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16th October 2008 17:47


Swansea: 1 FACup
Oldham 2 league
Darlington 3 league
Total: 5 league + 1 FACup
McEwan on signing:
Former Swansea City reserve keeper David Knight signed forms with Stags today
with the aim of proving himself worth a deal and was on the bench.
"He has come in for us to have a look at him," said McEwan. "We only had a
young keeper on our bench who had a bit of an injury so we have brought David
in and it's up to him. If he does okay we will keep him here."

MANSFIELD Town strengthened their squad late on Monday when ex-England youth international keeper David Knight signed for the Stags.
The former Swansea stopper (21) has gone straight into the squad for tonight's TV match at Burton Albion.

The keeper was a member of Middlesborough's 2004 FA Youth cup winning side.

He has also had League experience with loans at Hartlepool, Darlington and Oldham, before going to Swansea.


audio interview with Billy McEwan
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Buxton still bitter over Mansfield exit
Evening Post, Monday, October 13, 2008


THREE months down the line and Jake Buxton's departure from Mansfield still rankles with him.
One minute he was coming round to the idea of re-signing for the club he had been with since a boy.
The next, the former Ashfield School pupil was on his way out of the exit door after failing to agree terms of re-engagement at Field Mill. Interim boss Paul Holland had offered the central defender a new deal to stay put at the start of the summer.
But at that point, Buxton insisted he wanted to move to pastures new. However, when it became clear clubs were not prepared to pay the fee Mansfield were asking under the old regime, he realised his options were limited.
Buxton insists he would have stayed with the Stags at that point. But, once the takeover went through and a new manager was appointed, he felt he had no choice but to leave with the terms he was offered. The whole episode has left him with a bitter taste in his mouth after a decade of service to his local club.
%3Cbody%3E%3Cdiv%20id%3D%22adDiv%22%3E%3CA%20HREF%3D%22http%3A//ads.anm.co.uk/ADCLICK/CID%3Dfffffffcfffffffcfffffffc/AAMSZ%3D452x118/SITE%3DTHISISNOTT/AREA%3DFOOTBALL/SUBAREA%3D/ARTICLE%3D393431/acc_random%3D9374122633/pageid%3D/RS%3D10307.%22%20target%3D%22_new%22%3E%3CIMG%20SRC%3D%22http%3A//iad.anm.co.uk/anmdefaultad.gif%22%20ALT%3D%22%22%20border%3D0%20style%3D%22margin-bottom%3A%200px%3B%22%3E%3C/A%3E%3C/div%3E"I said at the start of pre-season that I wanted to leave the club. I was open about that to Keith Haslam and Paul Holland," said Buxton. "But there was no movement from either party. I must have had six or seven meetings with Stephen Booth and it was like getting blood out of a stone.
"I had agreed personal terms with other clubs, but if the club you're at don't want you to go unless it is for a fee, there is not a lot you can do – and that was frustrating. By then I was looking at coming back and, being so close to Paul Holland, I felt like I didn't want to let him down and be unfaithful to him because he did well for me as a young lad.
"Then the management and ownership changed and when I came in the contract I had been offered before was not for the same money.
"I didn't want to leave on bad terms. But Billy McEwan had the attitude that I was now a Conference player and had to accept a big drop. I didn't like how he spoke to me as club captain and the way I was treated after ten years at the club. People were perhaps angry I didn't go to a League club as I said I wanted to. But, to be fair, Burton was my best option when Mansfield had dragged it on that long."
Suspension and then a knee injury saw Buxton get off to a stuttering start at the Pirelli Stadium, but he is now a first-team regular. While he will always have a soft spot for the Stags, the 23-year-old believes his move to the promotion-chasing Brewers is for the better.
Buxton said: "I spoke to Nigel [Clough] early in the summer but nothing came of it because they didn't want to have to pay money for me. But, when I became available on a free, he was happy to take me and I have not looked back.
"The set-up is spot on and everything has been done very professionally. Now I have moved to Burton I think I am at a better club. But Mansfield will always be in my heart and they are the first team I look for, even if I am hoping we beat them today."
Buxton has read all about Mansfield's four-point deduction for having ineligible players in their matchday squad. He has mixed feelings about that because of the way he exited after 174 appearances in an amber and blue shirt.
"I do feel sorry for the fans and the club, but not the manager and those in charge because of the way I was treated," said Buxton. ''All I want to see is Mansfield go straight back up, so it is a big blow for them."
Buxton is hoping there will be more cheers than jeers from the visiting fans when he runs out ahead of kick-off.
Stags wait on skipper for TV derby
CHAD.co.uk, 12 October 2008
MANSFIELD Town are hoping skipper Adie Moses will be fit to face 'local rivals' Burton Albion in tomorrow night live Setanta-televised clash at the Pirelli Stadium (7.45pm).
Moses has missed the last two games with a calf strain but, with on-loan Frenchman Max Chanot missing the game for his red card at Stevenage last week, Stags have no other recognised out and out central defenders to partner Alan O'Hare, though Gavin Hurren can play there if needed.

"We have one or two carrying knocks but hopefully they will be okay for Monday," boss Billy McEwan told the club's official web site. "We are keeping our fingers crossed.

"It is only 45 minutes down the road so we know it will be a battle. I know all about Burton from my previous employment and we are hoping for a good turnout from our fans and that they get behind the boys as they always do and help us through."

Stags, looking to bounce back from two successive defeats, have been in training all weekend and McEwan added: "We have dropped points recently and we have had two diabolical penalty decisions against us in the last two games and you can't legislate for that. They were not even controversial - the were not penalties in a million years."

The Brewers, who include former Stags skipper Jake Buxton, are unbeaten at home this season but have yet to keep a clean sheet at the Pirelli.
Mcewan ready to lock horns with clough again
Evening Post, Monday, October 13, 2008
Mansfield manager Billy McEwan is looking forward to locking horns with an old adversary at Burton tonight.During his time at York, the Scot did his best to get the better of the Brewers' boss Nigel Clough, son of former Forest legend Brian.

And now McEwan will look forward to renewing that rivalry with the Stags at the Pirelli Stadium, in front of what is sure to be a big crowd.

"I have had some battles with Burton in the past and I know all about them," he said.

"I know Nigel from when I played for his dad, when he was four. He is one of the good guys in football and is well respected by his fellow managers.

"I have got the utmost respect for him. He has done well under a good chairman and they are now a progressive club with a good stadium.

"They have also had a bit of money to play with after their three games with Man United (once in a friendly and twice in the FA Cup). Jake Buxton will be involved for them, but I am not bothered about that, it is the last thing I will be worrying about it.

"It will be a very tough match, but I'm sure Nigel will be saying the same."

McEwan is hoping that the Mansfield fans turn out in force despite a difficult period.

The club have lost three of their last four games and were also docked four points by the Football Conference last week.

McEwan said: "There have maybe been a few people getting carried away with our good start, but I have always said it would be difficult and take time. I just hope the fans stay positive and behind us."

Mcewan not worried about the big guns
Evening Post, Monday, October 13, 2008
Mansfield will not be intimidated by playing three of the Blue Square Premier League 'big guns' one after the other, insists manager Billy McEwan.The Stags travel to second place Burton Albion tonight and follow it with clashes against former Football League clubs Wrexham and Torquay.
Having lost three out of their last four, McEwan's men are not in the best of form going into such a tough-looking period.

But the Scot firmly believes his side are more than capable of collecting a decent haul of points in the next few weeks, starting at the Pirelli Stadium tonight. ''No team concerns me in this league other than my own," said McEwan.

"Burton are well-established in the Conference and Nigel (Clough) has done a good job.

"They are one of the teams who I would class as the big boys along with Stevenage, where I was disappointed we didn't get something because we played some excellent football in patches.

"We have also got Wrexham and Torquay to come, so we are playing four of the big sides in a row. It is a difficult run of games and we are going into them having dropped two wins through what I feel is no fault of our own after two diabolical decisions.''

In the absence of matches against Chesterfield and Notts County, matches with Burton are the closest thing Mansfield will have to a derby game.


Buxton not bitter towards Stags

audio interview at http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/burton_albion/7663890.stm

Burton Albion defender Jake Buxton says there is no bitterness between him and former club Mansfield as the Brewers prepare to host the Stags on Monday.

He told BBC Radio Derby: "I've had a lot of fond times there and a lot of good years.

"It's great for Mansfield that they've got things sorted and decent people in charge, so hopefully they can push on."

The 23-year-old joined the Brewers on a free transfer having left Mansfield after their relegation from League Two.


Clough impressed by McEwan's 'remarkable' job at Mansfield
Friday, October 10, 2008

NIGEL Clough has praised former Derby County assistant manager Billy McEwan for the way he has galvanised Burton Albion's next opponents, Mansfield Town.
The sides meet on Monday night (7.45pm) at the Pirelli Stadium in a Blue Square Premier match televised by Setanta.
McEwan took over at relegated Mansfield only a couple of weeks before the season and had to assemble a squad from scratch.
But until the Stags were fined four points this week for fielding an ineligible player, they were sitting just outside the play-off places.
"To take a whole new side at a few weeks' notice and get them up there is remarkable," said Clough (pictured).
"In the circumstances, it might have been realistic to aim for just above halfway and try to build from there – but Billy has done better than that."
Clough will warn his players that Mansfied will be more dangerous as a result of the four-point fine.
"They've had a rough week, they'll be feeling wounded and Billy will have them fired-up for the game," said Clough.
"That said, now that they've lost the four points, it means we have a chance to go 11 points ahead of them if we win."
Clough's feeling that Mansfield may adopt a siege mentality seems to be backed up by fiery Scot McEwan's comments this week, after he was also fined £100 for not wearing an official sponsor's shirt at his club's game against Salisbury.
"What's the game coming to when your opponents report you for not wearing an Umbro top?" said McEwan.
"Everything's against us. We were sitting in seventh and, suddenly, we've been deducted points.
"It's not as if we were trying to cheat. We've got to accept the decision but it's tough to take."
Clough will keep faith with wingers Keith Gilroy and Marc Goodfellow for the game, despite being critical of their contribution in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Barrow.
He says there will be three selection decisions to make: who will partner leading scorer Greg Pearson up front, whether Danny Holmes or Michael Simpson gets the nod alongside John McGrath in central midfield and whether Kevin Poole, if recovered from his groin injury, takes the goalkeeper's jersey back from Saul Deeney.
If club captain Darren Stride is fit, he will definitely return to partner Jake Buxton at the centre of defence.


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