HOLDSWORTH, DUFFY, CLARE, WADSWORTH REACTION
footnote: the winner goal was later credited to Kyle Perry.
post match video interview with Mick Wadsworth --->
post match video interview with Daryl Clare --->
David Holdsworth audio interview with BBC Radio Nottingham --->
David Holdsworth video interview --->
StagsWorld Sunday Supplement free audio as Mark Stevenson talks to David Holdsworth after the Chester game --->
Stags set to strengthen squad?
CHAD.co.uk, By Tim Morriss
MANSFIELD Town manager David Holdsworth has hinted that he may strengthen his squad ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline.
There is speculation on fans' website forums that the player could be former Hull City defender Joe Lamplough (19), who has been training at Field Mill and travelled to the win at Chester on Saturday - and also watched the victory over Ebbsfleet.
The Stags 1-0 win at the Deva Stadium was their fourth on the bounce, their fifth in six matches this season and consolidated their second place position in the BSP.
Holdsworth, apeaking on the club's Sunday Supplement audio feature, said a new signing - or even signings - could be unveiled on Bank Holiday Monday when the Stags play Kettering at Field Mill: "Yes I am looking at adding to the squad, we are a little bit skinny.
"We must not take our eye off the ball, if there is a contribution that someone else can make to the squad for the next three months then we need to add (to the squad).
"I have a couple of opportunities to talk to players (Sunday).
"But don't let it take away from the boys and what everyone at the club is already doing."
In an interview that revealed Holdsworth's passion for football and the Stags, the manager also praised the 522 travelling Stags fans at Chester, saying: "Today (Chester) the fact there was 500 at Chester tells you something about the club, what we are trying to do."
Holdsworth also commented on speculation about his future at Field Mill after leading the Stags from the foot of the BSP when he took over after Christmas to their current second place, saying: "I have still got a long way to go and a lot to learn. I love this club. Credit to the fans, chairman and board; we are all in it together. The chairman knows I want success and I woukld like it to be at Mansfield."
Holdsworth, who has lost just six matches as a manager at the Stags, Ilkeston and Gretna, added: "I haven't come here to be just another manager. Let's get continuity . . . yes I want the best for me and my wife, we are delighted with the way things are going.
"I have a lot more to achieve, but no-one would be more passionate about winning for this club than me. I still enjoy winning and I can't hide it."
We owe Kettering, says Stags' Holdsworth
DAVID Holdsworth feels Mansfield Town owe Kettering one as his side look to maintain their 100 per cent home record against the Poppies tomorrow.
The two sides shared a 0-0 draw at Field Mill back in February when the Stags boss had just taken over the helm.
But the hosts were convinced they deserved to win the game, particularly as they were denied what appeared a certain penalty as Gary Silk was tripped in the box.
Holdsworth is hoping to go one better this time after Saturday's 1-0 win against Chester.
"Kettering are a well-organised side, but I feel we have a point to prove from last season when we should have won the game." he said.
"We were the better side on the night and had the better opportunities.
"We should have had a penalty, but the referee rang me the next day and said he still didn't feel it was one.
"But we saw on Wednesday night (the incident involving Eduardo in the Champions League game between Arsenal and Celtic) what can happen with penalties."
Kettering will be led by striker Jean-Paul Marna, who already has four goals in five games.
He has helped Mark Cooper's side win all three of their away games so far this season.
Holdsowrth added: "They can go very direct, have pace up top and go for the long throws.
"He (Exodus Geohaghon) throws it further than I go on my holidays, but we have to head the ball out again.
"Scott Garner bruised his head in the last game and the key is to win the first ball."
Duffy striking rich vein of form for Stags
ROB Duffy is delighted to have continued his Mansfield goalscoring exploits from where he left off last season.
The striker netted nine goals in 20 games after signing from Newport County in January up until the end of May.
And he has already got four in 2009-2010 after bagging the winner in the 1-0 victory at Chester.
"I'm buzzing with how it's going because that's three goals in my last three games now," said Duffy.
"The goal was similar to the one against Ebbsfleet. I like to just pull round the back of the melee and when it came to me I put my foot through it.
"All the strikers are chipping in with goals when required. Six games in and I have got four, then there are two on three and another on two.
"Even the lads who aren't starting games are coming on to score.
"The most important thing was getting the points. You can see we are not always pretty, but we are effective."
Duffy, who had three stitches in a cut just above his left eye and played on with a bandage, was impressed by the debut of Jake Speight.
After frequent appearances as a substitute, the former Droylsden man was finally given a chance to start.
Duffy said: "Jake is a livewire. I'm not sure if he's played in the role he did before but he did a good job and was unlucky not to score.
"It will take him three or four games to get into it and find his legs, but overall he can count it as a successful debut."
Duffy also praised the Mansfield fans, saying: "They were chanting for us all the way through.
"It's great to hear them pushing the team. There were more than 500 at Chester and the lads and myself are just delighted we can keep sending them home happy."
Stags matchwinner Duffy praises travelling fans
CHAD.co.uk, 29 August 2009
By Tim Morriss
MATCHWINNER Rob Duffy grabbed his third goal in successive matches to clinch a hard fought 1-0 win at Chester on Saturday – the Stags' fourth consecutive win to keep them in second place in the BSP.
The last time the Stags won four on the bounce was six years ago, beginning with that famous 2-1 win at Cambridge with just nine men in September 2003-2004.
Afterwards Duffy, who needed three stitches at half-time to a cut above his eye, said: "The goal was similar to the one against Ebbsfleet. I just nipped around the back off the melee to pick up the scraps and knock downs and hit the ball hard; it went in off the underside of the keeper's arm."
Duffy is one of four strikers at Field Mill now vying for a starting place and already all four of them – Duffy, Kyle Perry, debutant Jake Speight and Daryl Clare – are among the goals and were on the pitch for the final stages at Chester.
After the game boss David Holdsworth – with his tongue firmly in his cheek – said his four strikers called themselves 'Galacticos'.
Duffy added: "We all seem to be chipping in with goals, I think that is a four, three, three and two between the four of us up front.
"That can only bode well for the rest of the season.
"I don't think it was pretty to watch, but it was effective."
Duffy also had words of praise for fellow strike Jake Speight, who made his full debut after scoring three goals as a substitute.
Speight played just behind Duffy and Perry and Duffy added: "I don't know if he has played in the 'hole' before, but he has done very well today. And he was unlucky not to get a goal himself. He is a livewire.
"The fans were great today. It is great to hear them singing your name, but it is even better to hear them pushing the team on.
"The supporters have been tremendous home and away all season so far and the lads are just delighted to be able to send them away happy."
Manager David Holdsworth paid tribute to his two centre halves – Scott Garner and Luke Jones – after the 1-0 win at Chester.
He said: "I gave them a rollicking at half-time, in a constructive way. I don't think Chester then had a chance in the second half.
"The two young lads were too far apart in the first half and letting Chadwick run off their shoulders and they had a flea in their ears at half-time, constructively of course, not destructive.
"In the second half they were magnificent. I am a perfectionist, I don't liker to see other teams get chances on goal and I don't think they (Chester) had a chance of a goal in the second half.
"You must remember they (Garner and Jones) are still young lads – 20 and 23 – learning their trade. They are wonderful, but they are still learning and growing as players.
"The qualities we showed today were perhaps those missing last season. Chester asked us some questions, but we had the answers, and our fitness levels were very good.
"We ground out the result, this was workmanlike but I thought we deserved it.
"Chester made it very hard for us, you don't underestimate a Mick Wadsworth (Chester boss) side and full credit to Chester.
"It was a tough contest, but I asked the boys for a bright tempo from the start, we played for the second phase and it worked well with the early goal. Armstrong played a lovely ball up to Duffy, we won the first ball and touched the second phase, it worked.
"We had a number of chances today and could have put the game to bed.
"I couldn't have asked for anymore application from the players and Jake (Speight) did a good job today in his first start and was unfortunate not to score (he had a goal disallowed).
"I didn't think it was a foul when the ball was headed down to him. I want my centre forwards to climb for the ball at the far post and it was executed perfectly, so for me it was a good goal.
"He has had an excellent debut and an excellent day. He took £5 off me at cards on the way up, got a bonus and deserved that 'goal' - he has got a big smile on his face.
"He did well in the 'hole'. I like to change things around and felt today we had to make a change, I don't want to make it too comfortable for other managers.
"They (the four strikers at the club) call themselves the Galacticos! They are all hard working, Jake will get better with games.
"We needed to make sure we were resolute and I was delighted with the clean sheet. Successful sides are those that keep clean sheets. Clean sheets win you games. The only teams that are successful in my lifetime are those that keep clean sheets.
"But let's take it all one step at a time and not get carried away."
Chester boss Mick Wadsworth added: "It was a tough game and not a lot in it in the balance of play. I knew it would be tough and they will be in the top three at the end of the season.
"We were better than them in the second half, but our best chances came in the first half. That's how funny the game can be."
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