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DEARDEN, LOUIS AND LAMBERT REACTION
11th February 2008 11:25


Press conference with Billy Dearden here

Billy Dearden is pictured during the Mansfield 103.2 interview with Jason Harrison (photo by Martin Shaw)


Billy Dearden is pictured during the Radio Nottingham interview with Charles Slade


Billy Dearden is pictured with Sweden Stag (Svante Bernhard) and Martin Shaw



Press conference with Jefferson Louis here (questions by Charles Slade, Matt Halfpenny and Martin Shaw)

Jefferson Louis is pictured during the Radio Nottingham interview


Jefferson Louis is pictured during the interview with Martin Shaw


Jefferson Louis is pictured with Sweden Stag (Svante Bernhard) and Martin Shaw


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Paul Lambert: "Their player got in there too easily for the second goal. Defenders have to be strong, but he was allowed to get in. But Louis is a strong boy and caused us problems. He did very well for Mansfield. Neil Lennon and Tommy Doherty controlled the game but you have to score goals to win games.''
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CHAD.co.uk:
Hero Louis might not have been on the pitch!


Photos by Richard Parkes

Jefferson Louis celebrates his last gasp winner


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View GalleryEFFERVESCENT Jefferson Louis snatched a last minute winner in the 2-1 success at Wycombe to haul the Stags off the bottom of the Football League on Saturday and then declared: "We are not giving up without a fight."
But Louis, who marked his full debut with his second Mansfield Town goal and also won a penalty for the breakthrough goal - Micky Boulding's 16th League strike of the season - might not have been on the pitch.



Wycombe Wanderers 1 Mansfield Town 2, including match action photos and video slideshow

Billy Dearden reaction


Manager Billy Dearden told Chad after the fourth successive away win - the best Stags run away from Field Mill since an incredible seven successive away wins in 1991: "I was thinking of taking him off for the last 10 minutes, I didn't think he would last the full game as he had hardly trained in the last month.

"But he stuck at it and got another goal. I couldn't ask any more from him.

"He is a handful and will be for any team in this division. He has just got to keep his feet on the ground now and not get carried away."

The big striker, who was without a club until he was signed by Dearden 10 days ago, said: "I am just really happy for team, this is a great help in the relegation fight."

Louis, who scored as a second half substituite in last week's home defeat by Darlington, added: "I am taking every game as it comes. I am not 100% fit yet, but hopefully I will be as games go by.

"Because I have not been playing for a while my fitness levels are not what they can be, but it's just match fitness. That will come if I keep playing."

Louis added: "I am trying to put myself about, that's what the gaffer wants and it's all about doing it for team.

"The lads are really happy tonight because we have won. We have got to get out of the relegation trouble and we are not giving up without a fight.

"Hopefully we can beat Morecambe on Tuesday, but I am just taking every game as it comes."
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CHAD.co.uk:
Dearden orders a home win as away delight continues



Billy Dearden


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STAGS hauled themselves out the relegation zone with a fourth successive away win today, then boss Billy Dearden ordered them to finally make their away results count at home on Tuesday.
Stags won 2-1 at Wycombe today and face Morecambe at Field Mill in midweek and Dearden said: "We have to get a result against Morecambe.



Wycombe Wanderers 1 Mansfield Town 2, including match action photos and video slideshow


"We keep battling off the bottom and then dropping ourselves back in the cart by not putting two results together.



Hero Louis might not have been on the pitch


"We must take this result into the game and make sure we turn our home form round on Tuesday. For whatever reason we are not doing it at home. We scored two goals at home last week which should be enough to win a game.

"But today's win was very pleasing. We had to defend for long parts of the game and I though we did very well.

"We broke well and if we had been a bit more careful when we did we might have had a few more good chances by picking our pass better.

"Wycombe are a good side. They pass the ball well and try to play football the right way. They passed it a lot in front of us but didn't turn us much which was pleasing.

"If we get chances we look like we will score goals."

Jefferson Louis' second goal in as many games won it today in the 90th minute and Dearden added: "That's what he's there for! I didn't think he would last the full game as he had hardly trained in the last month.

"I was thinking of taking him off for the last 10 minutes but he stuck at it and got another goal. I couldn't ask any more from him.

"I was also pleased with Will Atkinson. He did well today defensively. It is hard playing as a wide man away from home but both our wide men did well today and it makes life easier for your defenders.

"Everyone thought that was a home banker today so I think we have spoiled one or two coupons today.

"I was pleased with the attitude of our players today. They didn't let last week's home defeat affect them."

 

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