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12th April 2009 21:21

David Holdsworth reaction from BBC Radio Nottingham here

David Holdsworth video interview here

Holdsworth on Briscoe's goal, miss, and "horrible" boots (previously unheard audio), here

Liam Daish interview with Radio Kent (the bits I recorded, not available on BBC website), here

Evening Post:
Briscoe thrilled to open his Stags account
Wednesday, April 08, 2009, 08:22Comment on this story

LOUIS Briscoe was thrilled to open his Mansfield account – but knows he could have had a hat-trick against Ebbsfleet.
He put the Stags in front in the 21st minute after blasting home an astute pass from Daryl Clare.
Rob Duffy's second-half goal then wrapped up the points for the Stags. "It's really pleasing to get off the mark because you wonder if it's going to come," said Briscoe.
" I got through and I just tried to concentrate on hitting the target and keeping it down.
"I was worried the keeper might have saved it but luckily it went straight between his legs. I could have had a hat-trick with the header and then the one that came back to me off the keeper.
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Briscoe felt it was an excellent response from the Mansfield team after their below-par showing at Wrexham.
He said: "I felt it was a good performance as a team, especially after the weekend's match. We haven't had a clean sheet for a few games but we went out and worked our socks off to get one.
"That is only one goal we have conceded at home since I got there and that was against Torquay, who are second in the league. We are also unbeaten at home since then and we want to keep that going."

Match reaction: Holdsworth thrilled with Stags win
Tuesday, April 07, 2009, 23:25Comment on this story

DAVID Holdsworth was delighted with the way Mansfield bounced back from their poor performance at Wrexham over the weekend to beat Ebbsfleet 2-0.
The Stags boss was severely critical of his troops following their 2-0 defeat at the Racecourse Ground.
But a side featuring three changes and including full debutants Daryl Clare and Ollie Hotchkiss provided just the response he was looking for.
Goals from Louis Briscoe and Rob Duffy in each half gave Mansfield a deserved victory at a windy Field Mill.
It was their first win in five attempts against a visiting side who had won their previous three games 1-0.
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“My input from day one has always been about having a good work rate. I was very pleased about a lot of aspects to our play.
“They changed it and went three at the back and put an extra man on midfield.
“But once we got the ball wide to (Ryan) Williams and Briscoe we were ambitious and convincing and Briscoe was absolutely outstanding.
“There was a response from us form the weekend, we created chances and we kept a clean sheet.”

Stags boss Holdsworth to stick boot in!
Wednesday, April 08, 2009, 08:30Comment on this story

MANSFIELD boss David Holdsworth has promised to buy Louis Briscoe a new pair of his favourite green boots – so long as the winger can keep producing the kind of form he showed against Ebbsfleet.
The former Port Vale trainee scored his first goal for the club in a 2-0 victory.
Holdsworth is a big fan of Briscoe, who he also coached at Ilkeston, and praised the 21-year-old's contribution.
He is less of a fan of the player's garish footwear, although he is prepared to make an exception after such displays.
"You have to have some bottle to get away with buying a pair of boots like that," said Holdsworth.
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"I'll buy him a new pair of those boots in the summer when the others are getting mouldy if he carries on playing like that!
"The goal he scored means a lot to him. When he got in I said to myself 'come on, just hit the target and put your foot through it.'
"I call Louis the beast – and he is. He is very hard to play against and there are not many left backs in this league who will be able to cope with his pace and power.
"Other clubs are already looking at him. The word is spreading quickly about him and Scott Garner.
"It is great that we have two young lads like that and I want to bring one or two more in."
Holdsworth was also happy with the performances of Ollie Hotchkiss and Daryl Clare – both making their full debuts.
"You saw what Hotchkiss was about and it was a very good debut for him. Getting him in at the right time was the hardest part.
"But it was a good opportunity and he showed some class.
"The only thing missing from Daryl was a goal but he got in the right areas and worked well as a combination [with Rob Duffy].
"With those two sucking defenders in it gave the wingers the chance to be elusive out wide."
"I thought Luca Havern played well too. He's a good kid and he will keep on getting better.
"I was pleased with a lot of aspects. The midfield was excellent and very competitive."

Holdsworth praise for goal hero and his green boots!

Louis Briscoe in action against Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night

« Previous « PreviousNext » Next »View Gallery"Louis was outstanding tonight. He destroyed their left back tonight who was subbed"
Stags manager David HoldsworthADVERTISEMENTPublished Date:
07 April 2009
By John Lomas
STAGS boss David Holdsworth was full of praise for Man of the Match Louis Briscoe after he scored his first Mansfield Town goal in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Ebbsfleet at Field Mill.
"I was so pleased for Louis," Holdsworth said. "As he went through I thought to myself 'get the ball on target and put your foot through it'.

Mansfield Town 2 Ebbsfleet United 0

"You have to have something to carry off wearing those silly green boots of his and he got away with it tonight. Long may it continue and maybe I will buy him another pair in the summer if they go mouldy if he keeps playing like that!

"The second chance he missed with the open goal was just down to a bit of maturity though we didn't give him a shout.

"Louis was outstanding tonight. He destroyed their left back tonight who was subbed.

"But not many left backs could cope with that kind of power and pace. I call him The Beast and he is very hard to play against.

"I am aware that a lot of people are starting to look at him now from other clubs as they are with Scott Garner. And they are both only 19 years old which is great for this club.

"I also thought Oliver Hotchkiss had a very good debut. I had been aware of his quality but it was a case of the right time to put him in there and tonight he showed us signs of class."

It was the much improved display Holdsworth - who signed a four-year contract just before kick-off - had demanded after the poor showing at Wrexham on Saturday and he said: "I thought we played very well at times tonight and there was some very good defending too which is what I expect. Getting a clean sheet again was important – that's what I am all about.

New four-year deal for Holdsworth

"But I wanted them to go out there and be expressive and they did. Whenever we got the balls wide to Ryan Williams and Louis Briscoe we looked dangerous and convincing.

"That was just the response I wanted after Saturday. It has laid the ghost of Wrexham to rest.

"The lads I left out tonight will be disappointed but I am not here to be nice – this is not a personality contest.

"Curtis Woodhouse led the way and will be captain again on Saturday. If Jon D'Laryea is bright, which he is, he will learn from being left out tonight.

"Sometimes it's good to take a player out and give him a breather to let him watch from the stand. I am sure Jon won't sulk or spit his dummy out. If he does more fool him. "But I have already given him a contract next year – he is a valuable member of my squad."

Daryl Clare had a fine full debut, providing a constant threat and Holdsworth added: "The only thing missing for Daryl Clare tonight was a goal. He got in the right areas and I though he and Rob Duffy worked well as a combination.

"We created a lot of chances and could have scored more but let's not be greedy.

"I though Gianluca Havern did well, he is a good kid, and the subs showed the right response to being left out when they came on too.

"We needed to get back on track tonight and we did."


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