We won’t give up on play-offs - Stags goalscorer Thompson

Stags v Wrexham
Stags v Wrexham

MANSFIELD Town midfielder Tyrone Thompson said the club are not giving up on the play-offs, despite Saturday’s unlucky late 3-2 home defeat by Wrexham, leaving them seven points adrift in ninth place, reports John Lomas.

Stags came from behind to lead 2-1 before two second half strikes, the second a deflected effort in stoppage time, turned the game on its head.

Stags v Wrexham

Stags v Wrexham

But Thompson, who bagged his first goal for the club, said: “No way are we giving up on the play-offs.

“This league is so up and down with bottom teams beating top teams and shock results every week.

“We have got to keep the pressure on and hope the teams above us slip up. We have lost today after getting a bit of consistency in recent games so now we have to pick ourselves up and go again.

“I felt we deserved more today, but that’s football for you.

“The crowd were brilliant and you could feel them behind you which really helped.”

Leading 2-1, Stags defended very deeply under the Welsh onslaught after the break and Thompson said: “I think in the second half we needed to get out quicker and get up the pitch. But, to be fair to Wrexham, they put us under a lot of pressure.

“Their winner took a deflection. I think Muzza (Adam Murray) had to get his head on it to be fair to him so whether or not that would have made any difference to where the ball ended up I don’t know.

“I was happy with getting my goal. I don’t usually get in the box so it was pleasing it fell for me.

“We have a lot of attacking midfield players at the club so I try to make sure everything is shored up at the back and let others go forward.”

Assistant manager Paul Hall said: “The lads were brilliant today and had a brilliant attitude towards the game.

“I don’t know how we’ve lost it. But Wrexham are up there for a reason and they know how to go away from home and, having sniffed they could get a victory near the end, they got it and fair play to them.

“It was a nightmare for us. We need to learn how to see games out and we need to learn quickly if we are going to do anything this season.

“We played so well, but the goals we conceded were just unacceptable. You can’t have balls bouncing around your box and allow their players to get to them first. First and foremost you must protect your goal.

“Wrexham will leave here today with respect for us and know they’ve been in a game. And any of the sides above us watching this will know that we are a very, very good team.

“If we keep putting in performances like that we will win games against sides above us. The fans were great today and went home knowing the lads had given their all.”

Wrexham boss Dean Saunders said; “I thought we responded really well from being 2-1 down and that’s what we need to get out of this division.

“We showed a lot of character. I thought we had Mansfield on the rack from the kick-off and we could have been 2-0 up when Mathias (Pogba) headed straight at the keeper.

“But Mansfield stuck at it and came back well.

“We are going in the right direction and we now need to get ourselves bedded into the play-off places before we start looking at catching Crawley.”