REACTION TO HUCKNALL GAME, + NIX FULLY COMMITTED
Trialist Medley to play at Nuneaton and Hucknall v Mansfield match reaction
MANSFIELD Town's trialist Luke Medley will further push his claims for a contract at the club in a friendly at Nuneaton Town tomorrow night.
The Stags have arranged the game in Warwickshire to give game time to those first team squad players who did not figure in tonight's 6-1 win at Hucknall tonight.
But it will also give former Bradford City and Barnet striker Medley, 21, who scored at Watnall Road as a second half substitute another opportunity.
Boss David Holdsworth is also likely to run the rule once more over right-back Jordan Fairclough, son of former Forest and Leeds player Chris.
“I'm frequently looking to try to increase the quality in the squad and I have known Luke for a while,” he said.
“I was trying to keep him under wraps, but you have to reveal your hand sometimes.
“I've been talking to him for a while and he showed what a good player he can be.
“He's been on trial at various league clubs and he's looking for an opportunity.
“I don't know if Mr Saunders (Andrew, acting club chairman) was here to see the game tonight so I don't know (if the club will sign him). We'll have to find out on that one.
“But he will go to Nuneaton with a strong squad where we will get some more of the players 90 minutes under their belts.”
On the emphatic victory over Hucknall, in which Paul Connor (2), Kevin Sandwith, Adam Smith and Paul Stonehouse netted in addition to Medley, Holdsworth added: “I felt it we played well.
“We didn't get enough out of the game on Saturday (against Buxton), but in this game our finishing was exemplary and our counter attacking was fast and dynamic. I'm very pleased.
“There were some tremendous individual strikes, but the other goals were also very well worked.
“We played two different systems and both worked well. Defensively the shape looked sound, but we have still got a lot of work to do.”
Connor also netted twice in the 4-2 success over Buxton and Holdsworth is delighted with the way he has settled in.
“You need a target man and with Rob (Duffy) being out it is imperative we still have the focus of a main striker,” he said.
“Paul has come in and got four goals in two games and you just hope the goals don't dry up in the real season!
“He's a striker that gets goals with his experience. He knows the far post and I'm very pleased with the standard of delivery to him.”
Defeated boss Tommy Brookbanks acknowledged his side had been outclassed at times, but was far from down in the dumps with his team's performance.
He said: “I think the big difference was the amount of crosses Mansfield got into the box and their finishing.
“If they can put the goals away like that every week of the season then they are going to be right up at the top of the league.
“David showed us respect by bringing down a strong team and there is no doubt they have some very good young players in their ranks.
“But I was very pleased with how our lads moved the ball around and the way they competed.
“Our lads had all been to work and some were still there when the Mansfield players got here at around 5.45pm.
“But we worked very hard even with some of our best players out and those lads have showed me they can slot in well.”
Nix fully committed to Stags after Rotterdam trial
Evening Post, 3 Aug 2010
KYLE Nix today insisted he remains 100% committed to Mansfield Town after failing to land a contract at Sparta Rotterdam.
The midfielder went on trial at the Dutch club with the permission of Stags boss David Holdsworth.
Sydney-born Nix felt it was a 'chance of a lifetime' that he was duty bound to pursue in a bid to push his ambitions to play for Australia.
But he returns to north Notts more than happy to be part of Mansfield's squad and is now ready to give his all.
"It didn't work out for me in Holland for one reason or another," said Nix.
"It is hard enough to go on trial at English clubs, but there were lads there speaking French and German, which I didn't understand.
"I only trained once and played 45 minutes, but it was still a great experience.
"It was something I had to give a go. They are a massive club. It was something that only comes up once, the chance of a lifetime.
"They have an Australian on their coaching staff and that was the main reason I wanted to give it a go. It was a no-brainer.
"But I'm really happy at Mansfield."
Nix is eyeing a double-figure goals target after largely struggling to find the net last season.
He said: "It's always nice to get goals – and my aim this season is to get a few more.
"I was out injured for a chunk of last season but I was still disappointed to only score twice.
"I'm going to look to be more selfish around the box.
"I got nine or ten in my first season at Bradford so, hopefully, I can get somewhere close to that."