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15th November 2007 21:59

Jon hoping on brotherly showdown
CHAD.co.uk, 15 Nov 2007, By John Lomas
JON D'Laryea is hoping to be up against his brother, Nathan, in League action for the first time in two weeks time when Stags play Rochdale.
Both have been out injured but both made their comebacks in the FA Cup last weekend and Jon said: "It would be great to have the chance to play against him.

"I am feeling OK but I am still not back to 100 per cent in terms of sharpness.

"There were quite a few things that disappointed me last weekend but, with another 90 minutes under my belt, I hope next game I will be a lot better."

He added: "After Rochdale we can start thinking about the FA Cup.

Everyone wants to play on the television so there will be really big competition in the squad to make the starting 11.

"I am sure the cameras will give everyone a lift, though it will do the same for Harrogate Railway as well.

"It is strange having no game this weekend. We have been doing more intense training with lots of running but then rewarded with days off."

Mac to begin comeback against Spireites
CHAD.co.uk, 15 Nov 2007, By John Lomas
MARTIN McIntosh will begin his comeback from injury in a friendly behind-closed-doors reserve game with neighbours Chesterfield tomorrow (Friday, noon).
The experienced central defender has been out since 22nd September when he limped off with a hamstring strain at Accrington.

No venue has yet been confirmed for tomorrow's game. But it will also give a chance to get a full match under their belts for John McAliskey, Jon D'Laryea and Gareth Jelleyman, who have all been sidelined recently.

And there was more good news on the injury front with Nathan Arnold and Chris Wood set to play some part in the game.

Striker Rory Boulding may not be involved with his ankle injury but, if not, is still expected to be all right by the time Stags return to action against Rochdale a week on Saturday.

Alex John-Baptiste is back in tomorrow to do some light training after resting up his back strain and is also thought to be on course to play against Rochdale.

That leaves only striker Simon Brown (hamstring) still struggling and he will be at least another fortnight which means it is 50-50 whether or not he will be ready for the FA Cup trip to Harrogate Railway.

Stags are still waiting for a new date for the visit of Wrexham which has been postponed this Saturday due to the Welsh international call-ups for the Red Dragons.

"I want to break things up a bit with no game this weekend," said boss Billy Dearden.

"I am giving a lot of the lads Saturday, Sunday and Monday off and then we will really get cracking on Tuesday.

"The break at least gives us chance to get players fit who are injured."

Billy to run the rule over Railway
CHAD.co.uk, 15 Nov 2007, By John Lomas
BILLY Dearden will take advantage of Stags' blank weekend to check on FA Cup second round opponents Harrogate Railway at Garforth Town.
"I would rather we were playing on Saturday but it does give me a chance to look at Harrogate Railway," he said.

"They also have a midweek home game when we can have them watched again.
"We will treat them with respect as we do everyone we play and do a thorough job. They deserve that respect as they have done magnificently to come so far in the cup this season."

The live BBC TV cameras will up the pressure on Mansfield, and Dearden added: "Everyone outside of Mansfield is looking for an upset – that's why we've been chosen. We have to make sure that doesn't happen.

"We do have a young team, but they have to go out there in front of the cameras and put themselves in the shop window. It is a great opportunity.

"For Harrogate it's like us having a Premiership club come to play you. We know it will be tough but we are looking forward to it."

Forget Cup until after Rochdale - Dawson
CHAD.co.uk, 15 Nov 2007, By John Lomas
IRISH midfielder Stephen Dawson has warned that Stags must not let the FA Cup excitement stop them concentrating on the important League Two game at Rochdale next week.
"Obviously we are all looking forward to playing the Cup game," he said.
"But the game at Rochdale before that is a very big one for us.

"It is about time we won away from home this season and this is a chance for us to do that.

"Rochdale are not doing too bad and are above us in mid-table . But we are playing well and there is no reason we can't go there and get a result. Then we can start looking forward to the FA Cup."

With Jon D'Laryea back to fitness, Dawson is aware that he, D'Laryea and Lee Bell are likely to be competing for two places at Rochdale and Harrogate Railway.

"It is good to see Jon back," he said. "We have missed him terribly and he does a lot of the ugly side of the game that people maybe don't give him credit for.

"Competition is good for the manager and good for the team."

Dawson will be putting his feet up at the weekend and watching Ireland play. But he admits he would rather be facing Wrexham.

"We really wanted to play," he said. "But I can understand them wanting to postpone it with four or five players missing on international duty.

"They are fighting for their lives like ourselves and it would have been a real six-pointer. So it would have been a big disadvantage to them."


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