HOLDSWORTH AND HISTON MANAGER REACTION
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Seething Lewer slams Histon's poor attitude
ALAN Lewer criticised his players for lacking desire following Saturday's crushing 5-0 Blue Square Premier defeat at home to Mansfield on Saturday.
The Stutes were second best all afternoon and the Stutes boss admitted his team got exactly what they deserved.
"We haven't played well, we haven't shown desire and we haven't shown any desire to close the ball down," he said. "All those things add up to a disaster and that's what we got. Sometimes you've got be brave enough to say that and accept it."
Things started going wrong for Histon once Scott Garner opened the scoring in the 38th minute and despite a bright start to the second half, four more goals followed from Louis Briscoe, Blair Sturrock, Andrew Burgess and Jake Speight.
Tuesday's performance at Stevenage was a distant memory and Lewer said it was important his players learn from their inconsistency.
"I've told the players that if you don't show the desire or commitment that we've shown over the past two games you'll get opened up, you'll get murdered," he said.
"I can accept people passing the ball wrongly, not doing right things in right areas but I can't accept it when people don't work twice as hard to get the ball back. "As much as I've praised the boys over the last two games, they know the standard they set themselves is way below what they've set in the last two games."
Lewer also gave credit to Mansfield, who at times left Histon players chasing shadows with a slick passing game.
"I'll taking nothing away from Mansfield. Once they got us under the cosh they never let us off," he said.
Stags boss praises trio after thumping win
DAVID Holdsworth today praised a trio of his Mansfield Town opportunities for taking their opportunities in style at Histon.
The Stags thumped the Stutes 5-0 at the Glass World Stadium yesterday – their biggest win since dropping into the Blue Square Premier.
It also saw them gain some revenge for a 3-0 defeat at the same ground last season.
The Stags boss was understandably thrilled with his side and particularly the contributions of Blair Sturrock, Scott Garner and Andy Burgess.
All three have been on the periphery of the team in recent times, but showed their trued colours in Cambridgeshire.
"Blair is a very good footballer and showed his capabilities in the role I played him in," said Holdsworth.
"On his day we know that he is very good and he has got a big smile on his face after that.
"Scott took 15 minutes to stabilise and we had got both regular centre halves missing, so they did very well.
"Scott is a young man and we try to bring in young players and give them an opportunity to improve themselves.
"He is still learning and he grew in confidence as the game went on.
"It has been difficult to manage the situation with Andy (who was suspended for match betting), but we have been patient with him and waited for the right opportunity to bring him in.
"He has got back fit now and he really showed some class at Histon."
Stags boss admits home pressure has got to his players
DAVID Holdsworth admitted the pressure of playing in front of partisan home crowds has got to his Mansfield Town players, after watching the Stags record their biggest away victory for 79 years.
The Stags had won just one of four consecutive home games – failing to score in three of them – going into their clash away to Histon on Saturday.
But they did a 5-0 demolition job on the Stutes and boss Holdsworth is hoping his charges can now go out and reproduce that kind of form when Altrincham visit Field Mill tomorrow.
"There has been a lot of pressure on the side with the four home games on the trot," he said.
"Sometimes things have not always gone well for us at home and in front of the bigger crowd we have got nervous, but at Histon we showed our capabilities.
"I have given the players stick for not doing it right, but they did it right in this game and I am very pleased.
"It is never an easy place to get to and I'm delighted for the fans who were here. I'm sure they will get behind the team again tomorrow.
"Field Mill can be a wonderful place to play and I want to the players to relax when we play there.
"You never give up on the play-offs as long as they are viable. You will never get that from one of my teams."
Holdsworth was delighted with the way his team bounced back after last Tuesday's defeat to York City.
He said: "I have asked questions in the week of certain players and I'm delighted with the response, which was emphatic and comprehensive."
Boss hails players' character after biggest away win for 81 years.
CHAD.co.uk, 20 March 2010, By John Lomas
STAGS boss David Holdsworth paid tribute to the character of his players after today's 5-0 rout of Histon away from home – the club's biggest away win since 1929!
After the misery of one win from four home games on the trot had seen their play-off hopes fade, Stags were simply superb at the Glassworld Stadium today and Holdsworth said: "Today was all about character and I am very pleased with my players.
"I was pleased with the mentality they showed and there was a tremendous team spirit on the field.
"I felt we dominated the first half and could have been two or three up at half-time. But I am not here to gloat and I don't wish to be rude to Histon and their manager.
"It was a fantastic performance from my team.
"I have asked questions of certain individuals this week and as a manager I was delighted with their response. It was emphatic and comprehensive and we played well in both halves.
"They have had a very grumpy manager this week but the texture of our team spirit has never been in doubt.
"The players can now really enjoy their evening."
On man of the match Blair Sturrock, he added: "Blair is a very good player and he certainly showed his capabilities in that role today
"I changed the formation a bit like I did at Crawley and Gateshead which you sometimes have to do and we were excellent."
Holdsworth has been under fire from a section of fans in recent weeks after his side dropped vital points at home and he said: "I enjoy what I do here.
"Sometimes I have slaughtered the players for not doing things right – but today they did it right.
"This is not as easy place to get to with the roadworks and everything and I was delighted for the fans who turned up and I am sure they will be behind us on Tuesday.
"There has been a bit of pressure on us with four successive home games and we have looked a little nervous.
"Field Mill can be a wonderful place to play and I want them to relax. Today we showed our capabilities"
Star man Sturrock added: "I had that run out on Tuesday when, although we lost, I didn't feel I played too badly.
"It is all about getting a run, being comfortable, knowing the other players and what you can do with them.
"Histon are not as bad a side as 5-0 suggests, But everything we did came off, everything was flowing and we were showing for each other.
"We relaxed and played football. I enjoyed that and got more and more involved.
"I wanted to be more involved, though, and they could have given me the ball more so when I got it I held onto it as long as I could!
"There has been a lot of turmoil here but players are playing for contracts and this game was never a giveaway for us.
"We came here believing we can still do it this season if we win most of our games.
"We do play a wee bit different away to how we play at home. But hopefully we can play like that again on Tuesday.
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