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Boss shares disappointment after rare home loss

29 October 2022

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough says he’s ‘unbelievably disappointed’ following Stags’ first home league defeat since April earlier this year.

Ten-man Mansfield were beaten 5-2 by Swindon as the gaffer’s men moved to ninth in Sky Bet League Two.

The result is only the second home league loss in over a year.

Speaking to iFollow Stags post-match, Nigel said: “[We’re] Unbelievably disappointed.

“To lose our home record in the manner we did today [was frustrating].

“We got ahead twice in the game with two very good goals and then conceded.

“I think two out of the first three [goals] came from throw-ins.

“We’re fed up with banging on about them, the importance of them.

“It’s just poor play.

“I think that, and some strange decisions today mixed in with some ill-discipline and some lack of thought in our play today [led to the defeat].

“The physical effort is always there but it has to be more than that [today].”

Hiram Boateng’s dismissal for a second yellow card on 59 minutes provided an steeper mountain to climb for the Stags in the second-half.

“We even created a few chances with ten men,” the boss said.

“That wasn't an issue.

“When you have ten men against a good footballing side like Swindon it becomes incredibly difficult.

“Not a lot went right for us today.

“I think people describe it as a bad day at the office.

“Well, it was a very bad day for us in every single way.”

The boss was left displeased with his side’s defending during the match, leading to some of Swindon’s goals.

“Throw-ins, two throw-ins [cost us goals].

“You’ve got possession of the ball and you give it away as cheaply as we did.

“I don’t think Hawks [Oli Hawkins] should be having the ball from the first throw after seven minutes on the halfway line [and] then giving it away.

“[It’s] The same with the third goal. It’s our throw-in again.”

Nigel made a midfield change at the break as the booked George Maris made way for Anthony Hartigan.

“George has just played two [full] games [in a week],” the gaffer said.

“[They were] Full games [and he was] carrying a couple of things [injury related].

“Then he got his booking, and the way decisions were going today I don't think we could trust anything.

“One more indiscretion and he would’ve got a red card.

“We saw that with Hiram [Boateng].”

In brighter news, last season’s top scorer Rhys Oates signed a contract extension at the club until June 2024 prior to kick-off.

“[It’s] Brilliant news for everybody,” said Nigel.

“It just reminds us of what we’re missing.

“There were times last season when we weren’t brilliant at times and Rhys pops up with a goal and you win 1-0 or 2-1 [up].

“You miss those sorts of players.

“[It’s] Brilliant news that he's committed his future to us and [we] can’t wait to get him back on the pitch.”

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