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16th December 2007 14:24

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Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_grimsby_away_manager.ram
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Captain's blast: '4 or 5 players didn't give everything for the badge'
CHAD.co.uk, by John Lomas
STAGS' skipper Jake Buxton has again blasted team mates who he feels are not 'grafting enough for the badge'.
After today's crucial 1-0 defeat at Grimsby he said: "That result was a body blow and it hurts.
"We have got a lot of players with quality and a lot of flair players as the gaffer would call them. But we are bottom and I would rather go out there with 10 soldiers who are going to graft week in week out.

"I didn't think we competed as a team and four or five didn't seem to give everything for the badge. Some of them are not getting the tackles in and we need to work harder as a unit.

"We came here with a game plan to start brightly and put them on the back foot but they started better than we expected.

"If we could have kept a clean sheet we hoped we might pinch a goal that we could hold on to but, although we defended well, to be fair we didn't get any chances."
The political stuff off the field is not helping - Dearden
CHAD.co.uk, by John Lomas
STAGS boss Billy Dearden has challenged his players to find their first away win of the season at local rivals Chesterfield next Saturday.
And he admitted the continuing on-off saga of the club's sale was not helping matters.

After this afternoon's 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Grimsby Town he said: "What better place to get your first away win than at Chesterfield?

"We have some good games to look forward to over Christmas and if we play as well as we can I know we can get a result at Chesterfield.

"It is disappointing to be four points adrift again but we have pulled it back already this season and we can do it again.

"The Wrexham game we had postponed was very important as we had just got back with the pack and thought we could kick on. We have games in hand and just have to make sure we win them.

"I was disappointed with Grimsby's goal and our performance at times. John Mullins had to come off with an ankle injury and within two or three minutes they scored from the side he was defending. We had half chances but we didn't do enough.

"Grimsby had a lot of possession in the second half but apart from the goal they didn't cause us any real problems and I don't remember either keeper pulling off a great save.

"We went 4-5-1 10 minutes into the second half as we were being overrun in midfield and maybe we will have to play with a different formation away from home in future."

He added: "The political stuff off the field is not helping. It's been going on for so long now and has got to be sorted as soon as possible.

"We are doing the best we can with what we've got on the football pitch. You try to put it to the back of your mind but it's impossible at times.

"We are doing the best we can in very very difficult circumstances."

Grimsby boss Alan Buckley said: "The goal we scored was a goal worthy of winning any match. It was a terrific cross (from Nick Hegarty) followed by a diving header, for a fantastic goal.

"I thought we deserved the win. I thought we started the game really well. There was a very high tempo to our play, we pressed the ball well and moved it around well.

"I was disappointed after 25 minutes that we had not wrapped the game up. Paul Bolland had a fantastic chance and Danny North worked himself a great chance.

"With steadier finishing we would have had a comfortable afternoon.

"When you are only 1-0 up you are hanging in there and you tend to fear the worst. But they never had a clear look at our keeper and we defended quite well.

"It was a pleasing win and pleasing for the fans after the last home game.

"I was pleased with our midfield three, they looked very mobile. And Nick Hegarty's cross for the goal was the best cross I have ever seen him put in."


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