"It should have been more!" Nigel Clough reacts to Mansfield Town's 3-0 win at Port Vale

Season ends with victory on the road…

By Duncan Browne
Saturday, 8th May 2021, 6:48 pm
Nigel Clough. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Nigel Clough. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Mansfield Town ended their season with a 3-0 win at Port Vale, but manager Nigel Clough believes 'it should have been more'.

Stephen McLaughlin scored twice and Stephen Quinn also found the net in the final game of the League Two season.

“It was similar to recent performances, and similar in the fact that it should’ve been more. We started the game really well,” he told iFollow Stags.

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“We should’ve scored more today, and that’s the next stage. When you play as well as that, you deserve to score more goals.

“We want to attack, go forward and be positive. Both full-backs got forward today and Stephen McLaughlin has the ability to do that (score)."

The Stags concluded the campaign with four wins from five, something Clough believes is no fluke.

“We’ve relaxed a little in the right way since we ensured our safety. I hope that you see us setting the tone for next season.

“Some of the football at times was of a higher league standard, which was encouraging. But we still have to do more of it.

“We’ll be working on that and to keep doing the right things and dominating the games more if we can.

“I’ve said ‘well done’ to the lads for finishing well and with a clean sheet. We finished on 58 points, which was quite some distance away a few months ago.

“It’s nice to reach that stage and I hope everyone’s looking forward to returning for pre-season. We want to sign some good players in the summer, and there is grounds for optimism if we get the players we want.”

MORE STAGS: Port Vale 0 Mansfield 3 – report