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Boss: Unleash 'anger and frustration' on Bradford

20 August 2021

Boss Nigel Clough has said that the frustration and anger of the players was evident after the game on Tuesday at Colchester United, and hopes that Bradford City are on the receiving end of it on Saturday.

The Stags suffered a poor penalty decision late in the game at Colchester to prevent a 100% start to the Sky Bet League Two season.

Reflecting on the mid-week 1-1 draw in Essex at a news conference this morning, the manager said: “I wish we could have bottled the feeling that we had when we came in at the final whistle on Tuesday.

“It would be good to save some of that frustration and anger and unleash it against Bradford on Saturday.

“We know we should have had another three points, but we will do our best to get them again this weekend.”

Tomorrow’s opponents, Bradford City, have matched Stags’ start to the league campaign with two wins and a draw.


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Speaking about the Bantam’s visit to One all Stadium, the manager said: “Bradford as a whole are a solid team with some good flair players that can cause problems.

“They are considered promotion contenders, and rightly so. Derek Adams, their manager, has a good promotion record, and he has also brought in some good players.

“I consider Bradford as one of the last remaining sleeping giants. Any club that can attract up to 20,000 fans for a home fixture is going to give them some spending power, and, in this division, it understandably is going make them a favourite to be promoted.

“However, we are looking forward to the game and we will do our best to get three points against them.”

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Ahead of a return to One Call Stadium tomorrow, the Stags’ chief highlighted the role which the Mansfield supporters had played in the opening two victories at home.

 “I think the fans are absolutely vital – they have kept us going right up to the end of each game, and it is great to have them behind us.

“Against Bristol Rovers [on the opening day] they kept us going and we got a last-minute penalty winner.

“Against Newport County it was different in that we were 2-1 up, but the fans gave us the encouragement and strength to hold on to that lead and eventually get the three points.

“The passion and energy from the fans has been vital in both games and will continue to be so throughout the season – in both home and away fixtures.

“We appreciate their support, and we hope they are enjoying watching us.”

Watch the manager’s interview in full now via www.mansfieldtown.net/ifollow

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