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9th January 2008 15:11

Audio interview with Billy Dearden, interviewed by David Jackson of BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_wycombe_home_manager.ram

Lee Bell told the Evening Post: "I ask the fans who are booing to get behind us, because it makes a real difference. It is up to them, because they have paid their money, but it is not going to help the players or the manager. I have been in this situation before, at Crewe. We were bottom in a league where four went down and eight points adrift. But the fans stuck with us and we got out of it. I urge the fans to give us six games and get behind us all the way. If after that things are still not going right, then they can shout what they want. There shouldn't be a gap between the club and the fans - we all need to stay as one. I know they have issues with the owner and that's fair enough. But we need support. It's a very, very disappointing result for us coming after the weekend - and we tend to do that a lot. Everyone knows how well we can play and I'm sick of having it said about us, but we are where we deserve to be in the league table because we are inconsistent. We are going to get together and have a chat and put a few things right. Losing 4-0 at home to Wycombe should not happen and we have to play a lot better than that.
I think a few new faces would help. We are short of numbers, experience and age. We could do with experienced players and if it is younger lads then they have to have good quality. But we are not going to be able to pay thousands to get those players."

Full interview and story at http://www.thisismansfieldtown.co.uk

We were awful . . . terrible, admits Dearden
CHAD.co.uk, by John Lomas
STAGS boss Billy Dearden admitted his side was 'awful' in the 4-0 home thrashing by Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night.
The Stags were torn apart by a Scott McGleish's hat-trick in the four-goal mauling in driving wind and a howling gale.

But afterwards Dearden refused to blame the weather conditions for the defeat - and said that he was still working hard to bring new players to Field Mill for the fight against relegation from the Football League.

"It was an awful performance on an awful night - we were terrible," he said.

"Conditions were bad, but it was the same for both sides.

"You can't single out anyone on our team. Our lads did not play anything like they can do.

"We had a couple of early chances and should have taken the lead in the first minute.

"But we were second to everything and I was disappointed with the performance of what was basically the same team that did so well to win at Brighton on Saturday.

"I am very disappointed for our supporters who paid to sit and watch that.

"If I thought any of my players were using the FA Cup as an excuse for that display then I can promise you they would not be playing in the next round.

"The squad is threadbare right now and we had two YTS players on the bench tonight. But the lads who go out there have to do better than that.

"We need players in and we will get players in. I am very disappointed I didn't get a couple in for tonight but it not through any fault of the club or my own.

"Their clubs would not let them out until they had got in the players they wanted first. I am hoping it will happen by the weekend.

"I don't know what money I have - it's up to those higher up the ladder. I have been told what I can spend on wages but if I needed to spend £50,000 on a player that will find out what money I can have."
Billy Dearden told the media: ""Wycombe won more balls and we were second to everything, yet it was basically the same team as at Brighton. They have let themselves down in front of our supporters and everything we did was awful. I'm disappointed for our supporters who have put up with the weather and had to watch that. They (Wycombe) didn't play on Saturday and we did but that is no excuse."

Paul Lambert told the media: "We were terrific, awesome and the goals we scored were brilliant," said the Wanderers boss. They could have gone in front early on but that's the game of football - you can't predict what is going to happen. But after that it was a top-class performance from us - I thought the whole team were superb and we are flying at the moment. I'm not sure if Scott will claim all four (the second goal went in off Gareth Jelleyman) but he took all his goals really well. He is a top-class finisher who is in really good form. It puts him up there in the goalscoring charts but Sutton was terrific as well."


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