JEERED LO­GAN’S GOT THE BOSS ON HIS SIDE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jack Miller

MANS­FIELD man­ager Steve Evans is throw­ing all his sup­port be­hind goal­keeper Con­rad Lo­gan, af­ter the shot-stop­per went some way to si­lenc­ing his crit­ics last week.

Stags boo-boys had been tar­get­ing the 31-year-old Ir­ish­man, but af­ter a manof-the-match show­ing in the 0-0 draw with Wy­combe Evans is urg­ing them to keep quiet.

“They don’t know about foot­ball, do they? That’s not me say­ing any­thing that’s un­to­ward to sup­port­ers,” said Evans.

“Con­rad’s per­for­mance lev­els have been very good and that’s why he was sought af­ter by a num­ber of clubs towards the top end of League One.

“He came in here to fight with Bobby (Ole­jnik) and that’s what he’s do­ing.

“Sup­port­ers can be un­fair at times, but they have the right be­cause they pay their money. They can al­most say what they like these days.

“But I think this was a touch harsh and I think ev­ery­one in the camp did.”

While Lo­gan is well aware he has been un­der fire, the League jour­ney­man is not tak­ing too much no­tice in his first sea­son at the One Call Sta­dium, hav­ing joined from Rochdale in the sum­mer.

“There are al­ways goal­keep­ing coaches in the stands ev­ery­where you go,” he said. “Peo­ple want you to come 55 yards for a cross in games, or make saves you can’t make.

“I think I’ve had a de­cent enough start and, touch wood, I’ve not made many mis­takes so far.

“Peo­ple al­ways blame goal­keep­ers or de­fend­ers, but we’re a big team unit here and we win and lose to­gether. We can’t af­fect what goes on out­side that. Peo­ple have opin­ions. It’s part and par­cel of foot­ball.

“You’ve al­ways got to have faith in your own abil­ity. I’m old enough to re­alise you are the last line of de­fence and peo­ple look towards that when you’re con­ced­ing goals.”

SUP­PORT: Con­rad Lo­gan

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