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DEARDEN, MULLINS, GANNON REACTION
10th March 2007 21:00


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Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2007/stags_notts_away_manager.ram
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Audio interview with Johnny Mullins from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2007/stags_notts_away_player.ram
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Audio interview with John Gannon from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2007/notts_stags_home_manager.ram
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Audio interview with Lawrie Dudfield from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2007/notts_stags_home_player.ram
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CHAD:
"In the end 0-0 was probably a fair result," said Mansfield boss Billy Dearden.
"I was happy with the way we battled but not the performance.
"But they are a young squad who are still learning and to go to Notts and get a point with a battling display is a good result.
"If people let us play then we can play. But if it's a battle then we can do a bit of both.
"It wasn't a good game. The pitch was a bit lively. We didn't get the ball down and play but Notts didn't allow us to.
"That is five games unbeaten. But it's no good getting a point here and not building on it and we now have two home games and our aim is to get six points from them.
"We have injury worries with Stephen Dawson and Jonathan D'Laryea.
"Dawson got a kick on his calf in the first half which was stiffening up and we probably kept him on there longer than we should have done.
"Then Jon twisted an ankle. So to say what we had across the middle at the end, we did well to get a point.
"Hopefully both will be fit for next week. Jon is the biggest worry but he is a young lad who is a good healer. If it was me I would be out now for next week! But Jon has a chance."

Former Stags assistant boss John Gannon, now performing the same role at Notts, said: "We didn't quite do enough to win it, we couldn't quite force the goal.
"Mansfield came into it a bit later on which was worrying as we have given too many late goals away at home which is a mental thing.
"We did get the ball into the final third on numerous occasions but the final ball is missing right now.
"I don't think the pitch is helping the lads. And of course we are missing Jason Lee. He gives you a dimension we were missing today.
"I thought we had the majority of the first half. Mansfield were playing a bit on the counter before coming into it more late on. It was a good scrap.
"The tension from the stand did transmit as the game wore on as the late goals we have been conceding are still there in people's minds.
"A clean sheet is a bonus for us but we know we need to offer a bit more in the box."
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