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HOLDSWORTH REACTION TO EASTWOOD GAME
2/August/2010 22:00:46

Match reaction: Eastwood v Mansfield
Evening Post

BOTH managers had reasons to be positive after Mansfield Town fought their way to a 3-1 victory at Eastwood Town.

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The Stags took the lead with Keigan Parker's penalty, but the hosts levelled before the break with a spot kick of their own, converted by Andy Todd.

However, second half strikes from Louis Briscoe and lee Gregory enabled the visitors to take the spoils.

“It was an excellent work-out and I'd like to thank Eastwood for their hospitality and inviting us down here to play,” said Mansfield boss David Holdsworth.

“I hope they got as much out of it as we did. They are a wholehearted team who play to their strengths and it took a lot of good football to break them down.

“We continue to build confidence among the players – and they should be building it with the performances they are putting in.

We have come up against a side who are going for it in their league and we have competed well.”

Opposite number Paul Cox said: “It was a friendly that ticked all the boxes for me.

“They were physically strong and asked questions of us that no-one has in pre-season – as I thought they would.

“I thought the first half was pretty even, but in the second half I thought their fitness levels, as a professional side, started to show.

“No-one likes to lose a football match at any time, but I am still happy because it has given us something we needed – something to work on.

“There were a lot of positives in our performance too. It's all about peaking for that first league game.”

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