Mansfield Town manager John Dempster slams ‘scandalous’ capitulation in home defeat by Leyton Orient

Mansfield Town manager John Dempster
Mansfield Town manager John Dempster

Mansfield Town boss John Dempster slammed his side’s second half capitulation as ‘scandalous’ in tonight’s 3-2 home defeat by Leyton Orient.

Two Danny Rose penalties had Mansfield in command at the break.

But when Leyton Orient went up a gear for the last half-hour Stags failed to switch up with them and, after the pain of seeing ex-Stag Lee Angol net his first goal in almost a year to level 12 minutes from time, there was stoppage time heartache to come as Louis Dennis stole a 96th minute winner for the Conference champions.

“To concede three goals in the second half and walk in without a point is scandalous,” said Dempster.

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“All the good things we did on Saturday we did poorly tonight in the second half – leadership and game management were severely lacking.

“There was a lack of leadership all over the pitch. We have some experienced players out there and they know they can do better.

“Me and my staff will look at ourselves and I expect my players to look at themselves.”

It had all started off so well and the manager said: “I thought we were good first half, though there was room for improvement.

“We spoke about the third goal at half-time and we had a couple of opportunities early in the second half we could have been more ruthless with to completely kill the game off.

“If we couldn’t score a third the plan was to walk in with a clean sheet first and foremost.

“Worst case scenario was that we’d concede a goal but still get all three points. Instead we conceded three which killed us.

“Orient throw the kitchen sink at us which you’d expect being 2-0 down. I expect the players we have in that starting XI to soak up the pressure.

“We started the second half well, then suddenly we looked weak and powderpuff. We can do a lot better.”