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Incensed Stags boss rips into players
INCENSED Mansfield Town boss David Holdsworth tore into his players after defeat at Barrow last night, warning: "I won't tolerate any more performances like that."
The Stags travelled to Holker Street on the back of encouraging home wins over leaders Oxford and Hayes and Yeading.
But they were beaten 3-1 in Cumbria as they were second best to the Bluebirds for long spells.
Holdsworth fumed: "I won't keep having faith in people away from home when they don't keep turning up.
"If people think they can turn in lacklustre performances and not show the right mental desire, they are wrong. I'm not having it.
"I have given my faith to people and we had a plan to play good football, but it was not to the standards I expect.
"There is no hiding place and you can only defend people so much. We were not strong enough.
"I have been into the dressing room and asked the question why we play well at home but not away.
"We have some very good players who only turn up at Field Mill in front of our lovely fans, but you have to have a different mentality on your travels."
Rob Duffy was forced to have stitches in a head injury sustained in the first half.
But Holdsworth felt most of the problems stemmed from the other end.
"We gave it away cheaply in wide areas and I couldn't understand why my centre halves had such an uncomfortable night," he said.
Angry Holdsworth vows changes as players again flop away from home
29 September 2009, By John Lomas
FURIOUS Stags boss David Holdsworth lashed his players for again 'failing to turn up away from home' in tonight's 3-1 defeat at lowly Barrow.
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
The dressing room door remained locked for some time at the end before Holdsworth emerged with a sore throat and a vow to make changes.
"There is no hiding place and you can only defend players for so long," he said.
"I asked why they can't perform away like they do at home. What was said will remain private. But we have some very, very good players who only turn up at Field Mill in front of our lovely fans.
"You have got to have a different mentality away from home.
"Some players didn't turn up for the fight tonight and I am
disappointed in them. We were sub-standard.
"Their captain Paul Jones typified the aggressive spirit you need on a wet Tuesday night in Barrow and I take nothing away from them. We were just a bit too nice.
"Gary Silk did all right but the other three can't defend like that and must improve. You can't give goals away like that.
"Justin Walker's second goal tonight was a wonderful strike and changed the match massively.
"We didn't deal with him at all all night. We didn't nail him once and Luke Graham could have been sent off. Our two centre halves had a very uncomfortable night tonight.
"I will tweak things now. I won't keep having faith in players away from home who don't turn up."
Rob Duffy left the field with a cut eye and eventually had to be
replaced by Kyle Perry which also left Holdsworth angry on two fronts.
"The ref was poorly positioned and didn't see that Rob was done in the eye with a blatant elbow," he said.
"Then their doctor wasn't the quickest when Rob needed stitches. Rob wanted to play on but their doctor gave him an injection and then went on pause mode. He was taking too long and I couldn't wait any longer."
Holdsworth added: "There were some big moments in that game and some cost us and some didn't go for us at key moments.
"Jake Speight had some good chances and if one had gone in then we'd have been back in it. But there are no excuses in the end."
Barrow boss delighted after beating Mansfield
BARROW joint manager Dave Bayliss was delighted with his players' response to the threat they were playing for their futures.
The Bluebirds squad were warned in no uncertain terms their jobs were on the line after Saturday's 3-0 reverse at Salisbury City.
And they hit back with a 3-1 victory over Mansfield tonight, who once again struggled on their travels.
"That's the way we know we can play and it's really frustrating when we don't see the qualities of the players," said Bayliss.
"We told the players their futures were on the line and they responded. Saturday was one of our lowest ebbs and we said a few things and they put it right.
"But we are not about to get carried away because it is just one game and now we need to build on that."
Striker Jason Walker returned to the team for the first time in three games and Bayliss added: "He made a massive difference for us; he was the difference on the night.
"It was a fantastic team performance but all good teams have a striker who can do the business and he scored two great goals."
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