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PREVIEWS + ROBINSON RELEASED
4th November 2008 14:22




Anthony Robinson released
30 October 2008
Read full story at mansfieldtown.net here

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Redditch Advertiser website.
03 NOV 2008
Redditch United have signed former Mansfield, Tamworth and Studley forward Anthony Robinson.

He will go into the squad for the home game with Alfreton tomorrow night (Tuesday).

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Stags release striker Robinson
CHAD.co.uk, 30 October 2008
MANSFIELD Town striker Anthony Robinson has been released by the Stags.
Manager Billy McEwan allowed the 28-year-old forward, who had made just one first team start, to go on Thursday afternoon.

Read at CHAD.co.uk here

Robinson, who joined in the summer on a non-contract basis after being at BSP rivals Kettering last season, had also been substitute on 12 occasions.

Manager Billy McEwan said: "I had a chat with the player this afternoon and I felt it would be better for him to go to a club where he would stand a better chance of getting in their first team, as he is finding it difficult here to get a starting position."

McEwan added on the club's official website mansfieldtown.net: "I would like to thank Anthony for his services while he was employed at the club."

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CHAD video: Jon D'Laryea on Thursday said he hoped the midweek FA Cup replay win would be the spur to changing their League form.
The midfielder also gave his views on the current booing controversy surrounding Field Mill and the fans.

video at CHAD.co.uk here

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Stags hoping on Championship defender
CHAD.co.uk, 30 October 2008 , By John Lomas
BILLY McEwan is hoping to have a Championship defender on standby for this weekend's tough trip to in-form Torquay United.
Read at CHAD.co.uk here

With central defenders Alan O'Hare and Adie Moses among a list of players battling to be fit for Saturday, McEwan is determined not be caught short.

"I spoke to a Championship club today and they were putting it to the player," he said. "I am just waiting for a text now.

"The lad is 21 and can play centre half or defensive midfield and, having played quite a few Championship games, can certainly handle this division.

"We just have to see how the injured players are. Alan O'Hare has been off ill and probably came back too soon last time. He said he felt all right but had a relapse. He has done some light training today and we will see how is tomorrow."

Stags will have a training session up here before heading south tomorrow after flooding put paid to their plans to train at Tiverton to break up the journey down there.

Although they have just had back to back clean sheets in putting York City out of the FA Cup in a replay this week, Stags are still looking to end a run of four league defeats and are away to a Gulls side flying high with eight wins and two draws in 10 games.

"Torquay had a very successful season last season and only just missed out on promotion at the end," said McEwan.

"They didn't have the best start to this season but have got their act together now and shot up the table. That's exactly what we have got to do.

"We know how hard it will be there but we're looking forward to it.

"We have had a chat about what has happened it recent league matches and that's now put to bed. We are focusing on shooting up the table.

"We are not in a good position right now and we have to do something about it, starting on Saturday. In fact it has to start 48 hours before that when we get ourselves mentally prepared for the battle."

Tranmere Rovers midfielder Adnan Ahmed will come into the squad after joining on a month's loan.

He played in the delayed reserve game against Sheffield Wednesday last night, a match held up by the closure of the M1 which held everyone up.

"I didn't see him play as I was stuck for two and three-quarter hours," said McEwan. But Neil Richardson told me he did okay.

"He is a decent footballer and we will make him welcome. He has played a few reserve games for Tranmere recently and will give us competition for places.

"We need bodies in the club right now – and not just anyone. We need decent bodies as we have a lot of games. We need players who can come in and do a job and are not just here to make the numbers up."

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Stallard urges Stags fans to be patient
EVENING POST, October 30 2008,

MARK Stallard today urged fans to judge Mansfield on where they finish at the end of the season – not where they are now.
Full story at Evening Post website here

The Stags have slipped to 18th in the Blue Square Premier table on the back of a disappointing run of four straight league defeats.
Their cause has not been helped by a Football Conference deduction of four points that finally took effect last week.
And tomorrow the Stags face the form team of the Blue Square Conference as they make the long journey to the south-west to play Torquay at Plainmoor.
The Gulls, after a stuttering start to the season in which they won only one of their opening seven matches, have since gone on a ten-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Their latest success was a 4-1 FA Cup win over Chipstead, while in the league they have stormed up to fifth in the table on the back of a run of seven wins and two draws.
That makes it look a tall order for the Stags, who have not been in the best of form before disposing of York City in an FA Cup replay at Field Mill on Tuesday.
But striker Stallard insists there is no reason to panic and that the club will soon emerge from their difficult spell.
"Where we are in the table is a concern but at the start of the season people were asking whether we would be able to stay up with the club in turmoil," he said.
"Due to the good start, people were then starting to think about getting straight back up into the league – but at no stage did that come from the players.
"We knew it was going to be hard work with ups and downs. I know we are only just above the relegation places with the four points taken off, but there are still 30 games to go.
"There is plenty of time for things to change and I think it will do.
"It is a completely new club so I would ask everyone to judge us at the end of the season.
"I'm not deflecting the criticism we have been getting and I understand the fans' point of view. But we are working hard to put things right in training and things will change eventually."
Stallard believes the Blue Square Premier is as tight as any league he has played in.
He said: "We defeated one or two teams who are up there near the top in Kidderminster and Histon but the supposed big boys like Torquay, Stevenage and Cambridge had a bit slower start than expected.
"From what I have seen since playing at this level there is not a lot of difference between the teams from top to bottom.
"There are no teams that I think are excellent, but there are no teams that I think are rubbish either.
"The teams are very closely matched and it is all about who turns up on the day and who gets the decisions, maybe more in this league than others I have played in.
"Each game you have to have the right attitude and, as we have already found, we can beat any team but any team can beat us."

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