Striker rel­ish­ing a Stags party

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Ben Baker

LAST week­end, Danny Rose net­ted twice in a game for the first time since sign­ing for Mans­field in the sum­mer.

But it’s per­for­mances at the other of the pitch that the striker sees as the main rea­son why the Stags could be play­ing League One foot­ball next sea­son.

De­spite scor­ing on his Mans­field de­but in a 3-2 open­ing-day win over New­port County, Rose failed to find the net again un­til Novem­ber 22.

By that time, Adam Mur­ray had been re­placed by Steve Evans in the Stags hot-seat and the for­mer Leeds man­ager seemed to bring the best out of Rose.

The 23-year-old scored in three of Evans’ first four matches in charge, while ahead of yes­ter­day’s clash with Ex­eter City he had net­ted four more times in 2017, in­cud­ing last week­end’s dou­ble in a 3-1 tri­umph against More­cambe.

And it’s not just Rose that has been pos­i­tively af­fected by Evans. The Stags had kept 11 league clean sheets ahead of this week­end, hav­ing racked up just three un­der Mur­ray.

It is this so­lid­ity at the back that Rose feels is the rea­son Mans­field went into yes­ter­day’s bat­tle against the Gre­cians just one point out­side the League Two play-offs. “It was nice to get on the score­sheet last week­end and it was a very good vic­tory off the back of the Carlisle win (Mans­field beat the Cum­bri­ans 2-0 at home the week be­fore),” said Rose, who signed on a free from Bury in July.

“We have been on a good run since the turn of the year and that has put us right up there and given us a chance, as we still have Don­caster and a few teams above us left to play.


“It was nice to get the two goals against More­cambe and it’s good to get among the goals, but the whole team de­serves praise, es­pe­cially our de­fence.

“You look at the stats since the turn of the year and we have one of the best de­fen­sive records in Eng­land, not just in League Two.

“It is nice to have that sup­port, and all the lads de­serve just as much praise as I do.

“The back five have been bril­liant in re­cent weeks and we don’t con­cede many goals.

“If we make our­selves hard to beat, then that is a start. Fair play to them, we are do­ing re­ally well at the back now and long may it con­tinue.”

Many felt Evans was harshly treated at Leeds last sea­son. He led them to 13th in the Cham­pi­onship, de­spite tur­moil off the pitch, only to be sacked.

And, while Leeds have im­proved this sea­son and look well set for a play-off place, the job Evans is do­ing at Field Mill is tes­ta­ment to his abil­i­ties.

Af­ter all, this is a man who led Rotherham from League Two to the Cham­pi­onship with back-to-back pro­mo­tions, as well as win­ning the Na­tional League with Craw­ley and Boston United – and Rose knows how lucky Mans­field are to have him at the helm.

“Steve Evans is a very ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager. His CV speaks for it­self,” Rose added. “He has been great with the lads since he ar­rived and we are all buy­ing into his ideas and his way of play­ing.

“He keeps us on our toes and ex­pects high stan­dards in train­ing. That keeps go­ing over into Satur­days.

“Con­fi­dence is high and we will keep work­ing hard to try to get into the play­offs come the end of the sea­son.”

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