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Assistant boss lauds players' character after Robins thriller

20 January 2018

Mansfield Town assistant manager Paul Raynor highlighted the Stags' character as the men in amber and blue twice came from behind to beat Cheltenham Town 3-2 on a pulsating afternoon at One Call Stadium.

A brace from winger CJ Hamilton and a strike from substitute Kane Hemmings snatched three points for the Stags after an action-packed afternoon at One Call Stadium.

Right-back Hayden White received a red card for a late challenge for the Stags, whilst the Robins twice saw red, with Taylor Moore and Danny Wright receiving their marching orders for violent conduct on separate occasions.

And after witnessing a game full of twists and turns, assistant boss Raynor praised the Stags for the spirit showed by the players in achieving a 'massive three points'.

"It's the character that the boys showed to end up with three points to end up with three points today and it was a massive three points for us," the former Preston North End man said.

"Our players are in a good place at the moment, they have been for a few weeks now but these types of wins just show the real character of the lads.

"They're very happy as you can imagine but there's some tired legs in there, between Tuesday and today there's some real tired legs but to pull it out of the bag there at the end and show that energy and that commitment is a real plus for us."

Referee Darren Handley awarded the Robins a first half penalty when Mohamed Eisa went down in the box and Raynor believes the official got that decision – and the two Cheltenham red cards – correct.

"We've seen it at half-time [the penalty], he does get a touch and it probably looks a penalty. People see us appealing for everything but sometimes it looks a penalty from where we were.

"There was a minimal touch but the guy goes down and to be fair looking back at the replay you can see why the referee makes the decision.

"We've looked at it back [Taylor Moore's sending off] - these elbow things are very hard to judge. Do I think that Taylor Moore is a nasty player that throws elbows? No, probably not but if his elbows out of control and catches Danny [Rose] then that's dangerous and these days you don't get away with stuff like that.

"We had a good view of that, we're looking straight at that and it looks as if Danny's [Wright] tried get across Alfie [Potter] and caught him in the face with his arm and the linesman's got a very good view of it.

"The referees and the linesmen make these decisions, we don't. We saw it and the linesman saw it and the referee gave him a red card. We can't get involved in those decisions, that's up to the officials on the day."

Robins boss Gary Johnson was was sent to the stands following Taylor Moore's red card as he had an altercation with Raynor the and assistant gaffer shed some light on the incident.

"I think Gary was having some choice words with Danny Rose, there was a number of his staff around Danny which we thought was inappropriate and we tried to make sure Danny didn't get involved.

"They were trying to bait him and make something happen and then Gary's pushed me so as far as I'm aware, that's why he got sent to the stands."

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