"The best we've played since we've been here!" Second-half performance pleases Nigel Clough as Mansfield Town draw with Forest Green Rovers
Manager looks to the positives following stalemate...
Nigel Clough described Mansfield Town's second half performance as the best he's seen since joining the club.
The Stags couldn't find a way through as they had to seetle for a point against third-placed Forest Green Rovers.
Results elsewhere meant Mansfield dropped to 18th in the League Two table, but with nine games to go Clough was looking to the positives.
"It's funny how a 0-0 can be that good and entertaining but it (a goal) was the only thing that was missing," he said, raving about the contest.
"We were a little bit unlucky not to get that goal tonight.
"Overall, look at the performance and the second half was, I think, the best we've played since we've been here. Because of the quality of opposition and everything else.
"I thought first half we weren't bad. Apart from the one chance where Stoney's (Aidan Stone) produced a brillant one-handed save that's about all they had.
"We've had numerous chances in the second half and you're dying for a little break. We got a point, should have been three."
Stone's brilliant reaction save - suggested to be the save of the season by Clough - ensured his clean sheet while Rovers' Lewis Thomas frustrated the Stags at the other end.
Once again, the Stags were able to go toe-to-toe with one of the division's better sides.
"We got the ball down and played. It was chalk and cheese to Saturday (a 2-2 draw with Grimsby Town) wasn't it.
"There was probably more football in the first 10 minutes than the whole 90 (on Saturday).
"But that's the opposition again. We spoke about how the opposition turn it into a certain type of game.
"Forest Green want to play but we showed as well again tonight we wanted to play."
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