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13th December 2008 19:31

Billy McEwan audio interview from Radio Nottingham here



Mark Yates was quick to praise his side after they saw off a well-drilled Mansfield side on Tuesday night, a result which avenged a 4-2 loss at Field Mill in August.

That defeat forced the manager to go back to the drawing board and they have not looked back since then.

“We owed Mansfield. Our season started there at half-time, that's when we decided to be a decent footballing team and realised what we're about,” said Yates.

“I certainly wanted to ram that result down their throats because it wasn't a pleasant experience."

Harriers' excellent home form has been the bedrock of their successful season so far and Tuesday's victory over Mansfield, secured by Keith Lowe's and Justin Richards' goals, means they have won 12 games at Aggborough in total and 10 in the league.

“The players have a tremendous belief at home,” said the manager.

“The vast majority of supporters watch you play at home so it's great to be doing well. As long as we're getting results and trying to play the right way they'll be happy and so will I.

“We might not be the prettiest team to watch at times but we're very effective.

“But we're good at what we do, we keep teams under pressure and ask them questions.”


Stags boss McEwan reveals Gamble car crash escape
Read at CHAD website here

STAGS manager Billy McEwan has revealed why on-loan Forest keeper Paddy Gamble missed Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat at Kidderminster.
Late on Tuesday afternoon McEwan - now disappointed with the fourth successive League defeat which left the Stags just one point off the drop zone in the Blue Square Premier - was forced to bring in Jamie Annerson on an emergency loan.

The 20-year-old went straight into the team for the defeat at Harriers - but could not be faulted for either goal.

Afterwards McEwan said that Gamble had been involved in a car crash at the weekend which had left him shaken.

The manager said: "He was a passenger in a car with two other Nottingham Forest players. The car spun a couple of times and came off the road. He was shaken and could not play tonight."

Talking about the defeat, which saw the Stags slup a further place in the BSP table, he added: "I thought for 75 minutes we were in the game against a high flying team. All of a sudden we lost concentration and the goal killed us.

"We had chances to score. There were two opportunities where we should have done better. I thought we could have got something from the game.

"I am disappointed for the fans and players. We worked really hard.

"We are in a battle now, but we can't feel sorry for ourselves.


Evening Post:

Injury-hit Stags up against it

BILLY McEwan admits a clutch of injuries have increased his problems for the weekend's FA Trophy match at Wrexham.
Stags have lost eight of their last ten league game following last night's 2-0 defeat at Kidderminster, leaving them just one place and one point above the relegation zone.
Many fans are now calling for McEwan to leave Field Mill after just months in charge.
Now the list of possible absentees for the trip to the Racecourse Ground has added to his woes; skipper Adie Moses, Mark Stallard and Paddy Gamble are all doubts and Michael Blackwood has been missing for several weeks.
"We lost Adie early on with a (calf) injury and meant we had to bring Matt Somner on and put Gavin (Hurren) at the back," said McEwan. "It was a difficult one for Adie because he felt it coming into the game but he felt he could get through it. He could have played on but I didn't want him making it worse.
"Mark's back has seized up and he is having treatment. It was not worth bringing him because he wasn't even 80% fit.
"Paddy was involved in a car accident and he was shaken up. We cannot afford to pick up any more injuries."
Gamble's absence forced McEwan to bring in Jamie Annerson on emergency loan. The 20-year-old Sheffield United player played for the Stags in a pre-season friendly against Boston United.
"Jamie did well. He trained on Monday with us and once we knew we had a problem with Paddy, we had to get cracking. We can only sign him from week to week.
"I thought for 75 minutes we were well in the game against a team riding high. Not every game is going to be a great football match, and this wasn't but you have to dig in and pick points up.
"I felt sorry for the players, who worked ever so hard, and also the fans."



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