Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft says he wants more from his front line, after beating Carlisle United one-nil on Saturday at the One Call Stadium.
Tyler Walker’s second half penalty proved the difference in a game in which the Stags dominated in terms of chances, and despite the Stags picking up all three points, a clean sheet and remaining unbeaten – boss David Flitcroft wants a better end product
“[It was just] a 1-0 win. I do want more,” he said. “I do want us to improve on that aspect of the game. We’re creating chances and we’ll be up there with created chances in the league. You have to put teams to the sword. If you get that 2-0, it breaks the soul and heart of a team. It stops them coming at you.
“Unlike Colchester a few weeks ago, we withstood that last little bit of pressure. Any team with hope are going to keep coming at you.
“We carved them open at time and I thought some of our passing was really good. That’s something that has definitely improved to get us into the last third. We have to make our home form the key. Away from home we’ve had a few solid draws this season. We’re unbeaten.
“Nothing is ever given. You have to earn the right for three points. We’ve made sure we earned that victory today and it was good to watch.
“Pearce, Preston and Sweeney really come together. They’re improving. Bobby’s performance was excellent in the key moments and the key saves. I’m happy with a lot that’s gone on today but again, loads to improve on.
“When a team has hope they will keep on coming at you. When it’s 1-0 it feels a little cagey. Players are going to miss chances and as a support we have to support them in that moment.”
The Stags are next in action on Tuesday when they travel to Lincoln City in the first of three group matches for this year’s checkatrade Trophy Competition – they’ll face home games with Wolves U23s and Scunthorpe United later in the year
Stags boss David Flitcroft says Colchester United’s 95th minute equalizer on Saturday has “ripped the heart” of his side, who took home just a point in a 1-1 draw.
The Stags took the lead against a resilient Colchester in the 81st minute when substitute Craig Davies riffled a volley into the top corner, but the home side failed to hang onto all three points – as Sammie Szmodics stole a point in the 95th minute.
Reflecting on the late goal, which denied the Stags the chance to go top of League Two, Flitcroft said “I’ve just watched it [again on a replay] it’s ripped the heart out of us – it’s totally flawed me because Colchester have come here, shut up shop they’ve had one shot on target and it looks like it’s gone straight in.
“It doesn’t matter how much time they put up, it’s not the referee’s fault it’s the way we’ve defended it – it’s not good enough, we could have gone top of the league tonight.
“If we get that last half a second right we go to the top of the league and that’s the difference between success and failure. I’ve got some players who didn’t deserve to be not a winning team today – I thought Ryan Sweeney was on a different level, I thought he was outstanding.
“I’m bitterly disappointed for our supporters because we should be walking away from here with three points and we’re not. I’ve told them [the players] after the game no matter if it’s five or seven minutes that goes up, it doesn’t matter – embrace that time , you’re one-nil up you’ve got something to hang onto, something to protect – that’s the spirit that I’d like to grow and foster.”
The Stags are back in action tomorrow [Tuesday] as they travel to newly promoted Tranmere Rovers, 7.45pm.
Mansfield Town midfielder Calum Butcher has been taken OFF of the Transfer List, assistant manager Ben Futcher has confirmed this morning.
The midfielder arrived last August from Milwall but failed to really hit the ground running, spending the latter end of last season on loan at Billericky Town in order to be closer to his family.
He was then transfer listed and becomes the second player taken off the list, following his impressive display against League One Accrington Stanley in midweek, where he contributed by winning a penalty, assisting Otis Khan’s goal and setting up the chance for Tyler Walker, who then won a penalty which initially levelled the game.
Assistant boss Ben Futcher said “Calum has come off the transfer list, he’s definitely part of what we’re doing. I think it was always a difficult one for Butch, he really didn’t enjoy it last season here and he was keen to leave in the summer after what happened.
“He’s come back, he’s got his head down and he’s worked quite close with the manager – he’s been fantastic in training and whenever he’s come in he’s done great. He’s really enjoying his football now and I think you saw that the other night. A Calum Butcher who is fit, firing and enjoying his football is definitely a great addition to a league two squad or team.
“He’s an attacking midfielder, he’s had two promotions out of league one playing as an attacking midfielder – that’s where we see him. He can run, he’s powerful, he’s dynamic and when he’s on it like he was the other night – he’s a real handful”
Mansfield Town striker Danny Rose made a triumphant return to the squad last night as the Stags came from behind to smash Accrington Stanley 6-1 and reach the second round of the EFL cup for the first time in over a decade.
A first half hat-trick for Tyler Walker, which included two from the spot, sent the Stags on their way before Otis Khan added a fourth before half-time.
Rose, who met with boss David Flitcroft on Monday to talk about his future, came from the bench to replace hat-trick hero Walker on 65 minutes – and took just a minute before latching onto CJ Hamilton’s left sided assist to score his first of the campaign and the Stags fifth.
CJ Hamilton netted the Stags sixth and final goal of the night in the final minute, and after the match, boss David Flitcroft put an end to the Danny Rose situation “I’m delighted for Danny [getting his goal] – the aggression that he’s run with to go and get that, it was nice to see the Danny of old. Seeing Danny Rose run at full flight to goal and get that goal, which was so important to him, was important
“Anyone in football and life will tell you that forgiveness is the best human quality – I’m not stubborn in anything I do I’m always professional – the valuation wasn’t met for Danny so he’s a Mansfield Town player contracted for Mansfield Town.
“We had a really good chat yesterday regarding that the move didn’t happen. He was worried about turning out tonight because of some of the stuff on social media, he was worried about that. I thought it was the right game to put him on and introduce him back into what we are doing.
“Danny’s made a mistake, we all do, he needs support – he needs my support, he’s been led down a line, he’s been lied to, manipulated, by the buying club – he was told he was a Peterborough player, absolutely told outright he was a Peterborough player and Danny’s chose to believe it.
“Now he can knuckle down and it might be a good thing – because he knows that he’s got to win these fans back over – he’s already done that once and he knows he’s got to do it again – he’ll fight for them, he’ll scrap for them, and he’ll run for them – that’s what the Mansfield public need, it’s what Danny’s got to do now. He’s not done that since I’ve been here but certainly tonight I saw the Danny Rose of old – and I’m delighted for him.”
CEO Carolyn Radford told Mansfield 103.2 “He’s a Mansfield player, he’s always given us 100% he’s an excellent person to work with personally and professionally. Sometimes [with] players, you have to remember they’re very young – they can be misadvised and there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes that we can’t disclose.
“It’s not been a very fair ride for him either, Danny knows what he is here for – he wants to develop and he wants to play for the club.
“The meeting [between David Flitcroft and Danny Rose] was productive, they spent a long time talking and they aired a lot of the issues that had been going on which makes it clear for all of us so we are in a better position to know where he’s coming from and what was going on – it’s clarified a lot of things in our heads and we’re thrilled [that’s he back involved].”
Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft says he’ll speak with striker Danny Rose today (Monday) about his future, after the want away front man didn’t leave before Thursday’s deadline for permanent deals.
Rose handed in a transfer request a fortnight ago amid interest from League One Peterborough United and former boss Steve Evans – current Stags boss David Flitcroft believes something wasn’t quite right about the situation.
Explaining why Rose wasn’t part of the side which drew 2-2 at Yeovil Town on Saturday, Flitcroft said “Thursday got late and I think everybody including Danny was told that he was a Peterborough player – he was told that all week and then when it didn’t go through and they got Ivan Toney in then there was a realisation for Danny that he might still be a Mansfield player.
“We set off really early Friday [for Yeovil] so I gave Danny the weekend to sort of consider what he wants to do and consider probably what’s just happened to him that week – it was a tough week for Danny psychologically, he’d almost committed to the move, Peterborough committed him certainly behind the scenes [with] what he got told – but the valuation [on Danny] wasn’t met.
“Our chairman was really strong on that and the money that the chairman wanted for Danny didn’t come in – that’s a fact.
“We’ll have a good chat, I’m looking forward to seeing Danny on Monday we’ll have a great chat and go from there – I’ve spoken to his representatives, we’ll sit round a table and find the next solution – players can still leave on loan with a view to a permanent move so there still could potentially could be movement.”
The Stags did make one out-going deal on Thursday as they sold fellow front man Lee Angol to League One Shrewsbury Town, boss David Flitcroft confirmed the Stags had included a sell-on clause, should Angol earn a move elsewhere.
Speaking on incoming deals Flitcroft added “We’ve got a couple of weeks now [before the loan window shuts] to keep watching the situation if any of our players move out – if you can improve the squad and better it then that is something as Mansfield manager – I’ll always put those opportunities to the chairman.”
Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft has hit back at predecessor Steve Evans claims of a bad relationship between him and want away striker Danny Rose.
The front man handed in a transfer request last Wednesday following speculation that Peterborough United, managed by former Stags boss Evans, had made a bid for the Stags leading front man.
Rose missed the Stags’ opening game of the season, a 3-0 win over Newport County – speaking after the victory to iFollow, Flitcroft cleared up the speculation “I felt towards the back end of the week it [the situation] was turning into a bit of a circus with the media – I thought that our professionalism was outstanding.
“We received a bid, it wasn’t good enough – the Chairman’s made that quite clear, if he wants to move, it’ll be at the Chairman’s valuation, no one elses.
“I think some of the stuff that’s come out from the club that has bid for him, certainly from a personal point of view – it was a personal attack on me and my relationship with Danny Rose.
“Just to set the record straight with Danny, I put him in the team and gave him his debut when I was at Barnsley – he helped secure me the job so I’ve nothing but admiration for Danny.
“When I went to Bury, I signed him and persuaded my then chairman Stuart Day to spend good money on Danny – I got promoted with him. In League One then when I was at Bury I had to stay in the league, so I got Leon Clarke and Tom Pope in – two League One top hitters.
“I explained to Danny that by getting them in, it’s important that he goes and plays games and really sets his career alight. He then moved to Mansfield, yes I was then manager that sold him then, I didn’t see him as the third choice centre forward – I saw him as a front line centre forward, he came to Mansfield and the rest is history – he was outstanding.
“I’ve had a fantastic relationship with Danny Rose. Every game he was available last season, I played him until he was injured”
The window for permanent deals slams shut at 5pm on Thursday, Flitcroft continued “I’d like to say that if Danny Rose goes on to do fantastically well I’ve played a part in that, in his career – that’s setting the historical facts right, I think it’s important that the truth is told and that’s what happened during my time with Danny Rose”
Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft has praised the EFL for introducing a new ruling, meaning clubs must name one club-developed player within their match-day squad during every game of the 2018-19 campaign.
The Stags kicked off their new season with a 3-0 win over Newport County on Saturday and named striker Jordan Graham and defender Lewis Gibbens on the bench, with Graham making his debut – when he replaced Craig Davies late on in the second half.
Flitcroft, who has been a big advocate of blooding young players since his arrival in March, told iFollow “Developing players is key, young players give you an energy, they give you an honesty. It’s a new initiative that the EFL have brought in – Lewis Gibbens was our club developed player.
“We’re a young academy. I didn’t want to put a player on that probably didn’t deserve to be put on, to just tick a box or get the paperwork right. So we fought really hard to get Lewis [ready].
“He’s done something like twenty-four-thousand hours with the football club and with our coaches. It’s a brilliant initative and if you look at the England team and the way they performed [At the World Cup] a lot of that team has come from the EFL.
“I think sometimes in the world of Football and Global Football, there is too much emphasis on the Premier League – there’s over 72 league clubs that underpin that and our EFL is superstrong. Probably 90% of that infrastructure of the England squad has spent time in there and has come from there.
“I’m delighted that Jordan [Graham] has had some game time – would I be worried about putting Lewis Gibbens on? No chance, I’d put him on at the drop of a hat – no problem”
Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft, along with shot stopper Conrad Logan and defender Matt Preston say they’re ready for the new League Two season to get underway, when the Stags play host to Newport County on Saturday, 3pm.
Keeper Logan is now entering his second season for the Stags and after establishing himself as the first choice shot stopper, is keen to keep a regular starting place going into the new campaign
Speaking to iFollow, he said “You’re like a kid at Christmas again, it’s excitement, it’s back to work and back to getting three points. I want to improve on last year personally and as a team if I’m being honest – I had a pretty decent season, I think personally, but I can always get better I’m under no illusions about that.
“The boys have worked a lot of fitness we [the goalkeepers, Logan and Bobby Oljenik] will do different things we’ll do some bits with the team and some bits with the goalkeeping coaches which is different types of fitness – everyone’s embraced it [the fitness] this year, it’s been tough, but fair - there’s been a structure to it and the lads are reaping the rewards to that”
The Stags were beaten just once in pre-season, in their opening friendly during the Portugal training camp, as boss David Flitcroft has implemented a new system playing with three central defenders.
They include Matt Preston who joined from Flitcroft’s previous club Swindon – the 23 year old said the side aren’t getting carried away, despite beating three championship sides on home soil
“There’s a different competitiveness [between pre-season and the league] there’s a different mind-set to it because the League is where it matters. Pre-season is a friendly even though we’ve tried to make it as realistic as we can, you can’t replicate what pressures come with the league – we’ll find out at the weekend if we can take what we’ve been doing in pre-season into the league.
“I feel like we are a very, very strong team, I feel like we are an ambitious team and we want to do the best that we can. Everyone here believes that we can do well – it’s just a matter of showing everyone.”
For boss David Flitcroft it’s been a busy summer with the arrival of five new signings, however apart from the addition of Preston, the Stags boss is still short of a central defender after the trial of Nathan Cameron was ended due to an injury problem for the former Bury captain.
Flitcroft said “We moved on a couple of players, the difficulty is at the start of the pre-season window because a lot of the younger players are going [to train] with the Premiership and Championship squads and then with a week or so to go, it really loosens off – they start looking at the squad size and that’s probably the opportunity that presents itself now to get someone in on loan”
“We’ve had a look at a couple of permanent options but they’ve just not been right in terms of finance, so we’ll look to dip into the loan market on that one”
The Stags kick-off their League Two season at home to Newport County on Saturday, at 3pm
Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft says he’s ready to test his sides’ defensive capabilities ahead of the first of four home friendlies against Championship opposition over the coming fortnight.
The Stags return to the One Call stadium for the first time this pre-season to welcome Frank Lampard’s Derby County tomorrow, Wednesday 18th, before they welcome Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United over the next two weeks.
Flitcroft, who is yet to record a victory as Stags boss at the One Call stadium since taking over in March, told iFollow “The opposition we’ve faced at the minute is just about players getting their patterns of play and develop our strategies to attack.
“I think in the next three or four games, we’re going to be looking at the defensive responsibilities of the players, how we defend as a team and how we defend as a group.
“In Derby you’ve got probably one of the contenders to get promoted next season by bringing Frank [Lampard] in and the excitement surrounding that.
“It’s going to be a fantastic game for us, it’s a massive stimulus for our players to play against such quality opposition in all the games coming up.
“There’s still three or four weeks to go [until the season starts] and there’s still a lot of work to do, the next phase is looking at how we get sharper, toning the fitness, the reaction speeds and the shooting drills will all add to what we’ve been trying to do”
Leading scorer Danny Rose is yet to feature in pre-season, recovering from a toe injury which he picked up towards the tail end of last season – Flitcroft confirms he won’t take part in tomorrow’s friendly with Derby County, and will more than likely miss Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United
“Saturday’s too short for him [Rose] we’re probably looking at the week after [for him to be back involved]. It’s really important with Danny that he gets a full week pre-season with us, he’s had the time in the summer to recover but as the lads have been doing double sessions everyday, Danny hasn’t and you can never really catch up – so we have to make sure Danny gets all his work in that the lads have done” Flitcroft said
The Stags manager also spoke briefly about transfer listed defender Zander Diamond who hasn’t featured during pre-season, Flitcroft confirmed he is on the injury list with an on-going back problem which could require further surgery.
Mansfield Town have confirmed that they will send a first team to face Bradford Park Avenue on Thursday evening, rather than send a youth team as first intended.
The Stags lost 1-0 to Vitoria in Portugal on Saturday morning with the senior players played fourty-five minutes each, speaking prior to the journey back to the UK, assistant manager Ben Futcher confirmed to iFollow, it will be a similar case on Thursday evening
“The whole first team will go over [To Bradford Park Avenue] and we’ll look to do something similar as to what we did out in Portugal, two [sides] forty-five minutes to really build up that fitness and train Wednesday and Friday – building into the weekend and the other fixtures which come into play so we can really start fine tuning stuff”
The Stags management included four youth team players within the senior training camp and subsequent friendly, with Jordan Graham, Lewis Gibbens, Tyler Blake and Henri Wilder all playing forty-five minutes each, Futcher added “They all did well nobody let themselves down, it was a massive learning curve for them.
“It was great to have them involved – just them being around the first team squad and training with them, it’s something that we always like to do. It’s been a fantastic trip for them and the fact that they’ve been around the lads all week socialising with them, it’s been a really good exercise”
Of the squad who travelled to Portugal, three faces didn’t take part in the friendly in long-term absentee David Mirfin, Striker Danny Rose and transfer listed Paul Anderson – Futcher confirmed Rose and Anderson only missed out due to injury problems and that both would be involved when fit.
Meanwhile back in the UK, the Stags assistant confirmed that Paul Digby didn’t travel to the Portugal training camp following interest from other clubs, he, along with Anderson, midfielder Calum Butcher and defender Zander Diamond remain on the transfer list.
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