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Sympathetic Stags do a professional job on sorry City
CHAD.co.uk, 23 January 2010
By John Lomas
DESPITE sympathy for Chester City's plight, Stags could do no more than beat what was put in front of them as they won 4-0.
So boss David Holdsworth was happy to see his side soar back into the play-off spots in comfort after a one-sided game against a youthful Chester who have a much bigger battle ahead in midweek when they could be wound up.
"The contribution of my players was tidy, professional and disciplined which is all I asked for before the game," he said.
"Chester are in a horrible position and we have sympathy for them. But we had to go about our business and our jobs and we did that.
"We were able to relax once the first goal went in and I was very encouraged by the work-rate of the boys off the ball today.
"Jake Speight deserved his man of the match today, the fans have really taken to the little fellow, but I thought our two centre halves were the platform today.
"Luke Foster made a wonderful debut. He was intelligent and composed. We are pleased to have him on board.
"The three points in this game were as important as any. You have to get over that line. But it's a wonderful start to our 2010 home games."
Man of the Match Jake Speight said: "The fans were brilliant again as usual and I really enjoyed starting up front.
"It was good to score but I think Rob Duffy deserves a big mention as he didn't get on the scoresheet but provided us with some superb link up play today."
Centre half Luke Jones notched his first two goals for the Stags and added: "I have come close in a few games so now I have scored I hope I can go on to get many more.
"The delivery was good today and we got a lot of joy out of them.
"It was good to play alongside our new signing Luke Foster today. Obviously it will take a bit of time to get a bit of a partnership going if we both stay in the side.
"But as the game went on we felt more comfortable with each other and the clean sheet today, as a defender, was just as pleasing as the goals.
"When it's that one-sided you have to concentrate as it's easy to just start watching the game."
City Director of Football Morrell Maison now prepares for their midweek clash with their winding-up order and said: "We didn't have enough today but those young lads are working hard for their football club under difficult circumstances and are showing tremendous character in training and on the field," he said.
"It is the business end of this football club that has been poorly managed, which is indefenceable, and we must sort it.
"We have to get back on track and quickly. The playing staff are living from day to day right now,
"But I am confident things will be sorted with the winding-up order this week, though I am not in control of the situation. I am as confident as I can be without being in control.
"Assurances have been given and negotiations and discussions are going on. Situations are drawing to a close."
Stags boss delighted with Speight
DAVID Holdsworth today praised the growing influence of Jake Speight in a Mansfield Town shirt.
The versatile hitman notched his eighth goal of the season in the 4-0 win over Chester yesterday as he was paired up front with Rob Duffy.
And his boss acknowledged just how much of an asset the former Droylsden player is now becoming.
"I'm pleased with Jake and his strike for the fourth goal was spot on," said Holdsworth.
"I said at half-time I wanted him to pass the ball into the goal like my twin brother (Dean Holdsworth) used to do with his appreciation of the angles.
"Jake thoroughly deserved his man of the match award from the sponsors and I'm very pleased with his efforts.
"He's now given me a selection dilemma. The fans have taken to the little man. He's worked very hard and been patient even though he's suffered with injuries.
"The contribution of Perry and Duffy has worked wonders, but Jake has worked hard for his opportunity and taken it.
"I'm delighted he's scored a goal because he cares very much."
Meanwhile, Andy Burgess is expected to be out for around two-and-a-half weeks after having his calf injury assessed.
It means he should be available fro selection once he has served his one-month FA ban for breaking betting rules.
Holdsworth hails Stags' ruthless streak
DAVID Holdsworth was delighted to see Mansfield Town show a ruthless streak in their 4-0 thumping of hapless Chester City at Field Mill.
The Stags boss had been disappointed his side had failed to make the most of their opportunities at AFC Wimbledon in their previous game.
But his troops showed no mercy to the bottom of the table visitors, who are now without a win in ten matches and a goal in seven outings.
Holdsworth saw it as an ideal response to dropping out of the play-offs in midweek following Kettering's win at Ebbsfleet.
The 4-0 Mansfield victory, coupled with defeats for the Poppies and Wimbledon, saw his charges leap back up to fourth place.
"We showed the right kind of attitude. The boys knew it was important to get a win to get straight back in there," said Holdsworth.
"There was a professionalism there and our mannerisms were excellent. They showed the discipline we were asking for before the game.
"My thoughts go out to Chester and I hope they recover. Their players were down in the dumps afterwards.
"You have sympathy for them, it's a horrible situation, but we had to go about our business and concentrate on our jobs, which we did.
"Once the first goal went in, the players can relax because you can get in a situation where you get frustrated.
"I was critical of the strike force last week, but we hit the target a lot more in this match.
"It was one-sided, like shooting practice at times, and it probably would have been even more comprehensive but for their keeper who played well.
"It's a wonderful start for us at home this year, but there is a long, long way to go."
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