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26th January 2010 17:36

Injury setback for Stags new boy Shaw
Evening Post, January 21, 2010

NEW striker Jon Shaw may be denied the chance to make his home debut against Chester City on Saturday because of a hamstring tweak.


The frontman pulled on a Stags shirt for the first time at AFC Wimbledon last week after signing from League Two Rochdale.
He came on as a second half substitute but has since picked up the injury that leaves him 50-50 for selection.
Shaw has been receiving treatment and has seen a chiropractor.
But boss David Holdsworth says he will not throw in the former Burton and Halifax man if there are any doubts.
"There is no point taking any risks with Jon when we have other strikers available," he said.
"It is a bit of a blow for Jon and I'm sure the fans were looking forward to seeing him make an appearance.
"But it is better for him to sit out one match than lose him for a lot more."
Meanwhile, Holdsworth says Kyle Nix could be back in contention as early as next Saturday's visit to Forest Green Rovers.
The former Bradford man has been sidelined since well before Christmas after an ankle surgery.
Holdsworth said: "Kyle has trained this week with the lads and we hope he can play in a practice match against Chesterfield we are set to play next Tuesday.
"It's very encouraging and he's ahead of schedule, which is a testament to the hard work of Kyle and that of our physio.
"He has also spent a couple of weeks at Lilleshall rehabilitating, which have helped.
"It has been lovely to see Kyle's left foot in action and Saturday week could be when he is back involved because he is a naturally fit boy.
"But is up for all the other midfield players to make it hard for Kyle, It is time for them to step up."


Shaw could miss Chester clash
CHAD.co.uk, 21 January 2010
By John Lomas
New signing Jon Shaw could miss Saturday's home clash with Chester City (3pm) with a strained hamstring.


Shaw made a debut off the substitute's bench in last weekend's 2-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon but may have to wait for his home bow.

"Jon tweaked his hamstring in training and will see a chiropractor today," said boss David Holdsworth.

"It is touch and go if we will include him on Saturday. If there is any doubt I won't risk him for one game with so many games coming up.

"It would be a blow for Jon and the fans who would have liked to see him in action but they may have to wait. We have plenty of striker options."

Holdsworth hinted he may throw Craig Armstrong and Jake Speight into action.

"Both have trained very well and been very patient," he said.

"On Saturday there may be a freshening up of things. All my players have remained professional. If changes have been made their have been no qualms.

"If you lose form of have an off day you can find yourself out of the side for a game and then return refreshed."


Nix has eye on return at Forest Green
CHAD.co.uk, 21 January 2010
By John Lomas
KYLE Nix could be back ready for action for the trip to Forest Green on Saturday week.


The midfielder has been battling to recover from a freak ankle injury, sustained in a pothole at the training ground in October, but made a promising return to training this week.

"Kyle trained on Tuesday and joined in a practice match," said manager David Holdsdworth.

"It was lovely to see his left foot and he is champing at the bit. He is a naturally fit boy and I think he will be back on Saturday week.

"Kyle looks like he will be back earlier than expected which is testament to himself and the physio and his rehabilitation programme.
"So far we have only seen glimpses of what Kyle can do.

"I can see him being ready for Forest Green so it's up to the other midfield players now to make it hard for him to come back in. They must step up and deliver."

Holdsworth is hoping to play Chesterfield in a reserve friendly at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex training ground on Tuesday which would give Nix an early chance to shake off the rust.

"Players who are not in the first team need games so it is important," said Holdsworth. "I may let some go out on loan if it's the right thing for the club and doesn't leave us skinny. But we will need our squad with seven games ahead in February."


Speight keen to extend Stags stay
Evening Post, January 22, 2010

JAKE Speight today revealed his would love to stay at Mansfield Town next season.


The popular winger-cum-striker has been one of manager David Holdsworth's most astute signings.
He has repaid the boss's faith in him with seven goals this season, despite a knee injury keeping him out for a spell.
Speight, 24, is out of contract at the end of the campaign, having signed a one-year deal last summer.
But he said: "I've got no intentions of being anywhere else because I'm really enjoying my time here.
"It's exactly what I expected at Mansfield. I knew what sort of club they were – a big club with potential.
"I knew it was going to be a tough year for me because I had something to prove to everyone, as well as myself.
"I've felt a little bit like I have been playing catch-up with my injury problems, but it's gone well."
He added: "The fans have been brilliant – and that's why I love playing at Field Mill so much.
"There is also great banter in the dressing room. It's a good place to be, which is down to the gaffer.
"He's always putting on team bonding sessions for us. We are a really close-knit squad.
"I have played at other clubs where there are cliques but everyone is together here, which can really help."
Mansfield midfielder Andy Burgess will serve a one-month suspension and be fined £500 after being found guilty of breaking rules on match betting.


Ryan: Chester aiming to see out season
Evening Post, January 22, 2010

TIM RYAN insists crisis club Chester City's main objective ahead of tomorrow's game at Mansfield is to see out the season.


The Blues club captain is now one of the most experienced players in the City squad after the recent departures of midfielder Anthony Barry, James Owen, Nick Chadwick and Gregg Blundell.
The quartet have all left in the January transfer window after being owed wages since November.
Ryan was assistant manager to Jim Harvey before the former Forest Green boss left the Blues by mutual consent earlier this month.
And the Stockport-born central defender is now providing support for newly-appointed director of football, Morell Maison.
Chester have not scored for six games and are still on minus three points after being docked 25 at the start of the season.
"We are obviously struggling with the number of players we currently have in our squad, but our main objective now is to see out the season," said Ryan.
"Morell has come in while the club have been going through some difficult times and he has been trying to assure the players that he is fighting to get outstanding wages paid.
"I don't know why some players have all decided to leave the club, but they have all probably worried about the club's financial problems."
Ryan skippered Chester in Tuesday night's 1-0 home defeat against Salisbury City in front of just 425 spectators – City's lowest home attendance since September 2001.
He added: "Mansfield will provide us with a tough game because I remember from our last meeting that they were a tough and physical team.
"But it certainly gives a good chance for our younger players to groom themselves."


Duffy warns against complacency
CHAD.co.uk, 21 January 2010
By John Lomas
ALTHOUGH Chester City are bottom, facing relegation and possible extinction, Stags top scorer Rob Duffy warned against complacency when they visit Field Mill on Saturday (3pm).


Chester haven't scored for six matches and their manager and most of their first team players have been heading for the door after three months without wages, ex-Evertonian Guy Chadwick the latest to quit this week.

Saturday could even be their last ever game as they face an Inland Revenue winding-up order on Wednesday, but Duffy said: "It is certainly not a 'gimme' - it will be the same as the other 26 games we have played, very tight," he said.

"We have to do things right and earn the right to get on top and get a result.

"Of course as a striker you believe it is an opportunity to get goals against a side bottom of the league and get a positive result, though they are only bottom due to a points deduction and not for football reasons.

"As a forward you hope you can get in on the act.

"I have not scored recently but strikers go through this at all levels. You hope one will drop for you and hit the back of the net and then you are up and running again and can go on a streak."

Against Chester away Duffy was credited with the winning goal until after the game when it was awarded to strike partner Kyle Perry.

"It was one of those things," he said. "The linesman told me it was over the line before the keeper pushed it back out, but it was eventually credited to 'Pezzer' and that's the end of it.

"Hopefully I will make up for it with one on Saturday."

Duffy will have plenty of chance to add to his 12 goals in February with seven games in the month.

"I am really looking forward to it as I enjoy playing Saturday/Tuesday, especially if you have a bad result on the Saturday.

"Playing Tuesday this week would have done the lads a world of good to get back out there and right the wrongs.

"It is a huge month for us and with a few postive results we are still right in the mix. If we can put a run together, who knows what might happen?"

After last week's 2-0 defeat at Wimbledon, Holdsworth expects his men to come out fighting on Saturday. But he stressed that they need the crowd to play their part too.

"Players have been reminded of their duties after last weekend and they have worked very hard in training," he said.

"Anyone in football will feel some type of sympathy for Chester's plight.

"The people there are paying for a legacy and you have to cut your cloth accordingly.

"Personal situations can change for people who buy football clubs as we have seen in the Premiership, let alone at this level.

"It means Chester come here as an unknown quantity and sometimes that can have the other effect.

"We need to generate some passion as, although we have a very supportive crowd, there won't be much atmosphere there unless we give them something to scream about.

"The fans can play their part over the coming games at home. We need them to produce that kind of passion as well as the players."

Kettering's win at Ebbsfleet last night nudged Stags out of the top five play-off places into sixth spot.



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