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Schofield labels Mansfield defeat 'hard to take'

29 January 2023


Schofield labels Mansfield defeat 'hard to take'

29 January 2023

Danny Schofield admitted the manner of Rovers’ 4-1 defeat to Mansfield Town was tough to take.

Rovers conceded four poor goals at the One Call Stadium, with the timing of the first and third in particular damaging to their efforts.

And head coach Schofield pointed to those as the decisive factors in the defeat.

On how the game played out:

“It was a tough result and a difficult one to take. The manner in which we started the game was poor - to concede after 30 seconds in the manner we did was poor.

“I think all four goals we conceded were poor. Teams aren’t having to do that much to create that chance. There’s no great football it’s just the first and second contacts and the awareness of runners into the box that are costing us. That’s the disappointing thing.

“When we scored we were fully in the game and in the ascendancy to get back into it. I had full belief in the changes that I made to impact it and they did. For the first 15 minutes of the second half we were in the ascendancy and we scored.

“But the third goal we conceded and the manner we conceded it in was tough to take and it was tough for the players to get back into the game after that.”

On it taking until the second half for the team to get going:

“Conceding after 30 seconds has a huge impact. We all know that goals change games and shift momentum and mentalities and things like that. To concede after 30 seconds away from home was difficult.

“There were a few words spoken at half time and I just asked for a reaction from the players. The first half was done and we couldn’t control that any more so what do we do now to impact the second half. We came out all guns blazing and scored a good goal. They responded well for the first 15 minutes of the second half. That’s what I wanted from the start of the game but we didn’t get that. Ultimately the third goal cost us.”

On his half time changes:

“Playing Caolan Lavery up with George Miller and James Brown coming on the pitch added more energy and impetus going forward. I think they both had a positive impact, certainly in the early stages of the second half.

“It’s the reason we’ve brought these new players into the club - to give competition to those we already have and definitely drive the squad. We want that healthy competition and I think the performances of both of them today probably warranted that.”

On the travelling support:

“I’m disappointed for the fans and I’m as disappointed as they are. For 1,700 to travel is fantastic and they were a big part of my team talk at Cantley Park when we had the pre-match meeting. The fans were excellent at Grimsby and we had a really good performance and a win. We wanted to replicate that with the energy from the travelling support that is excellent. It was a pity we couldn’t reward them.”

On the areas for improvement:

“It’s quite clear with the goals that we’ve conceded where the improvements need to be. The only way I know is to continue working, to highlight those areas and not dwell on them but focus on improving it by speaking with the players and focusing on it on the training pitch so we reduce those moments.”

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