MICKY MOORE AND NICKY LAW REACTION
audio interview with Micky Moore from 103.2
audio interview with Nicky Law from BBC Radio Derby and Micky Moore from BBC Radio Nottingham
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law told BBC Radio Derby:
"If I'm honest, I don't think it was a 6-3 game.
"We showed signs of our early season frailty in the first half - we made a change at the break, we had to do that - but again, every time we went forward we looked like we'd score, and so did they.
"We've conceded some poor goals, some really poor goals. They've not earned them. The long throw was a continual torment for us.
"But give Mansfield credit; they've got a gameplan, and the play it - it's almost like a rugby game, they play for 20-30 yards - but we didn't deal with it."
"We took Streete off at half-time - that was tactical. He couldn't win a header. Dyer kept pulling on him and winning the headers, and he couldn't cope with it. They found that Dyer's got the beating of Theo in the air, and they kept continually putting it on him."
"Now you can see what a good player Howell is. Brown and Wilson tried to get the ball down and have a touch, but Anthony Howell is all over you, and that's what he is, he's an effective player in non-league football and credit to the lad. And that second goal he got there that's worthy of winning any match. He's a player that we would have liked to have kept but we couldn't afford to do it. Mansfield offered him a better deal."
Mansfield Town assistant manager Micky Moore told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It must have been great for the fans - after three or four minutes we've hit the post and it's come out and Louis Briscoe's put it wide. Straight from that they've gone up the other end and scored to make it 1-0.
"I mean first half, to be fair to Alfreton, they threw everything at us and credit to them. Every time they got into our box I thought they were going to score.
"But vice-versa, I thought every time we got into their box we were going to score. The pace was frenetic in the first half."
Mansfield Town assistant manager Micky Moore warns side must defend better
STAGS assistant manager Micky Moore has warned his side that they must defend better when they face league leaders Fleetwood on Saturday.
The normally rock-solid Mansfield defence was given a torrid time during a frenetic first 45 minutes of the 6-3 derby win at Alfreton as The Reds sprung into a 2-1 lead.
But Mansfield again displayed superb fighting spirit and goals from Riley, Green and Howell overturned the deficit to leave Stags 4-2 up.
Brown gave plucky Alfreton a lifeline in first-half injury time, before Stags came out strongly in the second-half to defend with authority and take the sting out of the game.
But Stags know they face their toughest test of the season when they travel to free-scoring league leaders Fleetwood.
“We have got to defend better than we did in the first half, it was very uncharacteristic of us,” said Moore.
“From half-time we set out to keep a clean sheet in the second-half and we worked hard as a team to achieve that.
“The pace was frantic in the first 45 minutes and it could not stay like that as the game went on.
“The fifth goal from Exodus sealed the game for us and got us a massive three points, especially with Luton losing. Exodus was a mountain for us again and marshalled the defence superbly in the second half.
“Alfreton are a good team and they threw everything at us. This is a hard place to come and there is no question that they will not be relegated.
“We had to be at our very best to win this game. The lads do not know when they are beaten right now. When we fall behind, we know if we stick to our game plan we can still come back and win the game, we have tremendous unity.
“Confidence is high in the camp. All we are focusing on is getting the results. This is a great three points and we will go into the Fleetwood game full of belief.
“We will treat Fleetwood like any other game. We will go there with no fear and looking to get another three points.”
The impressive win, Stags seventh success in eight, gives Paul Cox's men a seven-point cushion inside the play-off zone from chasing York City, though The Minstermen have three games in hand.
Fleetwood have lost just once in 19 homes games, with Newport County emerging 4-1 winners way back in October
Speculation linking Mansfield Town boss with Burton is 'inevitable', says his assistant
SPECULATION linking Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox to the vacant hot-seat at League Two Burton Albion is 'inevitable', says his assistant Micky Moore.
A best Impact Arena crowd of 3,354 – 1,956 of them from Mansfield – saw an incredible game end with the Stags winning 6-3 last night.
But against that backdrop, rumours were flying around linking Cox with the Brewers job after Paul Peschilsolido departed following a sixth successive defeat at the weekend.
They have been fuelled by the fact Cox has still to agree a new deal at Field Mill with chairman John Radford, having signed a 12-month deal last summer.
"You can read what you like into it, but all the gaffer has been bothered about is trying to get the next three points, as at Alfreton last night," said Moore.
"In football, if you do well, then you are going to get speculation, it's inevitable – and Paul has done very well this season.
"You look at the gaffer's record over the last five or so seasons at Eastwood and then he has come to Mansfield, the next level up, and carried it on.
"Ahead of last night's game, he had lost just six games out of 38 at that higher level and the team was sat third in the league.
"The club has already got more points in the league this season than in the previous three seasons – and there are still plenty of games to go yet.
"You are going to get speculation about vacant jobs if you have that level of success."
Howell – It was vital Stags got into the play-off driving seat
ANTHONY Howell feels it was crucial for Mansfield Town to give themselves valuable breathing space in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off race ahead of Saturday's trip to league leaders Fleetwood.
Third-placed Stags moved five points clear of Luton in fourth following Tuesday's memorable 6-3 win at Alfreton – their seventh in eight league matches – and seven points ahead of York, who are sixth.
Midfielder Howell, who struck twice against his old club, believes that will take the pressure off at Highbury for what is, on paper, Mansfield's hardest game of the campaign.
"It was massive for us to win at Alfreton; a great result, especially with the form they had been in," he said.
"It gives us a bit of a cushion ahead of the Fleetwood game, which we are going into with a lot of confidence.
"We knew the importance of getting the win on Tuesday, so maybe it will make us a bit more relaxed and not as erratic at the weekend."
Having not scored all season ahead of his strike in the 7-0 victory over Barrow last weekend, Howell now has three in his last two matches.
He said: "It has been a bit like buses. I don't get one for a long time, then they all come at once.
"I think the second goal against Alfreton is one of the best I have scored – for about the last ten years anyway!"
Exodus Geohaghon loving life at Mansfield Town
Friday, March 23, 2012, Nottingham Post
HE stops them, sets them up and scores them. Exodus Geohaghon has quickly become an indispensable part of Mansfield Town's side.
Since signing for the Stags on loan at the end of February from financially-stricken Darlington, the giant central defender has been a revelation.
Geohaghon's primary function has been to ensure Mansfield are solid at the back by providing a power and a presence every successful team needs from a central defender.
He has fulfilled that role with flying colours, albeit with a hiccup from the team defensively on Tuesday night against Alfreton aside.
Manager Paul Cox also knew that by signing Geohaghon he was also bringing in a man who has what must be one of the best throw-ins in football.
The 'Exodus Exocet' is not only long, but fast and flat, much like a cross, making it all the more dangerous for the opposing defences.
Already, the Stags have scored a truckload of goals from his delivery into the box, helping them to an incredible 13 in their last two games.
Last but not least, there is the added bonus of his strength at corners and free-kicks, which has seen him chip in with two goals in seven games.
Not only that, but Geohaghon's aerial excellence has also seen him lay on goals for others, most notably Matt Green in the club's last two outings against Barrow and Alfreton.
All in all, the 27-year-old has been an inspired signing and it is little wonder Mansfield fans have quickly taken him to their hearts.
The player himself is just delighted to be back playing regularly after a season that has seen him at five different clubs – Peterborough and Barnet in addition to the Quakers, Daggers and Stags.
Now he is hoping Mansfield can keep the momentum that has seen them surge into third place and the play-off spots when they travel to league leaders Fleetwood tomorrow.
"I have taken pride in that we have played seven games since I came in and we've been unbeaten during that time," said Geohaghon.
"The throw has become a vital weapon for us and I have been among the goals as well.
"We have got a way of playing and we have put that into practice, plus we are well organised and prepared.
"It's been a long string of games – I think there will have been eight in a month by the end of March – but the boys have stayed very focused."
Geohaghon knows there is work to do defensively after the thrilling 6-3 midweek victory at the Impact Arena, where the Stags shipped three goals in the first half.
But he is confident they can improve against the Cod Army – and they will need to facing the likes of Jamie Vardy, Andy Mangan, Steve Brodie and co.
Geohaghon said: "It was horrible against Alfreton in the first half.
"We had only conceded one goal a game at most since I came, so to concede three in a half was not good.
"But we defended a lot better in the second half and kept a clean sheet and we will be working on things again ahead of the Fleetwood game."
Green scored twice against the Reds to move onto 25 league goals for the season and will come face to face with the league's top scorer Vardy, who has 27, at Highbury.
"You need a goalscorer like Greeny to stay up at the top and he has to be looking to get at least 30 goals for the season now," said Geohaghon. "But the most important thing is that everyone is chipping in around him as well."
twitter.com/@Mazza_78 Alan Marriott ?
Delighted with the win and fans were awesome but so disappointed in myself tonight!! Worst performance in a stags shirt for me! #gutted ??
Head feels like I've been hit with a hammer!! And my hair is all over the place after doctor glued my head last night! Worth it for 3pts!!
twitter.com/@shawma1 Martin Shaw
@Mazza_78 You can rest assured I've included your fantastic save in the video highlights
@shawma1 thanks mate! Any chance you can edit out their goals though!!? Lol ;-)
twitter.com/@LifeofRiley6 Martin Riley ?
Get in there! 3 points and a goal! #Stags are on Fireeeeeeeee!! What a turn out from the Amber army!
Ok so ive just heard that they have given my goal to Briscoe! - That needs sorting ASAP!
twitter.com/@shawma1 Martin Shaw
@LifeofRiley6 Just been editing the video highlights and 2nd goal was definitely Riley,as we said on BBCRadioNottm commentary with@Matchtalk
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