HOLDSWORTH, MEDLEY, MARRIOTT, GARY WILSON REACTION
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Now Holdsworth can look to the future after Stags takeover
DAVID Holdsworth threw his support behind new owner and chairman John Radford after guiding his side to a 4-0 victory over Eastbourne Borough.
While a take-over deal was being finalised moments before kick-off, the Stags boss was busy preparing his side for action.
But after Chris Smith, Rob Duffy and Luke Medley (2) sent the hosts back to the top of the table, Holdsworth welcomed the news.
"I'm delighted the club has got a man who wants to take it forward and I know Mr Saunders and the others are delighted with the agreement," he said. "From my point of view, and the fans, this brings stability, which is what we need. It seems very healthy and Mr Radford has taken it on in a positive manner.
"I have got plenty of time to meet with him, but I was just concentrating on the game on Saturday. Football is played on the grass – and that's where I belong. We will have healthy discussions and see where he wants to go."
From a performance point of view, Holdsworth was very pleased after seeing his side record back-to-back wins and clean sheets.
He said: "It was a good day's work. It was a different type of battle to York and we had to earn the right to play.
"The way I saw it was that I had to make sure we all did our respective jobs. There was pressure on from long throws and high balls into the box and you have to deal with it, but we have worked hard on set plays.
"Full credit to Eastbourne, because they are effective, but we were pragmatic in our approach and it paid dividends in the end.
"I understand why Garry (Wilson, Eastbourne manager) was upset for the penalty, but you have to take it when you get the run of the green sometimes because there have been decisions that haven't gone our way."
Medley desperate to earn a new contract at Mansfield
LUKE Medley (pictured) is desperate to be part of a Mansfield Town promotion campaign after netting twice off the bench against Eastbourne Borough.
The striker took his tally to four goals for the campaign with two second half strikes in the Stags' 4-0 win.
Medley has signed a short-term contract until the turn of the year.
But Mansfield have made such a great start to the season, the former Barnet and Bradford City man is longing to extend that.
"Things are going great for me, so it would be great to get a contract until the end of the season," said Medley.
"Who knows? We could get into the play-offs or get automatic promotion, which would be great for the club.
"I have never been in a situation like this and it's great that we have points on the board, even if other teams have games in hand.
"The take-over settles everyone down, not just the players, but all the staff at the club.
"It was a great show that we put on for the new owner in his first game and he has now seen us score nine goals in our last two games.
"But this is a tough league with a lot of clubs who want to do well.
"It's important to start the season well – and we've done that – but now we have to keep it going.
"We are sitting top of the table, but we can't get carried away because we have a tough game at Luton tomorrow night."
Wilson blasts ref as Borough go down
theargus.co.uk, By Steve Hollis
Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson slammed referee Stephen Ross after his side went down 4-0 at Mansfield.
Wilson was furious Ross awarded Mansfield a penalty in first half injury time following what looked a clean tackle by Steve Cook on Kyle Nix.
Borough were still reeling from falling behind two minutes earlier and Rob Duffy converted the spot kick to leave the visitors with a mountain to climb in the seocnd half.
Substitute Luke Medley scored twice in the closing 15 minutes of the second half to completed a flattering victory for Mansfield which sent them to the top of Blue Square premier.
Wilson said: "It was a massive moment in the game and I couldn't see why he gave it.
"It was a really poor decision and to go in 2-0 down after playing well for 43 minutes was very harsh."
Cook could have given Borough the lead in the 25th minute when he headed wide from close range while Rikki Banks made a fine save from Paul Connor at the other end.
Mansfield took the lead in the 43rd minute when Borough failed to clear a corner and Chris Smith headed home from close range.
There looked no way back after Duffy had made it 2-0 before the break but Borough responded well in the second half and Jamie Taylor came close to pulling a goal back on a number of occasions.
Mansfield wrapped up the win in the 74th minute when Medley converted a cross from Louis Briscoe at the near post and five minutes later Medley was allowed to run 30 yards before firing a low shot past Banks.
Stags manager pleased with weekend result
Mansfield manager David Holdsworth couldn't have been a happier man after seeing his side go top of the table on the day the club was taken over by multi-millionaire John Radford.
“I am pleased we have had a positive takeover today as it gives us better stability,” he said. “In recent weeks and months there has been worries it all might have gone pop here. That's football.
“But I have kept that away from my players so they have not had to deal with that. I have tried to keep them concentrating on their football.
“I have not met John Radford yet but there is plenty of time for that. I am sure we will have a very interesting discussion and see where he wants to go with the club.”
“I was very pleased with our performance. It was a different type of battle today as we had to earn the right to play.
“We had to make sure we were doing our jobs as, full credit, to Eastbourne, they put you under a lot of pressure with long throws and high balls into the box which you have to deal with. They are always a threat.
“Once we got the ball down and played, we produced some fantastic football.
“I know Gary was miffed by the penalty decision and he is not the kind of man to get irate usually. I asked the referee and he said it was a clear penalty and Kyle Nix felt the lad took ball and man.
“I have seen them not given before against us so I am not going to moan. But I understand why he might be irate and I will look at it again on video.”
Borough boss Gary Wilson said: “That was probably our best away performance of the season so it was quite a harsh score on us.
“The penalty was a massive moment and we felt it definitely wasn't a penalty.
“We were right in line in the dug-out and it looked a clear tackle that won the ball. It was a poor decision and didn't help our cause at all. Some of his other decisions today were weak.
“For 43 minutes we looked strong and the result does not reflect the performance.
“We were pretty solid, creative and had more of the possession. But you have to score when you are on top and work the keeper.
“We have been doing that recently so I can't be overly-critical.
“In the second half we came out and again had a lot of possession and created chances. On another day they go in for you.
“Maybe it just wasn't our day and we have to take this one on the chin and move on. There were a lot of positives to take from that performance.
“At least we kept going though I was disappointed to concede two more near the end.”
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