HOLDSWORTH, JON SHAW REACTION
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Unlucky Stags to appeal over red card
CHAD.co.uk, 09 February 2010, By John Lomas
DAVID Holdsworth praised his side in a 3-1 defeat at Stevenage on Tuesday night and vowed to appeal over the red card handed out to Luke Jones near the end of a full-blooded BSP clash.
Stags led at table-topping Borough before losing 3-1 but Holdsworth was furious with a late red card for Jones when his collision with keeper Alan Marriott was deemed to have halted the run of two-goal Yemi Odubade.
"I can't believe Luke was sent off for going for a header and colliding with his own keeper," said Holdsworth.
"It was one of the worst decisions I have ever seen.
"I will certainly be asking them to look at it again. It beggared belief. I thought I had seen everything in football. It will end up on one of those Christmas videos."
After Saturday's poor showing against Gateshead, this Stags side, showing six changes, gave a good account of themselves and Holdsworth added: "I felt we deserved something out of that.
"The important thing was that the spirit was good and the boys worked really hard.
"Things are not running for us just now and again we have conceded a deflected goal while we have hit the post twice, hit the bar and had other chances which wouldn't go in.
"I won't knock the boys after that display. You can't keep kicking people and knocking their confidence. I can't fault their effort tonight."
"I thought Kyle Nix and Gary Mills showed good legs coming back in tonight and we got the shape right. And Jon Shaw was excellent and scored a well-taken goal."
The result saw Stags again drop out of the play-off zone and the manager said: "There are seven or eight teams chasing two spots which has always been the case.
"It's not rocket science when you look at the run-ins.
"But there is a lot of football to be played yet this season and some big games which we are looking forward to."
"We were up against a good side tonight and we wish them well. But we had them on the rack for a time. The players know it is just little things that are coming between us and victory right now."
Holdsworth hails Stags' spirit
Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 07:00Comment on this story
MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth hailed the spirit of his players, despite defeat to league leaders Stevenage Borough.
The Stags went into last night's game on the back of a shocking 2-0 defeat against Gateshead.
In a much-improved performance at Stevenage, they led 1-0 at the break but came unstuck in the second period, slipping to a third successive defeat.
But Holdsworth refused to be downbeat after the 3-1 loss.
He said: "The boys worked extremely hard.
"It was a deflected goal for the first one and things like that are going against us. We hit the post twice and the crossbar, so we had opportunities. It is not running for us at the moment.
"The fans were right to criticise the players' performance at the weekend, but they could not fault it against Stevenage.
"We governed the game for a long period and showed the right spirit and endeavour.
"It is just the little things coming between us and victory at the moment. But we will continue to work our socks off.
"I thought Jon Shaw did excellently and it was brilliant execution for the goal. Now we have to stay positive and keep our heads up."
The Stags have dropped out of the play-off places and now travel to Tamworth on Saturday.
Holdsworth said: "I cannot knock them for that performance. We did well and Stevenage are a good side – we must give them credit."
Holdsworth: Stags will contest sending off
Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 07:00Comment on this story
DAVID Holdsworth said the club would look to contest the red card dished out to defender Luke Jones last night.
The centre half was dismissed three minutes from time when he collided with his own goalkeeper Alan Marriott in the corner of the box.
The incident saw Yemi Odubade go down and a penalty awarded, which Marriott saved.
But manager Holdsworth said he could not believe how Jones could be sent off for his part in the incident.
He said: "We will look to contest the dismissal, there is no doubt about that.
"It is a disgraceful decision and I think a few players had a word in his ear before he sent him off. But it beggars belief.
"I have seen some strange decisions in my time in football but that tops the lot. I think you will see that on one of those videos at Christmas.
"I cannot believe he can get sent off for a coming together with Alan Marriott. He headed the ball himself. It is ridiculous."
But Holdsworth is refusing to get down over the defeat, which saw Stevenage go top and the Stags slip to sixth.
He said: "The spirit was right, the effort was right and I am not going to kick them when they are down. We have to keep that confidence up and when you are losing games, you have to stick together. We are doing that.
"We know there is a long way to go and a huge amount of football to be played. I am not going to dwell on that (dropping out top five)."
Mansfield striker Jon Shaw hopes to prove his worth
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/m/mansfield_town/8507945.stm?Mansfield Town striker Jon Shaw is hoping to prove that he is worth a place in the Stags' starting 11.
After a spell out injured the 26-year-old opened his account for his new club in Tuesday's 3-1 defeat at Stevenage.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "To come into the side for players who are working hard and who deserve their place, you've got to show something.
"Hopefully I've done that and given the gaffer a lot to think about, and shown that I'm worth bringing to the club."
Since moving from Rochdale in January, Shaw had been restricted to just two substitute appearances prior to the defeat at Broadhall Way.
But he has now fully recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out and marked his first start with a well struck goal.
He added: "It's always nice to see that your technique is there, because I've been out for a while with a little injury."
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