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REF TO REVIEW VIDEO OF DAWSON INCIDENT
10/August/2006 14:23:44

No complacency says manager
CHAD website, 10 August 2006

STAGS boss Peter Shirtliff has warned his in-form side against complacency ahead of Saturday's visit of Stockport County (3pm).
After an impressive unbeaten pre-season, Mansfield Town have managed a draw and a win in their first two League tow games and Shirtliff said; "I am quite pleased with our first two performances - but no one is getting carried away.
"The lads have worked very hard and shown a competitive spirit.
"I know and they know that they can play better. We are not getting complacent and we know there is room for improvment."
Apart from injured midfielder Giles Coke (ankle) Shirtliff has a fully fit squad to choose from and is unlikely to make changes.
Stephen Dawson will definitely be available, despite his two apparant yellow cards against Milton Keynes in midweek which were not followed by a red.
"We are waiting on the referee's report but I am led to believe someone else was booked and not Dawson for the second one.
"But I can't comment or speculate until I have seen his report and I don't want to dwell on that incident as it was a terrific victory against a fancied side."
On Coke's injury, he added: "Giles has improved but won't be fit for Saturday.
"I don't want to put a time on it but he is improved. Giles slightly damaged ankle ligaments as well as suffering bruising. But it's no big deal and he will soon be back."
Shirtliff was hoping to agree a loan deal today that will allow young striker Rory Boulding to go out to Ilkeston Town to build up some experience in senior football.
He is also hoping to find clubs to take Danny Sleath and Austin McIntosh for the same reason though is delaying ending out young striekr Nathan Arnold for now as he is involved in the first team squad.

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IT WASN'T ME, REFEREE...
Evening Post, 10 August 2006
Mansfield midfielder Stephen Dawson was not sent off against MK Dons despite two yellow cards because of a case of mistaken identity.

The Irishman was cautioned late in the first half by referee Kevin Wright and picked up another yellow card for dissent with a minute left.

But no red card followed because the official from Cambridgeshire marked one of the offences - thought to be the second - against Dawson's team-mate Matt Hamshaw.

Mr Wright has asked for a video of the game so he can review the incident.

Then he will be able to clarify the situation and leave the FA to decide on any relevant punishment.

The resulting delay means the player is likely to be available for Mansfield's home clash with Stockport on Saturday.

Any suspension he may incur would be enforced for the Stags' next game after that - at Grimsby on Friday August 18.

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CHAD website, 09 August 2006

Confusion over Dawson's yellow card double
CONFUSION surrounded the two yellow cards which appeared to be shown to Mansfield Town's Stephen Dawson before he was substituted instead of being sent off in the home 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons last night.
Dawson was first booked just before the break for a foul and then appeared to be shown a second a minute from time after lengthy protests over referee Kevin Wright's decision not to award him a penalty.
But Dawson was not automatically red-carded and was substituted a minute later.
However, both managers said they were were unaware he had been carded twice.
"I did not see Stephen Dawson get a second yellow card so it baffles me if he did," said Mansfield manager Peter Shirtliff.
"But we are still unbeaten through pre-season and into our first two games. If we keep producing good performances and scoring goals like we are then you never know what could happen.
"We have a confidence right now and they are an honest bunch of lads that are a pleasure to work with."
Dons boss Martin Allen added that he also didn't see the second yellow card for Dawson and said: "If that is the case then that's not good but we still had the players capable of winning the game.
"We started very brightly, looked very sharp and were comfortable at 1-0. But two sloppy goals cost us dear - basic schoolboy defending errors which we must learn to eradicate.
"Moments of madness cost us after we had dominated the game and possession. Their goals came out of the blue - just simple straight balls which we didn't deal with.
"We tried everything in the second half, lots of different formations but we couldn't unlock the door.
"They defended very well and very deep, but that is something we must get used to in this division. We should be able to win at places like Mansfield.
"It is a big game when we come into town, but that is also something we have got to get used to."
Stags came from behind to win the match against the newly-relegated Dons with two goals in eight minutes from Richie Barker and Michael Boulding and Shirtliff added: "I was delighted with the result. I thought our players were excellent throughout the 90 minutes.
"We started slowly which was disappointing and, funnily, I thought their goal kick-started us and we got our tempo up and started to cause them problems.
"Milton Keynes have some big lads and I thought our back four and keeper did excellent. We have worked on our defending on the training ground this week and it paid off.
"We did have opportunities for a third goal. Simon Brown was clear on goal after timing his run perfectly but was given offside, And we also had a good penalty shout turned down."
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DAWSON MAY STILL PAY FOR REF'S RED CARD BLUNDER
Evening Post, 09 August 2006
MATT HALFPENNY

Stephen Dawson does not know if he will be suspended after the referee failed to send him off against MK Dons, despite being booked twice.

Cambridgeshire official Kevin Wright showed Dawson a yellow card late in the first half after a foul on Izale McLeod.

He then cautioned the Irishman for a second time with a minute to go but failed to go on to show a red card.

Dawson is desperate to play against Stockport after putting in a man of the match display in Mansfield's 2-1 victory. But the midfielder faces an anxious wait.

He said: "I thought I was going to be sent off but the referee hasn't clicked on that I had already been booked."

"I'm still hopeful I might be able to play on Saturday."


SHIRTLIFF: TEAM WAS 'EXCELLENT'
Evening Post, 09 August 2006
Stags boss Peter Shirtliff paid tribute to the tremendous work-rate of his side after their first victory of the season over the MK Dons.

Richard Barker and Michael Boulding netted the goals as Mansfield came from 1-0 down to claim three points from a 2-1 win at Field Mill.

"The players were excellent and worked very hard throughout the 90 minutes," said Shirtliff.

"It is not easy to deal with long balls into the box as we had to do near the end, but the back four were excellent and the midfield offered good support too.

"We started off a little slowly, which surprise me, but their goal kick-started us and after that we got back in the game.

"We passed the ball better and quicker and started causing them problems.

"It was difficult in the second half conditions but we coped well and battled it out.

"I thought we struggled in some instances in our first game but the work we did on Monday seemed to pay off.

"They had a few breaks at the end when the ball dropped for them, but other than that it was a lot better."

MK Dons boss Martin Allen said: "It was very sloppy defending for their two goals and those schoolboy errors have cost us the game.

"We are going to be the big team in town when we come to places like this and it is something that we are going to have to learn to deal with."


SHIRTLIFF DELIGHTED WITH RESULT
Evening Post
MK Dons manager Martin Allen slammed his newly-relegated side after they suffered their first defeat in League Two - 2-1 at Mansfield - after taking the lead.

Aaron Wilbraham's ninth minute strike was wiped out by two goals in eight minutes by Richie Barker and Michael Boulding - and Allen was furious how his hotly-tipped side failed to gain anything from the match.
He said: "We started very brightly, looked very sharp and were comfortable at 1-0. But two sloppy goals cost us dear - basic schoolboy defending errors which we must learn to eradicate.

"Moments of madness cost us after we had dominated the game and possession. Their goals came out of the blue - just simple straight balls which we didn't deal with.

"We tried everything in the second half, lots of different formations, but we couldn't unlock the door.

"They defended very well and very deep, but that is something we must get used to in this division. We should be able to win at places like Mansfield.

"It is a big game when we come into town, but that is also something we have got to get used to."

The visitors had snatched a ninth-minute lead when Clive Platt nodded Dean Lewington's long ball into the path of Wilbraham who made no mistake with a perfect finish to the left of Carl Muggleton.

But Mansfield slowly built up the pressure and hit back in the 29th minute when Barker drilled home a low finish after Stephen Dawson had set him up.

Mansfield's comeback was complete eight minutes later when Boulding buried a close-range finish to cap a superb move.

Stags midfielder Stephen Dawson had a late penalty appeal turned down and then appeared to be shown his second yellow card of the night - but no red followed and he was quickly substituted.

"I'm delighted we with result," said Stags manager Peter Shirtliff.

"I thought our players were excellent throughout the 90 minutes.

"We started slowly which was disappointing and I thought their goal kick-started us and we got our tempo up and started to cause them problems.

"Milton Keynes have some big lads and I thought our back four and goalkeeper did excellent. We have worked on our defending on the training ground this week and it paid off.

"We did have opportunities for a third goal. Simon Brown was clear on goal after timing his run perfectly but was given offside and we also had a penalty shout turned down.

"I did not see Stephen Dawson get a second yellow card so it baffles me if he did.

"But we are still unbeaten through pre-season and into our first two games. If we keep producing good performances and scoring goals like we are then you never know what could happen.

"We have a confidence right now and they are an honest bunch of lads that are a pleasure to work with."




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