ARTELL OUT FOR SEASON, WARNE HOPE, BROWN BAN
Brown hit by four-match ban
CHAD website, 10 February 2005
STAGS have learned they will be without winger Simon Brown for four matches as they prepare for the visit of Cheltenham Town this Saturday (3pm).
Brown was sent off for a headbutt during the superb 1-0 win over high-flying Swansea City on Tuesday night and, as he has already been sent off this season while on loan at Kidderminster Harriers, he has had an extra game added to his suspension.
And any hope that caretaker-manager Carlton Palmer had of going back to Rotherham United to bring back Paul Warne have been dashed by a back injury to the Millers man, who did so well at Field Mill on his recent loan before being recalled.
"We will probably have to go with what we've got this Saturday as I would love to bring Paul back and I need to know how long he will be.
"But if he isn't going to be fit this week I may have to look elsewhere after the weekend."
Palmer was furious with Brown for his red card after having warned the players to keep their discipline at half-time.
"With such a small squad and only 15 games left, the last thing we needed was for Simon to get a four-game ban," said Palmer.
"Especially after the time it's taken to get the lad fit and start to show what he can do. He was having a good game on Tuesday and the full back was already on a booking.
"All Simon had to do was keep his discipline and there is no way the defender would have finished the game.
"He has to learn that his job is to go out wide, receive the ball and be kicked. Chris Waddle would keep on teasing the defenders until they kicked him and didn't lose his composure.
"Simon could have cost us the game and I've told him that. But he is young and he has apologised. So I have fined him and that's that."
From struggling to get results, Stags have now won two on the trot with clean sheets in both to put themselves just four points off the play-offs. And, after Saturday's visit of play-off hopefuls Cheltenham, Stags have a run of games against sides in the lower half of the table.
But Palmer warned fans: "No game is easy and sometimes when you get a side like Cambridge come here and play so well you have to take a clean sheet and accept a point. You can never assume you will get three points - look at Liverpool's trip to Southampton.
"Saying we should beat Cheltenham, Bury and Rushden is like saying the home game with Swansea was an automatic defeat.
"When I came here fans were talking about being in a relegation dogfight. Now there is talk of play-offs. Let's not kid ourselves - it is still a tall order. But I am not saying it can't be done because it can.
"I have to make sure my young players do not get complacent. We have to respect every team we come up against and the fans have to get behind us like they have been doing. Then anything is possible.
"By and large you get what you deserve. And I still don't think we have been getting our slice of luck which you need. Hopefully that's left in the bag for later on."
On the visit of Cheltenham, he added: "Cheltenham have just won two on the bounce. If we take anything for granted we will catch a cold.
"My lads are very tired after those two wins so I have taken it easy with them today and let them have a game of basketball. I will then be giving them a couple of days off, win, lose, or draw after Saturday."
Colin Larkin remains in the squad for Saturday. Palmer had told him he could leave the club on a free but Larkin asked to stay. "Colin only came on for a few minutes on Tuesday and it would be unfair to judge him on that. He knows he has got to show me a lot more."
Derek Asamoah missed training today after feeling ill. But it is hoped he will be fine by Saturday.
mansfieldtown.net reports that Adam Eaton and Dave Artell can be ruled out for the rest of the season but Rhys Day should be hopefully be back in contention in the next couple of weeks.
"I think we can write off Dave Artell until late on in the season and Adam Eaton is about at least a month away from returning to training so he can be ruled out for the season. However Rhys day is due to go back to Lilleshall in two weeks and we hope that he will be available for training a week after that" Palmer told the official website.
Meanwhile mansfieldtown.net reports that Simon Brown will be sitting out a four match suspension, after his sending off on Tuesday.
The suspension was brought about after a frustrated Brown felt he was been victimised by Kevin Austin who kept hacking away at him retaliated to the latest in a bout of cynical challenges. Austin hacking away at brown as he made through roads deep into the Swans third escaped a booking but as team mate Andy Robinson got involved Brown lashed out with a head butt earning him a straight red for violent conduct and as he had already been dismissed whilst at Kidderminster Harriers the League have ruled him out for the next four games meaning he will miss. Cheltenham, Bury, Wycombe Wanderers and Rushden & Diamonds.
"This is really frustrating" said caretaker manager Carlton Palmer. "We have just got him back to fitness after his broken leg and I think that he was playing his best game since joining us then he goes and get himself sent off.
"We had a one man advantage and had Brown kept his cool it wouldn't have been long before Swansea lost another player with three already on yellows but it is down to inexperience and something that he will learn. There is no point in worrying about it now as there is nothing we can do now. But I will be having to bring a wide right player in at sometime as I cannot leave the role open for a month." He added.
To attempt to fill this void Palmer has been in touch with Rotherham's Paul Warne to entice him back to the Stags. The deal has been agreed but unfortunately Warne has picked up a back injury.
"I have been speaking to Paul Warne and he says that he can come back to Mansfield but he has a problem with his back at the moment. I do want him here so I will not be bringing a player in just for one game and hopefully we will see Warne he next week" Said Palmer.
Finally mansfieldtown.net reports that Stags caretaker manager Carlton Palmer has been in talks with Wayne Corden and his agent about his future at Mansfield Town FC. Corden has been told that he is free to leave the club and attempt to kickstart his career elsewhere.
Corden has been offered a contract at Carlisle United which he has turned down but the Stags management feels that there is no place in the team for the left sided midfield player.
"We are nearing a conclusion to the deal" said Palmer "I have put an offer to Wayne that the club feels is a fair deal so in the absence of any other clubs coming in for him he has two options he either accepts the offer and leaves so he is free to find himself another club or he stays here. But I cannot see how he will figure in the team plans for the rest of the season." He added
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