February 22, 2024

Nigel Clough, the manager of Mansfield Town, believes that Everton Under-21s shouldn’t have been given a penalty against his team in the closing moments of Tuesday’s EFL Trophy game.


Youssef Chermiti’s late penalty gave the Stags a 1-0 victory over the League Two team in their EFL Trophy matchup against the youthful Toffees.


In the process, the Premier League 2 team won their first ever EFL Trophy game, and Clough thinks it was a mistake to give them the late penalty.


The Stags boss stressed that his side have not got decisions all season in similar situations in matches and insisted that they were on the end of an unfortunate decision which cost them the match.



Clough believes it is no surprise that managers are so unhappy with decisions being made by officials.


“Yes, soft is an understatement, not a penalty, end of story”, Clough told the Stags in-house media.

“Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of these decisions.

“And even in games like this they are result changing and result deciding decisions.

“I have observed in the past few weeks in particular, but Aiden Flint’s entire season—people holding him, wrestling him, and not looking at the ball—and then that’s called for a penalty tonight!

“It really isn’t that surprising that everyone is agitated right now.”


In their meeting against the Stags, the youthful Toffees started summer signing Chermiti for the entire game while Seamus Coleman, who was recovering from an injury, played for 66 minutes.

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