"He is awake now... hopefully he'll be ok!" Nigel Clough on injury to Mansfield Town defender Farrend Rawson
Nigel Clough is hoping Mansfield Town defender Farrend Rawson will make a full recovery after being stretchered off at Salford City.
Rawson collided with substitute goalkeeper Jamie Pardington in the late throes of the League Two clash.
“He is awake now – he wasn’t at the time Tom (Whittamore, head physio) got onto the pitch, as he’d been knocked unconscious,” he told iFollow Stags.
“Hopefully he’ll be okay – he didn’t remember too much about the incident, which is pretty normal I think in those sorts of injuries.
“But it’s good that he’s awake and fingers crossed he’s okay. He didn’t see the goalkeeper (Pardington).”
The hosts won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Ash Hunter and Ian Henderson.
“I thought we played well, especially in the first-half. I thought we had more than enough situations. We lost to two very good finishes,” Clough added.
“From that point after the (first) goal, I thought we played extremely well in the first-half.
“We made lots of situations and even before their goal, Ty (Sinclair) went one-on-one.
“They (Salford) didn’t have as many (chances) as us. There was a difference in both penalty areas again today.
“Our general play, especially in the first-half, but for periods of the second-half, was very good.
“It was a bit more stop-start (in the second-half), a lot of fouls. Then the sending off comes along and we tried to freshen it up with substitutions."
Clough revealed it was always the plan to bring on Pardington.
“Jamie was coming on today anyway, as we spoke about giving young players opportunities," the manager confirmed.
"That was the plan irrespective of the penalty (conceded and saved by Aidan Stone).”
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