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DEARDEN, BUXTON AND JIM GANNON REACTION
2nd September 2007 10:40


More reaction from the superb CHAD website:

Happy Hamshaw enjoys victory over ex-club
CHAD website
By Tim Morriss
WINGMAN Matt Hamshaw, the star of the Stags' first win of the season, was not embarrassed to win the sponsors' man of the match award . . . this time.
Two weeks earlier he admitted that he should not have won the accolade during the defeat at the hands of Lincoln City.

But delighted Hamshaw, who enjoyed the 4-2 victory over his former side Stockport more than most after being booed by the travelling fans, said: "I am just proud today . . . proud of every one of the players.

"I have got this award, but it is not just one of us who should get the credit, everyone did well. And the fans were great, really lifted us.

"We started like a hurricane, I can't remember a game like it," he told Chad, recalling the four goals inside 32 minutes which rocked his ex-club.

Hamshaw, booed as he made the vital cross for the crucial early goal, added: "I know why they boo, but I can't understand it really. I suppose if they boo it lets you know that you are a threat to their side, which is good.

"So it was nice to get a goal . . . and an ovation from our own fans."

Hamshaw also admitted that captain Jake Buxton had been right in his controversial assessment of the team a week earlier after the defeat at Morecambe.

Buxton questioned the commitment of some players, but Hamshaw told Chad; "That has been the big thing all week, that we have all got to work hard on the pitch.

"I am my own worst critic and I know that we haven't been doing it in the past, but today we all worked hard as a team.

"At half-time there was a little bit of disagreement in the dressing room, as we disappointed to have just let in two goals, and that was good to see. We are a team!"
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CHAD website
By Tim Morriss
DEFENDER Martin McIntosh emerged from the dressing room battle scarred, but happy to celebrate the vital victory over Stockport County.
McIntosh missed the second half following a clash of heads just before half-time that required four sitches – and left him with a badly swollen cheekbone.

The summer signing from Huddersfield Town, who also notched his first goal for the Stags in the 4-2 first win of the season, told Chad: "It was a clash of heads, just one of those things. The ball came into the area and I headed the back of a player's head."

The experienced defender, whose scorching 25 yard free kick gave the Stags a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes, said: "That free kick goal has been coming. I am always confident of scoring from that area."

"This is a big result for us, a massive boost. We have been hurting for a few weeks.

"The fans have been on our backs a little and that is fair enough. But today they were delighted with us and that is great, they were right behind us today.

"I have never been in a match that has started like that. Four goals after half an hour and a missed penalty is amazing.

"Of course we were disappointed to have then lost two goals just before half-time, but we got the win in the end."

McIntosh was joined at Field Mill in the summer by fellow Terrier John McAliskey and the tall former Huddersfield striker also celebrated his first goal for the Stags in the thumping victory.

McAliskey, who started the early goal rush with a thumping third minute finish, said: "I knew I needed to get a goal and to score it so early took the pressure off me a little. It set me up for the rest of the game.

"We got out of the blocks early today, the first goal was vital. Conceding early goals in recent weeks has killed us, but today it was the other way round.

"We are a bit disappointed to have let in two goals and we know we must improve."

He also praised his strike partner Micky Boulding, who has now scored in all four League games, adding: "We are starting to form a good partnership. I am getting the flick-ons and Micky is getting closer to me and getting the ball.

"I know the fans want to see me score goals and they got right behind me today after the early goal. I hope they just keep getting behind me and I will do all I can to carry on scoring."
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Fans were 12th man, praises captain Buxton
CHAD website
By Tim Morriss
STAGS captain Jake Buxton's rallying call to teammates and fans appeared to pay dividends as Mansfield Town surged to their first win of the season.
And Buxton, who questioned the commitment of some players and the negativity from the terraces following the defeat at Morecambe, was quick to salute the team and supporters after the remarkable 4-2 defeat of Stockport County.

Buxton told Chad: "Last week I said what I felt was right, even if it was in the heat of the moment after a game.
"Today all the lads showed a desire and commitment which we haven't shown in recent weeks.

"We all stuck together and defended well, especially in the second half when we had to re-organise through the injury (to McIntosh) and then when we were down to 10 men.

"And today the fans urged us on, they really got behind us.

"When we went down to 10 men it was like they were the extra man . . . they made it a lot easier for us.

"I remember looking up into the West Stand when we were under the cosh and saw that they were backing us.

"I saw several fans waving their fists at me, to cheer us on. It was brilliant to see. That's what we want.

"Now we know we have got to carry on like this. If we put in the effort like today we will be all right. It was a good performance all over the pitch."

Buxton, among the scorers in the thumping win, added: "Before the game I said to my mum and dad that we needed a good result today and I needed a goal to get the fans off my back. What a great day!

"We worked hard all week. We know we have got stop giving other sides early goals against us, that doesn't help to get the fans behind us. So today was great."

The captain also backed keeper Jason White to make a return to the first team, after the keeper was left out of the side following his costly errors the previous weekend.

Buxton told Chad: "Jason has got to work hard, which he does, and push Carl to get back into the side.

"He needs to regain his confidence, but I have always said good players don't become bad players overnight and Jason is a good goalkeeper. You don't lose being a good keeper and I am sure he will bounce back."
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Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_stockport_home_manager.ram
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Audio interview with Jake Buxton from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_stockport_home_player.ram
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Evening Post website:
Bills says Stags showed character
Billy Dearden felt his Mansfield side showed plenty of "character" in the 4-2 victory over Stockport.
The Stags raced into a four-goal lead as John McAliskey, Martin McIntosh, Jake Buxton and Michael Boulding netted inside the opening 32 minutes before Adam Proudlock bagged a brace for County.

The win was Mansfield's first of the season and Dearden, who also saw midfielder Lee Bell sent off, beamed: "We set off very brightly and scored a good goal and soon we were 4-0 up.

"After that I was disappointed we didn't keep a clean sheet. Having said that, their second goal came when we were down to 10 men and we didn't reorganise as quickly as we should have done.

"All in all I thought it was a battling second half after playing some excellent football for this level in the first half.

"Losing Martin McIntosh was a blow. He needed four stitches in his eye and his cheek is up like a balloon.

"We had to move John Mullins in the centre of defence and Lee Bell to right back. Then Lee was sent off and we had to bring Stephen Dawson to right back for the last 20 minutes.

"So I thought we showed a bit of character and were not going to get beaten. Stockport did have chances but so did we.

"We rode our luck at times in the second half but we earned that luck with our first-half performance.

"I wasn't sure if it was a sending-off but someone who was here and who I respect in the game told me he didn't think it was a red and we should appeal. I will have a look on Monday and decide."

County boss Jim Gannon said: "I am disappointed and we really should have seen the writing on the wall from previous weeks.

"Players have been given instructions and if they can't take those instructions then they won't be in the team. The lads are in for a hard week's work.

"If they can't learn from instructions then they will have to learn from practice after practice. If that doesn't work we are wasting our time and we will have to get better players in that can put our instructions into practice.

"I was disappointed with our attacking play in certain areas of the team. Not enough players look capable of making cutting passes or killer passes.

"We gave away too many cheap fouls and cheap possession and it's cost us again. It was just unfortunate we didn't get the third goal and push on as I thought it was there for us to get a point."
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We played excellent football, says victorious boss Billy
By John Lomas
STAGS boss Billy Dearden saluted his side after a thrilling first victory of the season, 4-2 over Stockport County at Field Mill.
Dearden said: "We have had a few words this week and they knew they had to stop conceding sloppy early goals which gives teams the incentive to get at us," he said.

"Today we set off very brightly and scored a good goal and soon we were 4-0 up.
"After that I was disappointed we didn't keep a clean sheet. Having said that, their second goal came when we were down to 10 men and we didn't reorganise as quickly as we should have done.

"All in all I thought it was a battling second half after playing some excellent football for this level in the first half.

"Losing Martin McIntosh was a blow. He needed four stitches in his eye and his cheek is up like a balloon.

"We had to move John Mullins in the centre of defence and Lee Bell to right back. Then Lee was sent off and we had to bring Stephen Dawson to right back for the last 20 minutes.

"So I thought we showed a bit of character and were not going to get beaten.

"Stockport did have chances but so did we. We rode our luck at times in the second half but we earned that luck with our first half performance.

"I wasn't sure if it was a sending-off but someone who was here and who I respect in the game told me he didn't think it was a red and we should appeal. I will have a look on Monday and decide."
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