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9th March 2009 15:24

Video interview with David Holdsworth plus brief match highlights including video of goal from Stagsworld freeview here

Video interview with Alan Marriott from Stagsworld freeview here


Stagsworld Sunday Supplement brought to you by Stagsworld freeview here


Audio interviews with David Holdsworth and Kevin Keehan from BBC Radio Nottm and BBC SCR here


Keehan praises his youngsters after defeat
6:00pm Saturday 7th March 2009
The Argus
By Howard Griggs ยป

Kevin Keehan praised his young Lewes side after a spirited 1-0 defeat away to Mansfield Town.

The Rooks looked like they might hold out for a well-earned point until a rush of blood from goalkeeper Rikki Banks 20 minutes from time condemned them to a 13th successive Blue Square premier defeat.

Manager Keehan said: "I thought in the first half we were the better side. We created chances and with a bit of luck might have nicked a goal.

"They are a good side and at times we came under pressure but we weathered it pretty well.

"Unfortunately Rikki came charging out when there was no need and all of a sudden you lose everything you have fought for.

"We are very restricted in what we have but we had kids out there who have ran themselves into the ground and every one of them should be proud."


Marriott agrees contract extension.
mansfieldtown.net, Sat 07 Mar 2009
Mansfield this evening announced that goalkeeper Alan Marriott has agreed an extension that will see him stay at Field Mill until 2011.

The 30-year-old arrived from along with David Holdsworth, and has impressed the new boss in his time here, keeping a staggering seven clean sheets from the nine games he's started.

Marriott is delighted to have agreed the new deal. Speaking after the 1-0 win over Lewes, he said: "I'm over the moon about it. Being rewarded like that is nice."

"Its a fantastic set up here, and the club dosen't deserve to be down here (in the Blue Square Premier)," he added

Marriott welcomes the pressure that the new contract will bring, and is keen to be a big part in the push for promotion next season.

He has settled into life at Mansfield well, being close to his Lincoln home, and is happy to be here after things did not work out at Rushden.

Manager David Holdsworth praised the goalkeeper's play and the attitude he has brought with him.

Holdsworth said, "He's bought into David Holdsworth and he's bought into Mansfield Town."


Keeper Marriott handed Stags contract extension
CHAD, 07 March 2009
By John Lomas
STAGS keeper Alan Marriott has agreed to sign a new deal which will keep him at Field Mill for the next two seasons.

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Marriott kept his sixth clean sheet in eight games in the 1-0 win over Lewes on Saturday and said after the final whistle: "The deal has been agreed in principle and there are just one or two bits to be ironed out.

"But I am over the moon as it brings security to me and my family in these tough times with the credit crunch.

"It means a lot to me. I am a loyal player as people can see from my time at Lincoln.

"It just didn't work out for me at Rushden with the management and the travelling.

"But I feel very much at home here. It is a great club that deserves to be in the League and my ambition is to get up there with this club."

On the game he added: "It wasn't a pretty game, but they came here 4-5-1 hoping to nick something and it was an awkward game.

"There was an expectancy from the fans to score six, seven, eight which can force you into mistakes. But we got a goal and won and let's put this game to bed now and worry about Tuesday.

"It is well documented we are renowned for scoring goals at the moment but we are working hard on it in training.

"I only had one real save which was at a nice height for me. Today kept my clean sheet record going but I can't take all the credit for that as the back four, particularly Gary Silk and Adie Moses today, have been superb."

Boss David Holdsworth was delighted to extend Marriott's contract and said: "He is a great goalkeeper and he has bought into David Holdsworth and into Mansfield Town Football Club. I want to keep our best players and bring in good players."

Stags boss Holdsworth upset by fans' boos
CHAD, 06 March 2009
By John Lomas
STAGS manager David Holdsworth's usual post-match smile disappeared on Saturday night, despite another win, after a section of fans booed his decision to take off Aaron O'Connor and not Nathan Arnold during the 1-0 win over Lewes.
Arnold, who took some stick from a few supporters, turned out to be the match winner to vindicate his manager as Stags extended their remarkable run under Holdsworth to just one defeat in nine matches.

Arnold, who took some stick from a few supporters, turned out to be the match winner to vindicate his manager as Stags extended their remarkable run under Holdsworth to just one defeat in nine matches.

"We could have been more productive, but our objective was three points which we obtained," said Holdsworth.

"So I have to be delighted as a manager. I am very respectful of this football club, but what I didn't like today or appreciate was the response when I took a player off which was very negative.

"There has been negativity here for a long time. But I am paid to make decisions and keeping Nathan Arnold on proved the right one. I won't have people voicing opinions when they don't know what they are talking about.

"I have had 33,000 people boo me so it doesn't bother me. But all you will do is affect players' confidence.

"It's not about David Holdsworth, its about my players.

"I understand that fans want and want and want and I am with them all the way.

"But no-one has any right to success just for being in this league. You have to earn the right to success and work hard.

"This is Field Mill and we need everyone to be positive. The club is doing its best to secure a safe future."

He added: "We had ample opportunities but credit to Lewes. They sat behind the ball on a blustery day. They had a game plan and made it tough.

"But I couldn't have been any more attacking. I played 4-4-2 with two wingers, two up top and an attacking midfielder. And I brought on Ryan Williams which was another attacking move.

"But I know that if you want to be successful you can't afford to be lose. You have to win games and know how to keep a clean sheet and no one has scored against us in my five home games here yet."

Arnold scored the winner with a perfect lob and Lewes boss Kevin Keehan added: "It is so frustrating that one mistake costs you when you have worked so hard to get something out of the game.

"Rikki (Banks) came charging out when there was no need to and it cost us.

"But when you are bottom all the luck seems to go against you. On another day we might have nicked it.

"We know our problems and we have had to throws kids in at the deep end. But they have run themselves into the ground today and everyone should feel very proud.

"I thought it was nice when the home crowd gave out players a standing ovation at the end. They realised how difficult it is for us and appreciated our efforts and the way we played the game.

"All we can do is keep battling away. If we go out and keep performing like that then ultimately we will get something."



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