HOLDSWORTH, STEVE FOSTER AND MELLON REACTION
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Fleetwood Town manager, Micky Mellon, was naturally upbeat after seeing his side to a convincing 3-0 victory over Mansfield Town at Highbury on Tuesday evening:
'We obviously wanted to do well in our first home game of the season and I thought that we were devastating in the first half. We could have scored more goals.
"Our second half performance often happens that way after a dominant first half. We stopped doing the things that got us success in the first half but you can't ask for any more from my lads than a 3 nil home victory against one of the division's favourites on the back of a draw on Saturday.'
Mellon paid tribute to new signing Magno Vieira whose brace gave him a total of three goals already this season, putting the Brazilian in joint second place in the early stages of the race for the Golden Boot:
'Vieira is a very, very good footballer and we worked so hard to get him involved with the club. Tonight you've seen what he's all about. If I was to be picky I would want us to play better for longer but it's a fantastic win for us, nonetheless.'
The manager was also full of praise for goalkeeper, Danny Hurst, after saving his second penalty kick in successive games.
'It's not a habit we want to get into but we keep asking Danny to save penalties and he keeps showing us what a very good goalkeeper he is. He gave us a clean sheet tonight.'
Mellon paid tribute to the Cod Army in a crowd in excess of 1800 and anticipates another big occasion when league leaders, Luton Town, come to Highbury on Saturday:
'It was a good crowd, particularly encouraging for a midweek game, and shows that people on the Fylde want to come and watch midweek football. The result sets us up fantastically for Saturday. We won't be overawed and are looking forward to a game which will show how far we've come. Tonight, though, we'll enjoy the victory!'
By David Mitchell
Holdsworth: Stags defence not up to the task at Fleetwood
DAVID Holdsworth warned his Mansfield Town players their defending must improve after they crashed 3-0 in their first away match of the new season at Fleetwood Town last night.
Two goals from Magno Vieira and another from Wayne Curtis – all in the first half – consigned the Stags to defeat at Highbury.
Holdsworth said: "In the first half we were appalling. I'm not here to dig out individuals, but we got dominated in our box and their box – that was the big difference.
"Their two centre-backs played really well but defensively we must improve and must learn from this.
"For the first goal, one of our players left his man and didn't continue to mark after we hadn't got the ball away.
"The second one was a defensive error and the third one we got caught in a bad area and exposed by a very good player.
"I did chase Magno Vieira in the summer, so it wasn't surprised to see him score goals like he did.
"I asked for a little bit more in the second half but you can't go in 3-0 down and expect to win football matches."
Stags skipper Foster: We will get it right
CAPTAIN Steve Foster insisted he and the rest of the Mansfield Town defence can get it right after a night to forget at Fleetwood.
The Stags were beaten 3-0 in the north-west after conceding three first half goals.
But he says the players will all be striving hard to get it right for Saturday's game at Kidderminster.
"The damage was all done in the first half, but we shouldn't have put ourselves in that position and we are all disappointed with what happened," said Foster.
"It's especially disappointing for the lads at the back and myself and Smudger (Chris Smith) should have dealt better with their front two.
"We feel like we are a good unit and we went into the game with high hopes of getting something.
"But unfortunately we have given away some sloppy goals. We looked to build on our opening day win, but we haven't done.
"We were confident coming into this match, but we will still be that way on Saturday. We are more than capable of getting a result there if we cut out the errors and we will be looking to do that."
Foster admitted he should have done better for Fleetwood's second goal, when former Stags target Magno Vieira took advantage of his failure to clear the ball.
He said: "It is frustrating when you concede goals like that. I let him get half in behind me but I got in a position where I was able to deal with it, but didn't.
"It was my mistake and it has cost us, It's something I don't like doing and that I don't expect to be doing regularly."
Stags boss slams 'appalling defending'
CHAD.co.uk, 17 August 2010, By John Lomas
STAGS boss David Holdsworth slammed his side's sloppy defending as they crashed 3-0 at newly-promoted Fleetwood Town tonight.
"The first half was appalling," he said. "I am not here to defend individuals and we were dominated in our box and in their box.
"I felt their two central defenders played extremely well. Dominance in the air was an important factor tonight.
"We started very well and had a half chance when we could have taken the lead.
"But if you give good players, or any player, space to run at you and create opportunities, leaving yourself exposed, you will generally find you get punished.
"They were defensive errors I didn't see coming.
"The first goal was when a player left his man and didn't continue to mark him when the corner was properly cleared.
"The second was certainly a defensive error and for the third we got caught for space in a bad area and exposed by a very good player. That's what the boy can do.
"The penalty save summed up our night."
Holdsworth sacrificed winger Adam Smith at the back as he tried to plug his leaking boat and said: "At half-time I knew we needed to protect our centre halves so I asked Tyrone to do that, brought on Stevie Istead, and it stopped the leak.
"If we had scored one we might had had opportunities to push on and get a second and ask a question of them. But we had given ourselves a massive mountain by half-time.
"Some players come out of it with more positives than others after a better second half. We showed a bit of character.
"But tonight we were poor defensively and must improve."
Skipper Steve Foster, to blame for the second goal, agreed: "You can't go in 3-0 down at half-time and expect to win football matches.
"We showed a bit of pride and guts in the second half but the damage was already done and was down to our own individual errors.
"To be fair if the penalty had gone in we may have had a chance of going on and getting something out of the game.
"But we shouldn't have put ourselves in that position and we are obviously disappointed.
"We feel like we are a good unit. But myself and the lads at the back should have dealt with their front two a lot better.
"We went into tonight with high hopes on the back of Saturday and wanted to build on it.
"Luckily the next game comes around pretty sharpish and we have to put this to bed and eradicate the mistakes."