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Boss determined to extend winning run

22 November 2021

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough expressed his desire at extending the Stags’ recent run of five straight victories ahead of the away trip to Sutton United tomorrow (Tuesday) night (7.45pm).

The run is the club’s longest streak of consecutive wins since achieving five in a row between October and November of 2017.

The latest triumph, a 3-1 home victory over Scunthorpe, has helped the Stags climb up the table and closer towards the top half of the league.

“It’s lovely. For a start we’re closer to the top seven than we are the bottom two so that’s nice,” the manager said when speaking to iFollow Stags.

“It [the fifth successive win] was an important victory. It keeps the run going.

“We said before the Stevenage game that the next five games go a long way to defining our season. Well, we’ve won the first two.

“We’re still not there 100% but it is nice to have those five victories in the bag and it sets us up for certainly this week and up until Christmas.

“Let’s try and keep this run going.”

Supporters can watch Mansfield try and prolong their sequence of victories by logging into iFollow Stags before they kick-off against Sutton United tomorrow evening (7.45pm).

“Long trips like this on a Tuesday night [mean some supporters are unable to attend the games]. People have to take time off work and they might not get back until the early hours. I think iFollow is absolutely brilliant for that.”

The club’s form before the recent winning run left the Stags in the bottom two of the league. The boss has not been surprised, however, with the team’s revival in the past few weeks.

“I was always in a reasonable mood because we could see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

“We knew [what would happen] as soon as we got some of the [best] players back.

“[When] You get the likes of Stephen Quinn back on the pitch [the side looks stronger].

“John-Joe O’Toole’s come in. Him and Oli Hawkins have made a good partnership back there.

“The full-backs [Hewitt and McLaughlin] are in place.

“In the last four games, if you forget the Newcastle one, we’ve conceded a sloppy goal from a set piece and a penalty.”

Defender John-Joe O’Toole has performed well since signing last month and has contributed with two goals within the Stags’ run of five victories. The manager was asked about his current contract situation with his deal set to expire in January. 

“We’ll sit down, probably next month, and have a chat with him [O’Toole] about what he wants to do.

“He’s only on a short-term deal but I think he’s slotted in very well and got a couple of important goals.

“He looks comfortable back there.” 

Tomorrow evening’s game away at VBS Community Stadium might come too soon for some of the squad’s injured players.

“Both [Rhys Oates and George Lapslie are] doubts for this week, certainly tomorrow night.

“Stephen Quinn is a doubt from Saturday, Jordan Bowery also [could miss the game against Sutton].

“Both came off with niggles. It’s not much of a turnaround from Saturday to Tuesday, especially with four or five hours on the bus coming up.

“Richard [Nartey] we hope is back to joining in [training] this week. It’s probably too early to involve him on Wednesday night in the Notts Senior Cup,

“Danny [Johnson] is coming along as expected. It’ll probably be another couple of weeks for him.”

Watch the manager's interview in full here.

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