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HOLDSWORTH, CHALLINOR, GARRY WILSON REACTION
26th November 2009 17:55


video interview with David Holdsworth here

Radio Nottm audio interview with Jon Challinor here

BBC Sussex audio interview with Garry Wilson here

StagsPlayer Sunday Supplement, with Stags director Andy Saunders here

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Holdsworth: We missed goalscoring instinct
Evening Post, November 23, 2009

DAVID Holdsworth felt his Mansfield Town side missed the goalscoring instincts of Kyle Perry and Jake Speight as they stumbled to a 1-1 home draw with struggling Eastbourne on Saturday.
The Stags were hoping to bounce back from their midweek FA Cup exit at Field Mill by beating a Borough side without a win in seven games.
But with Speight (knee) out injured and Perry (thigh) coming off after just seven minutes, Mansfield struggled to create clear-cut chances.
And when they did they missed the finishing power of the two men who have scored 16 goals between them so far this season.
"It has been a long week and it is never easy when you lose two of your goal threats," said boss Holdsworth.
"It makes it difficult when you have planned to play around someone like Kyle, who has been outstanding recently.
"Chances were limited but there were three or four players who have not had 90 minutes under their belts for a while and all things considered we worked very hard.
"Of course we are frustrated by a draw. We needed a little bit more luck, but you have to earn it and keep working hard."
After going behind a before half-time through Kayne McLaggon's deflected strike, Mansfield grabbed a 68th minute leveler from Jon Challinor.
The Stags manager was pleased with the attacking midfielder's contribution following a move from Cambridge United.
Holdsworth said: "It is always a blow to lose a goal and it is another deflection (off Michael Brough) which has cost us.
"As defenders you ask them to put their bodies on the line and they did, but the deflection still put us down.
"The heads could have dropped but full credit to the boys because they kept going. I said before the game we needed to show patience – and we did.
"I don't think we deserved to lose the game and on another day we might have come out on top.I thought Jon had an excellent debut. He likes getting into the box and that's exactly what I brought him in for. He showed maturity, won a lot of first ball headers and got the eqaualiser."
Holdsworth felt the strong wind and driving rain made it difficult for both sides to play their best football.
"It was testing, but you have to manage that. I felt we played the ball on the floor better than Eastboune but at times didn't get enough crosses in.
"Eastbourne are a team that do work hard and full credit to them but we limited them to one shot on goal.

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Challinor eager to shine at Stags
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/m/mansfield_town/8374643.stm?

Mansfield Town loan signing Jon Challinor says his best is yet to come after his goalscoring debut for his new team against Eastbourne on Saturday.

The 28-year-old midfielder has joined from Cambridge until January and is expected to sign a permanent deal.

And Challinor, who grabbed the leveller at Field Mill, is eager to draw a line under a frustrating spell with the U's.

"I haven't played for two months but as I get more fitness and sharpness the fans will see the best of me," he said.

"The offer came from Mansfield and I believe we can push for promotion. It was an easy decision to make.

"It's good to be back on the pitch and playing."

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Stags hero unsure if leveller was offside
http://nln24.com/news/story/stags-hero-unsure-if-leveller-was-offside?
Monday 23rd November 2009

NEW Mansfield signing Jon Challinor cannot throw any new light onto claims his equaliser on his debut against Eastbourne was offside.

Challinor, signed from Cambridge on loan the day before, netted in the second half to rescue a 1-1 draw, but the visitors were left fuming, John Lomas of The Chad is reporting.

“I couldn't say if I was offside as I was just concentrating on trying to get to the ball,” says Challinor.

“Blair Sturrock got the touch on and it hit me more than anything. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Hopefully that's what I can bring to this team because I like to score goals.

“It was good to get back playing. I spoke to Mansfield in the summer when I was transfer-listed. Unfortunately nothing happened but I have spoke to them on and off since and luckily last week it happened.

“I am happy to be at a club that wants me. I knew I would get a chance eventually, thankfully it was today and I hope I have taken it.”

Boss David Holdsworth certainly thinks so so and says: “I thought he had an excellent debut. He got into the box and scored which is exactly what I brought him here for.

“I thought Jon showed a maturity and won a lot of first ball headers.”

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Challinor delighted to be back playing
Evening Post, November 23, 2009

JON Challinor admitted his equalising goal for Mansfield against Eastbourne owed something to good fortune – but he is just pleased to be back out on the pitch.
http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/football/Challinor-delighted-playing/article-1535835-detail/article.html?

The former Exeter and Aldershot man has endured a frustrating 2009-2010 campaign when he has been out of favour at Cambridge and not played many games.
Now David Holdsworth has taken a chance on him, the 28-year-old hopes to repay him with some influential displays.
And although the midfielder was obviously struggling in the second half with his fitness after so little action he gave his manager a reward with a goal on debut.
"I was delighted just to get out there after the start of the season I have had at Cambridge," said Challinor.
"The financial restraints they had there meant they were looking to get players off the wage bill and I have the manager here to thank for taking me on.
"I was delighted to get the goal for him and hopefully that is something I can add to the team.
"I love scoring goals and like to have players around me who can do the grafting so I can get in the box.
"It will take time for the club to see the best of me because I need to get my sharpness back as I have not played much, but I hope to get there."
Eastbourne felt Mansfield's equaliser should not have stood with suspicions of both handball and offside.
Challinor was not too worried about that – although he admitted he did not know too much about his finish from Paul Heckingbottom's free-kick.

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Jones shares frustration of Mansfield faithful
Evening Post, November 23, 2009

VICE-CAPTAIN Luke Jones (pictured) shared the Mansfield fans' sense of frustration at being held to a home draw by Eastbourne.
http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/football/Jones-shares-frustration-Mansfield-faithful/article-1535819-detail/article.html?

The Stags were 2-1 winners at Priory Lane last month and were expected to beat a struggling Sports team on their home patch.
But they had to settle for a point thanks to Jon Challinor's second half equaliser.
"Every game we go into it wanting to claim the three points, especially when you are at home, and this one was no different," said Jones.
"I can see the fans will look at their position and that of ourselves and they would have expected three points, but it doesn't always work like that.
"The gaffer has mentioned to us a few times about the expectation and that's because we were strong here earlier in the season.
"We were disappointed with this, but the most important thing is that we didn't lose and come away with nothing. Come the end of the season the points all add up.
"It wasn't a spectacle that you would want to watch. The pitch was heavy. It was hard for both sides – and both struggled with it. We didn't play the kind of football we like to play."

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Wilson believes Eastbourne could have won
Evening Post, November 23, 2009

GARRY Wilson was pleased with his Eastbourne side's draw against Mansfield – but insisted Borough could have gone one better.
http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/football/Wilson-believes-Eastbourne-won/article-1535823-detail/article.html?

The Sports took the lead in the first half through Kayne McLaggon and defended resolutely for long periods.
But they could not prevent a second half leveler from Jon Challinor.
"I thought we performed very well after having a hard time recently, not just in terms of our determination but by playing some good football as well.
"We created some good chances, the better chances. We will take a point but we could have won the game.
"I thought we were unlucky to concede the goal. The boys say it was handball and offside. It was hard conditions but it was ten times worse for us the week before."

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BBC Sussex audio interview with Garry Wilson --->
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_conf/8353506.stm

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Stags wait on Perry injury
CHAD.co,uk, 21 November 2009, By John Lomas

STAGS are hoping 10-goal Kyle Perry may be fit for Tuesday's big home clash with Luton Town after losing him after just seven minutes in today's 1-1 home draw with Eastbourne.

http://www.chad.co.uk/stags/Stags-wait-on-Perry-injury.5846649.jp

"It was a blow to lose Kyle Perry so early which disrupts your plans," said manager David Holdsworth.

"But he felt a spasm in his thigh and, with Luton here on Tuesday, it was the right thing to do to bring him off.

"We will just have to assessADVERTISEMENThim tomorrow. With Jake Speight already sidelined with his knee, options become very limited."

In dreadful wind and rain, Stags at least avoided a shock defeat to Eastbourne when Jon Challinor's goal on his debut wiped out Kayne

McLaggon's deflected first half opener in a game short on chances.

Holdsworth added: "Conditions were appalling, but little things cost you. Our application was there but we maybe needed a bit more innovation in wide areas.

"You have to manage the conditions and I thought we played on the floor better than Eastbourne though didn't get enough crosses in and could have done more in the final third.

"Our desire was there to be seen. You have to look at how the opposition set up. They came here for a draw as a lot of teams will do and I respect that.

"Then they got a fortunate goal. I ask my defenders to put their bodies on the line and they did that but gave Eastbourne a lucky deflection.

"Scoring the first goal is very important in this league so full credit to my players to come back and try everything to get a win. It didn't quite fall for us today.

"Ryan Williams was probably at his least effective today but the lads need my support not my criticism today.

"I thought we showed a lot of patience today which I asked for in my programme notes. We kept going and worked hard and certainly didn't deserve to lose it."

While Eastbourne complained about Challinor's goal, Stags also had what would have been a winning goal ruled out for handball against Blair Sturrock as he controlled to shoot.

Holdsworth said: "I thought the ball hit Blair Sturrock's chest – simple as that. We have to give the referee the benefit. But it was good execution."

Home skipper Luke Jones added: "Obviously we are disappointed not to get three points, but sometimes in those conditions it just doesn't happen.

"Everyone saw how heavy going the pitch was and the wind was swirling. It was hard to play the kind of football we like and use the wide men.

"But I don't think we were too far odd it. I thought we got at them first half without creating too many chances and then got hit with a sloppy goal on the break.

"But I always felt positive we were going to be the team that came back and got something and went on to win it. That didn't quite happen but it is important not to lose.

"There are no easy games in this league and any point gained is a valuable one."

Visiting boss Garry Wilson said: "I thought we performed very well. We have had a hard time of it recently. But we came here and dug in, not just with grit and determination but we also played some good football and created some good chances.

"We looked at their home record and they've only lost once and won six our of nine so we knew it would be a hard task, especially when our condience was not at its best.

"But I thought we took the game to them and made probably the better chances. If one of them had gone in we'd have won it, though we would have been happy to take a point before the game.

"I thought we were unfortunate to concede the goal. There was a lot of controversy over it with some saying there was a handball or offside. It was not very clear from the dug-out, but my lads were adamant."

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Challlinor the hero on debut
CHAD.co,uk, 21 November 2009, By John Lomas
NEW signing Jon Challinor could not throw any new light onto claims his equaliser on his debut against Eastbourne today was offside.
http://www.chad.co.uk/stags/Challlinor-the-hero-on-debut.5846651.jp

Challinor, signed from Cambridge on loan the day before, netted in the second half to rescue a 1-1 draw, but the visitors were left fuming.

"I couldn't say if I was offside as I was just concentrating on trying to get to the ball," he said.

"Blair Sturrock got the touch on and it hit me more than anything. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Hopefully that's what I can bring to this team because I like to score goals.

"It was good to get back playing. I spoke to Mansfield in the summer when I was transfer-listed. Unfortunately nothing happened but I have spoke to them on and off since and luckily last week it happened.

"I am happy to be at a club that wants me. I knew I would get a chance eventually, thankfully it was today and I hope I have taken it."

Boss David Holdsworth certainly though so and said: "I thought he had an excellent debut. He got into the box and scored which is exactly what I brought him here for.

"I thought Jon showed a maturity and won a lot of first ball headers."

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