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14th October 2008 10:33

audio interview with Billy McEwan from BBC Radio Nottingham with David Jackson Part 1 here and Part 2 here

audio interview with Billy McEwan PART 3: here

Gavin Hurren describes his goal, audio here

audio interview with Graham Westley: here


Evening Post:
Hurren nets goal but not points for Stags
Wednesday, October 08, 2008, 06:46
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GAVIN Hurren was left disappointed that his first goal for Mansfield failed to help them claim a positive result at Stevenage.
The central midfielder's terrific 20-yard strike equalised a stoppage-time penalty in the first half from Steve Morison.
Aaron O'Connor then gave the Stags the lead three minutes later when he smashed the ball in. But strikes from Mitchell Cole and Michael Bostwick saw the home side clinch the points and frustrate both Hurren and Mansfield.
"I was looking at just trying to keep the ball in the first place, but then everyone backed off and I took a touch to get it out of my feet and then hit it," said Hurren.
"As soon as I hit it, I could see it was going to go in. You could see the keeper wasn't going to get there.
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Hurren believes Mansfield only had themselves to blame for failing to take a point. He said: "Even when we went behind to the penalty, we still felt we could go on to win it and we did go 2-1 up. We never felt like we were going to lose.
"They got one back and then scored a winner near the end, but it was a case of our own mistakes costing us again.
"Overall I felt we deserved at least a point if not three."
Max Chanot became the first Mansfield player to be sent off this season after being shown two yellow cards.
Evening Post:
McEwan on edge after Stags defeat
Wednesday, October 08, 2008, 08:00
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BILLY McEwan admits he has felt like quitting non-league football after events over the past few days.
On Saturday the Stags lost 1-0 to Woking after an "absolutely embarrassing" penalty award.
On Monday the club were docked four points for fielding ineligible players.
Yesterday McEwan was fined £100 for failing to wear the correct sponsored clothing.
And last night, in the 3-2 defeat at Stevenage Borough, he spent the second half in the stand after venting his fury at referee Gary Sutton over another penalty award that gave the hosts a half-time lead.
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"How can you make the decision to fine me £100 for not wearing an Umbro top at Salisbury? What is the game coming to?" he said. "It makes me wonder if it is worthwhile staying at this level because it is Mickey Mouse stuff.
"It is tough to take. We were in seventh spot and we have been deducted points when we felt we had done things right.
"They know the problems we have had with the takeover, rushing to get people in place, but I don't think they have taken that into consideration. It's not fair on the team and club."
Over his disagreement with Sutton, McEwan says: "I wasn't happy with the decision I looked at the referee all the time and it took him half an hour to make it. That's what annoyed me – because he was not sure.
"It was nothing official. The referee asked if I would go and sit in the stands and I did so.
"The last thing I wanted to do was leave my troops, but I was disappointed. I didn't do it nastily and I did apologise to the official and he accepted it."
McEwan felt Mansfield paid the price for sloppy errors at the back. "We got a great chance in the last minute to get a draw, but that's the way it is."
Stags boss McEwan lashes out after £100 fine in shirt row UPDATE 01.06

Billy McEwan

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07 October 2008
By John Lomas
LIVID Mansfield Town boss Billy McEwan came out fighting after the Stags slipped to their second defeat in four days - on the back of a four-point deduction.
McEwan, sent to the stands at half-time during the 3-2 defeat at Stevenage on Tuesday evening, afterwards revealed that he had been fined £100 by the Football Conference - for wearing the wrong shirt.

Stevenage 3 Mansfield Town 2

The manager fell foul of a sponsorship rule when he failed to wear an Umbro-branded shirt during the recent win at Salisbury.

To make matters worse for McEwan, he was reported by the home club for the breach.

After watching his side slip to a disappointing defeat in front of the TV cameras at Stevenage, he then lashed out: "It gives me food for thought - what am I doing at this level.

"Salisbury have reported me for my shirt - what is the game coming to? What is that all about?

"It makes you wonder if it is worth me staying at this level. It is Mickey Mouse some of the stuff that is going on.

McEwan, involved in management at higher levels with Rotherham and Derby County, watched on Monday as his side was docked four points after the club failed to register four players properly for the opening two matches of the season.

Then, having seen his side harshly lose their unbeaten home record to a controversial penalty on Saturday, he again saw red when a penalty in first half injury time gave Stevenage the lead.

Afterwards McEwan said: ""I expressed my opinion on the decision to the referee at half-time, he asked me to sit in the stand for the second half and I said fine.

"It was probably just my frustration as I couldn't believe the length of injury time played and we'd conceded another penalty on the back of the diabolical decision on Saturday.

"I watched the referee closely, it took him half an hour to make the decision - he wasn't sure. I don't know how it will look on the TV when I see it again but I thought it was a soft decision.

"I was disappointed and frustrated but I did apologise to the referee. We didn't have a barney. I just expressed my opinion to him and he felt it was too strong.

"But I do get worried when I see some of the stuff happening at this level."

That second period was a see-saw affair as the Stags roared back to lead 2-1, only to then concede an equaliser before a howler by keeper Paddy Gamble gifted the home side a late winner.

McEwan added: "We pressed the self-destruct button. We can't keep a clean sheet which has been a problem all season.

"We went behind to a goal from a debatable decision though our defence should have cleared it anyway.

"Then we went 2-1 up, but then got caught sleeping at the back again. Then the young lad made an error for their winner.

"We gave a silly free kick away and I said to the chairman 'this is a goal' as I knew what the lad taking it was capable of.

"It was a greasy ball, the keeper dropped it and their lad was onto it like a flash and put it in.

"It is a cruel way to learn and you cannot legislate for mistakes like that. Paddy has done well for us this season and this is part of his learning process.

Loan defender Max Chanot was also red carded in the topsy-turvy second half for two bookings, but McEwan said that he hoped captain Adie Moses would be fit to return to the defence in his place for Monday's trip to Burton Albion - also live on Setanta Sports TV.

McEwan added: "In the first half we played them off the pitch, it was embarrassing we had so much possession. But we had no end product and not enough threat.

"I couldn't see us losing it apart from us giving it to them and that is what we did.

"Everything seems to be going against us. It is tough to take."


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