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3rd March 2010 15:31

David Holdsworth video interview

Jon Shaw video interview


Stags have no plan B claims opposition boss
CHAD.co.uk, 27 February 2010, By Stephen Thirkill
MANSFIELD Town struggle to cope with teams who stand up to them, says Hayes and Yeading boss Garry Haylock.


Haylock made the claim after watching his part-time outfit so nearly beat Stags.

The West London side were leading 1-0 until Gary Silk dramatically struck in the 90th minute to rescue a vital point for the Field Mill club.

Speaking after the game Haylock said: "Mansfield are not a team that will play neat triangles and pretty football.

"They play a certain way which is similar to how David Holdsworth played. They are hardworking, committed and well organised.

"But when teams stand up to them they have a problem because they have no plan B. We had them watched against Gateshead and today they played exactly how we knew they would."

Haylock, who has guided Hayes to 13th in the BSP table following their promotion last year, also spoke of his disappointment at being pegged back at the death.

"We did not play very well today or pass the ball well, we can play better than that," he added.

"It is disappointing to lose the lead like that, but if you make mistakes you will be punished."


Holdsworth rues lack of Stags attacking quality
CHAD.co.uk, 27 February 2010, By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS boss David Holdsworth spoke of his frustration at the lack of quality shown by his side in their scrappy 1-1 draw away at Hayes and Yeading on Saturday.
Mansfield Town rescued an unlikely point at the death after full-back Gary Silk rifled home from close range after Hayes goalkeeper Simon Overland fluffled a simple take from a Rob Duffy header.

It was a lucky but potentially valuable point for Holdsworth's men, who seemed certain to be heading for defeat following a lacklustre display.

Speaking after the game Holdsworth said: "The result gives me mixed feelings, it is a case of its one point won, but also two points dropped.

"It was a frustrating day in which we lacked quality at certain times. We did not take our chances and do enough in the final third.

"Alan Marriott could have sat himself in a deckchair today because he did not have much to do.

"We knew it was going to be a battle and the players played right to the very end and deserve credit for that.

"Gary Silk made a mistake for their goal. but he made up for it at the end. He has been great for us all season and I'm really pleased that he got the equaliser."

Holdsworth also had a swipe at substitute referee C. Brooke for waving away second half shouts for penalties for handball and a oush from behind on Jon Shaw.

"I thought the officiated was incompetent today. Jon Shaw was pushed in the box and that decision could have gone in our favour. I thought both were penalties,"said Holdsworth.

Stags will now be looking for a dramatic improvement in performance when they face a relegation six-pointer at home to Luton Town on Tuesday night.


Striker Shaw hurting after Hayes draw
CHAD.co.uk, 27 February 2010, By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS striker Jon Shaw says the entire team are hurting from their failure to beat Hayes and Yeading on Saturday.


Mansfield were held to an unconvincing 1-1 stalemate against the Church Road part-timers after defender Gary Silk scored on the stroke of full-time to rescue an unlikely point.

Speaking after the game Shaw said he was relieved to have saved a point and that Stags must improve.

Said Shaw: "We are relieved to have got the draw, one point is better than none.

"We didn't have the quality today. With none of our rivals winning today, it is disappointing that we could not take full advantage and make up some ground.

"We came here looking for the win and we know we should have won today. It hurts us all that we did not win and we have to pick ourselves up for Tuesday night against Luton.

"The Luton game will be a massive game and one we are looking to win. We have got to believe in ourselves and believe that if we can stick to our style of play and playing how we can do that we will be successful.

"The boss was not happy at half-time and rightly so. We have got give everything we can all the time."

Stags know they must beat Luton Town on Tuesday night to give their play-off challenge new momentum, which is one of nine remaining home games out of the final 13 fixtures of the season.


Hayes boss highlights Mansfield weakness
Evening Post

GARRY Haylock suggested Mansfield could suffer from being one-dimensional after seeing his Hayes and Yeading side earn a 1-1 draw at Church Road.


"We had them watched against Gateshead and there was also the game where we played them early in the season," said Haylock.
"I don't think they are a team who are going to pass it around in triangles. I remember David Holdsworth as a player and his team are the same way – committed and well-organised.
"But when teams stand up to them then Mansfield have got a problem. They have not really got a plan B."
"In some games they are going to smash teams, but in others they are going to get beaten as they did against Gateshead."


Stags boss: Results prove everything still to play for
Evening Post

MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth believes the weekend's Blue Square Premier results prove there is still everything to play for this season.


The Stags will be hit when they eventually have six points taken off their tally following the expulsion of Chester City from the league.
They were also disappointed not to beat Hayes and Yeading on Saturday – only snatching a 1-1 draw thanks to Gary Silk's stoppage-time strike.
Yet even though their task to reach the play-offs is a difficult one, Holdsworth remains positive.
"The past weekend shows what this league is about, with none of the top eight winning," he said. "It shows that the temperatures are rising and sometimes the momentum of teams can be altered.
"The home games will have a massive part to play. The fans will most definitely play their part.
"We have now taken four points from our last two away games, which sets us up nicely for our match with Luton tomorrow.
"It will be a big game but we are looking forward to it and we will prepare right for it."


Shaw delighted for Silk to get Stags out of jail
Evening Post

JON Shaw was delighted to see Mansfield's Gary Silk get himself out of jail with a last minute point-clinching goal at Hayes and Yeading.


The ever-popular right-back had been caught in possession for Dale Binns' first half opener.
But the former Notts County man quickly bounced back by scoring his first goal of the campaign from a close-range rebound to seal a 1-1 draw.
"We knocked on the door enough, just not really with the required quality," said Shaw.
"I was hoping to be on the end of something at the end, but thankfully Silky did.
"He has been playing brilliantly for us for a few weeks now and come up from the right-back position and got himself in there to get us a vital goal.
"Silky was involved for their goal, so it was great to see him make up for it in the same game."
Shaw revealed Mansfield had been told a few home truths by boss David Holdsworth when trailing at the break – but felt they were well deserved.
He said: "The boss wasn't the happiest. If you show a lack of willing, as we did in the first half, then you can expect a talking to. You have to give everything in every period and it was better from us in the second half.


Shaw has welcome distraction

Mansfield Town's Jon Shaw has more than just the play-offs on his mind with a new addition to his family expected in the next few weeks.

The striker and his wife are expecting their first child in the near future with the Shaw understandably upbeat.

"Waiting to be a dad is exciting and probably harder than playing," he told Thisisnottingham.co.uk.
"I'm used to games being called off because I've been a professional but I'm not used to waiting for a baby because it could happen at any time," he added.

"I travel in with Andy Burgess who says he really enjoys getting up in the night and then coming into training in the morning!"

"We've had kids in the family before but I'm looking forward to having one of my own."

But while his mind may be on his wife and the impending arrival, the former Rochdale man remains focused on the goals he set out when joining the Stags.

"I said when I first came here that I wanted to win promotion and was preparing to be a dad in the next few months, and that's still what I'm aiming for."

Town lie seventh just a point below the play-off zone with Shaw stressing that there will be no room for error over the next couple of months.

"There is still a long way to go before the end of the season, 13 games.

"Teams will drop points before then, including us, but we have to make sure that is the minimum possible.
"The games have evened themselves out now and there are not many points between the teams.

"But if we keep winning our games we will be in the play-offs, it's as simple as that."



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