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27th September 2010 17:00

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Wonder strike gives Stags boss sinking feeling in 'Battle of the Brothers'
CHAD.co.uk, Sep 18 2010

DAVID Holdsworth left Newport on Saturday evening knowing his Mansfield Town side deserved at least a share of the spoils in the 1-0 defeat to twin brother Dean's Newport County side.


Stags lost to a wonder strike from Danny Rose and had to play the last 19 minutes without Keigan Parker after he was shown a red card for violent conduct.

Much was made of this historic game being the first ever professional football game with twin brothers as opposing managers and, with family bragging rights going to Dean, David said: “Of course it hurts. I honestly thought we played very well and to come away with nothing is a bitter pill to swallow.”

On the winning goal he said: “The lad caught it very well and it was a wonderful strike. But we switched off, one player in particular, and we must make sure we pay attention to detail. That cost us today.”

Holdsworth was left fuming by the actions of sub Parker whose petulant slap at defender Chris Todd left his side up against it.

“I will deal with it privately but I can't grumble about the decision. I asked Keigan to go and make an impact but he didn't make the one I wanted,” he said.

“When we were down to 10 men I thought we were outstanding. It would have been hard to tell which was the home side if you didn't know.

“It was a very good game between two teams who set up very differently. Credit to Newport, they are a strong side who have only lost one match. Defensively they are very solid.

“But I can't fault my lads for effort or commitment.

“Kyle Nix was cross with himself as he knew he had a good opportunity which was cleared off the line. But it was just one of those days. No one who was there can deny we were not worth a point but that's football and it drives you mad.”

Stags sub Louis Briscoe added: “That wasn't the worst performance from us but we need to take our chances.

“After the first 25 minutes I thought we were the dominant side and when we were down to 10 men everyone really put a shift in.

“We want to be up there and now it's back to the drawing board. The best thing is that we have another game straight away on Tuesday.

“We deserved at least a draw. But their goal was fantastic. He's a right footed player and he hit that left foot so it just shows our luck was out today.”

On the red card, he said: “It was hand to face and in football that has to be a red card.

“He now needs to get his head down, work hard and show the lads he want to be here.”


Stags boss Holdsworth to look at walking wounded
Evening Post

MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth will assess his walking wounded before naming his squad for Tuesday's home game with York City.


The Stags lost 1-0 at Newport County yesterday and also picked up one or two knocks.

Winger-cum-forward Luke Medley is already on the treatment table with a shin injury that prevented him from travelling to South Wales.

"Kyle Nix and Steven Istead have taken hard knocks and we will have to see what tomorrow brings with them," said Holdsworth.

"Luke Medley also had a knock which kept him out of this game.

"The trouble is that with the games coming thick and fast there is not much recovery time.

"It will be a case of all hands on deck ahead of the York game."

Holdsworth was disappointed to make the long trip back from over the border empty-handed.

He said: "Newport are tight defensively but had we shown a little bit more, we would have come away with something.

"I feel very sorry for the players because they showed great commitment and also the supporters with another great following."

Holdsworth had no complaints over the sending off of Keigan Parker and hinted he would be fined for his actions, having appeared to strike defender Chris Todd in the face.

The Scot is likely to face a three-match ban for violent conduct.

"I will deal with the matter of Keigan privately," said Holdsworth. "We asked him to make an impact, but that is not what we wanted."


Mansfield boss feels defeat to his twin brother's Newport was undeserved
Evening Post
By matt halfpenny

MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth felt his side did not deserve a third defeat of the season at twin brother Dean's Newport County.


The Stags were going in search of their fourth away win on the bounce at Spytty Park and would have gone third in the Blue Square Bet Premier had they done so.

And while the visitors rarely threatened to end Newport's 18-month unbeaten home run, Holdsworth believed his side merited a point.

The 1-0 defeat, thanks to a wonder strike from Danny Rose, means the Stags are sixth, ahead of home clashes this week against York tomorrow and Eastbourne (Saturday).

"It hurts because I felt we played very well," said Holdsworth. "To come away with nothing in a game that you played well enough to get something is a bitter pill to swallow.

"I can't fault the endeavour and we were outstanding when down to ten men. You wouldn't have known we weren't the home side.

"It was a very good game. We came here to do a good job and were inches away from doing it.

"You must give credit to Newport who are a strong side and have only lost one game this season – you can see why.

"He (Rose) caught it well and it was a wonderful strike, but we switched off, one player in particular did. We must pay attention to detail because that cost us.

"I'm proud of the boys because we probably played better than we did at Southport when we won.

"Everyone could see we played some decent stuff. That's football sometimes and it makes you mad."


Briscoe frustrated as Mansfield leave Newport empty handed
Evening Post
LOUIS Briscoe said he and his Mansfield players were left frustrated at leaving Newport County empty handed.


The Stags played their part in a competitive game in South Wales and had their fair share of chances.

But, as they failed to make the most of them, Danny Rose's bullet strike saw County take the points and end Mansfield's winning sequence on the road.

"It was a poor result but not the worst of performances from us," said Briscoe, who came on as a second half substitute for Adam Smith.

"You need to take your chances when they come along but we didn't do that.

"After the first 25 minutes I thought we were the dominant side, even when we went down to ten men.

"I think we deserved to get at least a draw. I had a couple of chances myself when I shot just wide and then shot when I should have slipped in Conns (Paul Connor).

"But we couldn't convert the chances on goal and we have to break teams down. It's frustrating because we need to find that consistency.

"We need to start winning back-to-back games if we are going to stay up there in the table. It makes it more important to try to get three points against York tomorrow."

Briscoe felt the referee had no choice but to send off Keigan Parker after he lashed out at Chris Todd.

He said: "He put a hand in an opponent's face and nowadays you expect a red card for that."

Meanwhile boss David Holdsworth will assess his walking wounded before naming his squad to face York City.

"Kyle Nix and Steven Istead have taken hard knocks and Luke Medley also had a knock which kept him out of this game," said the boss.


Newport boss admits to moments of good fortune to beat Stags
Evening Post

DEAN Holdsworth admitted his Newport County side had their moments of fortune in defeating brother David's Mansfield Town.


The Exiles came out 1-0 winners thanks to Danny Rose's 63rd minute strike.

But the Stags also had their moments, leaving the home boss relieved his side hung on for three points.

"I thought Chris Todd and Gary Warren were magnificent in the first half for us, but in the second half Mansfield put us under more pressure," said Holdsworth (pictured).

"But when the balls came in we attacked them and dealt with it.

"David has got a good side together up there and you can see why they have already won a few games. They have got a a lot of ability. It's special for us to win at our place and keep our run going. It's important to have a fortress at home and that's 18 months since we have lost here.

"We did have a bit of luck in certain situations, but you need that sometimes."

Newport's Holdsworth was delighted with the way his side's winning goal was constructed and the result of some hard work on the training ground.

He added: "It was a special goal and one we hard worked so hard on with a fantastic attention to detail.

"I thought some of the refereeing decisions were ridiculous, I don't know what they have seen sometimes.

"But all the lads put a great shift in and we have managed to keep a clean sheet."



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