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Gaffer assesses Salford loss

25 February 2023

Club News

Gaffer assesses Salford loss

25 February 2023

Manager Nigel Clough insists the squad must ‘get over it and move on’ following Stags’ 5-2 home defeat to Salford City.

The result comes off the back of a fine run of form in which Mansfield had won three consecutive matches without conceding. 

The yellows remain inside the play-off positions in Sky Bet League Two. 

Nigel told iFollow Stags after the match: “[The game is] finished already, there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ve lost three points and we move onto next week.

“All our thoughts are on training for next week and getting the team right [for Mansfield’s trip to AFC Wimbledon]. 

“We were 4-0 [up] at Carlisle and it’s the sort of reverse of that today, and at Tranmere last week. Tranmere have bounced back and had a great win [at Stevenage today]. Carlisle have bounced back and had a great win, and we’ll [look to] bounce back next week.” 

The gaffer felt Mansfield’s injury woes of recent weeks finally caught up with them. 

He said: “Missing good players catches up with you and everyone who has been filling in has been playing at their absolute maximum to get us those results. The second they can’t quite perform at their maximum you see it today what happens.  

“[It was] no lack of effort or anything, it looks that way at times because they were just sharper than us. 

“They got the two-goal start and although we got back into it, the two [goals] after half-time absolutely killed us. 

“At 3-1 we’re trying to make the substitutions and then the fourth [goal] came along so quickly as we were trying to get reorganised. 

“We’ve been so good for the last five games or so. It’s just one three points gone, you can lose 1-0 in a scrappy game and you’ve still lost the same three points and that’s what we’ve done today. [We’ll] start again next week, it’s one bad day. [We were] beaten by a very good team.” 

The manager provided a fitness update on the squad ahead of Stags’ away fixture against AFC Wimbledon next Saturday. 

“We might have George Maris back next week,” he said. 

“Riley Harbottle [who was substituted at half-time] was ill. He felt ill before the game, and I asked him if he was fit and he said ‘yes’ but he obviously wasn’t so I should’ve taken that out of his hands before the game.  

“[Stephen McLaughlin] was out on the grass this week and did a little bit but his ankle is not right yet. I think it’ll be another few weeks until it settles down completely and he feels comfortable. 

“[All of our injured players are] coming along as expected. Louis Reed and Rhys Oates are a little bit ahead [of schedule]. I don’t think anybody [with long-lasting injuries] will be [back] fit for next week. [We’ve got to] get through it and get on with it, that’s all we can do.” 

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