DEARDEN, DAWSON AND MCILROY REACTION
Press conference with Billy Dearden here
Dawson told the Evening Post: "The fans deserved to have a go at us because we were a shambles. And I was embarrassed. Every one of us just was not good enough. We just need to do better, I could not believe the goals we let in. It is down to us 11 players. The same team just beat Wycombe who are flying in the league. I know Morecambe are chasing the play-offs as well but we are just so disappointed with the result. "
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Dearden steps up defender hunt after 6th successive home loss
Mansfield Town boss Billy Dearden stressed he hopes to have his new defender in for Saturday after another tame home surrender, this time 2-1 to Morecambe on Tuesday night.
It was a sixth successive home defeat just four days after a fourth straight away win.
"I will be trying like hell to get a new defender in for Darlington," he said. "I will pursue it tomorrow and hope to have him in for training on Thursday.
On this latest setback which spoiled his 64th birthday week, he said:
"This is getting to become a bit too regular," he said. "We can't put two results together and it's very disappointing.
"We came back out to show the crowd what we can do and scored a good goal and I thought we would get something out of it. But it wasn't to be.
"We had a few chances and put them under a lot of pressure and Ian Holmes almost grabbed us a point right at the death but snatched at the ball.
"We had problems before the start which wasn't ideal. Jake Buxton came through a fitness test but wasn't 100 percent.
"And Dan Martin's younger brother was taken ill earlier on and Dan just wasn't at the races. Maybe I shouldn't have played him.
"Both their goals were from slack marking and we can't keep giving teams two-goal starts.
"Take nothing away from Morecambe. They are a very good side with a lot of height and they try to play at the right times."
Shrimps manager Sammy McIlroy joined the band of Mansfield admirers who feel they won't go down.
"We knew it was going to be difficult here, so it was a fantastic start for us," he said.
"We knew they would come back out and try to get something back early after half time though I didn't think they would get it that early!
"With that spirit I am sure Billy's boys will get out of trouble.
"We should have taken control after the second goal but they are fighting for their lives and it's not that easy.
"I told them to go out after half time and start like it was 0-0 and not give them a sniff.
"But it was a great strike and that lifted the crowd who had booed them off at half time.
"It was a really hard 90 minutes which we knew it would be from the start. I thought Dave Artell and Jim Bentley were magnificent and the back four held strong.
"They put a lot of ball into our box but the keeper didn't really have a save to make."
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