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13th February 2007 8:42

Evening Post, 12 February 2007

Billy Dearden was encouraged to see his players exchange heated words after the defeat at Stockport - because it shows their commitment to the cause.

The Stags boss revealed that there had been mild unrest in the dressing room after the 1-0 defeat at Edgeley Park.

But he felt that showed that the players are starting to accept responsibility for their performances and results.

"The lads were very disappointed and I think they knew they had done enough to get something out of the game," said Dearden.

"Their heads are down and there were a few arguments.

"That's one thing that they have to get into themselves - the desire to win - and I saw that against Stockport. The spirit is no problem.

"If they don't try hard then they shouldn't be in the game. I have always said that, but they gave me a lot against a side that have now won six on the bounce with clean sheets."

The thing that frustrated Dearden most was that Mansfield spurned some good chances to salvage a point.

He said: "We have not been unlucky because you have to be more clinical when you are on top."
Birthday boss reflects on narrow defeat
STAGS boss Billy Dearden spent his 63rd birthday today replaying in his mind the crucial moments of yesterday's narrow 1-0 defeat at in-form Stockport.
Stags conceded a sloppy 17th minute goal and Jason White saved a penalty, but Stags had the better chances over the 90 minutes without capitalising.
"It was a battling performance but we just lacked a bit of quality in the final third," he said.
"But I thought we did enough to get a result.
"We had two clear cut chances in the first half. Their keeper made a great save from Martin Gritton and Micky Boulding should have scored.
"You can't say we were unlucky though. You have got to be more clinical when you are on top, though it just didn't drop for us.
"I was disappointed with the goal we conceded. We gave them a goal through bad defending.
"Gareth Jelleyman knows he should have put the ball anywhere but got caught to concede a throw in which ended up leading to the corner and the goal.
"Then the lad was left unmarked seven yards from goal. I know they blocked Jason White off from the corner but that is what happens in football.
"Everything is going for Stockport right now but they know they have been in a game.
"I didn't think it was a penalty. Alex John-Baptiste said afterwards that he would hold his hands up if he had done but he hadn't and I believe him.
"The lads are very disappointed as they know they have done enough to get something out the game.
"I have just got to pick them up now. There were a few arguments when got back into the dressing room which was good to see. It showed they really do care and the spirit in the camp is brilliant.
"I thought Jason White made some good saves and kept a decent goal again, but their keeper made some tremendous saves too.
"But I think we can take a lot of positives out of that one."
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2007/stags_stockport_away_manager.ram
Audio interview with Jake Buxton from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2007/stags_stockport_away_player.ram
Audio interview with Stockport manager Jim Gannon (from official Stockport website): here


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