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McEWAN, MOSES AND GRAYS MANAGER REACTION
3rd September 2008 17:01


audio interview with Billy McEwan from BBC Radio Nottingham here

audio interview with Billy McEwan on the penalty incident and the TV game at York, with Martin Shaw and Matt Halfpenny, here

audio interviews with Adie Moses from BBC Radio Nottingham and on penalty incidents, here

audio interview with Grays manager/chairman Mick Woodward here

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After the game Woodward said: “We have defenders battered and bruised and wingers who have run all day but we have too many attackers who are not imposing themselves on defenders.

“But the league doesn't lie. We need more firepower up front or we will be in trouble.”

"I though the penalty decision was diabolical - it was ball to hand and not hand to ball. And we had a blatant penalty turned down at the other end.

"But the away team rarely gets the decision - it's like playing at Old Trafford.

"We definitely deserved something out of that game - a draw or even a win.

"We were the away side yet we took the initiative and the game to the home side and you had to listen to the home crowd getting on their players' backs.

"Any paying customer would have said Grays looked like the home side.

"You only get out what you put into games but we are not a bad side and our luck will turn."

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McEwan happy with clean sheet after Stags' fourth successive home win
28 August 2008
By John Lomas and Tim Morriss
MANSFIELD boss Billy McEwan was delighted to see his week's work on getting a rare clean sheet come up trumps as Stags went second in the table with a narrow 1-0 win over impressive Grays Athletic on Saturday afternoon.
"All week in training we have worked on our defending and keeping a clean sheet and it paid off," he said

"We got blocks and bodies in the way though I was angry at half time as I felt our midfield were not winning enough second balls.

"But I was delighted with the win. They made us work very hard for it and all credit to Grays. I thought they played very well - probably our toughest test this season - but we defended excellently as a team.

"We are not getting carried away - there is a long, long way to go. You can't build a house overnight and you can't build a football team overnight.

"It wasn't a classic and we have got to pass the ball better. When we did we looked dangerous and we walked through them for the penalty.

"After just six weeks together it's a decent start and I am grateful to the players - their effort has been outstanding."

The game was settled by a disputed Mark Stallard penalty on 23 minutes and McEwan added: "I felt it was a blatant penalty today. We had one at Barrow last week worse than that - it was GBH - and we didn't get it so this one evened that out."

He also explained the absence of striker Aaron O'Connor from the 16 following his two-goal haul on Bank Holiday Monday.

McEwan said: "It was part of the agreement when he came to us that he couldn't play for us when we play them.

"I have known about it all week, but wanted to keep it quiet; I thought it was better that way."

And looking ahead to Tuesday's televised match at York City, one of his former clubs, McEwan added: "I don't want the players posing about or showboating, they are not TV stars.

"It is my first time back there since I was sacked, but I hope I get a good reaction. I had a good rapport with the supporters."

He also said he was continuing his search to strengthen the squad, explaining that it would probably be through loan deals either before or after the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Grays boss Mike Woodward disagreed with McEwan over Saturday's matchwinning spot kick and said: "I though the penalty decision was diabolical - it was ball to hand and not hand to ball. And we had a blatant penalty turned down at the other end.

"But the away team rarely gets the decision - it's like playing at Old Trafford.

"We definitely deserved something out of that game - a draw or even a win.

"We were the away side yet we took the initiative and the game to the home side and you had to listen to the home crowd getting on their players' backs.

"Any paying customer would have said Grays looked like the home side.

"You only get out what you put into games but we are not a bad side and our luck will turn."


Stags go second, but captain Moses says: 'Don't get carried away'
30 August 2008
By Tim Morriss
STAGS captain Adie Moses refused to get too excited after the Stags fourth successive home win took them to second place in the Blue Square Premier.
The central defender said following the 1-0 victory over Grays Athletic on Saturday afternoon:
"We are not going to get carried away and we are not even looking at the League table right now.

"It is important this year to make Field Mill as a difficult place to come to as we can for other clubs.

"This is a big club in terms of the size of the ground and facilities for this division.

"So we are a potential scalp for a lot of teams this season.

"We have got to make this difficult for others and the fans can play their part; so far they have been great.

"If we keep winning at home we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

"But for now we are not looking at the table.

"The most pleasing thing was the clean sheet; we had been conceding too many goals at home.

"We have done a lot of work on our shape this week and although there is still a long way to go, it was good to see that we are progessing.

"York City (the Stags next match, away on Tuesday) is a massive game, but there have been so many games so far coming thick and fast, Saturday, midweek, Saturday.

"That means though there have been a lot of points to pick up and we will try to continue that at York."

Behind Moses and his fellow defenders all season has been Nottingham Forest loan keeper Paddy Gamble. And Moses said of the keeper, after another good display: "He is a talented lad . . . this is good experience for him.

"He will do well at whatever level he plays at."

He also had words of praise for two of the younger members of the squad who have been called into the England C squad over recent days.

Moses said the selection of Jon D'Laryea and Nathan Arnold could only boost the young players' confidence.

"It is nice to get recognition at any level and shows we and they must be doing something right.

"They are young, talented lads and we all gave them a pat on the back when we heard the news."

 

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