JEERED LOGAN’S GOT THE BOSS ON HIS SIDE
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