Stags players must cut out the errors if they want to stay next season says boss

Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough was furious with his side's sloppy display as mistakes allowed in-form Leyton Orient to win 2-0 at the One Call Stadium this afternoon.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 5:58 pm
Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Poor backpasses from Kellan Gordon and Jamie Reid led to Danny Johnson netting a brace and Clough said it may take a change of personnel in the summer to stop the continual costly errors.

“All our problems have come from our own mistakes and it's something we have to cut out,” he said.

“It's been mostly away from home, we haven't made too many here. But we made two catastrophic ones today.

“We will keep working on it and keep telling the players what we want of them, and those that will try to do what we ask them to do will be around next season.

“We know we are going to lose games but I really feel like we are beating ourselves at times.

“The only other thing to do is change the players, but we can't do that at the moment. We have to get through with what we've got.”

Clough added: “I think once we gave that first goal away it put Orient really ready to press and pounce on any mistakes.

“We had started well but giving that first goal away gave them such a massive lift.”

However, Clough did feel there were some positives in their approach play.

“We try to play out at times, maybe too much, so we had to go a bit longer and I thought up to the second goal we were very good,” he said.

“I thought we created enough situations and half chances in the second half. We got in some good crossing positions but hit the first man too many times.

“We needed players like George Maris and Jason Law to be good on the ball today but they struggled to get into the game.”

Stags now head to Exeter City on Easter Monday desperate to end a run of six games without victory.