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Holdsworth fury at Ebbsfleet flop
CHAD.co.uk, 28 November 2009
By John Lomas
STAGS boss David Holdsworth was livid with one of his side's worst displays since he took over at the turn of the year as they were humbled 2-1 at struggling Ebbsfleet on Saturday.
Holdsworth kept his side back in the dressing room to tell them a few home truths before eventually facing the press with a look of thunder on his face.
United had failed to score in 12 hours of football but took only three minutes to net today and, although Stags did level, the home side always looked the better team and could have won with more to spare.
"We were not good enough. That was a million miles from what I wanted.
"I want to apologise to the fans who travelled down here today as that was not a typical performance from Mansfield Town or one of my teams.
"The players will be in tomorrow morning – 100 per cent.
"I don't believe it was complacency. We just didn't turn up. Words were expressed in the dressing room at the end which will remain private.
"I hate losing but sometimes you have to take it on the chin. But I can't give any credit to any of them apart from Alan Marriott.
"We gave Ebbsfleet too much space in the box and we had too many players who can't live on their reputation."
On his two debut-makers, he added "I though Andy Burgess showed lots of skill when he was on the ball. But we turned him down too many times when we had the chance to pass to him. Our choice of passes was appalling.
"And Lee Morris wasn't given a chance. The passes from central midfield were appalling and not good enough."
"We gave them the opportunity to score the early goal. Players have to take responsibility. You have to engage a man when he gets into the box. Fresh air can't score goals, only men can. I thought my two centre halves were poor all afternoon today."
Stags winger Ryan Williams added: "That was probably the worst we've played since I came back. We have set our standards high.
"We have had blips here and there but genetrally performed well.
"The gaffer isn't happy and rightly so. He takes the flak but once we cross that white line it's down to us. It wasn't good enough and there are no excuses.
"The only people that can put it right is ourselves. You can point fingers at individuals but we take defeat on the chin as a squad. We need to sort it out as a unit.
"Credit to Ebbsfleet. They wanted it more on the day which hurts us. But we are determined to put it right and will do."
"I have told the lads to enjoy that as we have had a tough time of late," said home boss Liam Daish.
"I was pleased with our application today. Even if we had got nothing today I would still have enjoyed my Sunday as they gave me all they can give me. But w won, we scored two goals and could have had more.
"We caused them problems with our willingness. We had a good shape about us and it worked a treat.
"I was pleased with Magno Vieira. I told him recently I wanted more from him and that's what he did today. His first goal was a bit of quality in the right area and that's what matters.
"I am just going to enjoy the win and not go on about referees but, if he thinks it was a penalty then he wouldn't have had that delay before giving it. You know straight away."
Stags boss apologises to fans
MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth apologised to the travelling fans after his side crashed to an embarrassing defeat at Ebbsfleet United.
The stags went down 2-1 to Liam Daish's side, who were without a win in 15 games and had not scored in 12 hours of football before this encounter.
More than a hundred Stags fans made the 340-mile round trip and Holdsworth said: "All I would say is I would like to apologise to the fans who travelled down. That was not a performance that typifies Mansfield Town and certainly not my team. I am grateful to their support once again.
"But likewise I am disappointed they go home after seeing such a poor performance."
Holdsworth had his players in for training yesterday as they now have to travel to Gateshead tomorrow night.
They had won their previous three away games in the Blue Square Premier prior to this defeat and Holdsworth was fuming with the performance.
He said: "I am not a very happy man. We were not good enough, we were a million miles from what I wanted.
"They did not turn up and words have been expressed but they will remain private."
Daish hails strikers' role in ending run
EBBSFLEET United boss Liam Daish hailed his strikers after the club ended a winless run of 15 games against Mansfield Town.
His side had also not scored for eight games and not won all season at home before they entertained the Stags. But they outclassed David Holdsworth's side and striker Magno Vieira inspired the 2-1 win.
Daish said: "We went out looking for goals and it worked a treat. All we did was think about how we were going to score, nothing else.
"I had missed out on players but there was something we could work on within our squad and it was about getting players further up the pitch and into dangerous areas and we did that, we could have scored more in the end.
"We have been in good positions before but not taken chances. That final bit of quality had been missing. But we got the final ball right and into the right areas when it mattered."
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