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​Free Saturday but hard work continues for Stags

28th November 2016

Free Saturday but hard work continues for Stags 

Mansfield Town have a free Saturday this week as new boss Steve Evans finally gets a chance to put his squad fully through its paces on the training pitch for the first time since he took charge earlier this month. 

The Stags have played three games in quick succession under Evans, winning the first two at home to Crawley Town and Blackpool before losing 5-2 at Carlisle United on Saturday in a seven day spell. Following their exit from the FA Cup to Plymouth Argyle in the First Round at the start of the month, Mansfield have no match at the weekend. 

Their next game is another long trip up to Cumbria to face Carlisle again, this time in the Football League Trophy, a week on Tuesday (6th Dec). And, Evans will be hoping that his squad can impress both in training and on the pitch ahead of the transfer window that opens in the New Year. 

He told Mansfield 103.2 after the weekend defeat: "The players have an opportunity in the next four or five weeks to come up with the performances that say they're deserving of going forward from January.

"There are no long term contracts here, that's clear and good for us, so we get an opportunity with a clean piece of paper. "There are some good players we've got here at Mansfield Town, there's not lots of bad players, there's a lot of good players here.

"But, it takes eleven men on that pitch at any one time to win a football match and it takes a referee to be level and fair and when you've got neither then it's hard work."


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