D`LARYEA TARGETS RETURN AGAINST MACC
First game for D'Laryea?
CHAD.co.uk, 11 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
Mansfield Town are looking to organise a reserve team friendly of some sort next week to give Jon D'Laryea his first competitive action since March.
The midfield ace has been badly missed while out after two ankle operations.
But he was a very welcome sight back in training this week.
"Jon has been back in training and has a smile on his face which is a good sign," said manager Billy Dearden.
"I have been putting him in and taking him out and trying not to push him too hard to soon.
"He is a bit stiff but in his body and not in the injury which is good. I am pleased for him.
"You are probably looking at two or three weeks before he is back in the first team picture. But, if he is feeling right, you never know.
"He certainly couldn't start a game yet. But maybe in the next week or two he could be involved in the 16."
10 Oct 07
Midfielder Jonathan D'Laryea has told mansfieldtown.net that he should be match-fit in time for the home game against Macclesfield on 3 November. D'Laryea told mansfieldtown.net "I had planned to return against Barnet this Saturday. My ankle is fine now, but I am lacking a lot of match practice."
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Jason finds his form
CHAD.co.uk, 10 Oct 07, By John Lomas
STAGS keeper Jason White looked back to his best in an assured second half display at Rotherham.
The youngster had been under fire from supporters earlier this season and was dropped by manager Billy Dearden eight games ago after a disappointing afternoon at Morecambe.
But he was back in the action last week when Carl Muggleton took a blow in the face against MK Dons and was again called upon on Saturday when Muggleton felt the after-effects of that blow in the first half.
“I was pleased to get back in,” said White. “I though I did all right but I was just disappointed with the result.
“We finished the game strongly on Saturday, it's just a shame we couldn't have started like that.
“The injury problems with the back four is obviously a factor.
“No one goes out there to play badly. You just go out to do your job and do your best. But, at the moment, it is just not good enough.
“People say luck is against us. But you get what you deserve and we can do better. We need to get out of the traps better and stop letting goals in.
“More than anything right now we need a win from somewhere, not a performance.”
He added: “There is a takeover at the club and we might get one or two players in. But we know there won't be 10 new faces and the lads that are in the dressing room are the ones that are going to have to do it for us.
“The next couple of games are massive for us. We desperately need a win and it would be nice to get our first away win at Barnet and then come back and beat Notts County in front of our home supporters.”
White feels the return of midfielder Jon D'Laryea later this month could be a huge boost for the club.
“We all know what Jon is like sweeping up in front of the defence and he is a great asset to the club,” he said. “You need someone like that in the middle.
“He is not going to score you 30 yard goals but you know he is there. Jon is 'steady Eddie' and he is consistent which is what we need.
“I think we will do well with Jon back in the side.”
White was philosophical over his treatment by the Stags fans.
“The fans will always get on your backs when things are not going our way,” he said.
“I was happy with my own performance on Saturday, though it is hard to come on as a substitute.
“But we are professionals and are there to do a job. I did nothing more than my job and, like the rest of those lads in the dressing room, I will always give 110 per cent when I pull on a Mansfield Town shirt.
“Early on in the season I had a poor game at Morecambe.
“I was desperate to put on a good performance for the fans and myself. But it was just one of those days.
“You are stuck at the back and just feel everything is going against you.
“I am working hard and hoping I can get back into the team. It is up to the manager.”
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