HOLDSWORTH,MARRIOTT,GARNER AND HOCKADAY REACTION
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Wide men turn it round for Stags
DAVID Holdsworth believes Mansfield Town 's wide-men helped them sneak an FA Cup draw at Forest Green Rovers yesterday.
The Stags were trailing for much of the first round tie at the New Lawn after struggling to make an impact with their 4-3-3 formation.
But Holdsworth changed tack in the second period, bringing on Ryan Williams and Craig Dobson down the flanks.
And it was from a deflected Williams centre that Scott Garner levelled Jared Hodgkiss' first half opener.
"When we went 4-4-2 we got more ball out wide and we have gone away from home and got a draw, so it worked," said Holdsworth.
"When we got the ball out wide we looked more dangerous and Dobson almost got in a couple of times.
"The little man (Ryan Williams) came on and together with Dobson did a decent job."
Holdsworth feels that striker Kyle Perry should have had a first half penalty that could have changed the course of the game.
He believes the Port Vale man sometimes gets the rough end of the stick where decisions are concerned.
Holdsworth said: "We had what I thought was a conclusive penalty in the first half. Kyle Perry doesn't always get the best of decisions because of his size.
"Apart from the sending off in the Stevenage game he has a good disciplinary record and I explained that to the referee at half-time."
Holdsworth praises Marriott for keeping Stags in FA Cup
CHAD.co.uk, 07 November 2009
By Stephen Thirkill
BOSS David Holdsworth praised goalkeeper Alan Marriott for keeping Stags in the FA Cup after the shot-stopper pulled off two wonderful saves against Forest Green at The New Lawn.
Stags appeared to be crashing out of the FA Cup as Forest Green, already leading the tie 1-0, piled on the pressure.
But inspired Marriott, who last week conceded a costly penalty in the 1-1 draw against Histon, denied the lively Conal Platt with a fantastic reflex save on the hour mark.
He then diverted a Paul Stonehouse thunderbolt away from danger on 65 minutes to keep his goal in tact.
And those saves proved to be vital as Mansfield Town's never-say-die attitude paid dividends when Scott Garner equalised with three minutes to go.
Speaking after the game relieved Holdsworth said: "Alan Marriott kept us in the cup game. I talk about how one player can make a big difference and he did that today.
"He pulled off two wonderful saves and we have him to thank for still being in the hat."
Holdsworth also conceded Forest Green were the better side and spoke of his relief at earning a valuable replay.
"We left it late, but we kept going and got our reward," he said. "It has been a long day today and I thought we were a bit leggy.
"We have to give Forest Green credit, they were the better team today and I am delighted to be in the hat for the next round.
"One of two players were not at their best today and we did not have enough quality. We demand high standards and you have to maintain them or you get caught.
"When we changed to 4-4-2 we got more balls out wide. I am delighted for Scott Garner. With five minutes to go I pushed him up because we had to go for it.
"Before the game I spoke to the central defenders about how they need to contribute more in the box."
Inspired Marriott happy with vital FA Cup saves
CHAD.co.uk, 07 November 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
GOALKEEPER Alan Marriott firmly erased the memory of last week's costly penatly against Histon with two wonder saves to keep Stags in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Marriott pulled off a superb save from point blank range to deny the lively Platt on the hour mark.
And moments later the on-form shot-stopper denied Stonehouse with a diving save to his left to keep Stags' cup hopes alive.
Speaking after the game Marriott said: "Forest Green had the better of the possession and chances and will be disappointed.
"It was one of those days today. I was up at 6am to get to Mansfield and it has been a long day for the team.
"But people working 9am to 5pm work much harder than footballers do, so we cannot use that as an excuse.
"When you are 1-0 down in goal, you have lost your clean sheet and have nothing else to lose so it takes the pressure off a bit.
"When you make a mistake it is always nice to bounce back the following game.
"I did not think it was a penalty against Histon. Their striker was looking for the penalty and conned the referee."
Stags now face the Gloucestershire outfit at Field Mill in 10 days time, with Marriott confident of victory.
"We are confident that we can progress. We have beaten them before, but we cannot get carried away and think that the job is done.
Goal-scoring Garner confident of Stags' Cup progress
CHAD.co.uk, 07 November 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS defender Scott Garner is confident his side can win their replay with Forest Green Rovers following Saturday's 1-1 draw at The New Lawn
The two sides will do battle for a place in the second round of the world famous competition at Field Mill on 17th November after Garner's goal at the death salved a draw for Stags.
The imposing defender rose well through a crowd of players to nod home after Burton in the home goal failed to punch clear a Ryan Williams corner on 87 minutes.
After the game a delighed Garner said: "We did not get into our stride and play the way we normally play.
"We defended ok in the first half, but in the second half we created a lot of problems for ourselves.
"We did not keep the ball well and we played a bit long at times, but we persevered and got our rewards.
"It was frustrating towards the end because the ball was not running for us.
"I had been saying in the week how I needed to get into better attacking positions so I will take that goal."
Garner, who may now miss the upcoming England C game in Poland because of Stags' replay, added he was confident Mansfield Town can win the replay.
Said Garner: "I would rather have got the game finished today and been able to play for England C.
"I'm gutted to be missing the game but I have a job to do for Mansfield Town. We are a strong side at home and I am confident we can go through."
Garner: Now Stags must finish the job
SCOTT Garner insists only a Mansfield Town FA Cup replay win over Forest Green Rovers will now ease the frustration of missing a game for England C.
The central defender netted his side's goal at the New Lawn – and in doing so ensured he will play for club not country a week on Tuesday.
He hopes the Stags can seal a place in round two to go some way to making up for not being able to play internationally in Poland.
"I was saying to Daryl Clare in training in the week that I wasn't really getting near to scoring," said Garner. He said to try going in different places and I suppose it paid off. I will take the goal as it keeps us in the FA Cup.
"Jonah (Luke Jones) and I know we have to keep getting in the goals and we need to get one between us every three or four games if we can.
"I'm gutted that this one makes me miss the England game – I would have rather gone through and played in the England game.
"If we don't go through now then I won't be very happy, but I think we should be confident with home advantage.
Garner admitted Mansfield were far from at their best in Gloucestershire.
He said: "I think we struggled to get going. We didn't get into the game in the way we normally do – which meant we had to work harder.
"We didn't keep the ball well. We just looked to launch the ball and expected our strikers to win it.
"It was a case of creating our own problems at times by letting the ball bounce and things like that.
Garner was thrown up front in the closing stages and said the goal came somewhat out of the blue.
"It was getting frustrating because we were going long in the closing stages and everything was running through to their keeper," he said.
"It was a slow game and we couldn't keep the attack going and put any kind of pressure on them. But we persevered and got our rewards and now we take them back to our place."
Marriott happy to save the day for Stags
ALAN Marriott was happy his starring second half show was not in vain for Mansfield Town at Forest Green.
At times the Stags goalkeeper was the only thing between Forest Green and their progression to the FA Cup second round.
But his efforts were rewarded when Mansfield drew level in the dying stages.
"The way the game was going with us 1-0 down it is sometimes easier to go out and make your saves," said Marriott.
"But when people pop up and score a late equaliser then people sometimes realise what a good job you have done.
"If you go on to lose, then people don't always notice – and that's life – but it is nice to get credit in a game like this."
Marriott, who bounced back after conceding the penalty in the previous week's 1-1 draw with Histon, was critical of his team's display.
But he felt the Stags' excellence on the bench played a key role in them turning the game around late on.
Marriott said: "We didn't do ourselves any favours. We looked a bit leggy and you have those days sometimes.
"I got up at 6am along with some of the other lads, but you can't use that excuse, People who do 9am to 5pm jobs work much harder than footballers.
"For some reason we got ourselves in the mindset that we had to hit it long. They are going to be a little disappointed they didn't go through when they had the lion's share of the possession and chances.
"But I think the lads who came on in the second half did fantastically well and it is nice to have that quality on the bench."
Stags boss Holdsworth: We have Marriott to thank
MANSFIELD Town have Alan Marriott to thank for their FA Cup first round draw at Forest Green Rovers – and possible second round tie with Blue Square South outfit Bath City
That's the view of manager David Holdsworth, who admitted his side were second best for long spells of Saturday's game at the New Lawn.
The Stags trailed to a Jared Hodgkiss first half strike and Rovers might have put the game beyond Mansfield, but for several crucial saves from experienced ex-Lincoln man Marriott.
Then, with three minutes to go, Scott Garner scored a leveller to take the game back to Field Mill – and left Holdsworth counting his blessings.
"Alan Marriott kept us in the cup. He made two or three saves that kept us in the game," said Holdsworth.
"Sometimes players can make the difference – a goalkeeper, a striker, a player off the bench.
"We have Alan Marriott to thank for keeping our cup run going. I'm delighted with a replay because they were the better team.
"We had some good chances, but not enough quality. Our players set very good standards and have won a lot of games.
"But our performance was poor in midfield and all the way through and the boys know that.
"We started all right, but there was indifferent performances from certain players. We have set high standards and if you drop them then you can get exposed sometimes
"But I am not going to single anybody out. There is no point chastising players because they are not doing it on purpose.
"The fans showed tremendous spirit again and we are very thankful for their continued vocal support.
"We at least sent them home with something but we are not trying to kid anyone at home – we didn't play as well as we can but we are still in there."
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