DEARDEN AND BROWN REACTION
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from Mansfield 103.2 here
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham
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CHAD AUDIO: We have to believe in ourselves - Muggleton: clip here
By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS keeper Carl Muggleton says troubled Mansfield Town have to pull together and re-group if they are to climb away from the League Two drop-zone.
The rallying cry comes after Stags slipped to a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat away to relegation rivals Accrington Stanley to leave the Field Mill team entrenched in the dreaded relegation places.
He told Chad: "This is a big disappointment and we are all very low at the moment. We have to gather ourselves together and get people believing in themselves again and that they are good enough to be in this league.
"We have to all rally around each other and get confidence levels up. Experience is a big thing is this league and the experienced players in the squad, such as myself and Matty Hamshaw, need to rally around the younger players and make sure that we all keep our heads up.
"We have had a lot of injuries and suspensions and we have not started with our full squad yet. Hopefully when we get players back results will begin to pick up."
And Muggleton says struggling Stags now have to work hard and give 100 per cent effort to claim a crucial three points against league newcomers Dagenham & Redbridge at Field Mill on Saturday.
Said Muggleton: "We have to pick ourselves up and work hard to change results and to get the three points on Saturday. We need to get the crowd behind us at home and get their support."
Muggleton was also quick to insist that Stags' off-field turmoil surrounding the proposed takeover of the club by businessman James Derry had not adversely affected performances on the pitch.
Said Muggleton: "I was always taught as a younger player that we are just here to play football. All we can do is concentrate on what we do in training and concentrate on what happens during matchday and not what is going on off the field."
CHAD AUDIO: We've got to stick together, says boss Billy: clip here
MANSFIELD Town boss Billy Dearden thought his beleaguered side deserved a point at Accrington Stanley.
The Stags slipped to a 1-0 defeat, but Dearden believes their second half fightback - after a poor first half - should have earned them something from the game.
He told Chad.co.uk: "We created more chances when we went three at the back . . . and got the ball down and passed it a little bit better."
Dearden also praised the performance of teenager defender Chris Wood, after his first League start of the season at right back and then as part of a three-man defence after half-time.
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