Micky Moore praises Mansfield Town’s work-rate after Stevenage win

Mansfield Town v Stevenage - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 9 jan 2016''James Baxendale celebrates with Craig Westcarr after scoring his first goal for the stags

Mansfield Town v Stevenage - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 9 jan 2016''James Baxendale celebrates with Craig Westcarr after scoring his first goal for the stags

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First team coach Micky Moore praised Mansfield Town’s intesity and work-rate after their impressive 2-1 win over Stevenage.

Goals from Chris Clements and debutant James Baxendale wrapped up the points to end a run of four games without a win.

Mansfield Town v Stevenage - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 9 jan 2016''Opening goal celebration

Mansfield Town v Stevenage - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 9 jan 2016''Opening goal celebration

Stags took the lead through Clements’ 42 minute free-kick to cap a good half for the home side.

Michael Tonge hit the post with a free-kick for Stevenage before,the visitors had a penalty appeal turned down after a Fraser Franks shot was charged down by Krystian Pearce.

Mansfield doubled their lead when Baxendale fired a perfect effort past Chris Day on 65 minutes, before Armand Gnanduillet hit a consolation goal in stoppage time,

It was a win which Moore felt Stags, who moved up to eight in the table, thoroughly deserved.

Mansfield Town v Stevenage - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 9 jan 2016''James Baxendale in full flow as he attacks the Stevenage goal

Mansfield Town v Stevenage - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 9 jan 2016''James Baxendale in full flow as he attacks the Stevenage goal

“We felt our performances have been good of late, but the results have not gone our way,” he said.

“We have only lost one in six and we knew that if we maintained our performance levels we would get a win.

“Only time will tell what this win will do for our confidence, but it gives us something to build on.

“This was a very satisfying win. I thought our work-rate and intensity was good. We worked hard when we did not have the ball and we created chances.”

“It was important to get back to winnings ways on what has been an emotional week for the club.

“We all know what the club means to the gaffer, he puts his heart and soul into the club and he is drained right now.

“This was a big win for the players, fans and management.”

Moore was also full of praise for new loan signing Baxendale and free-kick specialist Chris Clements.

He added: “Baxendale is a player that we have been watching. He is a League One footballer and has got the quality we need,” he said.

“His game time has been limited at Walsall, but his quality speaks for itself.

“We changed our formation to a 4-2-3-1, which we felt would allow Baxendale to impose himself. The movement of our front four was excellent today.

“The pleasing thing is that we have plenty of options in terms of systems and formations, which we can explore.

“Clements has shown what he can do with free-kicks, it was a goal that we needed at the time and gave us a lift.”

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