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Darrell Clarke tips Stags for play-offs
DARRELL Clarke believes Mansfield can still clinch a place in the Blue Square premier play-offs after his Salisbury side were beaten at Field Mill.
The former Stags midfielder captained the Whites as they came to Field Mill on the back of a six-game unbeaten run.
But he was unable to prevent his side from going down to a 4-2 defeat, after what he called some lacklustre defending.
"I certainly keep an eye on how Mansfield are doing and it is an interesting race to see who makes the play-offs," said Clarke. "They are still in the mix and I think are one of six or seven teams who could do it.
"Their home form is going to be key and they are going to have to get results against those teams around them."
Holdsworth fury as he is hit by season ticket
chad.co.uk, 06 March 2010, By John Lomas
Mansfield Town's 4-2 win over Salisbury City today was marred by a half-time incident when a supporter threw their season ticket at boss David Holdsworth.
Although never hitting top form, given that Stags were 2-1 up against a side that had arrived with five defenders across the back and a six-game unbeaten run, it was an unexpected outburst of frustration from the fan.
Holdsworth was said to be 'still too angry to speak to the press' afterwards and did not allow his first team coach Gareth Holmes to comment either.
However, th club's board of directors issued a statement which read: "We would like to reiterate that we do not condone the actions of this 'supporter' and will not tolerate any object thrown at anyone inside Field Mill.
"We recognise that this is an isolated incident as we regard the majority of our supporters as the best in the country.
"We have been made aware of this 'supporter's' identity and a further statement will be made once he has been contacted.
"We are, along with the fans, delighted with the performance and result from today's fantastic victory.
"As a Board, we will do our utmost to support the manager and players in any way possible in our continued push for promotion."
Sadly the incident detracted from an impressive win with a superb second half that saw Louis Briscoe and Gary Mills in top form.
Briscoe said: : "It was a good team performance and one of my best games this season which was enjoyable.
"I put over a good cross for Rob Duffy early on and it grew from there for me.
"We had a lot of possession in the final third but they did throw a few balls into our box when there was only a goal in it, But we came through and did well.
"I thought I had scored at the end but their keeper made a brilliant save. As soon as it left my foot I thought it was in."
Jon Challinor passed a pre-match fitness test on his kne to sore the opener but had to come of at the break.
"It was a bit sore from Tuesday and I took a knock on it early doors today and then another later on," said Challinor.
"I could have stayed on but the gaffer asked me if I was struggling and I said I was so he put on Kyle Nix to look after me. I didn't want to make it worse.
"It has been a difficult time recently but you have to keep on going and today showed the quality we have in the squad.
"Although we conceded two sloppy goals we have scored four at home and we are now four games unbeaten.
"If we lose thesix points from the Chester games all we can do now is keep picking up points and see what happens."
After seeing his side lose their unbeaten run, City manager Tommy Widdrington said: "We scored two goals away from home today so I am disappointed with the way we defended to say the least.
"Individually and collectively, I am not going to name names, but people have to take responsibility.
"For all four goals you could finger an individual. We just capitulate and allow them to walk through. I won't stand for it and I will make changes.
"If anyone dares to come knocking on my door and ask why they have been left out they will be given short shrift.
"It wasn't just for the four goals that we defended badly and it beggars belief after the lads have been so solid and hard to beat for the last month.
"We came here to win and Mansfield didn't do anything in the game that wasn't spurred on by a massive error from us.
"We have some talented players here and should be in the top half of the league. But they need to improve that muscle between their ears.
They need to cast off those nice white boots or whatever and get some black ones on and start playing some football."
Challinor: Stags can go up!
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FURIOUS boss David Holdsworth refused to talk to the media after Mansfield Town's weekend victory over Salisbury – but midfielder Jon Challinor insisted: "We can still go up."
The Stags boss was so livid after a supporter threw a season ticket at him at half-time, even though the team were 2-1 up, he chose not to comment.
Mansfield went on to win 4-2 with goals from Challinor, Jon Shaw, Kyle Perry and Rob Duffy.
They still trail the likes of Rushden, Luton and York in the race for the Blue Square Premier play-offs.
But Challinor says there is an air of confidence in the Mansfield camp and feels they are starting to gel.
"We do have to win a lot of our games, but we have to be confident of doing it and performances like that can only help," he said.
"Salisbury was a massive win for us and we are starting to work together as a team , because we always knew we had a decent squad.
"The team spirit is certainly there, character as well, and you need that in a successful team.
"We have not lost in four now and we have more home games to come."
"We have created a few chances in other games, but not clear cut chances like that, so it was very pleasing."
Challinor's strike was his first since netting on his debut against Eastbourne Borough back in November.
He said: "It's nice to get back among the goals because we can't just leave it up to the forwards all the time.
"I like to shoot but I haven't been getting many chances recently.
"This one did take a deflection, but it was on target, so it definitely goes down as my goal.
"It was important to get that first goal and it allowed us to take it on from there."
Challinor had picked up a leg injury in Mansfield's previous game with Luton and had to pass a fitness test to play.
He had to go off at the break after sustaining a fresh knock but hopes to be fit to face Tamworth.
"I didn't train leading up to Salisbury but it was okay by the time the game came round.
"But I took s knock on it, which I tried to run off and then another just before half-time, so the manager decide to pull me off.
"I'm hoping with a full week to get right I should be ready for the next game."
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