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Burgess slams the boo boys
CHAD.co.uk, 13 March 2010, By John Lomas
ANDY BURGESS tonight slammed the Mansfield Town boo boys who again game the team a hot reception as they left the field after the disappointing 0-0 home draw with Tamworth.
Just a week after a Stags fan threw his season ticket at manager David Holdsworth when they were winning, today's result saw booing and a chant of 'what a load of rubbish' greet manager and players as they left the pitch.
And a clearly upset StagsADVERTISEMENTmidfielder Burgess said: "I would rather they didn't turn up and we played in front of one man if that's how they're going to be.
"It's the way I feel and I am sure I will be ridiculed for it but so be it.
"We are only human. I am sure they will say we are professionals and we should be used to it but it doesn't help. But that is the nature of the beast I suppose.
"Kyle Perry and I walked off together and only one lady clapped us.
"I know they pay their money and are entitled to their opinion, but we are still in with a shout of the play-offs this season and we need everyone together.
"If not then there is nothing we can do about it. That's football fans for you up and down the country. They are frustrated but so are we.
"If we win on Tueday I am sure we will get clapped off.
"When the home fans are on your back and being negative towards you, it gives the away supporters and their team a lift.
"To say we are not trying is nonsense. That is a massive stand with a lot of supporters in it if they are against us and maybe we need to give them more of a lift."
He added: "We have dominated for long spells without putting the ball in the net. We had decent balls into the box, a number of corners and free kicks across the six yards box and, on another day, we could have won three or four-nil.
"Maybe the forwards were not in the right place at the right time today. But it's a team game and we are not going to blame anyone.
"There were of positives we can take out of that game into Tuesday's game with York.
"The problem is when we are keeping clean sheets we are not scoring and when we do score goals we are conceding which is not ideal.
"It is where we are and there are still a lot of teams above us we have to play and anything can happen this season which been shown more than any other league I have seen in which anyone can beat anyone."
Mansfield boss David Holdsworth added: "The fans were as frustrated as we were and I respect that. But you don't want it to affect the players.
"They are entitled to their opinion 100 per cent. But encouragement and getting behind the players is the way forward."I want to shout and scream too at times but we must make sure we show encouragement and support."
"We certainly wanted three points today but it wasn't to be which was frustrating.
"I asked for patience but that was running out near the end and we were then looking for a bit of magic.
"Overall we had the majority of play and they didn't even enter our box in the second half and Alan Marriott was getting cold.
"We got enough balls into their box but my strikers today didn't look sharp enough.
"Ryan Williams struggled to make an impact today and it was back to the drawing board with Louis Briscoe after last week's superb display. He went past people but then didn't release it .But he is a young man still learning.
"Numerically nothing has changed as we are still six points off the play-off places and we still have some huge games to play."
Defender Michael Brough said: "We thought it was a game we needed to win before and we have said that all week so we are disappointed with the end result.
"We were pleased with a clean sheet, though. It was a scrappy game and the conditions didn't help. There weren't the chances and it wasn't an open game with defences on top.
"I think we needed a bit more quality in the final third. But we can only affect the next game and we will be looking for three points against York."
"We had a couple of great chances to put the ball into the net to win it and we really needed those three points," said Lambs boss Gary Mills.
"But we have come here and got a clean sheet at Mansfield which was a great effort by my players who I thought were the better side over 90 minutes.
"We came under pressure from their long throws and free kicks but they didn't open us up in open play.
"Mansfield are a strong side and we knew we had to be switched on which we were.
"The lads have been magnificent for me from day one this season and we are delighted with the point.
"We have just lost to Rushden and Histon in games which we deserved something out of so it's not like we have been playing badly.
"I am sure David Holdsworth won't agree about the first of them but I think we have now had three good matches with Mansfield this season in which we've had a win, a draw and a defeat.
"I read one of their players had said they were comfortable winners in the 4-2 win at our place last month but he must have been watching a different game as we battered them in the second half."
Burgess calls for backing from Stags' boo-boys
MANSFIELD Town midfielder Andy Burgess has called on the club's disgruntled fans to stick with the players – or risk killing their play-off dream.
The Stags struggled to a goalless draw with Tamworth on Saturday, a blow to their top-five aspirations in the Blue Square Premier.
It led to them being booed off amid chants of 'what a load of rubbish'.
Burgess, who came on as a second-half substitute, was not impressed by the reaction of the Field Mill faithful.
And he called on them to get behind the players against play-off rivals York City tomorrow night.
"I was not happy," he said. "Kyle Perry and myself walked off, and there was just one lady clapping.
"At the end of the day they pay their money and are entitled to their opinion. But we have gone five unbeaten, are very much in the shout to get promoted out of this league and we need everybody together.
"If they are not going to be behind us, what can we do about that?
"If they think that helps, I am amazed. They are frustrated we have not won the game but so are we, as much as anybody.
"We want to get three points every game, we want to win 4-0 every game but it does not always happen, that is football.
"Coming off to boos and 'what a load of rubbish', well, I would rather play in front of one man if that is going to be their attitude.
"That is football supporters for you. But we will come in Tuesday, try and win the match as much as we did this one and if we win 2-0, I am sure they will stand up clapping us off. But that is their entitlement.
"When your home fans get on your back, it gives everyone a lift in the away end and gives away players a lift and it is negative to us."
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