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12th January 2008 21:38

Click here to listen to interviews with Billy Dearden, Carl Muggleton and John Mullins from Mansfield 103.2 by Jason Harrison
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_chester_away_manager.ram
Audio interview with John Mullins, interviewed by David Jackson of BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_chester_away_player.ram

Chester City boss Bobby Williamson confessed he was becoming "slightly concerned" after watching his side lose at home to League Two strugglers Mansfield Town.

City have only earned one point in the last five games and another home defeat clearly disappointed the City boss.

The City boss said after today's game against Mansfield: "I'm very disappointed".

"We knew exactly how they (Mansfield Town) would come here and go about their business and that's exactly what they have done. We are disappointed. We never created as much as we would have like and we never showed any urgency at all throughout the game. I'm disappointed for the fans and disappointed for the players because they can play a lot better than that". explained Williamson.

The Stags victory ended their rut away from home meanwhile it extended City's and Williamson expressed his concern: "I was more than slightly concerned after our first defeat," he said.

"Confidence can disappear very very quickly and that looks like being the case for some of our players. I'm disappointed that some players can't be man enough to accept that, get on with the game and play football. But we'll pick these guys up and go again next week."

Ahead of City's Meadow Lane trip next week the gaffer said "We'll have Paul Butler available next week, I think Paul Linwood might be unavailable after picking up another booking today, we're disappointed with that".

"Shaun Kelly did reasonably well as did Kevin Roberts and hopefully we'll have a couple of other players back in contention because we could do with putting somebody else in there who can freshen things up and take us forward", he concluded.

Star striker set for quick return
STAGS star striker Micky Boulding is on the verge of a return to the side.
The 15-goal hit man limped off at MK Dons on New Year's Day with a strained hamstring but almost made his comeback in the win at Chester today.

Boulding was seen on the pitch running before kick-off and manager Billy Dearden said: "It was touch and go whether or not we had him on the bench today.

"He kept telling me he was okay but I am being a bit cautious with him.

But he will definitely be available again next Saturday."

Skipper Jake Buxton will also be back from suspension and Dearden is still hoping he can bring a couple of new faces in this week.

Unlikely defensive partnership blossoms
THE unlikely central defensive partnership of full backs John Mullins and Gareth Jelleyman stood firm as Stags won at Chester on Saturday afternoon, leaving suspended skipper Jake Buxton worrying for his place next week.
"He is our skipper and I am sure he will be back next week," smiled Mullins, who gave an outstanding man of the match display today in the 1-0 victory - the Stags first away League win for 10 months.

"We were under a lot of pressure but we didn't give them any clear cut chances.

"We did the right things at the right times and Carl made a great save for us.

"We defended well as a team and didn't give them a sniff.

"Me and Jells did well together. Sometimes in football you get thrown into situations which are not natural or comfortable.

"I thought Chris Wood was brilliant today at right back.

"Other results went for us and things are looking up again. We had a disappointing first half of the season but now let's hope we can have a much better second half."

Chester win shows character - Muggleton
STAGS keeper Carl Muggleton said the away win at Chester on Saturday showed great character after the midweek home drubbing by Wycombe.
"After Tuesday it would have been easy to crumble today," said the keeper, who played his part in the 1-0 win with two fine saves, one in each half.

His stop in the second half, a memorable rush across goal to tip a header out from under the bar and away for a corner, had the Stags fans on their feet.

The keeper added: "The lads showed great character today to pick themselves up and have really done the business.

"We were under a lot of pressure second half but defended well. If my save helps us on our way then great.

"I surprised myself and a few others how quickly I got across to it!

"We now need to bounce off this result and find some consistency. It is a young squad, apart from me, and we keep having highs and lows. We have to find something in the middle of that."

League away win at last for Billy!
BILLY Dearden was all smiles as his depleted side finally gave him his first away League win since 3rd March at Chester on Saturday afternoon.
With other sides around them slipping up, Stags are suddenly only two points from safety with a game in hand after their battling 1-0 victory, courtesy of Matt Hamshaw's second half goal and an amazing save by Carl Muggleton.

Dearden said: "I have never gone so long without an away League win wherever I've been.

"But we have not put anything right yet - all we have done is win a game away from home and now we have to build on it.

"I am very pleased for the lads. We had young lads going in there today and they worked their socks off. They came back into the dressing room like they'd won the cup.

"I am chuffed to bits for them and you could see our supporters were chuffed too when the lads went over at the end.

"Other results went for us too which helps though I don't want to have to rely on other teams. We have to win matches and get away from it ourselves.

"I thought we created the best chances, though Carl Muggleton made two good saves.

"We had three good chances in the first half. Then we got the goal which was very similar to the one we got at Brighton with Simon Brown picking up deep and waiting for Matt Hamshaw before making the pass.

"I thought John Mullins did well today though you don't like singling players out as it was a very good team performance.

"Young Chris Wood did very well up against a fair player like Kevin Ellison who has done well at every club he's been at.

"That was Woody's first game of any kind for three months so I was very pleased for him.

"The lads worked very hard and knew what they had to do. We were all very disappointed after Tuesday. But they rolled their sleeves up today and got their first away win.

"That will boost the lads and we have a good break now before next weekend.

"The lads looked a bit jaded which is understandable as I think they have made us play too many games in too short a space of time.

"They can have a good rest this week and then get them prepared for Darlington next Saturday."


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