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Stags manager David Holdsworth and York City manager Martin Foyle are interviewed by Radio Nottm's Dave Cribb and BBC Radio York respectively after the game here

Matt Somner interview from StagsWorld free view - video here.

Alan Marriott interview from StagsWorld free view - video here.

StagsWorld Sunday Supplement with Nigel Pinnick, Steve Hartshorn and Tim Morriss here.


Holdsworth salutes 10-men Stags' heroes - on and off the pitch!
07 February 2009
By John Lomas and Tim Morriss
MANSFIELD Town manager David Holdsworth paid tribute to his players after they made it four wins and a draw in his five games in charge, despite having to hang on with 10 men in Saturday's afternoon's 1-0 win over York at snowbound Field Mill.


"That was a phenomenal performance. We showed tremendous team spirit and great work ethic and doggedness," he said.

"I can't compliment my players enough and I am proud of every one of them. They all played their part and showed immense depth of character.

"Alan Marriott is a quality player and a quality person and he made two fantastic saves when we were under the cosh."

Keeper Marriott was part of a resolute re-shaped defence, which also included midfielders Matt Somner and Jon D'Laryea as the Stags lost Scott Garner to a red card and debutant Scott Gardener to injury - all in a game which only went ahead after upto 100 fans helped to clear the ground of snow in the morning.

The Stags had led just before half-time through a Rob Duffy penalty, but then at the start of the second half Garner was dismissed.

The young centre half, the hero a week earlier with the matchwinner at Eastbourne, was dismissed for a second yellow card for deliberate handball, after a first half booking for dissent when he kicked the ball away.

On the handball decision which led to the second yellow, Holdsworth added: "It was accidental – simple as that.

"Their lad played the ball onto his hand – it was a shocking decision and I wasn't very happy with the referee. He lost touch with the game and we didn't get the rub of the green with his decisions."

And talking about the winning goal - Duffy's very cool 42nd minute penalty rolled down the middle after Michael Blackwood was brought down at the end of a jinking run - the Stags boss said: "It was a clear penalty in the first half. He took it well."

The winner was the home side's only on-target shot of the game, but Holdsworth went on: "I am not worried – we won the game.

"I am not bothered about playing glamorous football. The fans understand that – they just want to see us win.

"The fans were tremendous again today and could see how hard the lads worked.

"I really couldn't see the game going ahead today, but the fans turned up with smiles on their faces and helped clear the pitch of snow trying to get their team's game on.

"I am going greyer by the minute! I asked the lads to raise their levels by 20 per cent at half-time. Then Scott was sent off and we had more equations than Carol Vorderman. But we stuck firm and got the right result.

On debutant Scott Gardner, he said: "He was absolutely outstanding – very quick and very assured on the ball.

York boss Martin Foyle was equally upset with the man in the middle and said: "I am bitterly disappointed. The referee stole the show today. Mansfield's penalty was scandalous. The player conned the referee and then he turns down a blatant penalty for us.

"The referee was well below Conference level. I don't want to say much more about him or I will be fined £500 but the referee has won them the game.

"We were outstanding and I can't criticise the players for effort, but we need to be more ruthless in the box.

"If we show the same passion and commitment as today then we will be safe, but at the moment we haven't got the winning mentality and we have lost too many games this season."


Holdsworth praises Stags' 'phenomenal character'
Saturday, February 07, 2009, 17:45Comment on this story

David Holdsworth praised his Mansfield team of battlers after they defied the odds to defeat York City at Field Mill this afternoon.


The Stags went into a first half lead when Rob Duffy slotted home a penalty after Michael Blackwood was fouled in the box by Michael Ingham.
Things took a turn for the worse for the hosts early in the second half when Scott Garner was sent off for a second bookable offence.
But they did not let it deter them and, with the help of two outstanding saves from Alan Marriott, held on to make it 13 points from a possible 15 under their new manager.
"The team showed phenomenal character and a tremendous team spirit," said Holdsworth.
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"I said I wouldn't bring bad players to the club and Alan is a quality person as well as goalkeeper.
"He pulled off two fantastic saves, but everyone played their part. (Adie) Moses, (Jonathan) D'Laryea, (Matt) Somner, Paul Mayo was very assured and (Curtis) Woodhouse was like a rat in that midfield.
"We were under the cosh at times and they threw people up top at the end, but we dealt with it."
The result moves Stags up to 12th in the table and back into the top half since the autumn when Mansfield were deducted four points.


Holdsworth praises Stags fans
Sunday, February 08

MANSFIELD boss David Holdsworth today paid tribute to the fans who made the victory over York City possible by clearing the pitch of snow.


The Stags were 1-0 victors over the Minstermen yesterday but the game only went ahead because an army of volunteers made the surface playable.
Some turned up as early as 8am with shovels and brushes so that an inspection was passed just after midday.
"I think it shows just how tremendous our fans are because I really did not think the game would be on," said Holdsworth.
"The smiles are always on their faces and they did their very best to make sure the game was on.
"I have nothing but praise for the people who came down – they did a terrific job.
"It was a physical game against York, and I am going greyer all the time, but we came through it and everyone has got a reward for the game being on."


York City: Foyle points finger at referee

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York boss Martin Foyle said it was a "tough defeat to accept" after his side went down 1-0 at 10-man Mansfield.
The game was decided by two penalty decisions – one which was given and one which was not awarded.

The only goal of the game came when referee Geoff Eltringham awarding a penalty when Michael Blackwood weaved his way into the visitors' box in the ADVERTISEMENT 42nd minute and tumbled over York keeper Michael Ingham. Robert Duffy converted from the spot.

But disappointed Foyle claimed his side should have had a penalty of their own in the second half for handball.

Foyle said: "I'm bitterly disappointed with the referee. Michael Ingham never touched him for the penalty and we should have had one when he gave a free-kick after their player had handled the ball in the box.

"I thought we were outstanding otherwise. We caused them lots of problems and they didn't cause us any so it is very tough to accept defeat."

Former Barnsley defender Adie Moses hooked over the first chance from 15 yards for the Stags, while York's Richard Brodie should have opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark but headed straight at Alan Marriott from six yards.

Duffy then put Mansfield ahead with his penalty three minutes before the break but the second half belonged to York after the Stags had centre-back Scott Garner sent off after 57 minutes when he handled under pressure from Brodie and was shown a second yellow card.

It was home keeper Marriott who ensured his team held on, denying Brodie after Mark Robinson's free-kick landed at his feet on the far post.

He then produced his best stop to push a close-range Kyle Critchell header on to a post.


York City manager Martin Foyle accuses referee Geoff Eltringham of handing victory to Mansfield Town
10:24am Monday 9th February 2009


By Dave Flett »

ANGRY York City manager Martin Foyle accused referee Geoff Eltringham of giving Mansfield Town the game after his side's 1-0 defeat at Field Mill.

The Stags, reduced to ten men on 57 minutes when defender Scott Garner was sent off, held on for victory after Rob Duffy scored the only goal of the game following a controversial first-half penalty decision.

An off-balance Michael Blackwood appeared to kick the ball out of play before tumbling over City 'keeper Michael Ingham's body only for Eltringham to point to the spot.

The surprise decision infuriated Foyle, who confronted the Sunderland official at the end of the first period and also felt his side were denied a penalty of their own after the break.

Foyle said: “I'm bitterly disappointed and feel that Mr Eltringham stole the show. He was absolutely poor and below Conference level.

“We are at this level, but he shouldn't be. I know the right words to use about him, but I'd probably get fined £500.

“Fair play to their lad – he conned the referee, who gave the game to them. He said he went with the linesman for the penalty, but the linesman said it was the referee's decision.

“Michael said he didn't touch him and the lad toe-poked the ball three yards from the touchline while he was going away from goal. It was embarrassing. We also had a blatant penalty not given when their player handled an Adam Boyes cross in the area.”

Despite his side's perilous league position, Foyle also believes City will avoid relegation if they can maintain the standards of their last two performances at Field Mill and Kidderminster.

Duffy's penalty was Mansfield's solitary shot on target and only a fine performance from home 'keeper Alan Marriott prevented the Minstermen from capitalising on their one-man advantage.

Foyle conceded, though, that his team should have made their second-half domination count, adding: “I thought we were outstanding. We were organised and gave them problems while they gave us none, but we've got to be more ruthless in the box.


Marriott happy with scrappy wins

Marriott joined Mansfield last month from Rushden & Diamonds
Mansfield Town goalkeeper Alan Marriott insists the Stags should not fret if their performances continue to be less impressive than their results.

The 1-0 victory over York on Saturday was their fourth win in five games under new boss David Holdsworth.

"We've not played particularly well but at the end of the day wins are wins," Marriott told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"It won't say it was a scrappy battling, performance in the papers, it will say we got the three points."

He added: "At this stage of the season, with conditions the way they are, you have to dig in and play percentage football."



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