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25th September 2007 14:34

Coke tribunal verdict
CHAD.co.uk, 24 Sep 07
THE Stags will receive upto £70,000 for Giles Coke from Northampton Town.
A tribunal today said that Mansfield Town, who had been looking for £175,000 for the young midfielder, will receive £15,000 now, a further £7,500 in October and a further £7,500 in January next year.

In addition, a potential further £40,000 will be payable based on appearances - £10,000 each after 10, 20, 30 and 40 games for the Cobblers.

The Stags will also be awarded 20% of a future transfer fee involving the player.
Meanwhile Keith Haslam exclusively told thisismansfieldtown.net:
"Both clubs had a figure in mind for Giles and the fact that he has not been fit recently has probably not worked in our favour," said Haslam.
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Beardsley faces lengthy lay-off
York City striker Chris Beardsley is likely to be ruled out for up to four months after sustaining a broken jaw in Saturday's 2-0 win at Grays Athletic.
Beardsley was hurt in an off-the-ball incident involving Grays defender Jamie Stuart, who was sent off.

"We've got a lad in hospital with a broken jaw in two places," said York boss Billy McEwan.

"He will be operated on in Derby and will probably be missing for three to four months."

Stags search for new players
CHAD.co.uk, 24 Sep 07, By Stephen Thirkill
MANSFIELD Town are in the hunt for new signings to help bolster their injury-hit squad and kick-start their faltering season.
The Field Mill side slipped into the League Two relegation zone after another disappointing defeat against lowly Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

And the stretched Stags squad was also left further depleted after new signings John McAliskey twisted an ankle in training ahead of the game and Martin McIntosh limped off early with a hamstring injury.

The worrying defeat was Stags' fifth defeat out of seven league matches and leaves them still searching for their first away win of the season.

This week Stags' assistant manager Paul Holland told Chad the search for fresh talent would continue in the coming weeks.

Said Holland: "Myself and Billy Dearden will be going to watch games this week to look at various players who we can bring in to improve the squad.

"We are always looking to bolster the squad, but that does not mean we will bring in players for the sake of it. Hopefully we can get Lee Bullock's loan deal extended, as well.

"He has done well and will get better with more games under his belt. He showed his versatility on Saturday when he had to slot into defence and is the type of player that we need at the club at the moment."

But Holland insists Mansfield Town, who statistically have the worst defence in League Two having conceded 15 goals in seven games, do have enough quality to haul themselves out of trouble, despite their poor start.

"We have got to be better all over the pitch and show much more quality," he said. "As a club we can all do more, no-one is pointing the finger at anyone and it is up to us all to do better.

"Over the course of the season we feel we have got enough quality in this squad to get out of the position we are in. In games this season, such as against Brentford, we have shown what we can do and how well we can play.

"We have got players coming back from injury and it was great to see Simon Brown back in action again. We now need everyone to show desire and committment to improving things.

"We now need to work hard to win football matches starting on Saturday against Dagenham and if we show these qualities I am certain we will pull clear of the relegation zone."

We have to pick ourselves up, says captain 'Bucko'
CHAD.co.uk, 24 Sep 07, By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS' captain Jake Buxton says everyone connected with Mansfield Town must give maximum effort if the club is to pull away from the League Two basement.
And focused Buxton, who missed the weekend's disappointing defeat against Accrington Stanley following his sending-off against Chesterfield, has also called for a big improvement in team performances and consistency levels to turn the club's struggling season around.

He told Chad: "I do not want to have another season like we had last season. I also do not want to be the captain of a team which is relegated. We have to pick ourselves up as players.
"The 11 that is picked needs to be able to go out and do a job, but at the moment we are not doing that job. We are second to bottom in the league and I for one do not want that. We now need to work to get out of that position.
"We have to give it our best shot as a club to turn things around quickly. We have got to pick ourselves up, the experienced players need to help the younger players through this difficult patch. It was a big defeat because we were expecting to get three points."

And Buxton, who is expected to return to the Stags line-up for the crunch 'relegation six-pointer' against Dagenham on Saturday, has refused to blame injuries and suspensions for Mansfield's faltering form.

Said Buxton: "We have missed some key figures in our squad through injuries and suspensions, but we should have done better as a team to cope. We have missed Alex John-Baptiste but Mullins has come in and done a really good job and been solid.

"When Alex is back I am sure he will slot straight back into the team. Players are starting to come back and make the squad stronger, we feel we have more than enough to climb the table.

"It is frustrating that we can play so well against teams like Brentford and then get beat to Accrington. We started the season believing we could have a good season.

"When we are on our game then there are very few teams that can compete against us in this league and we have to play to our best on Saturday and get all three points."

The League table does not lie - Mullins
CHAD.co.uk, 24 Sep 07, By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS full-back Johnny Mullins is confident struggling Mansfield Town can pick up their faltering form and climb away from the League Two drop-zone.
The Field Mill side slipped to their third league defeat in a row away to Accrington Stanley on Saturday after a solitary goal from Paul Mullin secured three points for the Lancashire side.

But Mullins insists Stags have a good enough squad to put their recent bad run behind them and banish all talk of relegation.
"It is disappointing that we have not got three points. It was not a good game, but I thought we did enough to get something out of them," he said today (Monday).

"We do not want to be where we are, but the league table does not lie. We are not really thinking about the injuries and suspensions, we believe we have a good team and we have enough to climb up the table.
"I feel I have started well, there are always ways I can improve and get better. Right now I just want to keep my place in the team, it is a team game and if all the players play well then the team plays well."

And Mullins, who has impressed in Stags' makeshift defence in recent games, says the team now need to improve in key areas of the game to bag a crucial three points against Dagenham at Field Mill on Saturday.

He told Chad: "We have to pull together as a team and pick ourselves up for the Dagenham game. It is going to be a battle but we know if we go out there and play well then we can win.

"We need to keep them out at the back and put the ball in up front and if we do that then the results will start to turn for us. We are playing well in patches of games and need to keep up that pressure on teams and make our dominance count."


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