HOLDSWORTH: STAGS MUST AVOID ROUTE ONE
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Holdsworth: Stags must not resort to route one football
Evening Post, 7 Sep 2010
MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth has told his players to avoid going down route one.
The Stags went down to their first home defeat of the season against Tamworth on Saturday, losing 1-0.
Reviewing the DVD of the game has backed Holdsworth's initial belief that Mansfield bypassed their midfield and wide men too often.
He knows that going direct will not suit his team, who have been set up to break teams down by playing the ball on the floor.
Holdsworth showed his squad the footage yesterday in a bid to get his point across.
"I felt at times we hit the ball a little long and I was upset at that because we have worked hard on passing the ball," said Holdsworth.
"I want the players to understand that I don't want them to get involved in a ding-dong. I don't enjoy that as a manager.
"I feel with Paul Connor and Keigan Parker up there, we have two players who enjoy the ball to feet.
"We also play with two wingers, so let's give them the ball. I don't want us to change our ethics.
"Even if we are chasing the game and we are 1-0 down and we want to try to get the ball into productive areas, but there are ways of doing that.
"You can win the game in 90 minutes. We have to be brave with the ball."
Holdsworth is considering loaning out Mark Preece as the defender makes his way back from a calf injury that ruled him out of the early stages of the season.
He has yet to figure in a competitive game for the Stags due to the form of Steve Foster and Chris Smith.
Holdsworth said: "There is only one game where the two guys who are in the team at the moment have not performed how I would like.
"I may well look to loan Mark out and give him some much-needed match action because he is desperate to play."
Stags striker Keigan Parker's confidence on the rise after breaking dry spell
Evening Post, 9 Sep 2010
KEIGAN Parker believes he can keep the goals flowing now he is up and running in a Mansfield Town shirt.
The diminutive former Blackpool and Oldham striker failed to net in his first four competitive games for the Stags after signing in the summer.
But he then netted a penalty in the 1-0 home win over Cambridge and a double in the victory at Altrincham.
Parker was unable to find the target in last Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Tamworth but came as close as anyone when he struck a post direct from a free-kick.
But he insists his confidence in on the rise having regained his place in the team following the brief promotion of Luke Medley and with three goals to his name.
"It was disappointing for me not to score in those early games when you want to make an impression," said Parker.
"But the last couple of weeks have been better and I feel if I keep working hard, as I intend to, then I can put the goals away.
"As a striker you thrive on confidence and the goals I have now got have helped.
"It was disappointing against Tamworth, but we are going to get sides who come to Field Mill and shut up shop.
"It is up to us to change the way we play and perhaps not go quite so long as we were a bit one-dimensional.
"But if we can create the chances, I feel myself and people like Paul Connor can do the scoring."
Parker and Rob Duffy disagreed over who should take Mansfield's last penalty in the 4-0 win at Altrincham.
Duffy had the job last year, but Parker, having won the kick himself, kept hold of the ball and duly tucked it away.
He said: "We have quite a few people who fancy themselves to take penalties, but having scored my last one against Cambridge, I backed myself at Altrincham.
"Rob was taking them before so thankfully I managed to score.
"All strikers know if they can put them away then it adds a few goals to their tally."
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