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12th March 2007 15:31

Dearden Pleased with Recent Form
mansfieldtown.net, 12March2007

Stags' Boss Billy Dearden has been delighted with the recent form shown by his players. A six game unbeaten run has seen the Stags climb to the top half of the league table for the first time since August.

"The recent run has been pleasing with the club now in the top half of the table which is testament to the commitment of the players at this club. I think that the weekend's game against Notts County was probably a fair result but it looked like we were going for the win more than the home side. At one point in the game when we took of the central midfield pairing of D'Laryea and Dawson and threw in Boulding and Reet we had an attacking shape with five forwards on the park.

" I have watched the video of the game and felt the disallowed goals were probably the right call although if Hammy (Matthew Hamshaw) had left the ball it may have gone in, but all in all I was pleased with the way the players conducted themselves.

" I Don't normally like to single players out for praise but I thought that the two centre halves were a 'different class' on Saturday. I had a word with Alex (John-Baptiste) after the Chester game and told him that I felt he hadn't given his best effort. He agreed with me as he, like all the players have their own standards and expectations. But, on Saturday he was one hundred percent, he had a tremendous game. And Bucko, when you consider that he hadn't trained all week because of injury and probably wasn't really fit enough to start the game, he led the team out and played a tough game in difficult circumstances."

Dawson and D'Laryea who picked up knocks during the game will not be training for the early part of this week and both are 50/50 for the weekend game at Field mill versus Boston United. Dawson took a nasty knock to the thigh before half time and was complaining about some discomfort but managed to play another half an hour out him before being replaced by youngster Nathan Arnold. D'Laryea was replaced after Twisting his ankle in the eighty seventh minute.

Meanwhile Barry Conlon who was absent due to personal reasons is still in doubt for the weekend.

On loan Bryan Hodge will be available for the game and will be available for both the Boston game and the Macclesfield game (Friday 23rd March).

"Young Hodgy has done a great job whilst he has been here and I will be looking at trying to keep him on after his loan is up after the Macclesfield Game" said Boss Billy Dearden.

"He is a smashing lad who trains hard and works hard and as I have said before can play football. At this time of the season you can only take players on loan a month at a time, but I am keen to keep him here, I think that he has slotted in well in the three with Dawson and D'Laryea"

Dearden will be holding contract talks this week with the players whose contracts expire at the end of this campaign saying:

"I will be talking to some of the players this week about new contracts. I have an idea already of who I would like to keep at the club. I am now in a better position to talk to the lads about contracts, some will be staying and some will be going but I hope to get things signed up as soon as possible so I can start to concentrate on getting the Pre-season organised."

With regard to his own contract situation Dearden simply said:

"I don't want to talk about my situation except to say I am enjoying it here. I think you always enjoy it a bit more when you are getting the results."


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