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Boss lauds Stags’ entertaining home performances

20 August 2022

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough says that his side have a collective belief to stage comebacks at One Call Stadium as Stags recorded a second fightback victory in a week.

This afternoon’s 2-1 win against Stockport County sees the club continue their run of just one home league loss since October 2021.

Goals from Will Swan and Ollie Clarke capped off a dramatic three minutes, cancelling out Antoni Sarcevic’s second-half opener.

Speaking to iFollow Stags after the match, the manager said: “We like playing here and I think the supporters like watching us here and even when we go one down, or two down as we did the other night, everybody has a belief we're going to get back in the game.

“Now we need to get something on the road.

“I think the fans have seen some very good games here already this season.

“We have had four home games and there has been a lot of drama in them and [we’ve] scored eight or nine goals.”
 
The gaffer was pleased with the character displayed by his side this afternoon.

“Five games in, that win feels extremely important, especially with the players we have missing,” he said.

“To go 1-0 down at home and to hit back so quickly – it was a breathtaking few minutes really.
“I was very pleased with the overall performance.

“I thought we shaded the first-half and had two or three very good situations and chances. Ollie Clarke should have tucked one away just before half-time.

“They came out [and] started very well for 10 or 15 minutes of the second half.

“[They] Put us on the back foot and put one in the top corner. At that point you're fearing the worst.

“It was a wonderful strike, but we should have got bodies out to the ball to get the block in.

“What is most important is what followed.”

Sponsor’s Man of the Match Will Swan bagged his second goal in as many games in a dazzling performance.

“Will Swan got us going today,” the boss said.

“He was excellent throughout the game and looked a threat with his all-round play and his intelligence with some of his runs.

“He was top class today and scored one and made one.

“He is never going to challenge in the air against big defenders, but he is a nuisance, gets in front of players and wins balls you don't think he's going to get.

“When he gets in positions, he makes good decisions.

“Coming to League Two, I think we are the team that can bring the best out of him.”

Mansfield’s outstanding home form sees Stags finish the week having scored seven goals in four days at One Call Stadium.

“It says a lot about our character and how we feel about playing here,” said Nigel.

“I think that is 23 consecutive games in all competitions we have scored here now at the One Call which is incredible for any team and I think we've taken something like 49 points out of 54 in the league.

“That is up with anybody in the country.”

The boss provided the latest on his absentees after another superb home win.

“Rhys Oates has a chest muscle injury. He has had a scan and is seeing a specialist on Monday, so we'll know a bit more then.

“It doesn't look too good at the moment.

“Stephen Quinn dropped out of training yesterday.

“He has a problem with his hip that's been niggling him.

“We hope to have him back next week – Lucas Akins and Hiram Boateng the same if all goes well.”

 


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