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Boss encouraged by Stags’ display in Wrexham draw

3 October 2023

Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough says the way his side controlled the game this evening ‘was very encouraging’ as Stags were forced to take a point against Wrexham.

Mansfield had almost 60% possession in front of a crowd of 8,612 at One Call Stadium.

Speaking to iFollow Stags post-match, Nigel said: “To control the game against such a good team was very encouraging going forward.

“Fourteen games unbeaten now, that’s a big, big achievement.”

The gaffer felt his team were unlucky, despite their dominance.

“I don’t think we could’ve done much more in our endeavours to try and get a goal,” he said.

“We were just a little bit unlucky tonight in more ways than one.

“We hit both posts in the first-half, created situations, but in terms of the general performance I thought it was magnificent tonight.”

One change was made prior to kick-off with Baily Cargill replacing Lewis Brunt at centre-back.

“I thought the two centre-halves were very good.

“[It was a] Difficult decision to bring Baily back in tonight but we thought Lewis [Brunt] needed a breather.

“It [the Wrexham game] was one a couple of weeks ago that we’d sort of earmarked to say: ‘if he was going to get a breather in any it was probably this one’.

“He’s back in contention for Saturday, it was nothing to do with the mistake he made [against Gillingham on Saturday]. We’d pre-planned it.”

Stags’ attention now turns to the visit of AFC Wimbledon on Saturday in another home contest in Sky Bet League Two.

“The lads are disappointed down there [the dressing room],” Nigel added.

“I just said to them: ‘I wouldn’t be too disappointed after the effort you put in tonight and the quality.

“The quality of the game was very high for League Two and some of our play was as well.

“All that matters now is that we get three points on Saturday, nothing else.”

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