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DEARDEN AND BROWN REACTION
7th November 2007 23:34


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Audio interviews with Billy Dearden and Simon Brown from BBC Radio Nottingham, Click here.

Bonus interview - Lewes manager after today's 4-0 win: Click here.

Quotes of the Week
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/funny_old_game/7078848.stm
"The lads have started like a train on fire."
Johnny Mullins on Radio Nottingham as Mansfield led Macclesfield 4-0 at half-time.

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Feelgood factor at the Stags - Derry
CHAD.co.uk, By Tim Morriss
DELIGHTED James Derry has thanked Stags fans for a second successive week as the feelgood factor continues to surround the football club.
Mr Derry and his incoming regime at Field Mill have been encouraged with the positive response their proposed takeover is receiving from supporters.

And on Saturday they were pleased with the 2,800 attendance figure, which surpassed their expectations, while on the pitch the Stags stretched their unbeaten run to four matches with a thumping 5-0 win.

Chairman and head of the local consortium taking over the club Mr Derry said: "Given all the problems this season, we would have been happy with 2,500 today. So 2,800 was good, I am very pleased.

"But it is still nowhere near enough. I believe we can get 4,000 in here every week . . . we need to get a lot more in here every week.

"There is a feelgood factor returning to the club on and off the pitch.

"I felt it at the fans forum last week. More supporters will come back, I am sure, once the takeover is completed. They can see what we are trying to do.
"The 2,600 odd home fans against Macclesfield gave the players great support and the players gave them a lot to shout about.

"I firmly believe we have turned the corner on and off the pitch. I sensed the change on the pitch at Barnet, the late penalty save and then when they hit the post in the last minute.

"Spirit within the club is higher than it has been."

Last week Mr Derry telephoned fans returning from Shrewsbury on the Stags Supporters Association coaches to thanks them for their support, which he and manager Billy Dearden both said played a part in the players' battling performance.

Next week the club has reduced ticket prices for the FA Cup First Round tie with non league Lewes – the second of three successive home Saturdays - and will be hoping to attract more fans into Field Mill. Adult admission has been cut from £18 to £12/concessions £7.
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from mtfc.co.uk:
Simply not good enough
A shell shocked Macclesfield Town manager Ian Brightwell made his way to the press box moments after the final whistle today. And it was clear the events of the afternoon had hurt.

Plenty to think about
"I don't know where to start. You just cannot gift the opposition goals in the way we did today and expect to win games of football. Our defending was abysmal. Everything we had spoken about and worked hard on in training was forgotten in a mad opening twenty minutes."
"Throughout the team we didn't pick up our markers. We didn't track back as well as we should. And we failed to react as quickly as their players did when it mattered. Most disappointingly, we've not made them work hard enough. Well worked goals you can live with, but each of the first four goals were preventable had we been doing our job properly."
"I won't repeat what Asa and I said to the players. That will stay in the dressing room. But I've asked them to go away this weekend and take a long hard look at themselves. Today just simply was not good enough."
"We have a game against Brentford on Tuesday night, in which we need to show a marked improvement otherwise we are in danger of getting dragged into a fight at the wrong end of the table. We are better than that but the table doesn't lie."
"It is clear that we need to strengthen the squad and I'll be continuing my efforts to bring a few new faces in, but I think it's important we don't over react. I've got an honest bunch of players and they know they have let themselves and the fans down today. But it's the first real time we've been turned over this season and I hope the pain of the defeat will spur them on to ensure it doesn't happen again."
"I am a naturally positive person and we have to try and what positives we can. Jamie Tolley came back into the side and I thought he did well. And when we changed things around going three up front, we did create chances, two or three of which could have easily gone in. But it wasn't to be as it was just one of those days."
"That in no way underestimates how much it hurt. We owe it to everyone to make up for it on Tuesday and that has to be uppermost in our thoughts."


Backs to the wall
It was a despondent set of players who boarded the team coach for what would undoubtedly be a long journey back to Macclesfield after today's 5-0 hammering at Mansfield.
But captain Richard Edghill took the time to have a few words with us although he was at a loss to explain what had just happened.
"I am shocked to be fair. The first ten minutes wasn't good enough and the manager told us that in no uncertain terms at half time. We just didn't start the game. Perhaps we just thought we were going to come here and wipe the floor with them because they were down there at the bottom of the league. But that's not the case. You have to start every game as you mean to carry on and we just didn't do that."
"We found ourselves four nil down after twenty minutes and even though we tried our best there was no real way back from there. The game was effectively lost. We just can't carry on giving away goals and defending the way we did."
"We've not played a game all season where the opposition have given us goals like we did to Mansfield today. It was just too easy for them. We were all looking at each other and shouting. But collectively we need to get back to basics. It just wasn't good enough especially in those first twenty minutes."
"We're all disappointed, make no mistake of that. We've got to pick ourselves up as this is a long season. There are a lot of games still left to play. We have played some good football at times, and don't seem to have a problem creating chances. But it's defensively where we obviously need to up our game."
"It's good we have a game on Tuesday and we'll get together on Monday, work hard and get ready for Brentford."



CHAD AUDIO: Confidence - and a little luck - the key, says 'Muggs'! --->

http://www.chad.co.uk/stags/AUDIO-Confidence--and-a.3443461.jp

STAGS keeper Carl Muggleton praised his side after a third successive clean sheet in the 5-0 drubbing of Macclesfield on Saturday.
He said that confidence, mixed with a little luck, lay behind their resurgence and climb away from the foot of the table.



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CHAD audio--->

http://www.chad.co.uk/stags/AUDIO-We-could-have-scored.3440840.jp

We could have scored more - Dearden
By John Lomas
DESPITE a 5-0 victory over Macclesfield Town, Stags boss Billy Dearden admitted he wasn't full satisfied!
He said: "To be honest I was disappointed we didn't score more goals and I was disappointed we gave them chances to score.

"Carl Muggleton made a couple of important saves for us.

"But I was chuffed to bits to keep a clean sheet though.

"We have been creating chances in every game and we probably didn't deserve to win 5-0 today, though we will take it.

"Simon reckons it was a perfect hat-trick, but I will have to look on the video and check as he does tend to fiddle a bit!

"We are on a bit of a run now which we have to keep going.

"But we do have our most difficult game of the season ahead on Tuesday when we go to Hereford who are top three and put five past Darlington today."

Furious Macclesfield boss Ian Brightwell said: "In the first 20 minutes we gave away four absolutely shocking goals.

"Our defending was shambolic and the players know it.

"I was disappointed with our lack of defending ability.

"They did ever so well early season, but these last three or four games have been horrendous.

"I told them today that we must make sure that doesn't happen again as, if it does, we could be in trouble.

"I can't accept letting in goals like that. And to let in four in 20 minutes was a disgrace. It is difficult to get back into it then.

"I told them at half time they could either go down with the ship or they could fight their way out of it. But they didn't do that.

"I did try to change things, but we let another goal in and I went three up front and three at the back.

"I am looking to get a new defender in, but it has to be the right one. I would like John Terry or Rio Ferdinand but, in reality, I know I can't do that. But it is imperative I get one."
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Furious Macclesfield boss Ian Brightwell said: "In the first 20 minutes we gave away four absolutely shocking goals.

"Our defending was shambolic and the players know it.

"I was disappointed with our lack of defending ability.

"They did ever so well early season, but these last three or four games have been horrendous.

"I told them today that we must make sure that doesn't happen again as, if it does, we could be in trouble.

"I can't accept letting in goals like that. And to let in four in 20 minutes was a disgrace. It is difficult to get back into it then.

"I told them at half time they could either go down with the ship or they could fight their way out of it. But they didn't do that.

"I did try to change things, but we let another goal in and I went three up front and three at the back.

"I am looking to get a new defender in, but it has to be the right one. I would like John Terry or Rio Ferdinand but, in reality, I know I can't do that. But it is imperative I get one."

 

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