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2nd December 2007 22:18

Click here to listen to interview from BBC1 with Billy Dearden.
Coach Vinnie Brockie paid tribute to his battling side.
"I'm very proud of every one of these players," he said.
"The last ten minutes we threw everything at Mansfield, and they were glad to hear the final whistle.
"We knew we were pushing them, and for a League Club to be hanging on you know you're doing something right."

Modest Boulding praises teammates and Harrogate
STAGS goal hero Micky Boulding, who struck twice in the 3-2 FA Cup win at Harrogate Railway on Sunday, described the pitch as 'like being back in junior school football'.
He told Chad: "It was really tough out there. For a lot of the lads it was probably like being back in junior school football or Sunday football out there on that pitch. It was very boggy.
"I take my hat off to Harrogate. They made it a very difficult game for us and played some good football in places. They took us right down tothe wire.

"The game had banana skin written all over it.

"I was pleased to get a couple of goals, but I think there were players out there who did better than me today. But you sometimes get more credit than you deserve when you score the goals.

"Now we've got to put the cup behind us and concentrate on the league. We have a couple of home games this week which could see us get out of the danger zone."

Keeper Carl Muggleton, who made a fine late stop to deny Railway substitute Davidson a hat-trick and equalising goal, added: "The save at the end was the only thing I had to do really apart from a couple of bits and bobs.
"It was horrible out there, but you have to come to places like this in the cup.

"All I could do was try to concentrate on not slipping when I was kicking.

"Fair play to Harrogate for coming back at us and making things difficult."

Dearden thanks fans after TV win
STAGS manager Billy Dearden celebrated his side's first away win since March, after the 3-2 win at Harrogate Railway in front of the TV cameras.
Mansfield Town were immediately handed a tough away trip to Brighton as a reward in the Third Round when the draw was made on Match Of The Day.

Dearden told Chad: "It will be a difficult tie. Brighton are always a hard team to beat on their own patch. But we are looking forward to it and let's see if we can get a result down there.

"It is not the best draw that we wanted and we will go there as the underdogs.

"It is certainly not a good drawn for our supporters. I would like to thank those who came up to Harrogate and backed us in those conditions today.

"When we arrived at 10am the whole area around the dressing rooms was flooded and Harrogate did really well to get the game played at all.

"For the first 20 minutes I thought we sat back and gave them a bit of an incentive and we gave them a couple of silly free kicks, one of which they hit thebar with.

"But we started to pass it a bit better after that and that's what brought us two goals.

"I said at half-time that I couldn't see them playing through us, so don't give away silly corners and free kicks.

"But we did and they scored with a free header which disappointed me.

"We got our two-goal cushion back, but then let them back in it again.

"I can't give Harrogate Railway enough credit. They did extremely well and tried to play the right way. They showed god cup fight and made it very difficult for us.o

"But I thought we full deserved to win.

"Stephen Dawson took a whack near the end but I hope he will be okay for Wednesday. I was just about to take him off anyway as he is on four bookings and it was all getting a bit hectic.

"It's our first away win and it's been a long time coming. I am not bothered where we go it. Now we have got to build on it."
Seaside trip is cup reward
MANSFIELD Town's reward for Sunday's victory over Harrogate Railway is an away tie at Brighton in the Third Round of the FA Cup.
The Stags, victorious in front of the Match Of The Day cameras live on BBC 1, will play on the South Coast on the first weekend in January, 5th and 6th.

Mansfield overcame driving rain and a saturated pitch, as well as the tough tackling non league minnows, to book a place in the Third Round for the second time in three seasons.
But hopes of repeating the trip to Newcastle - or a similiar glamour tie - from 2006 were dashed when the Stags were drawn away to League One Brighton.

However, it is probably the draw a lot of fans were looking for as they continue to hope that owner Keith Haslam will sell to the James Derry consortium.

The supporters had feared that a match against a top side from either the Premiership or Championship would have hindered any future negotiations.

And fans will see it as an ironic draw, as Brighton has been one club where major protests from the fans eventually persuaded unpopular owners to quit the club.

Afterwards Stags boss Billy Dearden told Match Of The Day: "It is a difficult tie, Brighton are always a hard team to beat on their own ground.

"It was very difficult today, full marks to Railway, their attitude was tremendous.

"A few decisions went against us and on a pitch like that it wasn't easy, but our attitude was spot on, too.

"We should have carried on and scored more goals at 3-1, but full marks to Railway, they came back again and the last few minutes was nervy.

"But we came here with every intention of getting into the next round and we have done."

On the takeover of the club and owner Keith Haslam's decision to reject the James Derry consortium's offer, he added: "If it goes through it does, if it doesn't, it doesn't, it is as simple as that.

"Really people are getting a bit fed up with it all, the sooner a final decision is done the better and then we know where we are going."


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