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7th January 2008 21:58

Audio interview with Billy Dearden, interviewed by David Jackson of BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/fa_stags_brighton_away_manager.ram
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Audio interview with Matt Hamshaw, interviewed by David Jackson of BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/fa_stags_brighton_away_player.ram
Photo by Martin Shaw:

Audio interview with Ian Holmes, interviewed by David Jackson of BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/fa_stags_brighton_away_player_02.ram
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Ian Holmes and Matt Hamshaw are interviewed by Jason Harrison after the game (audio to follow):

Click here to listen to James Derry interviews with Evening Post and Mansfield 103.2

Chairman James Derry is interviewed by Jason Harrison after the game:

Derry told Matt Halfpenny of Nottingham Evening Post that the chief executive Stephen Booth had a meeting with Billy Dearden last week and pledged that all money that would be received from the FA Cup would go to strengthen the squad, so that would give Billy a massive fillip.
Photo: Derry is interviewed by Matt Halfpenny of Nottingham Evening Post after the game:

Brighton manager Dean Wilkins is interviewed by broadcasting legend Tony Millard after the game:

Brighton Argus
Stags were down to bare bones
By Brian Owen
Harry Bare Bones' Redknapp has got nothing on Bill Dearden.

Redknapp often refers to being down to the bare bones when his Portsmouth squad get injuries.

But Dearden saw his League Two side, minus various players including top scorer Michael Boulding, deservedly beat Albion said: "We had less than the bare bones today. "We brought two YTS players with us and that's all we had available.

"We haven't worked on anything really. We've worked on things on the board but not on the training pitch because we've been frightened of getting one or two more injured.

"We're not bad. People think when you're down there (91st in the League), they can't be too good a team.

"The FA Cup is a different kettle of fish but I thought we played decent football.

"We've been playing well without much luck recently.

"We'll get there, don't worry about that, especially if we carry on playing like that.

"We've shown we can play football against a decent team."

Dearden displayed an old school charm as he spoke thoughtfully to various media members but you could tell he was highly delighted with his men.

His decision to play Simon Brown as a deep-lying striker behind Ian Holmes paid off.

He said: "We've done that before. We played MK Dons last week with five across the middle and it worked all right.

"We restricted them to very limited chances.

"We played better (against Albion) with Browny just off the front."

Wilkins urges fans to keep the faith
By Andy Naylor
Brighton Argus
DEAN Wilkins today urged fans to keep the faith following Albion's shock exit from the FA Cup.

Wilkins was disappointed by the angry response of some supporters at the final whistle to the home defeat by Mansfield.

He said: "We have got a semi-final on Tuesday with the potential of a Wembley appearance.

"The reaction at the end of the game doesn't help in terms of picking the players up.

"We have to take it on the chin, all of us, but it makes the job that little bit more difficult at a time when it is difficult enough.

"I fully understand it, it's not as if I am having a go really. All I'm saying is it is generally not at all helpful.

"We are having too many ups and downs as a club in one season. It has reached ridiculous levels.

"If we win our League game in hand we will be one point off a play-off spot.

"We are absolutely devastated to have gone out of the FA Cup but let us not forget how far we have come and what we have already produced up to this stage of the season."

Albion players forced to watch video nasty
By Andy Naylor
Brighton Argus
The Albion players face a video nasty after crashing out of the FA Cup.

First-half goals by Matthew Hamshaw and Ian Holmes gave League Two toilers Mansfield a shock place in Monday's fourth round draw.

Seagulls chief Dean Wilkins said: "We will be in tomorrow morning (Sunday).

"We will be going through the video, because at times I found our performance very poor and unacceptable.

"Individually and in terms of the units throughout the team we did not function at all well enough.

"As a professional you have to step on the pitch with a confidence about what you need to do but we failed to do that in a number of areas."

Albion desperately missed injured captain Dean Hammond and unwell full-back Andrew Whing.

Alex Revell headed them level, his fifth goal in three games, but the players were barracked by angry fans at the end of the match after Holmes' winner in first-half stoppage time.

Wilkins said: "I am not saying they have not got a right to criticise players or that it was undeserved. All I am saying is it's not helping.

"I have never seen a player suddenly get better through criticism.

"The side out there was again extremely young and, the younger you are, the less experience you have of dealing with situations like that and the more difficult you find it."

Albion's surprise exit emphasised the urgent need for squad strengthening during the January transfer window after the return to Ipswich of loan pair George O'Callaghan and Matt Richards and Bas Savage's rejection of a new contract.

Wilkins said: "We were suddenly five players different from the side that had been successful and that we had built up at Christmas so we have to rebuild again which is not always easy mid-season."


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