AKSALU INJURY / HOLDSWORTH DENIES NOTTS LINK
26 Oct 2010
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Holdsworth rejects Magpies link
Mansfield boss David Holdsworth has dismissed speculation he could succeed Craig Short as manager of Notts County.
Holdsworth was rumoured to be a possible replacement for Short following his dismissal on Sunday.
However, Holdsworth insists he is happy at Field Mill, with the Stags currently impressing in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
"I've got a very good job to do here and there is a work in progress. I have a great relationship with the players," Holdsworth told his club's official website.
"I feel sorry for Craig losing his job and I do not think it's appropriate to comment on any other job," he added.
Stags on stand-by over goalkeeper situation
Evening Post, 26 Oct 2010, By matt halfpenny
MANSFIELD Town may be forced to move for another goalkeeper after manager David Holdsworth revealed Mihkel Aksalu is struggling with a stomach injury.
The Estonian, on loan from Sheffield United, is filling in for Alan Marriott while the former Lincoln man recovers from a groin operation.
Aksalu picked up the problem last week, but played through the pain barrier to keep a clean sheet in the Stags' FA Cup win at FC Halifax at the weekend.
He is currently receiving treatment from the Bramall Lane medical staff, but it is unclear if he will be fit to face high-flying Crawley at Field Mill on Saturday.
"We may have to look at the goalkeeping situation," said manager David Holdsworth.
"Mihkel got the injury training with Sheffield United last week.
"He managed to play through it at the weekend, but now he needs a scan to see if he has got a problem there.
"We are waiting on Sheffield United to see if he will be fit – it's in the hands of their doctors and physio.
"I do have a couple of days to find someone else if need be, but's its not that easy to find a replacement.
"Having said that, I have got every faith in young (Neil) Collett. He's inexperienced, but is training very well."
Marriott is back with the Stags after spending last week rehabilitating at Lilleshall.
Holdsworth added: "We are looking at six more weeks for Mazza, which is maybe a little bit longer than we had hoped.
"It depends on how it heels, but these things can't be rushed."
Parker backed by boss to come back strongly for Mansfield
Evening Post, 27 Oct 2010, By matt halfpenny
KEIGAN Parker can still be the talismanic striker Mansfield Town hoped he would be when they signed him in the summer.
That's the view of manager David Holdsworth, who today backed the former Blackpool and Oldham man to hit back from a spell in the doldrums.
Since beating York 5-0 and Eastbourne 4-0 in consecutive games at the end of September, Mansfield have struggled in front of goal.
The team have netted just five goals in their last six games, but Holdsworth believes a fit and firing Parker can help Mansfield improve on that.
"Keigan has had a disappointing couple of months with the sending off and then picking up a foot injury," said Holdsworth.
"Whether he can be involved this weekend (against Crawley) depends how fit he is, because he has not been able to train.
"He has trained since the weekend, though, and had his stitches out, which will hopefully give us competition in right places. We believe Keigan can be a force in this league.
"If he is fit, he can bring us quality."
Holdsworth also insists the club's other strikers, Paul Connor, Rob Duffy, Luke Medley and Lee Gregory must rediscover their ruthless streak.
He said: "I have been critical of the defence, but it is also down to the strikers to be performing to the highest level and set standards for themselves.
"We have had lots of opportunities in games, but we have not been at our most ruthless.
"I can't fault the commitment, I'm just asking for a bit more quality."
Mansfield may bring in another goalkeeper if Mihkel Aksalu, on loan from Sheffield United, does not recover from a stomach injury.
The Estonian played through the pain barrier to keep a clean sheet in Mansfield's 1-0 FA Cup win at FC Halifax last Saturday.
Aksalu has been covering for Alan Marriott who is expected to be out for another six weeks.
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