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18th February 2008 22:00

Mansfield 103.2 interview with Billy Dearden here

Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_darlington_away_manager.ram

Audio interview with Jake Buxton from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_darlington_away_player.ram

Louis WAS punched in red card Darlo drama
STAGS striker Jefferson Louis showed off a golf ball size lump behind his ear after this afternoon's 2-1 win at Darlington where home defender Alan White's fist had connected in first half stoppage time.
Louis was given a rough ride by the home fans after that incident in which White was red-carded, but ended up all smiles he grabbed his third goal in four game before setting up Stephen Dawson for the winner.
It was the pivotal moment in the game as the Stags, trailing 1-0 at the time, came storming back to win with those second half goals from Louis and Dawson.

"I didn't see the punch coming, but as he spun round I knew he was going to hit me," said Louis.

"He caught me behind the ear where this big lump is.

"I am happy to score again. We just kept going. It seems when we play away to teams up there in the promotion places they like to get the ball down and play which suits us.

"I am very happy how things have gone so far and I have just been positive since I got here."

Dearden - we should have won by more!
STAGS boss Billy Dearden was bemused but delighted as his side made it five away wins on the bounce at the same time as they have lost six on the trot at home - winning 2-1 at Darlington.
"I don't know what the answer is," he said. "We are making things hard for ourselves going away and winning and then letting ourselves down at home for one reason or another.

"We seem more confident away from home now and I was very pleased today, our fans left happy and singing.

"Darlington are second in the league, yet we won it comfortably. If anything I was disappointed we didn't win it by more as when we broke four on three, our final ball to the runner off the ball was not good enough, though it wasn't the best of surfaces.

"I got into them at half time and told them to keep going as we were and the breaks would come which they did. I thought we fully deserved it second half."

He added: "They went down to 10 men with the sending off just before half time and sometimes it can be difficult playing against 10 men.

"I didn't see the incident, but the linesman did and if the lad has raised his hand then he has to go.

"I thought Jefferson did well again and should have had at least another goal.

"Keith Briggs had a good debut and showed his experience and organised things well at the back for us."

However, Stags lost midfielder Lee Bell with a knee ligament injury and he now faces a lay-off.

"Lee only came back from a knee injury two weeks ago but today it was his other knee," said Dearden. "He has tweaked the medial ligaments.

"But Jon D'Laryea is getting stronger and fitter and now he has the opportunity to get back in and stay. He finished the game with three stitched in his head.

"It wasn't for the faint-hearted out there and we have one or two bumps and bruises."

Dismissal changed game - Penney

Darlington boss Dave Penney insisted the sending-off of Alan White was the turning point of Saturday's defeat by Mansfield Town.
Penney told BBC Tees: "I thought we were quite comfortable up to then, winning 1-0, but the sending-off a minute before half-time killed us.

"We had to reshape and accept the pressure because we only had 10 men.

"The sending-off changed the game. We were on top and you think with 11 men we should go on and win the game."

Dismissal disappoints White
Darlington defender Alan White has hit out at the match officials over his sending-off during the Quakers' 2-1 defeat at home to Mansfield Town.

White was ordered off right on half-time for a clash with Stags striker Jefferson Louis, but the big stopper felt that he had been harshly treated.

He told the Northern Echo: "How can a linesman call a referee over to tell him to send a player off when he's not certain himself what happened?

"For such a big decision to come from the linesman when he's not 100 per cent what happened is a bit annoying.

"I've heard three different things from the ref. I've heard a forearm to the back of the head, I've heard an elbow to the face and a punch to the side of the head.

"If they can't tell me what they saw, how can they send me off? I know what happened and it certainly wasn't any of those three things.

"The lad was pushing me around and I had to try and keep him off me."


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