DEARDEN AND SLEATH REACTION
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/jpt_stags_rotherham_home_manager.ram
Dearden looking to set up loan deal
Billy Dearden today revealed he may add a new face to his squad for Sunday's trip to Peterborough following an injury to Stephen Dawson.
The Irishman is rated 50-50 at best after straining his hamstring in last night's 1-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Rotherham.
It leaves the Stags desperately short of central midfield options against the Posh, with Lee Bell and Jonathan D'Laryea definitely unavailable and Lee Bullock a doubt with a thigh problem.
However, the transfer window re-opens this weekend for emergency loans and Dearden is looking to take advantage of that situation.
"I might be able to go out and get someone on loan because you have to wait seven days from the close of the permanent deadline, so we should be ok by Saturday," he said.
"As far as I'm aware if we got something sorted on Saturday then he would be eligible to play on the Sunday."
Dawson lasted just five minutes last night before being replaced by Dan Martin.
Dearden hopes the problem was identified earlier enough to prevent further damage.
He said: "We took Daws off right away because he felt it was tight as he was running.
"We think it's a strain more than a pull, but you are never sure with those injuries."
Bell, meanwhile, was handed a four-match ban yesterday by the FA for his sending off against Stockport.
The Stags appealed against the red card on Monday, shown by referee Danny McDermid for what he interpreted as serious foul play.
But the punishment was increased from a three to four-game suspension on the grounds the appeal was 'frivolous.'
As well as last night and the Peterborough match, Bell will also sit out the derby clash with Chesterfield and the trip to Accrington.
"I am gobsmacked the appeal has been turned down and for Belly to get an extra match ban is a disgrace," said Dearden.
"If it had been a bigger club then we might have been ok, but I think they are hammering the smaller clubs.
"The FA committee had to decide if it was a frivolous appeal and decided it was, which I can't understand at all.
"Because of that he has to miss another game and I think that's diabolical. It was not a nasty tackle or a late one, so I'm very disappointed by what's happened."
There's more to come, promises young Danny
By Tim Morriss
TEENAGER Danny Sleath gave one of his best first team displays in a Stags shirt on Tuesday night - but then promised fans there is even more to come.
Sleath was drafted into the midfield for the 1-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy home defeat by Rotherham following Lee Bell's suspension and injury to loan signing Lee Bullock.
He told chad.co.uk: "That was probably my best game at home since making my debut.
"But I still think that there is a lot more that I can do.
"It was great to get out on the pitch, but I am disappointed with the result.
"There is definitely more to come from the younger lads, we did okay, but we can do a lot better."
The teenager gave his most assured performance at Field Mill, almost scored with one shot, and vowed to make the most of any future first team chances.
He added: "It is hard for players to train all week, not get a game and then stay motivated, but it is upto me as a player to show that when I get a chance I am ready for it.
"I would love to play again soon . . . Every opportunity to be in the first team is great.
"Every chance I get I have got to try to improve on the last game."
Sleath was joined in the Trophy side by young full back Chris Wood and both won praise from manager Billy Dearden.
He said: "I thought young Chris Wood did well at right back, Danny Sleath did okay in the midfield and Dan Martin came on and showed what he can do if he gets fitter."
Dawson the worry after Tropy exit
Stags midfielder Stephen Dawson in a big doubt for Sunday's game at Peterborough after limping out of tonight's JPT 1-0 home defeat by Rotherham after only five minutes.
Mansfield manager Billy Dearden said: "I though we did enough to at least take it to penalties so it was a disappointing result.
"But with losing Stephen Dawson after five minute we were forced to reshuffle early on. He has a hamstring problem and I would say he is probably 50-50 for Sunday's game at Peterborough.
"But there one or two plusses. I though young Chris Wood did well at right back, Danny Sleath did okay in the midfield and Dan Martin came on and showed what he can do if he gets fitter.
"It was disappointing the winner came from a set piece and he was all on his own when he headed the ball in.
"Apart from that I thought they didn't really have any other second half chances.
"We put some pressure on them late on and when a shot came off their keeper I though we might have followed it in. But it wasn't to be"
Hudson post Mansfield
Rotherham United's injured midfield player, Mark Hudson, says it may be hard for him to get back into the team after watching tonight's win in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Mansfield.
Hudson, who was a guest commentator on Radio Sheffield tonight, said, 'It was a good away win.
'I think it was the start of the second half that won the game for us. Mansfield came back towards the end and we were under the cosh for the final ten minutes but the team defended very well.
'I thought both forwards played well tonight and I was glad to see Ryan Taylor getting a chance. We looked good playing 4-3-3.
'I might find it difficult to get back in when I start training again! But that is all good for the team.'
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