HOLDSWORTH, SPEIGHT AND **NEW** BARROW REACTION
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'We are not a dirty side' - Sheridan
Thursday, 20 August 2009
BARROW AFC's poor disciplinary record is growing.
The seven bookings at Mansfield on Tuesday night mean the club now has 13 yellows and two reds from four games this season.
But joint-manager Darren Sheridan insists: “We are not a dirty side. Some of our bookings have been a joke.
“We have players whose game is to go in and make hard challenges and they are being punished by poor refereeing.
“We look at the DVDs of games and any proper yellows will be dealt with by the club. But more and more cards we pick up are from poor and harsh decisions.
“We will stamp out bookings for verbals and kicking the ball away, but how can you tell a player not to tackle? How can you say to a player 'Don't go in hard. Hold back'?
“The sending off of Phil Bolland at Mansfield was a joke. Okay, the first yellow was probably justified, but the second came when an opponent dived and the referee was only six yards away. We on the sidelines have to hold our tongue, but we can look at the fourth official and can see by the expression on his face that at times he feels we have been hard done to.”
Bolland's two yellows mean he will miss Saturday's trip to Eastbourne – after missing the opening game of the season because of the two yellow cards he picked up at Wembley playing for Cambridge in the Conference play-off final.
“Losing players to poor decisions is something we cannot afford with our small squad,” added Sheridan. “But we just have to take these decisions on the chin. No one is going to help us."
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BARROW joint-manager Dave Bayliss said: “We conceded four goals but that's football. We gave sloppy goals away and it all mounts up. It looks like we've been absolutely battered tonight and that's not the case, that's football.
“I'd rather play ugly and nick a win. When you give goals away like that you don't expect to win games of football.
“It was similar to Altrincham last week, we did quite well in spells and they've come off with three goals.
“When the second goal went it was always going to be an uphill struggle. That is just down to discipline. If we kept it down to 2-1 it might look a bit closer, but we went sloppy and conceded two penalties.”
On the defensive formation his side lined up in, he added: “In the second half we went 4-3-3, and we kept them tight and had the better of the chances. When the home crowd turn on the home players you know you're doing well.
“They were booing them and we got the equaliser and looked the stronger side from 1-1. Then when the second goal went in it gave everyone a lift and sort of killed the game.”
On using sub Dugdale as a striker he added: “We just thought we'd change it, we were getting bullied up front, it could have worked. It was a gamble that didn't pay off. We just thought we'd go with Duggie because he was a bit more physical, but it didn't work out. In hindsight we should have put Aaron (Taylor) on but it was a spur of the moment decision that didn't work out.”
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Speight stakes claim for Stags starting slot
JAKE Speight is targeting a place in the Mansfield Town starting line-up after his crucial goal in the 4-1 victory over Barrow.
The substitute's strike tipped the balance in the Stags' favour with the sides all square at 1-1.
But although he has now netted twice from the bench, the former Droylsden man wants more.
"The way it has turned out so far I have been coming off the bench, but I want to start games. I don't just want to be an impact player," said Speight.
"The two lads who have been in the side (Kyle Perry and Rob Duffy) have done well, but I want to work hard and get a start.
"I think Clarey (Daryl Clare) has got two now and so have I. Rob got one and Kyle has already got three, so it's great competition."
Speight said he had no hesitation in letting fly, despite having come on just seconds earlier.
He said: "I think the referee sent me back off to take off my cycling shorts and then I was straight back on and with my second touch it was in the back of the net.
"We have been practicing half-volleys for the last two weeks, so I was confident and as soon as I hit it. I knew it was going in."
Stags' goal hero Speight targets starting place
CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
JAKE Speight netted within two minutes of coming on as a substitute to set Mansfield back on the road to a 4-1 victory at Field Mill on Tuesday night.
But the Stags new boy doesn't want to be a super sub all season after his terrific strike against Barrow.
"I want to work hard and win a starting place, I don't want to be an impact player off the bench all season," he said.
"It was great to score. The referee had just sent me off to remove my cycling shorts and I ran back on and first touch it was in the back of the net.
"I have been practicing half-volleys in training and I was pretty confident it was going in as soon as I hit it. I just thought I would have a swing at it."
After another card-strewn clash with Barrow, Speight added: "The gaffer warned us they were the sort of team to leave the foot in and I thought we stayed on out feet well and were disciplined.
"Our quality shone through in the end and we were always going to come out on top."
After his second match-turning substitution in four days, a delighted boss David Holdsworth said: "I am thoroughly delighted. It was an excellent performance and four goals for the faithful here."
On the subs, he said: "I just felt we needed a change and quickly. It was intuitive and was just what was needed.
"I study the game a lot and sometimes substitutes take time to get involved.
"But I needed a reaction and had the quality and pace of Speight and Clare to send on.
"The goal we conceded was lax. Matt Somner knows it is all about doing things quickly like they do in the Premiership but he was laboured. He has held his hand up.
"We won the battle and we won our individual battles. We knew the game would expand and become stretched in the second half and the crowd understood what we were trying to do and stayed with us."
In another bruiser with Barrow, there were nine yellow cards, seven for Barrow, with two for Paul Bolland spelling a red card near the end.
Holdsworth said: "I respect Barrow and I felt the referee saw a few interesting things out there tonight. But I was delighted with our discipline. The most important thing in this division is winning the first ball and we won most of them tonight.
"Patience was the key. The crowd saw Barrow get men behind the ball and try to stifle us. We restricted them to two or three shots, two from long range."
He added: "People expected me to start Daryl Clare tonight but he was feeling a knock so I put him on the bench.
"We must keep these standards up and I still believe we can deliver more, We are focused and professional and will be in tomorrow to evaluate things and keep our finger on the pulse.
"The boys are doing themselves proud and I am very pleased with all of them."
Subs pay off for Stags boss Holdsworth
DAVID Holdsworth was thrilled to see his second half substitutions pay off handsomely as Mansfield Town powered to a 4-1 win over Barrow last night.
The Stags looked comfortable after going 1-0 up in the first half through Rob Duffy's first of the season.
An error from Matt Somner saw Barrow drew level through Jason Walker and set the home fans' nerves jangling.
But the introduction of Jake Speight and Daryl Clare within minutes proved a masterstroke as they registered three goals between them.
"I'm thoroughly delighted. It was an excellent performance and we got four goals for the faithful," said Holdsworth.
"I just felt we needed to change it quickly with the substitutes – it was intuitive. It's important you look at the game and I study it quite a lot.
"Sometimes subs take time to have an impact but the quality and pace we brought on meant we got the reaction we needed.
"We know we have got the ammunition when the game is stretched."
Holdsworth said he felt for midfielder Somner for what was an 'honest mistake'.
He said: "It was a lapse of concentration. Matt knows it's about doing things quickly. It was laboured and he was thinking about his pass.
"I want us to go forward, not back, but he has put his hand up for it."
Holdsworth was delighted with the home support, which again topped the 3,000 mark.
"Patience is the key and the fans know what we are trying to do," he said. "There was only one team trying to win and we restricted them to four shots."
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