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Dempster encouraged by Rangers friendly

30 June 2019

Manager John Dempster says he is 'really pleased' with his players' displays in yesterday's training match against Glasgow Rangers.

Stags faced Rangers yesterday evening at 6pm in a behind-closed-doors game, which couldn't be announced previously because of security purposes, at the Scottish club's request.

Sheyi Ojo and Greg Docherty gave the Gers a 2-0 victory in the game which was played over three periods for a total of 90 minutes.

"It was a brilliant exercise, taking into consideration it was day two of our pre-season, to come out here and compete against such a massive club is really pleasing," said Dempster. "As a club we can be proud of our players.

Asked what he was looking to see from his players in the match, he said: "Organisation. Although we hadn't had a lot of time to get things into the players, we knew we couldn't come out all guns blazing in terms of pressing high up the pitch, so we were narrow and compact and the players did really well.

"I was a little bit disappointed with the goals [conceded] as always. You can always improve there. But to say we're just two days into pre-season, I'm really pleased.

"I want us to have a structure throughout this season and I'll encourage the players to have freedom within that but we need to organised and structured."

FIRST PERIOD: Logan, Clarke, Pearce, Gibbens, Benning, Law, Smith, Bishop, Khan, Fielding, Rose

SECOND PERIOD: Stone, Clarke, Preston, Gibbens, Law, Sterling-James, Smith, MacDonald, Hamilton, Fielding, Cook

THIRD PERIOD: Stone, A. Walker, Stokes, Sweeney, Benning, Sterling-James, Tomlinson, Mellis, Sinclair, Quigley, Knowles

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