Rose nets twice as the Stags march on

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Derek Quinn

MANS­FIELD boss Steve Evans la­belled his side’s dis­play at More­cambe ‘out­stand­ing’ as the Stags moved to within one point of the play-offs.

A dou­ble from Danny Rose and a strike from Ben White­man earned the Stags vic­tory over the Shrimps, who lost for a sixth suc­ces­sive game de­spite an early goal from Paul Mullin.

And a beam­ing Evans be­lieved his side could have won the game by a greater mar­gin.

He said: “The per­for­mance was out­stand­ing and even the most ar­dent of More­cambe fans will agree that we could have scored seven or eight.

“We won’t get any plau­dits for win­ning but I know how tough it is to win here. I was at a meet­ing this week and a few peo­ple said this game might have been one too far but the lads have re­ally done the busi­ness.

“We have to stay fo­cused now and not get car­ried away, but we have a lot of play­ers who are ex­pe­ri­enced at this level and won pro­mo­tions in their time and that ex­pe­ri­ence will stand us in good stead as we en­ter a vi­tal stage of the sea­son.'”

Shrimps boss Jim Bent­ley ad­mit­ted his side’s los­ing run is becom­ming cause for con­cern.

Bent­ley said: “We have lost six on the bounce now and no one is more frus­trated than me. It is a dif­fi­cult time for us and things are catch­ing up with us a bit.

“We have the small­est squad in the league and and we don’t have the phys­i­cal­ity or ex­pe­ri­ence of a side like Mans­field and that is tak­ing its toll.

“We try and play a cer­tain way and our pitch doesn’t help and we are caught in the mid­dle a bit. When you try and play from the back you end up mak­ing mis­takes like we did here and when you have no tar­get­man against a side as big as Mans­field it is hard to not get caught in the mid­dle like I think we did here.

“Peo­ple will say we have done well to get the points we have so far but I don’t want to ac­cept that. I want more.'”

Rose gave the Stags the lead with his first on four min­utes af­ter latch­ing on to Alex MacDon­ald’s knock down.Paul Mullin lev­elled two min­utes later af­ter tak­ing ad­van­tage of a Kyle Howkins er­ror be­fore Rose gave the vis­i­tors the lead for a sec­ond time af­ter mak­ing the most of a Michael Rose mis­take.

Ben White­man added a third on 39 min­utes when teed up by Shaquile Coulthirst with the lat­ter twice de­nied a goal by ex­cel­lent sec­ond-half saves from Roche.

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