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24th September 2009 20:24

post match Radio Nottm audio interview with David Holdsworth and post match Radio Northampton interview with Justin Edinburgh

post match video interview with David Holdsworth

post match video interview with Alan Marriott

post match video interview with Blair Sturrock

The Sunday Suppplement with Jake Speight


Stags boss Holdsworth to review sending off
Sunday, September 20, 2009, 09:00Comment on this story

MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth insists he will study the television footage of Gary Mills' sending off before deciding what action to take.


The captain faces a suspension after being sent off, along with Lee Tomlin, in a 1-0 defeat for the Stags at Nene Park yesterday.
If Mills, who clashed with his former team-mate, is found to be in the wrong, he could face internal disciplinary action from his boss.
But if Holdsworth's believes he has been hard done by, an appeal against the decision could be launched.
"I will have to have a look at the tape and decide," he said.
"If a player has shown ill-discipline then he will be dealt with accordingly, but I don't like chastising someone before I've seen what's happened.
"But if any player has been adjudged by a referee and we think it's wrong, we will consider that too."
Meanwhile, Holdsworth scotched rumours that Daryl Clare is to be loaned out to King's Lynn.
The UniBond League side have, however, taken another Stags striker in Jason Bradley on a temporary deal.
He said: "Their manager Karl Heggs rang me up and asked about Daryl, but he is a valuable commodity to us.
"I have spoken to him (Clare), he is a top man and wants to play for Mansfield Town and as long as I see fit he will do.
"There is always the opportunity to ask me and I will consider it, but he is better than that level and I did not even contemplate it."


No need for radical change at Stags
Monday, September 21, 2009, 07:00Comment on this story

DAVID Holdsworth insists there is no need for a radical shake-up in personnel after Mansfield Town's third defeat in a row, at Rushden and Diamonds.


An unfortunate own goal from Luke Jones three minutes into stoppage time cost the Stags a point after Gary Mills and Lee Tomlin had been sent off to leave it ten-a-side.
It was the Stags' fifth match in a row without picking up three points and has cancelled out their bright start.
But the boss points out it was the same bunch of players who did so well at the start of the campaign.
"The boys are still focused on doing their jobs. We have had a little bit of bad luck, but there will be no knee-jerk reaction," said Holdsworth.
"I won't bring in three or four players for the sake of it because we remain solid and strong and have some good players.
"They are still the same ones who went six games unbeaten early on. I couldn't have asked for any more.
"We must stick to our guns and our beliefs. We need a strong dressing room.
"Little things are costing us that other teams are getting away with.
"We have to understand there are spells like this in life and you have to keep your composure and move on."
Holdsworth branded the defeat on Mansfield as 'harsh', feeling his side had ended the game well.
Holdsworth said: "They were creating chances and Tomlin was causing us problems, but we stuck at it and after the sendings off, I thought there was only one team going to win.
" We played some good football, but I would have taken a point because they have been scoring a lot of goals and we restricted them."


Holdsworth rues more bad luck for Stags
CHAD.co.uk, 19 September 2009, By John Lomas
Mansfield Town's miserable run continued with another defeat and another red card as a Luke Jones own goal in stoppage time condemned them to a 1-0 setback at Rushden and Diamonds today.


The Stags, who had skipper Gary Mills sent off along with home star Lee Tomlin, looked to have earned a superb 0-0 draw away to a Rushden side who had hit 11 goals in their previous three games.

Now boss David Holdsworth is left wondering if he has run over a black cat or stepped under a ladder as his side have now lost three on the bounce and failed to win in the last five.

"The winning goal sums up the luck we've had recently," he said.

"It was going 30 yards wide but took a deflection up into the top corner and Alan Marriott couldn't react quickly enough. It was a sickening twist.

"Little things are costing us right now. Apart from Kyle Perry it is the same players going out there and I thought they had acquitted themselves well today.

"But we will stick to our beliefs. There won't be any kneejerk reactions from me, bringing in three or four players.

"I know I have a very talented dressing room and it is just those little things that other teams seem to be getting away with which are going against us.

"A steward said to me today that it was the luckiest three points they have every got.

"Rushden caused us a lot of problems in the first half hour and Gary Silk kept getting exposed by Tomlin. But he stuck to his task and, after the sending-offs there was only one side who looked likely to win the game.

"I would have had no problem taking a point here as they have been scoring goals for fun recently.

"Once again the opposition goalkeeper has won man of the match which sums it up.

"The lads are really down in the dumps and now I have got to pick them up. But you get spells like this in football and you have to keep your composure."

On the red card for Mills, he said: "From what I saw it looked like 'handbags' to be honest.

"But I will have a look at it on the video before I start chastising players.

"I am angry a player has shown ill discipline for us which I don't like to see.

"That's another red card, yet I have the nicest dressing room in the world – sometimes they are too nice."

Rob Duffy was left limping after his ankle was trodden on and could struggle to be fit to face Oxford on Tuesday night.


Stags goalkeeper upset at freak Rushden goal
Monday, September 21, 2009, 07:00Comment on this story

MANSFIELD keeper Alan Marriott was devastated by the freak goal that saw him end up on the losing side against his former club.

The shot stopper had hoped for at least a point against one-time employers Rushden.
But a looping deflection off Luke Jones from Cliff Akurang's last-gasp header beat Marriott's despairing dive after he had kept an excellent goal.
"You don't know whether to cry, punch or scream when that happens because we had got so far and worked so hard," he said.
"Everyone put a shift in. We have not had a good run but after going down to ten we showed a bit if character, which is what the gaffer wanted.
"I think we more than matched them and probably deserved to win it with the good chances we had.
"The ball was going out on the 18-yard line and I was just moving that way slightly in case I could keep it in.
"But it is sod's law when you are on a bad run that these things happen. It's sickening and difficult to lift yourselves as players after that."
Marriott said the dismissals of Gary Mills and Lee Tomlin in the first half benefited the Stags rather than Rushden.
He added: "I think the sending off affected them more.
"We changed our system a little bit and we played more football than we have done all season. We just needed to be more ruthless and clinical."



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