DEARDEN, DAWSON AND STILL REACTION
CHAD AUDIO: We don't even look like winning a game - 'Bucko'
JAKE Buxton was a bitterly disappointed captain after the Stags hit the bottom of the League with the 1-0 home defeat to Dagenham. And he admitted that at the moment Mansfield don't look like winning a match.
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CHAD AUDIO: Defender emergency for Dearden
By John Lomas
BILLY Dearden will try to bring in another defender before Tuesday's home clash with Milton Keynes Dons after more defensive misery at Field Mill today as Stags slipped into bottom place.
Mansfield lost 1-0 to new boys Dagenham and Redbridge and saw young full back Chris Wood become his latest defensive casualty in a season when Stags have so failed to keep a clean sheet.
Wood was stretchered off but Dearden said: "We don't think there is any bone damage but we have sent Chris for a precautionary X-ray on his ankle anyway.
"Chances are we will be without him for a while now.
"I will have a look and see if there is anything I can do before Tuesday as we are short at the back."
Gareth jelleyman and Martin McIntosh are already out injured with Alex John-Baptiste rusty after a six-game lay-off.
Dearden added: "I was very disappointed with the result.
"We had enough chances in the first half to win two or three matches but Dagenham got bodies back behind the ball and I thought they defended the box very well.
"Their goal was a very soft one to concede. We should have cut out the cross and then their lad had been given a free header at the back stick.
"It was Dagenham's first away goal and that hurts us."
With Wrexham winning, Stags are now bottom of the entire league and Dearden added: "It hurts me and the lads to be looking up at everyone else in our league and we need to do something about it - and the sooner the better.
"The fans quite rightly had a go at us at the end. That is part and parcel of football and we have to be big enough to get a result against Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
"We have got to be more ruthless and work harder and harder. We need to scrape a result from somewhere and the sooner it comes the more relief there will be in that dressing room."
Daggers boss John Still was delighted with his moment of history.
"There has not been a psychological problem away from home but we are pleased to get that first win," he said.
"I was confident, despite the away defeats. We had always been in games.
"We are learning that you can't switch off for a minute in this division compared to last season. You have to be on your mettle every game.
"I was pleased when Mansfield took their big man off as it showed we were on top.
"I got the tactics spot-on in the second half - we broke well and maybe should have scored one or two more goals."
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_dagenham_home_manager.ram
Audio interview with Stephen Dawson from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_dagenham_home_player.ram
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