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Boss hails 'outstanding' Stags

30 September 2017

Stags' boss Steve Evans says his side were 'outstanding' during spells of this afternoon's convincing 3-1 Derby Day victory over local rivals Notts County at One Call Stadium.

A quick-fire brace from striker Danny Rose and an own goal from Magpies' skipper Richard Duffy ensured the Stags won the inaugural Matt Salmon Trophy in front of a season-high crowd of 7,072.

And the gaffer says it was a 'satisfying' performance against a strong County side. 

"When you beat the league-leaders, it's always a good day," the manager said.

"In long spells in that second half, we were outstanding. We've made a good side not look a good side, and they are.

"But consistency has to come into your performances and we've been a little bit inconsistent.

"We're a new group. People don't believe in it unless you're inside the football club. People are still understanding partnerships and mechanics.

"We go away, we need to improve. That's not where we need to be yet, we need to improve, but it's a very satisfying performance from the lads and a fantastic reaction [after Tuesday night]."

"In long spells in that second half, we were outstanding. We've made a good side not look a good side, and they are."

Steve Evans, manager

Stags had a number of outstanding performers against the league-leaders and the boss praised the attitude of match-winner Danny Rose and the performance of summer signing Paul Anderson, who was deployed in a more unfamiliar right-back position.

"With Danny Rose, he gives you what he gives you. I had a long chat with him yesterday on the training ground about whether we started him or whether we introduced him on the hour mark – that type of chat – and he left it to me. Just the fact that he said: 'I want to play; I want to play whenever you play me'.

"That's the type of answers and characters you want in your squad. He's a fantastic young man and I said in the summer, if he plays more games than he doesn't, he'll be in the 20-plus charts.

"I'm really pleased for people like Paul Anderson. He came in and I thought he was just outstanding.

"He's not played [at right-back] for Mansfield; he's only played [there] in the Championship play-off semi-final for Ipswich against Norwich, in which he was outstanding.

"I said pre-match and I'll repeat it: if Mick McCarthy can play you at right-back in the Championship play-off semi-final to go to the Premier League, Steve Evans can play you against Notts County."

The boss also commended the support inside One Call Stadium, dubbing the atmosphere 'electric'.

"I thought both sets of fans were tremendous to be fair. The atmosphere, in the early stages of the first half, was electric.

"Leading up to half-time, both teams had possession around the box and the noise levels when County got a set play or a corner, or we did, was through the roof.

"I think for the right reasons in the second half, there were only the Mansfield Town supporters in full voice because it was such a dominant performance."

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

 


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