DEARDEN, BUXTON AND McILROY REACTION
Audio interview with Jake Buxton from BBC Radio Nottingham, 25Aug2007 (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_morecombe_away_player.ram
White's right for job, says buxton
Evening Post, 28 Aug 2007
Jake Buxton feels the fans' barracking of Jason White is uncalled for and not helping Mansfield or their young keeper.
A number of supporters turned on the Stags No.1 after his fifth minute own goal at Morecambe at the weekend.
And the criticism of him became even more intense after he was at fault for the Shrimps' second goal as well.
But the club skipper Buxton believes in White's ability.
"Whitey doesn't deserve the stick he is getting and I know it was a lonely place for him back there on his own at Morecambe," he said.
"Everyone knows he is going through a hard time at the moment and we are trying to look after him as best we can.
"He knows he's made mistakes but getting on his back is not going to help at all, because we will be calling on him to make more saves a few minutes later.
"I heard what was being said and you don't like to hear people being spoken to like that.
"He is a thick-skinned lad and it takes a lot to get to him, but it is bound to start having an effect."
Buxton understands the disappointment of the supporters after the Stags' poor start to this season's League Two campaign.
But he is urging the fans not to vent their frustration on White.
Buxton said: "I know fans have the right to put their opinion across, but I'm just saying that encouragement would be ten times better.
"He is a decent lad and deserves to be our number one keeper. The fans have to get behind him.
"Every player goes through a spell when they struggle with their form. The difference in Jason's position is if you make a mistake it usually results in a goal."
Dearden needs to shore-up defence
Billy Dearden today pledged to keep searching for answers until he can plug Mansfield's leaky defence.
The Stags lost 3-1 at Morecambe on Saturday as defensive mistakes hindered any chance of a victory at Christie Park.
His side have now conceded ten goals in their last three games and boss Dearden knows that worrying habit needs to be stopped quickly.
"I thought we were well in the game at Morecambe but we can't keep giving goals away like we are doing just now," he said.
"I just think with what we have in the team we should have enough to deal with things better but we are not doing it as a unit.
"I think if a goal goes in first for us then we go on and win the game but at the moment we are not going to do that because there are too many mistakes in our box.
"Everyone's place is under threat if we keep losing. We have lost by four, three and three but we have to keep clean sheets.
"Goals win football matches but it doesn't help when you give them away either.
"The lads are down but we will get through it and we will be working hard at it with them but it's up to them in the end. The players are the only ones who can get it right."
Dearden felt all three of Morecambe's goals could and should have been prevented.
He said: "We are not ruthless enough in attack or in defence and we are not defending our box as well as we should be with the players we have in the team.
"Jason is just having a bad time of things at the moment. He got both hands on the cross and knows he should catch the ball. That gives them an incentive and lifts them but we carried on and didn't do too badly."
"We got the goal back and within a minute or so we concede another sloppy goal.
"Instead of being 1-1 at half-time it is 2-1 and that hurt us a lot.
"The ten minutes into the second half they get the penalty.
"Jelleyman gets away with a foul but is then stupid enough to pull him down in the box and the referee has no option but to give a penalty.
"Morecambe have come out of non-league and I told the lads it was going to be hard because they don't want to go back there.
"It does get difficult going without a victory, but we are not going to get one unless we stop conceding goals like we have done again."
Injured Alex John-Baptiste has been for a scan, which has revealed he needs to rest his back.
Dearden reckons the defender will be out for another week or two.
Stags boss waiting on Martin
Billy Dearden is hopeful left midfielder Dan Martin will be fit to face Stockport County on Saturday.
The former Notts County man missed last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Morecambe after sustaining a back injury in training.
He has been at Field Mill today receiving treatment and is thought to be improving.
With four other players currently out in the shape of Jonathan D'Laryea, Alex John-Baptiste, Simon Brown and Ashley Kitchen, the Stags boss is hoping Martin will recover.
"Dan's back is still sore and he has not trained today but it is slightly better than it was," said Dearden.
"We could do with him coming back because with plenty of the other lads out who would be involved against Stockport, we haven't go too many options.
"But if he is not fit enough to train later in the week, then obviously he won't play. We will just have to wait and see.
Dearden said the mood in the Stags camp was still upbeat, despite the disappointing result at Christie Park.
He said: "I obviously didn't want them to come in and be over the moon, but then I don't want them feeling sorry for themselves either.
"We have had a chat about the Morecambe game and now we have to put it to the back of our minds.
"We have a full week to prepare and have time to put things right."
Morecambe are proud of result
Sammy McIlroy hailed his Morecambe side after they ended their wait for a first League Two win since promotion from the Conference.
Like Mansfield, the Shrimps had failed to win either of their first two league matches despite winning at Preston in the Carling Cup.
But their wait came to an end as a Jason White own goal and strikes from Craig Stanley and Carl Baker handed them a 3-1 success over the Stags.
"I'm very proud to get a result like that and now we have that first win on the board I think we can go from strength to strength," said McIlroy.
"We had a good start and then they scored, but we bounced back quickly from that.
"I thought our defenders handled everything that was thrown at them by Mansfield.
"We knew we had to adapt quickly to the difference between Conference and League football and I think we are doing that."
Stags captain slams teammates and fans
CHAD website, 28Aug2007
MANSFIELD Town FC captain Jake Buxton launched an attack on his own teammates and fans after Saturday's 3-1 disappointing defeat at Morecambe.
Buxton told BBC Radio Nottingham that the players need to show more drive and committment.
And he also said that the fans' barracking of under-pressure keeper Jason White and new striker John McAliskey is not helping the team.
Buxton told BBC Radio Nottingham's David Jackson: "We are massively disappointed. Some of the lads thought we performed ok, I disagree. I think we have to give more as a team, more effort and more drive and more wanting to wear the shirt.
"Some people seem to spit the dummy out when things go wrong.
"We know we have a bit of quality in the side . . . we want to see some of the lads who have got quality to have a desire to work hard and get back and help all the lads in the side defend.
"I'm just upset with the desire and committment of some of the players. There is only so much the gaffer is going to take before he brings in new players.
"Jason (White) has had a bit of stick off the fans. It doesn't help from the first minute, the first kick he gets, that the fans are on his back straight away instead of getting behind the lad.
"He knows he has made a mistake (after the first goal), the fans need to help him pick his head up.
"The fans need to get behind the players. We all know the lad is having a hard time so get behind him and help him get through it . . . if we turn it around those fans getting on our backs now will be those being two faced if we get somewhere.
"We know we are not one of the best sides in the league so our performances have to be to the best of our ability. At the moment we are not at it."
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_morecombe_away_manager.ram
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from Mansfield 103.2 here
Stags boss slams lack of ruthlessness
STAGS boss Billy Dearden slammed his side for a lack of ruthlessness in both boxes after today's 3-1 defeat at Morecambe.
STAGS boss Billy Dearden slammed his side for a lack of ruthlessness in both boxes after today's 3-1 defeat at Morecambe.
"We are very disappointed," he said. "I thought we were well in the game but you can't give goals away like we are doing right now.
"We are not ruthless enough in the box when we are attacking and we are not ruthless enough defending either.
"With what we have got in our defence we should have enough. But we can't seem to defend as a unit."
Keeper Jason White set Morecambe on their way when he fumbled a fifth minute cross into his own net and Dearden said: "He is having a bad time at the moment - it's as simple as that.
"He got both hands to the ball so he knows he should have caught it. That gave Morecambe a lift.
"We managed to get level and then again we quickly gave away another sloppy goal. We should have come in at 1-1 at half-time but went in 2-1 down which really hurt us.
"Then Gareth Jelleyman gets away with a foul but is stupid enough to bring him down in the box and the referee has no option but to give them a penalty.
"That gave us a mountain to climb and, although we created chances and went three up front and three at the back, we couldn't get back in it.
"Morecambe were a typical side coming into the League from non-League. They don't want to go back there and I told the players it would be tough. I thought Morecambe played quite well."
With the transfer window set to close on Wednesday, Dearden added: "I am hopeful something will happen on Monday.
"I was hoping it would happen yesterday but it didn't materialise."
A scan on defender Alex John-Baptiste has revealed nothing worse than a back strain and he should be all right after one to two weeks rest.
Sammy McIlroy Post Match Reaction
Sammy McIlroy was very proud of the club's first win in the football League and he was talking to BBC Radio Lancashire's Derek Quinn after the match today:
“I'm very proud of the lads today and the fact that we have our first win under our belts. It is a great result in a tough game we fought well but I thought we played better last week at Wrexham and came away with nothing.
We got a great start with the keeper failing to hold on but I though that we would kick on from there and we allowed them to get back into the game.
Stanners scored a great goal and we are looking to get him into more forward positions and I thought he took his goal well.
The Penalty sealed the game with Carl Baker converting well, he has a great temperament and I'm sure he will be a sensation in this league. Thommo did well to get the ball into the danger are and I though the did tremendously well back on that right side. When Thommo plays as well as that then there is no one in this league that will match him. The Penalty was scored at a vital time
Lets hope we can keep going now were up and running now my defenders handled everything that was thrown at them today and I thought we were good for the three points today. We know that we have to adapt quickly from our time in the Conference into the Football League. I wish we had played better today for Sir Tom but if he comes every week and we can get a win then I will pay for his match day ticket!!!!
The fans were magnificent today and we will need that level of support here this season where we will be looking to win the majority of our points here at home.
Looking ahead to The Wolves match on Tuesday night:
“We will be looking to have a go and give a good account of ourselves. We know Wolves are hot favourites but it is a great stage for the lads and we will be looking to put on a show for the fans too.
It was great to get a win today to give us a bit of confidence. I hope we can see many of our fans down there on Tuesday night but of course I'm delighted with the three points today which has given everyone at the club a big lift.”
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