Mansfield Town assistant boss slams players for letting side down

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STAGS assisstant manager Micky Moore says his players let themselves and the club down badly after they exited the FA Cup following a 5-0 hammering by Fleetwood Town.

Woeful Mansfield were massively outclassed by the BSP high-flyers who showed superior desire, fighting qualities and creativity to put Stags to the sword.

Big-money signing Richard Brodie opened the scoring on 28 minutes following a sustained period of Fleetwood pressure.

Sean Clancy doubled the home side’s lead with another tap in after he had evaded the sleeping Mansfield defence just before the break and it was effectively game over.

Gareth Seddon, Jamie Milligan and Mangan all found the back of the net in the second half as rampant Fleetwood poured forward in numbers at every opportunity.

At the other end all Stags could muster up was a skied effort from Anthony Howell and a tame Ben Futcher header at 1-1 when both players should have scored.

In truth Stags were lucky that the home side did not hit double figures with Alan Marriott performing heroics and some slack finishing by Brodie and Vardy helping to keep the score down.

Speaking after the game a shell-shocked Moore said: “We came here to win the game and not to sit back and maybe in hindsight it would have been better to sit back. They started much brigther and stronger than us.

“The players that went out there tonight could have performed better than they did. Certain players have let themselves down and have underperformed to the standards that we set and expect.

“One or two performances need to be addressed. It is embarrassing to have lost 5-0 in this way, we have had our egos badly bruised

“We missed some great chances to get back into the game when we were 1-0 down, Howell missed an open goal and Futcher had a header to level the game.

“We should have kicked the ball into touch in the build up to their goal and didn’t.

“At half-time we had a choice to make, whether to go for the game and get back in it or sit back and accept a 2-0 defeat. I would rather have gone for it than accept 2-0 but that meant we were picked off at the end.

“In the last part of the game they put us under a great deal of pressure and perhaps deserved to score more goals than they did.

“Fleetwood have a very good forward line and that is the difference between the two sides. They have got the spending power to bring in these sort of players, for us we are looking to build a squad capable of winning promotion.”

But despite the woeful defeat Moore, who took charge for the night after boss Paul Cox was laid low with a sickness bug in the camp, was quick to point out that Stags are still in a good position in the Blue Square Premier.

“The bug going around the camp hindered us, sitting on a coach for five hours hindered us and losing Matt Green hit us hard,”he said.

“A lot of teams would miss a player like that. This defeat is not the end of the world for our season and it is important to recognise that.

“We have only lost three games this season and if we win our game in hand we are only four points behind Fleetwood in the league table. This was a bad performance and a bad night for the club. but we have to move on now and pick up the pieces against Cambridge.”