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1st September 2010 21:15

update 1 Sept 2010:
Red Card Appeal Successful


Cambridge United's appeal to the FA regarding James Jennings red card at Mansfield Town last Saturday has been successful.

Jennings was dismissed in the 60th minute following the award of a penalty for deliberate handball by referee D Bond.

Martin Ling told cambridgeunited.com, "The decision has proven we were right to appeal and it's pleasing he'll now be available for selection next Saturday against Gateshead."

Martin went on, "The disappointing thing is that the decision cost us the game (at Mansfield) but they had a good shout for a penalty turned down in the first half and these things tend to even themselves out."


video interview with Holdsworth and Parker --->



audio interview with Martin Ling --->



More to come, says Stags striker
CHAD.co.uk, 28 August 2010, By John Lomas

KEIGAN Parker opened his Mansfield Town goals account with a coolly-taken winning penalty against Cambridge United today and said: "Hopefully I can now go on a run and get some goals."


Parker showed bravery to take the kick, having missed one at Fleetwood last week and added: "Obviously I have been disappointed not to get a goal so far but I took the chance today to step up.

"The gaffer let me stay on the penalties and now I hopADVERTISEMENTe I can go on a run.

"There is a bit of pressure riding on any penalty but a bit more so when you've missed one a week ago. Thankfully I managed to hit the net this time.

""I believe I should have been given a penalty in the first half too. I had got across the guy and was just set to shoot when he tumbled on me. Obviously I would have had a clear shot on goal.

"Thankfully people won't be talking about that as much because we got the win.

"It was brilliant to get a clean sheet too as the lads at the back have deserved a clean sheet for a few games.

"We have had a really good start to the season, perhaps as good as we could have expected.

"But there is still a lot more stuff to come from me. I feel I am still lacking match sharpness and I came into pre-season training late on and I think I am still another couple of weeks away from finding my best form."

Stags manager David Holdsworth said: "I was delighted for Keigan to get off the mark. It takes a brave man after missing a penalty to take a subsequent one but he used his composure and experience very well.

"We have made a very healthy start and now we want to build on that.

"We had to battle for that today which is what I expected and I am very pleased with the way the lads went about their business.

"We were up against a good side who haven't found their feet yet but I believe will do.

"There were a lot of plusses with individual performances defensively today."

On the first penalty appeal he said: "They are like London buses and that is all I am going to say," and on the second, which was give, he said: "Without the benefit of seeing it on video, it looked a blatant penalty and the sad thing is that, the way things are today, the boy had to be sent off which was harsh for them.

Cambridge manager Martin Ling added: "That was an afternoon best forgotten.

"The two penalties changed the game but I can't remember a real chance on goal where we worked their keeper and it was difficult after going down to 10 men.

"James Jennings told me had definitely got pushed as he had no other reason to handle the ball and I will have a look at the video.

"Was the other one a penalty for Mansfield? Well I would have been disappointed if it had been our team and it wasn't given."


Ling: "An afternoon best forgot".
cambridge-united.co.uk, Sat 28 Aug 2010
After watching his Cambridge United side suffer defeat at Mansfield following a second half penalty strike, manager Martin Ling said it was "An afternoon best forgot".


He went on " It's a game thats been decided by a penalty, but you have to look at the fact that we have only tested their keeper once all afternoon".

Speaking about the penalty, which was awarded following a handball from Cambridge full back James Jennings, Ling commented "James has told me that he definatily got pushed, and that's why he has handballed it, he would have no other reason to do so, I haven't seen the video but I've got no reason not to beleive him, but then you have to look at the one at the end of the first half, and as a home side you would be disappointed not to get it".

The U's afternoon didn't get off to a great start as right back Kevin Roberts was forced off within the first Fifteen minutes with a hamstring problem which will rule him out of Mondays home game with Eastbourne, and Ling said " Yeah, not an ideal start, we had Dave Partridge in the starting eleven up until yesterday, but he hurt his back in training, and with Kevin's hamstring that meant two defensive changes very early.

In a game where the visitors really failed to look a threat when going forward, Ling mulled "It wasn't great today, but they haven't really caused us any real problems either, and the first half in particular was a bit of a non event. I layed into them a bit at the break, I told them at the moment we're doing "okay" but okay gets you nowhere, we have Three points from Fifteen, we cant argue with what we've got, but we need to pull our fingers out, and that starts with Eastbourne on Monday".

With that game only Forty Eight hours away, and with injuries and suspensions already blighting his squad Ling said it would have to be "An experimental back line" come kick off.

Looking forward to the game he said "It's good to have the game coming so quick, so we can put this bad performence behind us".

Ling was first to admit that it has not been a good start to the season and said " It has been tough, you look at the games so far and we're not getting out played by anyone and have only lost by the odd goal, but it's Five games without a win and we only have Three points on the board. We have to stick together, as a management team and as players and come up with the answers for the fans who support us and who again supported us well today".


Holdsworth praises striker's character after winning goal
Evening Post
DAVID Holdsworth today praised striker Keigan Parker for his strength of character to net the winning penalty against Cambridge United.


The Stags were 1-0 winners over the Us at Field Mill yesterday thanks to the Scot's spot kick.

Manager Holdsworth was thrilled for Parker, whose strike was his first competitive goal since a summer move from Oldham.

"I'm delighted Keigan has got off the mark. It takes a brave man to take a penalty after just missing one so it shows his resolve," he said.

"He used all his experience and composure and put it away very well."

Holdsworth also had words of encouragement for Luke Medley, who was dropped for Parker but came on off the bench.

He said: "The impact players make off the bench is vital. I felt for Luke when he missed that chance at the end when he just needed a little bit more composure.

"He's very critical of himself, but you won't get me being critical of him when he is getting himself in the right position."

Visiting boss Martin Ling felt the referee had possibly got both penalty decisions wrong.

Mansfield were denied what appeared a penalty in the first half but awarded one in the second when James Jennings handballed.

"It was an afternoon where the two penalty decisions changed the game, but having said that we haven't really had a shot on goal," he said.

"James Jennings told me he definitely got a push and I have no reason not to believe him.

"But I would be disappointed if I was the attacking side for the one in the first half and didn't get it."


Marriott risking wrath of his wife with his more relaxed approach
Evening Post

ALAN Marriott joked he is risking the wrath of his wife by taking a more relaxed to keeping clean sheets at Mansfield this season.


The goalkeeper kept his first clean sheet in five attempts against Cambridge United on Saturday in the Stags' 1-0 win.

Marriott admits he has been tough on himself in the past for not recording more shut-outs.

But now he insists his only concern is for Mansfield to keep winning – even if it has reason to upset his other half.

"This year I am going to worry less about keeping clean sheets than I have done before," said Marriott.

"I'm not going to put as much pressure on myself because sometimes you can't do anything about the goals you concede.

"I know Russ (assistant manager Duncan Russell) is pleased we got the clean sheet against Cambridge because he has been banging on about getting one.

"It is nice to have a quiet game, especially when it's in windy conditions, which make it hard for a keeper.

"The defence in front of me played very well and it is a reward for the hard work we have all been putting in on the training ground. Considering it is mostly a brand new team we are starting to gel together well now.

"But I'm more concerned about us getting the three points. I'm not bothered about getting another clean sheet all season if we keep on winning.

"But I'm not sure the missus will agree with me on that one because it means I wouldn't be getting any clean-sheet bonuses!"

Meanwhile, visiting boss Martin Ling felt the referee had possibly got both penalty decisions wrong.

Mansfield were denied what appeared a penalty in the first half but awarded one in the second when James Jennings handballed.



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