ROCHDALE PREVIEWS, PLUS SLEATH OUT ON LOAN
Arnold set to miss Rochdale trip
CHAD.co.uk, 22 Nov 2007, By John Lomas
Nathan Arnold looks set to be ruled out of Saturday's game at Rochdale.
The Stags winger was expected to recover from an ankle injury over the current two weeks without a game.
But manager Billy Dearden said: "Nathan isn't training again today, he is having more treatment, so I can't see any chance of him being fit for Saturday.
"We had expected him to respond to treatment quicker than this but it hasn't happened."
"At least we have young Chris Wood back which is a big bonus as he was playing exceptionally well before he was injured two months ago."
Brown and defender Martin McIntosh (both hamstring injuries) are both expected to be fit in two to three weeks.
Stags are still looking for their first away win of the season and have not won at Spotland in their last 10 trips there.
"Our record there is not the best and we have to do something about it – the sooner the better," he said.
"It's been a long time since we won away from home so it would be nice to do it on Saturday.
"We have been playing well recently and, although we know it will be a difficult game, we are very capable of winning if we play like we can.
"We are playing well away from home but maybe not getting the rub of the green.
"We put a lot of pressure on Hereford in the last one for the last half-hour but just didn't get that break in the box.
"Our attitude and application is the same away as it is at home, though you always expect to be under that bit more pressure away from home.
"I think we just need a bit of luck right now."
Reet's Rochdale warning
CHAD.co.uk, 22 Nov 2007, By John Lomas
DANNY Reet warned his Stags team mates to expect a very attack-minded Rochdale at Spotland on Saturday.
Reet, currently gaining fitness on a loan spell with Alfreton Town, was on loan at Rochdale last year.
"The majority of the team were there when I was there," he said. "And if they are going to concede a couple, they will try to score three at home.
"Away from home they are a different team. But at home they like to attack and all go forward at you.
"It will be very tough, but we have enough in our dressing room to get a result there.
"It is a nice family club where everyone is in it together, very like Mansfield really.
"They don't have masses of money to spend but what they have got they like to treat the players well and get behind them."
Reet won't be involved on Saturday but hopes he can come back from Alfreton and fight his way back into the first team at Field Mill.
"I have gone to Alfreton to get myself fit," he said. "I have mostly been playing left wing which gets me up and down a lot more rather than just running across the line so that is helping get me fitter.
"It is also helping the defensive side of my game.
"I am fit now. The difference is being match fit and if I can prove to the gaffer I am fit enough to play a couple of full games in a week at this level he knows I can last 90 minutes at League level."
Ironically, while at Alfreton, he came up against Stags team mate Rory Boulding on loan at Hucknall.
Reet scored in that game while Boulding was sent off. But that red card saw Boulding back at Field Mill prematurely where he suddenly found himself in the first team and scoring against Lewes in the FA Cup.
"That's football and I am pleased for him," said Reet. "But I was the one that scored in that game and he got a red card.
"Yet he was the one that got the chance and scored and you can't help thinking that could have been me.
"Maybe something else will happen and I will get my chance too."
Sleath out on loan, but otherwise quiet on deadline day at the Mill
CHAD.co.uk, 22 Nov 2007
YOUNG Stags midfielder Danny Sleath has joined Boston United on a month's loan ahead of tonight's transfer window deadline.
But, otherwise it looks unlikely there wil be any other movement.
"I have had one or two bits and bobs but nothing has materialised," said boss Billy Dearden.
"I can't see anyone coming in or out today. The only thing that might happen is that I may let another of the younger players go out on loan to a non-League club to get games.
"And that can happen after today anyway.
"We have players like Martin McIntosh coming back which is like having a new player and Simon Brown will be back in two or three weeks as well.
"I have had one or two enquiries about players which you always get. But I can't see anything happening."
On his move, Sleath (20) said: "My priority is to play here at Mansfield but I want to play football and need to get some first team games under my belt.
"Ironically I made my debut for Mansfield against Boston, but I trust Billy Dearden as to where he sends me so I'm sure this will give me some good experience."
"Boston are a good club who have suffered hard times recently, and I hope to help them in anyway I can.
"I'll still be training with the Stags' first team during the day, and then link up with Boston maybe a couple of nights a week, but I'm looking forward to challenge and it will hopefully put me in good stead to get in to Mansfield's starting 11 when I return."
Sleath has made two starts and five substitute appearances for Mansfield this season.
The midfielder is eligible to play in the Conference North side's away match at Gateshead this Saturday.
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