Action and reaction as City and Mansfield draw

Last updated : 08 January 2018 By Michael Morris

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Neil Warnock

"I thought the game served its purpose today," he said.

"We've had so many problems this week, (Joe) Ralls and (Sol) Bamba pulled out this morning with a sickness bug, (Joe) Bennett shouldn't have played but ended up playing the full game, but Morrison coming back is a massive plus.

"He said half a game so we gave him 65 minutes and he's not felt anything, which is a massive plus, because the medical people were talking another two weeks.

"We had to play a bit of a mix and match in the midfield area but we lacked a bit up front," he added.

"You're only as good as your front three and we're struggling, it's a bit like extracting teeth at the minute!"

"You can see (Zohore) has not got the sharpness that he had. I think he's got more of the stamina but it's that sprinting, going past defenders, he hasn't got that at the minute.

"But it's not for the lack of trying. I can't fault his effort.

"I thought Rhys did alright but it's scoring a goal.

"But at 80 minutes, I was quite happy with a draw if I'm honest. I thought 'let's get back up to the Stags' - it will bring back a few memories for me."


Steve Evans

"We should have won today. The two big chances that we create through some wonderful football in the second half could lead to goals," Evans said.

"We worked so hard against a very experienced Championship group which Neil [Warnock] selected. He started with big guns and he was bringing even more big guns on near the end.

"I thought we were in control for long periods of the game in the second half but if somebody had said this morning 'you can take it back home to the One Call Stadium' then we'd have said 'yes'.

"We've come to a stadium where we're back by 1,100-1,200 Mansfield fans - they're right behind us from kick-off. They were giving words of encouragement all day, not words of doom and gloom and that spurred the boys on.

"The boys just remarked on it when they came in the dressing room – wasn't it wonderful to be backed by a support like that? I'm the first to echo it; I'm the first to say when it's not right but I'm the first to pay a tribute to those supporters."