McEWAN, MOSES AND HISTON REACTION
audio interview with Billy McEwan from BBC Radio Nottingham here (apologies that due to problems with my tape, the end of the interview is missing - Martin). Update - full version of interview is on BBC website here --> http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_conf/7555776.stm
audio interview with Histon manager from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and another unknown media source here.
Read Adie Moses interview at Evening Post website here
Read Billy McEwan interview at Evening Post website here
Photo of Evening Post interview by Matt Halfpenny with Adie Moses, by Martin Shaw:
Skipper Moses praises Stags' defensive steel
Skipper Adie Moses paid tributes to his team-mates' determination that clinched a first clean sheet of the season for Mansfield.
While Jason Lee grabbed the only goal of the game, it was the Stags' defensive steel that was largely responsible for clinching the three points.
Histon kept the pressure on the hosts until the final whistle by pumping a succession of high balls into the box.
But Moses was delighted with the way Mansfield coped.
"It was great to get the clean sheet because we were disappointing in pre-season at times," he said.
"But I thought we looked solid even though we had to work really hard for it, and it makes Saturday (a 2-2 draw at Ebbsfleet) an even better result.
"People expected us to win because we were at home but it is hard to play against that when they just throw everything in the box.
"The law of averages says that one will drop for them - but we made sure it didn't. We stood firm and Paddy (Gamble) produced a good save when we needed it."
With Histon bringing just 64 fans, nearly 2,700 turned up to see the Stags' first non-league game for well over half a century. Moses hopes that figure will rise when Kidderminster visit Field Mill on Saturday. He said: "The fans were brilliant."
McEwan elated at Stags' first victory
Billy McEwan was thrilled to get Mansfield's season at Field Mill off to a winning start tonight with a 1-0 success over Histon.
The Stags boss saw his side come under intense pressure in the second half after Jason Lee had scored his first goal for the club to put the hosts ahead at the break.
But Mansfield held out for their first clean sheet on the new campaign and three precious points.
“I'm really please for the players as well as the fans to get the three points,” said McEwan.
“We needed to score a second goal to kill the game off because we know what they are all about.
“They are a dangerous, getting the ball forward quickly and putting you under pressure.
“But the team was outstanding defensively and it's a marvellous three points.”
Mansfield were indebted to a fine save from loan goalkeeper Paddy Gamble, who tipped over a powerful header from Nathaniel Knight-Percival.
It proved the closest Histon were to come to an equaliser.
McEwan said: “Paddy is a young boy trying to make his way in the game.
“We are grateful to Nottingham Forest that he has come here and hopefully he will get the experience he needs.”
We showed great character again - McEwan
Billy McEwan - delighted with first win as Stags boss.
« Previous « PreviousNext » Next »View GalleryADVERTISEMENT Mansfield Town find themselves in the BSP top five after just two games following Tuesday evening'a hard-earned 1-0 home win over the part-timers of Histon.
That is four points from a possible six for side recruited and throw together in just five weeks by new boss Billy McEwan who admitted after his maiden Mansfield win: "We didn't know what we were going to do as this is a brand new outfit.
Mansfield Town 1 Histon 0
"We have no track record as we've never played together before. So anything we get is a bonus.
"But the first two results will gave us confidence and belief.
"We showed great character to come from 2-0 down at Ebbsfleet and we showed the same again tonight.
"You are not going to be in total control of games all the time and other teams are going to put you under pressure.
"It's how you cope with that pressure and I thought we coped well tonight.
"I was delighted with the win. I thought that the lads dug in against a very difficult side who threw a lot of bodies forward to try to get an equaliser.
"Our lads put their bodies on the line tonight and made some great tackles and great blocks. I was pleased for the players and for the fans that we won it.
He added: "We were creating chances and playing some nice football but we seemed to stop when we got the goal which disappointed me and I told them at half time.
"We also gave too many free kicks away against a side that thrives on that sort of situation.
"We needed a second goal to kill them off. We knew what they are all about.
"There was a lot of naivety out there, but in the end we were resilient and got the three points."
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