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Holdsworth happy with Stags' character after Alfreton win
CHAD.co.uk, 07 August 2010, By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS boss David Holdsworth was quick to praise the character of his side after they overturned a 75 second deficit to beat neighbours Alfreton 3-1 on Saturday.
It looked like it could be a tough day at the office for Mansfield after Anthony Wilson fired the Blue Square Bet North side into a very early lead.
But Holdsworth's boys showed their charachter to fight back, with strikes by Smith, Parker and ConADVERTISEMENTnor ensuring Stags ended their pre-season campaign on a high note.
Speaking after the game Holdsworth said: "This game was a great test. It was exactly what I wanted and expected.
"It was always going to be a tough game and it was a good competitive encounter. We showed our battling qualities today.
"We started slowly but after 15 minutes we started to play and to pass the ball. We matched the committment of Alfreton today and there were a lot of plus points from this game.
"I couldn't have asked for more from pre-season. We have had some good games and faced different teams and different styles of play."
Holdsworth also praised Alfreton, who last year defeated Stags 3-0 in pre-season for their part in the tough workout.
He said: "I would like to thank Nicky Law and Alfreton for their hospitality.
"They have some good players and they will have a good season. They are every bit as good as some of the teams at the bottom end of our division."
Goalkeeper Alan Marriott successfully came through the fixture and is now likely to start in the first league game of the season at home to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
Boss Holdsworth said: “They are a very good side and I fully expect them to finish in the top three in the league.
“They started the game very well and their early goal gave them impetus but we managed to come back into it and deserved our equaliser.
“In the second half I changed things around a bit and put two up top and both Connor and Parker caused them a threat.
“I thought they showed their class and they have the makings of a very good partnership.”
“It was a good test for us and hopefully the win gives us a platform to take into out league matches.
“When I set up this pre-season back in February and March I was delighted with the opportunities it gave us.
“It has been very healthy for us because we have come up against some very good teams and players.”
Stags boss Holdsworth wants to tie up deal with striker Medley
LUKE Medley will today become a Mansfield Town player – if boss David Holdsworth has his way.
The 21-year-old played the first half as a central striker in the Stags' 4-3-3 cum 4-5-1 formation as they registered a 3-1 victory in their final senior pre-season friendly at Alfreton Town.
Holdsworth was again pleased with what he saw and is conscious that another of his senior front men, Rob Duffy, is unlikely to be fit for Saturday's Blue Square Premier opener at home to Forest Green.
He is hoping to tie up a deal for the former Bradford and Barnet player before the day is out – whether that be on a short-term contract or until the end of the season.
"Hopefully we will have some news on Luke today," said Holdsworth. "I rate him as a very good young prospect.
"He played as a lone striker at Alfreton and I think he did very well.
"Luke has shown what he is about in the time he has been here, not just in games but training as well."
Holdsworth was relieved to see goalkeeper Alan Marriott come through a full 90 minutes against Alfreton – where Adam Smith, Keigan Parker from a penalty and Paul Connor netted for the Stags.
The former Lincoln man has been struggling with a stomach muscle injury which, if it requires surgery, could rule him out for three to six months.
But Holdsworth said: "He seemed to come through the game but now we just have to hope there are no side-effects.
"We will continue to monitor him. I've been scouring the country for a replacement keeper if necessary but we don't want to have to do that."