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Stags 'second best' at Cheltenham

26 September 2017


Stags 'second best' at Cheltenham

26 September 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans says he will take tonight's 3-0 defeat to Cheltenham Town 'on the chin' and work hard on the training ground before our next outing at One Call Stadium on Saturday.

Three second half goals at the LCI Rail Stadium consigned Stags to their first defeat in seven matches as frontmen Brian Graham and Danny Wright and midfielder Joe Morrell struck for Gary Johnson's side.

And the boss admitted his side weren't at their best against the Robins, but will work hard in the coming days to ensure there's a positive attitude in the camp ahead of Saturday's visit of Notts County.

The Stags' gaffer said: "We didn't start well. They (Cheltenham) couldn't get out of their half for 20 minutes in the first half. We'll take it on the chin and go again.

"They never turned up and wanted to be competitive. You've got to come to places like Whaddon Road and be competitive and that's what Cheltenham's about, that's how difficult it is to win here.

"We're not going to make excuses, we'll go back on the training ground.

"It's not an inquest but we'll pull it apart like we do when we win, it'll be no different. It's my job to make sure we have a positive attitude come the weekend."

The Robins' second goal came after second half substitute Omari Sterling-James appeared to be fouled 25 yards from goal before Cheltenham midfielder Joe Morrell swept home the loose ball.

It's my job to make sure we have a positive attitude come the weekend."

Steve Evans, manag

And the gaffer is in no doubt that his side should have been awarded a free-kick in the build-up to the Robins' second goal.

"I've seen it as you've just seen me look at the video. It's a foul. It's always going to be a competitive game, fair play to Cheltenham. We were second best, good luck to them.

"We're a good side but we've let ourselves down tonight. That's all of us, staff and players, we take it collectively. We'll look again for Saturday."

Supporters will be able to view the manager's post-match interview on iFollow Stags later this evening.


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