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STAGS SIGN CALVIN ANDREW / EXETER PREVIEWS
16th August 2013 10:52


Striker Andrew completes Stags switch
mansfieldtown.net 8th August 2013

Powerful forward Calvin Andrew has been added to our squad, after his registration was finally confirmed this afternoon.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/striker-andrew-completes-stags-switch-972578.aspx#vXHBoeIiZUcFVOiL.99

Andrew, 26, played for us as a trialist during our pre-season campaign and was on the score-sheet in our match against Coventry City.

The former Crystal Palace star also netted a brace and got one assist, during his 45-minute appearance in our 5-0 win over Gainsborough Trinity last week.

After agreeing terms with us, Andrew said: "I've kept myself fit over the off-season and have put in a lot of work to get myself right. I feel I did myself justice in the few games which I've played in."

Confidently describing his attributes, Andrew added: "I'm a strong and powerful forward with pace. I'm perhaps not as quick as I used to be but will still out-run most defenders in this league, I'm sure."

Born in Luton, Andrew began his career with his hometown club, making his first professional appearance for The Hatters in September 2004, aged just 16.

He stayed and Kenilworth Road for four years, before joining Crystal Palace ahead of the 2008/09 campaign.

Andrew made 68 appearances for The Eagles (53 of which were in the Championship), and also spent time on loan at a trio of clubs.

The frontman left Selhurst Park a year ago, and spent last term with League Two promotion winners Port Vale.

The 26-year-old could make his competitive debut for us in Saturday's League Two clash with Exeter City at One Call Stadium

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video interview with Calvin Andrew for StagsPlayer subscribers
http://www.player.mansfieldtown.net/latest-news/article/3341789

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Former Crystal Palace and Port Vale striker Calvin Andrew joins Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk/sport by Stephen Thirkill 08 August 2013

Former Crystal Palace forward Calvin Andrew has finally completed his long-awaited move to Mansfield Town.

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Andrew (26) had been expected to join the One Call Stadium club earlier this week before the registration process delayed the deal.

The powerful player has impressed during pre-season and is expected to be in the squad for tomorrow’s first home game of the season against Exeter City.

Andrew said: “I’ve kept myself fit over the off-season and have put in a lot of work to get myself right. I feel I did myself justice in the few games which I’ve played in.

“I’m a strong and powerful forward with pace. I’m perhaps not as quick as I used to be but will still out-run most defenders in this league, I’m sure.”

Following the completion of the deal boss Paul Cox said the former Port Vale star would help bring a different dimension to the Mansfield attack.

“He is an experienced player who has played at a good level. He will have the know-how to bring other players into the game,” he said.

Born in Luton, Andrew began his career with his hometown club, making his first professional appearance for The Hatters in September 2004, aged just 16.

He stayed and Kenilworth Road for four years, before joining Crystal Palace ahead of the 2008/09 campaign.

Andrew made 68 appearances for The Eagles (53 of which were in the Championship), and also spent time on loan at a trio of clubs.

The frontman left Selhurst Park a year ago, and spent last term with League Two promotion winners Port Vale

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Ex-Hatter Andrew seals Mansfield Town move
http://www.leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk/sport/football/luton-town-fc/ex-hatter-andrew-seals-mansfield-town-move-1-5376714

Last year’s Skrill Premier champions Mansfield Town have signed ex-Hatters striker Calvin Andrew.

The 26-year-old forward played 81 minutes for the League Two side as they were held to a goalless by Exeter City.

Andrew scored six goals in 67 games for Luton before being sold to Crystal Palace for £50,000. He made 68 appearances for Palace, with 53 of those coming in the Championship.

Andrew, who had been on trial with the Stags in pre-season after leaving Port Vale at the end of last season, said: “I’ve kept myself fit over the off-season and have put in a lot of work to get myself right.

“I feel I did myself justice in the few games which I’ve played in.”

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Cox wants winning home start
mansfieldtown.net 9th August 2013

Manager Paul Cox has urged his side to get back to winning ways in our first home game of the season as we face Exeter City this weekend.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/cox-wants-winning-home-start-979932.aspx#lgvyVj5B5Mfk2GZf.99

Cox praised our magnificent support from the opening two games of the new season at Scunthorpe and Tranmere Rovers and has asked his players to repay the Mansfield faithful.

“First and foremost, there should be a big thank you to our supporters because our fans against Scunthorpe and again at Tranmere were amazing,” commended Cox.

“It was very humbling especially when we lost both games. The Scunthorpe game, to hear them sing like they did late on was brilliant and a real positive.

“The boys have worked hard and things haven’t gone quite our way but the support on both games has been excellent and if we can get that again on Saturday that will be brilliant.

“But we have got to start doing our bit now and get back to winning football matches - it is as simple as that.

“We are not used to losing at this football club in the last two years and we want to get back to the standards where we are known as a winning side.”

Heading into Saturday’s home game against Exeter, Cox has demanded our side cut out mistakes which have cost us dearly in recent back-to-back defeats.

Cox said: “If we rectify them and nip them in the bud, then we are not a bad side.

“It’s a mind-set once again, I don’t know what it is but we come to this point every season and it’s like we have to have a kick up the backside before we understand and learn what we are about.”

Hear more from Paul Cox later today on Stags Player.

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Mansfield Town players Sam Clucas and Ollie Palmer are destined to play in the Championship according to boss Paul Cox.
chad.co.uk/sport by Stephen Thirkill 08 August 2013

Flying winger Clucas has already attracted attention from Nottingham Forest, while striker Ollie Palmer has reportedly been tracked by Premiership giants Chelsea during his time at Havant and Waterlooville.

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Cox said: “If they keep progressing and learning in the way that they are and working hard, then they have the ability to earn a very good living from the game and play at a high level.

“I do not see any reason why they cannot make it to the Championship.

“They need to keep learning, but they are both going to be very good players. I am delighted they are playing for us this season.”

Clucas, signed from Hereford, has caught the eye for Stags during pre-season with a number of impressive peformances.

Palmer, who made his debut for Stags in the 2-0 opening day defeat at Scunthorpe United, joined Havant & Waterlooville in September 2011 after a spell with Woking and Boreham Wood.

He replaces last season’s top scorer and BSP Player of the Year Matt Green who joined Birmingham City during the summer

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Palmer looking to make big impact for Stags
chad.co.uk/sport by Stephen Thirkill 08 August 2013

Mansfield striker Ollie Palmer says he is ‘living the dream’ after signing his first ever professional contract.

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The former Havant and Waterlooville hitman put pen to paper at the One Call Stadium earlier this month after making a big name for himself in Conference South.

And Palmer, who found the back of the net 37 times for The Hawks, says he is relishing the new challenge ahead and playing in front of much bigger crowds.

“Everything happened really fast,” said Palmer. “I have always wanted to play professional football and I am delighted to be here and excited at the challenge ahead.

“I always felt like I could make it, I just needed a chance and I’m very thakful to Mansfield for giving it me.”

The Surrey-born striker began his career in the Woking youth team but failed to make the grade.

Following a loan spell at nearby Boreham Wood, Palmer was finally given his chance to shine in the first team of Havant and Waterlooville.

And it is a chance Palmer, who is rumoured to have been tracked by Premiership giants Chelsea, took in style to establish himself as one of the most promising strikers in non-league football.

“It was not really working out for me at Woking and I didn’t enjoy my time at Boreham Wood either,” said Palmer.

“It clicked at Havant and Waterlooville and I really enjoyed my time there. They are a great club and it has been a great stepping stone for me.

“I will always be very thankful to them, without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.

“It will be great to get my first goal for the club, I’m sure once I get one then more will follow.”

And Mansfield boss Paul Cox is tipping Palmner to follow in the footsteps of the man he was signed to replace, Matt Green, and reach Championship level.

“It is great to have the support of the boss and knowing he sees potential in me,” said Palmer.

“I have always worked hard and believed in myself and I will work hard and Mansfield. I hope to play against Exeter, I am more used to playing in front of a few hundred rather than thousands, it is very exciting.”

Mansfield are seeking their first win in the Football League since they beat Shrewsbury 3-1 on 19th April 2008.

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‘We must cut out the silly mistakes’, warns Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox
chad.co.uk/sport by Stephen Thirkill 08 August 2013

Paul Cox is demanding his Mansfield Town side cut out the ‘silly mistakes.’

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/we-must-cut-out-the-silly-mistakes-warns-mansfield-town-boss-paul-cox-1-5935519

Frustrated Cox has watched Stags slip to back-to-back defeats against Scunthorpe and Tranmere inside four days after poor defensive errors cost them dear.

But Cox says he is refusing to be too downbeat about the losses and says Mansfield are ‘not far off the mark.’

“Over the last two performances we have competed well against two very good teams,” he said.

“It has been a baptism of fire, but we have not been that far away from being a decent side.

“We are giving away sloppy goals and that has got to stop.

“We talked about staying in games after the Scunthorpe game so it was very disappointing to concede the goals in the way that we did against Tranmere.

“We are creating chances and are not far off, but football is a game of fine margins. We will keep working hard.”

Mansfield face Exeter City tomorrow in their first home game in the Football League since they were effectively relegated following a 1-0 defeat against Rotherham on 26th April 2008.

And Cox is now calling on his players to hit the ground running and return back to winning ways.

He added: “I want to see the standards raised to the next level so we can continue to be successful.

“We have put in some excellent foundations over the last two seasons, but we do not want to stand still.

“We have got some good players in this squad and we need to maintain the standards we have set and believe in what we are good at.

“I might make some changes to the team for the game. We are looking at the shape and personnel in training, but any changes will just be a tweak because we are not far off.”

Mansfield are expected to include new signing Calvin Andrew in their squad after his registration was cleared by the Football League on Thursday

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Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox tells his players: "I believe in you"
Friday, August 09, 2013 Nottingham Post

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox has told his players: "I believe in you."

Read more: http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-19637785-detail/story.html?#ixzz2bU7RqP2A

The Stags have lost their first two games of the new season on their return to the Football League, going down 2-0 away against both Scunthorpe United in League Two and against Tranmere Rovers in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
But Cox believes those defeats have given his men the kick up the backside they need.
And he is confident they can now kick-start their campaign against Exeter City in their first home game of the season tomorrow (3pm) - if they get back to the form that led them to the Blue Square Bet Premier title in May.

"I hope we don't feel as though we have this divine right to just turn up at places and win because we won a championship last year," he said.
"What made us champions last year was we became very resolute and very hard to beat.
"We know we have got chances in us, we know we have got goals in us.
"But it's a mind-set once again.
"I don't know what it is, we seem to come round to this point every season.
"It's like we have to have a kick up the backside before we understand and learn what we're all about."
There promises to be a big crowd at the One Call Stadium for Town's first home game back in the league in five years - and Cox hopes they back the players like they did at Scunthorpe and Tranmere.
"We got great support in those two games," he added.
"It's a little bit humbling, especially when we've lost both of them.
"To hear the fans sing as they were late on at Scunthorpe was brilliant and it was a real positive for me because the boys had worked very hard all game and things hadn't gone our way.
"But the support in both games has been excellent and if we can get that again tomorrow it would be brilliant, but we've got to start doing our bit now and get back to winning football matches - it's as simple as that.
"We're not used to losing at this club in the last two years and we want to get back to those standards where we're known as a winning club and team."
"I do believe we can have a successful season," he added.

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Tis: “Mansfield will be motivated”
8th August 2013

Read more at http://www.exetercityfc.co.uk/news/article/tis-mansfield-will-be-motivated-979625.aspx?#mts35bbW8xkja7cM.99

Paul looks ahead to trip to Field Mill

This is Mansfield’s first home game in the Football League for a long time, so I’m sure they’ll be very motivated for it."
Paul Tisdale
Ahead of the Grecians’ trip to the One Call Stadium on Saturday, Paul Tisdale was very aware of what kind of threat that Mansfield Town will bring upon their return to the Football League for the first time since their 2008 relegation - the same year City were elevated back into the League.

Promoted as champions of the Blue Square Bet Premier last season, the Stags went on a run of winning 20 of their 23 games in the second half of the season, including being triumphant in all their league fixtures in that time at Field Mill. So Tis is taking nothing for granted against a side that were playing a division below last year.

“We’ve had a look at Mansfield and we’re doing our normal preparation,” said Tis. “Essentially it’s a new team and a new challenge and not something that we’re that familiar with. I’d be lying if I said we were totally au fait with their players, their system and their manager - it’ll be a new challenge for us.

“This is Mansfield’s first home game in the Football League for a long time, so I’m sure they’ll be very motivated for it.”

Indeed, sometimes that winning habit that earns teams a place in the Football League can often roll onto the next year and get teams successive promotions - with Exeter being no exception with promotions in both 2008 and 2009. Despite Mansfield’s poor start to their campaign - losing their two opening fixtures - Tis is cautious of their threats.

He continued: “There have been a number of teams like Stevenage and Crawley over the past few seasons that have had back-to-back promotions. There’s no reason why we should look at Mansfield and think they’ll be easy opponents - they won’t be. If they have won the Conference, then I am sure they will be a force to be reckoned with.

“Mansfield finished last season strongly, and they are a tough, organised side. I can see how they were effective in the Conference and they’ll be looking to take that into this season.

“There is a difference in the quality of the leagues, but it’s certainly not one that is impossible to bridge - we’ve done it ourselves. They will be well and truly ready for it.”

It is the Grecians’ first away trip of 2013/14, and while travelling City fans last year had more to cheer about on the road than any other of the 107 previous campaigns, the Grecians boss is aware that getting near to the record-breaking 11 away victories that were set last season will be a big ask.

“Recreating our away form from last season won’t be that easy,” Paul continued. “I’ve tried to make adjustments to improve the home form and by definition I assume that will alter some of the away form. We will have to try to do it in a different way or achieve results in a new format with one or two alterations in the side.

“We’d love to win a dozen games away from home next season, but I’d be happy to even come close to that.”

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