Mansfield Town 'fully deserved' victory at Southend United - Andy Garner

Five in a row for first time in 30 years...

Saturday, 23rd January 2021, 6:36 pm
Andy Garner with Nigel Clough. Picture: Andrew Roe/AHPIX LTD

Andy Garner says that Mansfield Town's League Two victory at Southend United was 'fully deserved'.

The three points at Roots Hall made it five straight league wins for the first time since 1991.

And the first team coach was delighted to match that 30-year record.

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“We’re delighted with the three points and the five wins on the trot. I think it was a fully deserved victory to be honest,” he told iFollow Stags.

“I think we played really well in the second-half and limited them to very little. It was just nice to get that goal.

“We’re very proud (of five wins in a row). We keep saying to them, there’s no better feeling than winning football matches.

“We’ve got another one win today, and it’s a long trip home that will be a fantastic trip home.

“It’s a great feeling for us, and the lads have deserved that, because they have been working incredibly hard and incredibly well.”

Jamie Reid scored the only goal of the game late on, before the Shripmers were reduced to 10 men.

And Garner praised the striker and fellow attacker Jordan Bowery.

"It was unbelievable [work from Jordan Bowery for the goal,” he added.

“The thing is with Jordan, he has that fantastic bit of pace about him. It was so pleasing, as we’ve been speaking about it for a while on him coming inside, and the most important thing is that he’s hit the target.

“You see so many people coming inside and blazing the ball over the bar, but it was fantastic – he hits the target, their keeper makes a save and we’ve got Reidy following in. We’re delighted with it.

“He (Bowery) is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and he was really down when we came. But he’s a nice guy to work with, and it’s little things like that today that makes me happy.

“What benefits Reidy is us telling him ‘your goals will come because of all the work you put in.’ He has ran miles and miles, doing everything he possibly can.

“And you get your rewards. We’ve told him that it doesn’t matter about goals, you just keep playing the way you are doing, and the goals will come.”