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.
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