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Boss: Stags could have won by even greater margin

1 April 2023

Club News

Boss: Stags could have won by even greater margin

1 April 2023

Manager Nigel Clough felt his side could have scored even more as Mansfield turned on the style to beat Crawley 4-1 at One Call Stadium.

Captain Ollie Clarke and defender Alfie Kilgour both found the net, while forward Davis Keillor-Dunn hit the double to clinch a vital three points for the hosts.  

The Stags recorded 27 shots (11 on target) in a dominating display. However, Nigel felt his side’s outstanding performance was worthy of even more goals.  

“[It was] a brilliant three points,” he told iFollow Stags after the match. 

“[It was] important to get that first goal through Ollie Clarke, then we got three others. 

“I thought we were quite wasteful. I thought we had enough chances to win by more today.  

“We set up to be attacking. We wanted to get Lucas [Akins] back up top today. Although he didn’t score, I thought he played a pivotal role in our attacking play.  

“Davis [Keillor-Dunn] should’ve had a hat-trick today.  

“Twenty-seven shots is a lot [to have] in a game. Four goals isn’t enough to show for it.”  

Following two consecutive goalless draws, Nigel was delighted with the emphatic victory.  

“Having not won for a few [matches] it was most important to get three points today,” he said. 

“We’d have taken a scrappy 1-0, a 4-3, anything at all. It was nice to win with a little bit of daylight [between the two sides] but we’ve got to be better in the last eight games [of the season].  

“We can [cause damage] when we are given a little bit of time and space, but we should’ve damaged [Crawley] even more.  

“We didn’t want to go into [the busy Easter period] without a victory [today].  

“[Following] A couple of [recent] draws, it [today’s result] makes them a little bit better. Five points from [a possible] nine isn’t too bad a return. 

“We’ve just got to concentrate on the last eight [games].” 

Next, the Stags travel to Swindon Town on Good Friday before hosting Rochdale on Easter Monday.  

The gaffer provided a fitness update on the squad: “We’re not expecting anybody back [for the Swindon game]. It’ll be a bonus if anybody is.” 

“[James Gale] pulled out of training [with a knock] yesterday. So there was no point in risking him [today].  

“[Louis Reed] was warming up at half-time last week and he felt his knee again when he was passing a ball. We’ll see how he is this week.” 

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