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6th December 2007 20:29

Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_bradford_home_manager.ram
Boulding will bounce back - Billy
CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
STAGS boss Billy Dearden is confident 13-goal Mickey Boulding will step up to take the club's next penalty – despite last night's costly spot kick miss against Bradford City.
Boulding saw his kick saved by Bradford keeper Donovan Ricketts as the game ended 0-0.

But Dearden said: "I have got faith in Mickey.

"He missed one before this season against Stockport but stepped up to take and score one soon after.

"You can't take away the fact that he has scored 13 goals and it's only December.

"He was disappointed to miss last night but I am sure he will be confident to step up and take another penalty if we get one."

Goalless draw probably fair result - Dearden
STAGS boss Billy Dearden said the goalless draw with Bradford on Wednesday night was probably a fair result.

Mansfield manager Billy Dearden said: "I though Bradford played well - they looked a different team from Saturday.
"We looked heavy legged after a very difficult game at Harrogate on Sunday on a very heavy pitch.

"I think 0-0 was probably a fair reflection on the game. That's our fourth successive clean sheet on the trot at home so we must be doing something right.

"We couldn't buy a clean sheet earlier in the season.

"I though Mickey (Boulding) would stick the penalty away and so did he. He is disappointed. He normally sticks them down the middle. But their keeper did make a good save.

"Maybe I should have used my substitutes better. But the Boulding brothers' pace was causing them problems, even though I had big John McAliskey on the bench.

"We did have a bit of fortune and big Barry (Conlon) caused us a few problems early on.

"We wanted to win to get off the bottom but we have another chance when Bury come here on Saturday and we would be pleased with four points from two games."

City boss Stuart McCall said: "We had the better of the few chances but it was poor fare overall.

"Perhaps the conditions were partly to blame. The wind was trickier than people thought.

"The penalty was debatable, though from where we were we couldn't really see it, but fortunately for us Donovan (Ricketts) has done well and pulled off a terrific save.

"Mansfield have picked up at home of late so I always knew it would be a tough game.

"We put an awful lot of balls into the box from corners and crosses but nothing would drop for us.

"The keeper flapped at a few and other times they got heads and bodies in the way. I was disappointed with our passing, we didn't pass the ball well enough. But you have got to take the positives and in the first half we created quite a few chances.

"But to be honest the second half was a bit drab."


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