ball and you pass it around more."

Stags missed an early chance when striker Lee Angol had a top corner-bound shot clawed away by Chairboys' 'keeper Scott Brown during some early Stags' pressure and the former Leeds United manager credited the visitors for the way they changed their shape to combat the Stags' pressure.

"We didn't play well tonight, we can't disguise that fact. We worked hard, we didn't work smart. We didn't get on the ball with any purpose at any stage."

Steve Evans, manager

"Credit to [Wycombe], they came and after five minutes they changed their system a little bit because we were on top. We should score, we should go in front.

"They've had a few corners at the end because of the conditions and elements but other than that I think it's a scrappy 0-0 draw in the second half.

"We go and get a positive result at the weekend [against Lincoln] and this will be a good point tonight."

The manager also heaped praise on goalkeeper Conrad Logan for a number of excellent saves in the first half, including one from a Dan Scarr header, which the gaffer describes as 'world class'.

"His [save] from the header is world class. He's going in the opposite direction and he twists. But you don't play the games at the levels that that boy has played without making saves like that.

"I'm pleased for him, he's been questioned in some quarters, never by us, and he's the reason why we've got a point."

The boss also commended his back four after the Stags secured their second clean sheet of the campaign in testing conditions at One Call Stadium.

"I'm really pleased with Krystian Pearce and David Mirfin, I thought they were excellent. Johnny Hunt continues to impress and Rhys [Bennett] had an in and out evening; some good things, some not so good things but the back five delivered a clean sheet."

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