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Holdsworth happy as Stags hit back at their critics with a win
CHAD.co,uk, by John Lomas
MANSFIELD Town quickly hit back at their critics as they put the Luton Town defeat quickly behind them to win at Salisbury City on Saturday.
Stags boss David Holdsworth said after Kyle Perry's goal sealed a 1-0 win: "I won't take it personally but a lot of people wanted to have a go at us after Tuesday which was needless.
"But we have answered our critics with this today. I am trying to develop this team and it can't be done overnight. There is much more to come yet – we haven't seen the best of Ryan Williams or Louis Briscoe yet.
"It is a long journey down here, the boys prepared well and I think we deserved the points.
"Their goalkeeper was man of the match and if I am being critical, and I always strive for perfection, I would say we should have taken our chances and been ruthless. We should have been one up at half-time. But I am delighted with the clean sheet."
Salisbury dominated the early stages on a very long-grassed surface and Holdsworth said: "At the end of the day losing 4-1 knocks your confidence and it takes time. You have strip things back to basics and not try to be over-elaborate or too loose.
"They do need a lawnmower here. I think the groundsman must have been on holiday this week. I don't criticise other teams but the grass was too long – anyone could see that – and it wasn't conducive to wing play."
That is two wins and two clean sheets out of three and he added: "It was necessary to get a good start and I have given the players a target for the first 10 games which, if we get that quota, means we won't be far off where we want to be.
"Teams are respecting us and I will take two out of three clean sheets."
There was a late scare as Julian Tubbs hooked the ball wide
of an open goal and the manager said: "Craig Armstrong got caught out at the end and he has held his hands up. But
Alan Marriott's starting berth was right and we managed to see it through.
"We all know what Mansfield's away record has been like for several seasons and now we have put that monkey to bed and I want players to go out and enjoy it away from home.
"Once again we must thank the fans who have come all this way down here to support us on such a lovely afternoon.
Match winner was Kyle Perry with his third goal in as many games, just five days after he conceded an own goal and penalty kick at Luton.
"Fans know the type of player I like and Kyle Perry is wholehearted," said Holdsworth.
"He is only 23 and a mountain. I told him he can be a match-winner and so it proved."
Perry added: "I have been having nightmares since Tuesday. But it was a great performance from the boys here today with two completely different halves.
"We came out battling in the second half and when we had Daryl Clare and Jake Speight up front with me it was a very different situation. We were in their faces ratting them and knew the goal was going to come.
"I took a few whacks but it's all part of my game – I think defenders have it in for me!
"Tuesday was disappointing but we are now back to winning ways and can push on from here.
"I thought I was unlucky to be booked for celebrating my goal but the referee said it could have been dangerous for the fans as the brick wall could have been knocked down.
"It was good to see them here and good to give a bit back to them."
Perry's inclusion in the side is keeping Daryl Clare on the bench, though it was his volley that set up the chance for Perry to score in the end.
Clare said: "Kyle has done great – three in three is a cracking ratio - and he gives us a presence up there, a determined attitude and has proved he can score goals.
"We have great options up front here with different styles.
"We all want to play but I am older and more experienced now and I know I can't start every game this season and respect that.
"When you do get on you have to make an impact – you've already missed three quarters of the game. You just want to show what you can do.
"I ended up setting Kyle up and him stealing all the glory!"
Stags boss happy to silence doubters
DAVID Holdsworth hopes Mansfield Town's first away win of the campaign at Salisbury will silence those detractors who say they can only perform at Field Mill.
The Stags boss felt some of the criticism that came his side's way after their 4-1 defeat to Luton was unjust.
And he says the hard-earned 1-0 victory at the Ray McEnhill Stadium was the perfect way for his team to prove a point.
"I'm delighted to come here and win," said Holdsworth. "It's a long journey down, but we prepared well. We deserved to take the points.
"It's come on the end of a 4-1 defeat and it takes time with confidence, so we went back to basics.
"We have proved people wrong with this result and answered our critics by coming out and doing that.
"When you are developing a team, you can't do it overnight and we are trying to work as a unit."
"A lot has been made of Mansfield's away form in the past few years, but we are working hard on the training ground to get things right.
"Hopefully we can now start enjoying it away from home."
Kyle Perry scored the all-important winner and Holdsworth added: "We work on finishing every day in training and Kyle took it well.
"The fans are starting to see the type of person he is. He's a threat, hard and mean.
"I said to him before the game he was going to be the match-winner and it proved to be that way.
"I did get a little annoyed at Jake (Speight) missing the target with a chance, but you are looking for perfection all the time."
Perry: Luton nightmare behind us
KYLE Perry admitted his relief at putting his Luton 'nightmare' behind him.
The striker had netted an own goal and conceded a late penalty as Mansfield slumped to a 4-1 defeat in their previous game against the Hatters.
But he was back on form with the winner at Salisbury – his third in as many games.
"I have always been fairly confident in my ability to score goals and it helps when you are in a dressing room as good as ours," said Perry.
"The gaffer has made it a positive place and you want to do well for each other because every one has got the right attitude.
"I had been having nightmares about the Luton game. It was so disappointing because I wanted the win so much there.
"I was out to put that out of my mind in this game and with a goal and a great performance from the boys I have managed to do that.
"I think when Jake Speight and Daryl Clare came on it changed the game because they couldn't cope with those lads being in their faces."
Perry praised the support of the visiting fans, who made the three-and-a-half trip down to Wiltshire in their numbers.
He added: "It's a massive trip for the supporters to come all the way down here.
"But they can be like the 12th man – and they were. They were singing throughout the game."
Clare prepared to be patient at Mansfield
DARYL Clare insists he is prepared to be patient in his bid to earn a starting berth at Mansfield.
Stags boss David Holdsworth has opted for Kyle Perry and Rob Duffy as his starting pair in all three league games so far.
Clare, meanwhile, has been confined to cameo appearances from the bench, such as the one that helped Mansfield beat Salisbury on Saturday.
The experienced striker admits to being frustrated but appreciates there is strong competition for places.
"We all want to play, but there are 20 players in the squad and the manager can pick two sides," said Clare (pictured).
"There is good competition for places and all the players we have play in different styles, which can only be good.
"I have got to be patient because I'm a little bit older now. I know I'm not going to play every game and I respect that.
"I look forward to the minutes I have on the pitch and hopefully I can still score goals to get to a decent tally."
Clare's instinctive shot just moments after coming on paved the way for Perry's 68th minute winner.
He added: "It was a little bit of scrappy play. I got a good connection and it gave the keeper a problem and we mopped it up from there. It was a great finish from Kyle."
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