HOLDSWORTH, LUKE JONES AND WESTLEY REACTION
Boro boss hits back at Mansfield claims
14 September 2009
Boro boss Graham Westley has hit back at comments made by David Holdsworth over Kyle Perry's alleged stamp on Lee Boylan on Saturday.
Perry was given his marching orders at the end of the first half after clashing with Boylan, who was sent for X-rays yesterday (Sunday) to ascertain the extent of the injury to his cheekbone.
Holdsworth claimed the former Cambridge man "hadn't got a mark on him" but Westley insisted that Perry fully deserved his red card.
"I've seen the comments from David Holdsworth - it doesn't matter if the boy was hurt or not.
"He was hurt. He went for an X-ray yesterday (Sunday) and, at this stage, it would appear he has not fractured his cheekbone.
"But because of the swelling, we are not sure as to the extent of the injury."
Westley hopes the FA take steps to ensure that this kind of incident is not allowed to happen again on a football field but praised the officials for making the right decision.
"I thought it was a brilliant piece of officialdom," added Westley. "The referee took his time and took on board the views of all the other officials.
"I must admit that I hadn't seen the incident but our lads were outraged.
"I was misquoted saying that if Perry only gets a three-match ban then the authorities need to look at themselves.
"What I did say was that the FA should do everything in their power to stop this from ever happening again.
BORO WANT CHIEFS TO STAMP DOWN
STEVENAGE boss Graham Westley wants Mansfield's Kyle Perry to be given a long ban after a head-stamping row marred Borough's 3-2 victory.
Perry was sent off by referee Darren Drysdale just before the break after appearing to kick out at Lee Boylan following a tussle.
Westley said: “If he only gets a three-match ban for that, then the authorities need to look at themselves.”
Stags chief David Holdsworth said: “Kyle tells me that it wasn't deliberate and I have to take his word for it, but their player wasn't hurt.”
Kyle put Mansfield 2-0 up inside the first 16 minutes before Chris Breardsley and substitutes Yemi Odubade and Charlie Griffin completed a remarkable comeback.
David Holdsworth video interview, here
Luke Jones video interview, here
David Holdsworth post-match, Paul Heckingbottom post-match, and SFU Audio, from Mansfield 103.2, here
Luke Jones interview from BBC Radio Nottingham, here
Holdsworth's anger as Fourth Officlal 'sends off' striker to end home record
CHAD.co.uk, 12 September 2009, By Tim Morriss and John Lomas
FURIOUS Mansfield Town manager David Holdsworth criticised the match officials after the 10-men Stags lost his unbeaten home record at Field Mill in a stormy five-goal thriller with Stevenage
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
The Stags were leading through two early Kyle Perry goals when the big striker - who also saw two other close range efforts scrambled off the line - was red carded just before half-time after a clash with Boylan as the Stevenage player lay on the ground.
Immediately former Stags striker Chris Beardsley - who should have been sent off in the melee before Perry's dismissal - pulled a goal back with the last touch of the first half for the dangerous visitors.
And in the second period the 10-men Stags struggled to keep the ball and subsided to a 3-2 defeat - leaving them with just two points from four matches.
But afterwards the two managers saw the game's turning point very differently. Did Perry stamp on the player's head as he lay on the ground, or was he just trying to break free from Boylan? And why was the decision apparently made by the fourth official, yards away on the other side of the pitch and apparently under pressure from the Stevenage bench, when the referee and linesman under the West Stand did not see a sending off offence?
Holdsworth said: "The video is inconclusive. The man has held on to Kyle's leg and he's gone to shake him off.
"The man hasn't got a mark on him yet he's gone down like he's been shot.
"But it's not about that. It's how a man 55-60 metres away can give the decision – it's unbelievable.
"I asked a fourth official recently if he's seen an incident and he said he couldn't comment. But this one today seemed to be easily swayed by the opposition bench and got involved.
"A linesman who is 12-15 yards away or a referee, who was well positioned, couldn't see anything. The fourth official was on the other side next to me and I had the sun in my eyes and couldn't see anything.
"Kyle says he was trying to get away from him and I will look at the video a million times. But it's cost us.
"And a linesman told me not to get involved and said it didn't matter as we were 2-0 up! It will all be reflected in my report and I hope there was an assessor here and they will be judged accordingly."
He added: "We could have been 4-0 up and the game should have been finished. We showed more ambition than them and we were outstanding,
"Stevenage should not even have been at the party.
"In the second half our retention and use of the ball should have been better.
"It is painful to lose our home record. We have learned a harsh lesson today.
"You don't mind losing if you have been outplayed and undone by the opposition. But today we were dealing against demons."
However, Borough boss Graham Westley said: "My players said Perry did stamp on Boylan's head and it's a disgrace that a professional would do that to another professional. If he only gets a three match ban for that then the authorities need to look at themselves.
"We didn't get involved with the referee at that stage and let him get on with it.
"It was an awful start and we must not forget that in the elation of winning. We have out goalkeeper to thank for us still being in the game after 20 minutes.
"We could have been three or four goals down by then and the lads know that.
"It's bewildering, we weren't at the races, we weren't switched on, call it what you want. I can't explain it.
"But even then at our worst in the game we were still passing the ball well and could have goals of our own in the
"It's a very pleasing achievement to come down to a tough place like this and come back from two goals down to get three points."
Stags defender Luke Jones said it wasn't the Perry red card that had proved costly but the way the side set about playing with 10 men.
"We started so well and were on the front foot," he said. "We felt comfortable. I have not seen the video of the red card but we have to learn that sometimes that will happen in games and it is then down to how we manage it.
"At half time the gaffer told us what he wanted us to do but we were not able to put it into practice.
"Our ball retention was poor, our shape was poor and we defended too deep. That's what cost us in the end and not the red card as we were 2-0 up at that stage.
"Now it's how we bounce back that matters. There is no big crisis here.
Everyone goes through patches like this. Things just haven't gone as we'd have wanted in the last few games."
Stags boss Holdsworth hits out at officials
FURIOUS Mansfield Town boss David Holdworth took a swipe at the officials whose decisions he felt cost his side victory against Stevenage.
Full story at Evening Post website here
The Stags were 2-0 up against Borough after two early goals from Kyle Perry.
But the striker was then sent off as half-time approach for allegedly kicking out at Lee Boylan and Stevenage bounced back to win 3-2.
It was Stags' first defeat in 16 home matches under Holdsworth's tenure.
"I don't mind losing if a team comes here and outplays you but we are dealing against demons here and it is very hard work," said Holdsworth.
"The sending off has cost us because it has changed the whole dynamic of the game.
"I have seen the video and it is inconclusive. The lad's hand is tied around Kyle's leg and he's tried to shake it off. That led to the incident happening.
"The lad has not got any marks on him and he has gone down like he's been shot. But how can the fourth official spot it from 50 to 60 metres away? It's unbelievable.
"The linesman was 12 to 15 yards away and the referee had got a good position. I find it amazing.
"The fourth official needlessly got involved. He had got the sun in his eyes, as I had, and could barely see.
"He didn't see Beardsley kick Duffy. All you ask for is fairness for both sides.
"One of the linesman actually said it doesn't matter because you are 2-0 up!
"I will reflect it in my reports on the game and I hope there was an assessor watching."
Holdsworth was disappointed with the way his side acquitted themselves after going down to ten men.
He said: "I am devastated because the team lost and the boys are hurting."
Stags boss Holdsworth: Ref must look at sending off
DAVID Holdsworth has asked the referee in Mansfield Town's 3-2 defeat to Stevenage to consider rescinding the red card given to Kyle Perry.
Full story at Evening Post website here
The Stags striker was sent off jut before the break after allegedly kicking out at Lee Boylan.
But having seen the incident on video, the Stags boss has pleaded with Darren Drysdale to take another look.
If the decision stands, Perry will face a lengthy ban for a violent conduct offence.
"Kyle is going to be three games but I asked the referee afterwards, in a controlled manner, if he would have a look at it and he said he would," said Holdsworth.
"But it's gone now and it doesn't change anything. We still lost the game.
"There are plenty of decisions that are going against us at the moment."
Holdsworth believes Mansfield should have had the game won by the time of that game-changing incident.
He said: "We should have had four goals. Their keeper made a wonderful save with his fingertips but I call it a miss. If you are clinical they go in.
"Stevenage shouldn't even have been at the party because we were outstanding for the first 40 minutes.
"I would have expected Gary Silk and Luke Jones to defend better for the second and third goals.
"The defenders had a tough time in the second half and they have to step up. We must defend correctly."
Jones - Stags paid price for poor performance
VICE captain Luke Jones insisted it was a below-par second half performance from Mansfield which heralded their defeat to Stevenage – not Kyle Perry's sending off.
Full story at Evening Post website here
Stags boss David Holdsworth felt the dismissal of the striker was the pivotal moment in the game.
But while central defender Jones felt it did have a big impact, he says Mansfield should have still played better with ten men.
"It's gutting to come out of the game with nothing after starting as well as we did," said Jones.
"I thought we were on the front foot. We really set our stall out and got two early goals.
"We were comfortable then Pezza got sent off and the game changed.
"We conceded a bad goal before half-time then we knew we had got a tough task in the second half.
"But we didn't manage it very well as a team and that has cost us at the end of the day.
"The second half was flat. We found ourselves deep at times and the ball retention wasn't good enough.
"When you go down to ten men you have to put some possession together if you are still going to cause problems.
"But we got deeper and deeper. That put pressure on us and they were getting a lot of crosses in from wide areas."
Jones did not see the incident that led to Perry's red card but hopes the response will be better the next time Mansfield are reduced to ten.
He said: "We have to learn from that. Sometimes these things happen and you have to manage it accordingly.
"The gaffer talked about things at half-time but we were not able to put into practice what he said. We still had something to hold onto."
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