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Stags keeper Alan Marriott faces three month lay-off
Mansfield Town goalkeeper Alan Marriott could be out of action for up to three months after being told he needs an operation on a groin injury.
The 32-year-old had to be substituted half-way through the Stags' 5-2 home defeat to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We did have a diagnosis in the summer but we put it off and hoped that it may be alright."
The Stags boss is now looking to sign a replacement keeper before the weekend.
He said: "That goes without saying and I'll be addressing that accordingly."
The news of the severity of Marriott's injury followed Mansfield's second defeat in three games which saw them slip out of the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places.
Captain Steve Foster said the influential shot-stopper will be missed.
He said: "He'll be a massive loss to us, he's an outstanding keeper... the best in the division."
Holdsworth sends out warning to Stags players
MANSFIELD Town's players should live in fear of their places if they repeat last night's 'inept' defensive performance against Wimbledon.
That's the view of boss David Holdsworth after the Stags were beaten 5-2 by the Dons at Field Mill.
With new chairman John Radford likely to bring about changes in personnel, Holdsworth has warned his current charges they must sharpen up.
"Some of the goals we gave away were inexcusable, awful," said Holdsworth. "It hasn't taken a lot for Wimbledon to beat us.
"I must give credit to Wimbledon for their passion and work-rate. They are a good side, but we contributed to our own downfall with some very poor play.
"Players should have a good hard look at themselves and worry about their places."
Marriott injury blow for Stags
GOALKEEPER Alan Marriott will miss two to three months because he needs an operation on a troublesome groin injury.
The popular Stags keeper was forced to leave the field at half-time in last night's 5-2 defeat to AFC Wimbledon.
The problem is one that Marriott has been managing since pre-season when he missed several of the Stags' warm-up games.
But now it has come to the point where surgery is the best way forward for the former Lincoln man.
"It has been diagnosed as needing an operation and Alan will have it done as soon as possible," said boss David Holdsworth.
"It is in the groin and pelvic region and goes without saying it is a massive blow for us and not what we wanted.
"We want Alan back as soon as possible, but we are looking at two to three months."
Holdsworth is already looking at potential loan replacements, with Neil Collett now the only senior keeper.
He said: "When players get injured they need replacing. The strength of the squad is important.
"Neil has done a good job and I know I can rely on him but he is probably not ready for a whole season in the Blue Square Premier yet."
Meanwhile, Louis Briscoe, who Holdsworth felt was Mansfield's outstanding player against the Dons, could not hide his disappointment at how events had unfolded.
"The gaffer is not happy and rightfully so after giving two soft early goals away.
"You can't give any team a two goal start and expect to win," he said.
"Apart from maybe half an hour at Fleetwood, we have been solid at the back – it has been our strength."
Shellshocked Stags face up to life without Marriott
DAVID Holdsworth began his search for a new goalkeeper today as Stags faced up to life without Alan Marriott after he was forced off the field with injury in last night's 5-2 home humiliation by AFC Wimbledon.
Marriott could not be faulted for any of the goals as he finally succumbed to a long-standing groin problem at half-time with Stags 3-1 down following some truly atrocious defending.
It now looks likely he will need a small operation to repair a slight tear in his groin and could be out for up to three months.
“We will seek to get the operation done as soon as possible,” said Holdsworth.
“We had the diagnosis in the summer but hoped he may be all right. It goes without saying we will miss him – it is a massive blow as he is a fabulous goalkeeper.
“But bringing in a replacement is now a must for Saturday. I know I can rely on Neil Collett, who is a cracking young man, but he is still learning his trade and is probably not yet ready for a season in the Blue Square Premier.”?Stags shipped a goal after only 11 seconds and another after nine minutes last night to all but gift the game to a delighted Wimbledon who must have thought Christmas had come early.
“Some of the goals we conceded were inexcusable,” said Holdsworth. “It has not taken a lot to beat us.
“You have to be humble and congratulate Wimbledon. I must give them credit for their passion and work rate. But we contributed to our own downfall.
“I am not going to publicly criticise individuals but some players' defending was awful and they need to look at themselves. Some normally reliable players tonight will be ashamed of their defending.
“None of them can give goals away like they did last night and not worry about their place.
“Successful teams build their foundations on a solid defence.”?That is four out of four games against top six sides lost for the Stags and Holdsworth added: “We have ambitions to reach the next level but to do that you have to have consistent players – it's no different at any level.
“If we want to be part of it at the top we have to have consistent performances – not like that. We were inept.
“I have no complaints about going forwards. We played some very good football at times and created chances, it was our defending that let us down.”
Skipper Steve Foster added: “The few few minutes cost us.
“You can't go up against a team flying high like Wimbledon and give them a two-goal start and expect to win football matches.
“It was a dreadful start for us and we never got going after that.
“After that first half at Fleetwood we have worked hard to put things right but it came back to haunt us last night as we gave away silly, sloppy goals with individual mistakes.
It was a big six-pointer for us and it really hurts. But we have some great games coming up and we now have to put this one to bed, call it a one-off and get the right result at Rushden on Saturday.”
His words were echoed by Louis Briscoe who gave a performance that manager Holdsworth described as 'the the most outstanding I have seen at Conference level'.
“That was totally different to how we have been this season as, apart from the first half blip at Fleetwood, we have looked solid at the back all season,” he said.
“Going forward we weren't too bad at times. But you can't give goals way like we did. You can't legislate for what happened tonight
“You can't keep losing against the so-called top sides and it's happening a bit too often.”
Briscoe at least crowned a fine display with a thunderous late goal and he added: “If the play-offs or promotion came down to one goal on goal difference you never know how important goals like that can be.”
Stags skipper Foster vows there'll be no repeat
STEVE Foster today vowed to ensure Mansfield Town's defensive shambles against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday evening was a one-off.
After a one-game suspension, the Stags captain was back in the side for what he described as a 'dreadful night'.
Manager David Holdsworth has already suggested changes in personnel could be on the way if things don't improve at the back.
Foster believes his boss is quite entitled to think like that but is determined to tighten things up, along with the rest of the Mansfield back four at Rushden and Diamonds today.
"We will identify things that went wrong from watching the Wimbledon video and look to put them right at Rushden," said Foster.
"If things like that keep happening, then we can expect the manager to make changes. Until the Wimbledon game, apart from at Fleetwood, we haven't been too bad.
"We thought we'd sorted those problems out."
Foster admits it is a big blow to lose keeper Alan Marriott, who is likely to be out for two to three months after surgery on his groin and pelvic area.
Foster said: "It is a disappointment because he is one of the best, if not the best, in the division."
It's the Stags to the slaughter as Dons notch five
Tuesday 5th October 2010, By Robert Dunford
Mansfield Town 2-5 AFC Wimbledon
Five-star AFC Wimbledon stormed back to winning ways after thrashing Mansfield tonight.
Two goal from Sammy Moore, his first inside 20 seconds, one from Danny Kedwell and a goal apiece from Christian Jolley and Ryan Jackson secured one of this season's shock victories.
Boss Brown complained that Saturday's no-show against Forest Green was his side's worst performance to date.
This romp was easily their finest – thrashing their newly-rich promotion rivals with style at Field Mill.
The Dons manager was thrilled as the Stags were cut down to size in front of their home crowd.
“It was a memorable performance against a very good Mansfield side,” he said.
“They may think they didn't play well tonight, but we got off to the sort of start that would knock the stuffing out of most teams.
“We met a side today who played good football, they're one of the best footballing sides we've played and we scored from our first two chances. Sometimes it works for you, sometimes it doesn't.
“Everything ran for us tonight, I'm really pleased because we played a really good side – they scored two here and they could have three or four, so it wasn't quite as easy as the scoreline suggested.
“I just thought it was a fantastic game of football. The Mansfield substitutions livened it up for them – Kedwell's (third) goal didn't feel like it killed the game off. I didn't feel that comfortable to be honest, the fourth and the fifth go in and you think it's your day.
“And it was our day today – our football was splendid, the pitch is the best we've played on this season and it helped us.”
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