DEARDEN AND SHERIDAN REACTION
A work in progress but Stags positive
Evening Post, 15/08/2007
BILLY Dearden feels there is still work to do on Mansfield's defence after they shipped four goals at Oldham last night.
It was not a happy return to his hometown club for the Stags boss, who saw his side beaten 4-1 by the Latics at Boundary Park.
There were positives to draw from the game for Mansfield as they pushed their opponents from a higher level all the way.
But Dearden said: “I was disappointed with the defence at times because they were not quite up to the standard they have set.
“For the first goal we gave away the corner too easily which they scored from. The second goal was just a long diagonal ball forward that we didn't deal with when we should have done.
“Their third goal we should have finished with an effort on goal after Rory (Boulding) got to the byline, but they intercept it, whack it up front and we leave ourselves one-on-one, which is not like us.
“Even so, I didn't think it was a 4-1 game. We played better than that and you have to remember we had three key players not in the side.”
“It was a very young side out there to finish and I'm sure they will all learn a lot from this.”
After Athletic led 2-0 at half-time with goals from Neil Kilkenny and JP Kalala, Johnny Mullins reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the 72nd minute.
Dearden said: “I thought at 2-1 we had a good chance of getting back level but Oldham played very well and deserved to win the game. We stuck with them at times but, in the end, we were beaten by a better side.”
“It was always going to be hard to come here and get anything but now we have to put it right on Saturday against Lincoln.”
Mansfield have unveiled A. Sutton Pipeline as their new home shirt sponsors for the 2007-08 season.
The club hope to bear the name of the Mansfield company, based just off Quarry Lane, on their strip from this Saturday's home game with Lincoln.
FULL Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/cc_stags_oldham_away_manager.ram
Dearden hopes on quartet's fitness after defeat on hometown return
By John Lomas
STAGS boss Billy Dearden is expecting his ill and injured quartet of players to be fit for Saturday's visit of Lincoln City.
Alex John-Baptiste (tonsilitis), Matt Hamshaw (infected toe) and Jason White (knee) all missed last night's 4-1 Carling Cup first round exit at Dearden's home town club Oldham Athletic while John McAliskey (stomach upset) bravely battled on for an hour before having to come off.
"We should have all the lads back for Saturday who we missed at Oldham," said Dearden.
"It was disappointing to come back to Oldham and lose 4-1, but they were the better team on the night.
"We do not like losing and the lads are disappointed, but these things happen.
"At 2-1 we had a good chance when Rory Boulding got to the by-line and all he has to do is pick someone out. But it was intercepted and they broke quickly upfield straight away and scored and it was game over.
"Let's not forget, though, Oldham are a good side and they played very well.
"Their front man (Craig Davies) caused us problems with his pace and strength and they had good players all round the park.
"I thought we started brightly for the first 15 minutes and had a couple of half chances.
"But they scored a couple of quick goals and we went a bit flat.
"When we grabbed a goal we were back in it. But we were caught pushing too many men forward at the wrong time and we got caught at the back.
"John McAliskey did well to play as long as he did. He had a stomach bug and felt a bit of discomfort after about 20 minutes.
"He probably should have come off at half time but gave us an hour.
"We can play better than that. But we were up against a very good side who proved just how good they are.
"We didn't create as many chances as we did at Brentford but I didn't expect we would. But I did expect us to defend a lot better than that.
"The result won't harm us - we lost 4-0 at home to Huddersfield and that didn't harm us at Brentford. We will take the positives out of it."
Latics manager John Sheridan said: "We were comfortable winners at the end of the day.
"In the first five minutes Mansfield had a couple of half chances and we could have found ourselves 1-0 down.
"But leading 2-0 at half time it was more or less game over.
"I told them at half time not to get sloppy but we did get very sloppy at times and allowed Mansfield back in it."
The 3,155 crowd included a Stags' following of 213.
abbreviated Audio interviews with Billy Dearden and Johnny Mullins from Radio Nottingham here
Interview from Mansfield 103.2 not broadcast on Tuesday night
No excuses from Billy
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Oldham 4 v 1 Mansfield Town
Oldham boss John Sheridan watched his new-look side progress to the next stage of the Carling Cup with a deserved victory over League Two outfit Mansfield and said: "We will get even better.
"That's two wins out of two now, and it is a good habit to get into.
"Lots of teams who are successful win games when they don't play to their maximum, and I must admit we were a bit spotty at times.
"We would like to go as far as we can in the competition, and would settle for another home tie in the next round.
"We have players who will score goals, and winning breeds confidence, I think we will do well this season."
Disappointed Mansfield manager Billy Dearden, who began his footballing career at Boundary Park, offered no excuses for defeat.
He said: "We know Oldham are a good side, and they showed it.
"They have plenty of pace but I still think we could have defended a little better.
"We started brightly and had a couple of half-chances, then we went a bit flat after going 2-0 behind.
"We pulled one back but when they made it 3-1 it really was game over.
"I didn't think we created enough chances, but you can expect that coming to a place like Oldham.
"It is never an easy place to come to and it looks like they will do well again this season.
"We had a few players out injured and we missed them but they should be back for Saturday and that will give us a lift."
In other news, Keith Chegwin went to France in a Pirate dinghy.
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