EVANS HAS THE TOOLS TO BACK UP HIS TALK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

TYP­I­CAL Steve Evans to pick a fight even with an op­po­nent sev­eral weight classes above him – his team’s per­for­mance was also a chip off the wily man­ager’s block.

Jur­gen Klopp may well know very lit­tle about Mans­field Town’s style of play but Evans none­the­less opted to de­clare him­self a more sea­soned prac­ti­tioner of all-ac­tion foot­ball than the ex­u­ber­ant Liverpool man­ager.

The Stags are among the pro­mo­tion favourites largely be­cause of Evans’ al­most un­blem­ished record in the lower leagues and they hinted here that con­fi­dence may be jus­ti­fied.

For 20 min­utes in the sec­ond half of their sec­ond League Two as­sign­ment of the sea­son, they blew away in­fe­rior op­po­si­tion with a relentless high-tempo bom­bard­ment.

They will, how­ever, have more dif­fi­cult tasks than against a For­est Green side lack­ing any kind of pen­e­tra­tion.

Mark Cooper’s men never got near to mak­ing a mark in their trip to Field Mill.

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