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27th October 2008 14:22

CHAD VIDEO: Stallard hopeful on FA cup run
23 October 2008
EXPERIENCED Mansfield Town striker Mark Stallard says he believes a good FA Cup result at York City could spark faltering Stags back into life.
In this exclusive video interview with Chad's John Lomas, the striker also discusses the Stags' recent poor run of results and his own dip in form since that early-season goals rush.

Radio Nottingham Audio:

McEwan wants fans to be positive

McEwan says this is a 'thin period' in the history of the club
Mansfield Town boss Billy McEwan thinks that the club's should come and get behind the Stags or stay away.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "If you want to come and you're not happy with the product then you are not under pressure to come back.

"We've got to keep developing, improving and we need everybody with us, not against us."

The Stags, who have lost their last four games in the Blue Square Premier, face York in the FA Cup on Saturday.

McEwan added: "In my opinion it is a thin period in the history of the club but you've got to come and support your team through thick and thin.

"So we're saying get behind your team we need your support - they'll say we want good football and so do we."


Full Stags squad for FA Cup tie
To listen to Thursday's press conference with Billy McEwan, click here

CHAD.co.uk, 23 October 2008
By John Lomas
WITH injured and ill players fit and all three on-loan players cleared to become cup-tied, Stags boss Billy McEwan should have a full squad to chose from for Saturday's tough FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at his old club York City.
And he may be boosted even further as he awaits calls from a couple of clubs on potential loan signings.

Only long term injured keeper Jason White misses out with on loan Forest players Paddy Gamble and Emile Sinclair and on-loan Sheffield United defender Max Chanot all right to be involved while Aaron O'Connor is back training after injury as is defender Alan O'Hare after illness.

After four defeats on the trot in the Blue Square Premier League, McEwan said: "The cup could be a good break for us and takes the pressure off us a bit from chasing league points.

"We can go up there and enjoy it, it's not far for the fans to travel either. But we can only enjoy it if we win.

"FA Cup is always a special day in the calendar for all football people and we are looking forward to it.

"It is the oldest cup competition in the world and some of my players have never even played in an FA Cup tie yet. It is special for us and we want to try to go as far as we can as it is a money-spinner for smaller clubs. I just hope we are in that hat on Monday."

McEwan has already been back to his old club once this season for a live Setanta TV BSP clash which proved to be an exciting 1-1 draw.

Now he is back in the FA Cup and will return a third time next month when Stags play there in the Setanta Shield.

"It is ironic we were drawn at York as one of the directors said before the draw that the draw had been brought forward and we had drawn York away!

"He was winding me up but 24 hours later when the draw was made we had drawn York away! That's football.

"I have a lot of fond memories of York and had a very good rappore with the fans there. They were fantastic to me and the reception they gave me when I went back was very good and I have got to thank them for that.

"We know Saturday will be very difficult but if we have to beat someone it would be nice to go up there and beat them on their own ground."

Stags boss eyes repeat FA Cup run
Evening Post
Billy McEwan admits Mansfield would love to match last season's money-spinning FA Cup run.
The Stags reached the third round proper in 2008 before losing to Premier League side Middlesbrough 2-0 at Field Mill.

But with the help of two live television appearances – the other being against Harrogate Railway – Mansfield earned at least £300,000 from their success and the figure was estimated to be closer to ½ million with gates receipts added on.

McEwan knows how important that kind of revenue can be to a club the size of Mansfield.

And he also has a high regard for a competition that has won the hearts of players, management and the public down the years.

“The FA Cup is special – it is the oldest cup in the world,” said McEwan.

“Some of our lads will have never played in an FA Cup tie before, but we want to try to kick on in it because it is a money spinner.

“We want to stay in the competition for as long as we can taking it step by step – you can't look too far ahead.

“We want to try to get a big club as happened last year when they got through to play Middlesbrough. They're the ties that everyone aspires to.”

The FA Cup has always thrown up its fair share of ironies, so it was typical that Mansfield should be pulled out against McEwan's old club York.

The Scot says he is relishing another return to the Kit Kat Crescent after leading the Stags to a 1-1 draw against the Minstermen in September.

McEwan said: “One of our directors said before the actual draw when he was trying to wind me up that they had brought it forward by 24 hours and we had got York.

“He told me he was only pulling my leg, but then the very next day it happened!

“But these type of things happen in football and you just have to get on with it.

“I have got a lot of fond memories there and I met some good friends and I had a good rapport with the fans.

“The reception I got when I went back there for the last match was very good and I have to thank them for that.”

McEwan knows better than anyone that his team could hardly have had a harder first tie than at City, who have not lost at home this season.

But Mansfield proved with their 2-1 win at League One Brighton last season that nothing is predictable in cup football.

“If we don't beat York up there we have to make sure we draw and bring them back down here and hopefully turn them over at our place,” said McEwan.

“But it is a break from the pressure from the league and we are looking forward to it.”


Gamble CAN play at York, Stags wait on other loan players
CHAD.co.uk, 21 October 2008
By John Lomas

ON-LOAN Forest keeper Paddy Gamble CAN play against York City for Mansfield Town in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie this Saturday.

But Stags boss Billy McEwan is awaiting the Reds' decision on loanee striker Emile Sinclair who scored on his debut on Saturday and also needs to find out if he can use Sheffield United loanee defender Max Chanot.

But he will also be seeing if the Conference rules will allow his loan deal with the Blades for injured midfielder Sam Wedgbury to be annuled until he is fit again.

Wedgbury was forced off before half time in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Wrexham with a suspected broken leg.

However, a scan has now shown it to be only severe bruising and Wedgbury will be out up to 10 days before he can run again.

McEwan said:"Thankfully it isn't as bad as we feared. But I will still see if the Conference will annul the loan as it is a waste of a loan to have him here if he can't play.

"But he is a player I would look at bringing back if he can get fit."
On Saturday Stags were without Alan O'Hare (illness) and Aaron O'Connor, who reported to the ground with an injury on the morning of the match.

Both are back in light training and have a chance for Saturday - O'Connor the better chance.

McEwan is still hopeful of adding to his squad before the York game as well. "I am not promising anything but I hope so," he said.

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Sinclair: I'd be happy to extend loan with Stags
Evening Post, Thursday, October 23, 2008, 08:00

EMILE Sinclair today revealed he is willing to stay at Mansfield beyond the agreed month if things go well.
The 20-year-old striker scored in his debut against Wrexham at the weekend in a game the Stags eventually lost 2-1.
He has enjoyed his short spell at Field Mill so far after finding his chances limited at Forest this season.
And if it would benefit his development and boost the Stags' attacking options, he is prepared to extend that loan.
"The main thing for me is to get experience of playing competitive football at a decent standard week in, week out," said Sinclair.
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"All the Mansfield lads are determined to do well and I hope I can do a good job for them while I am here.
"I think I will get better, there is more to come, but I felt I did okay in my first match."
On Saturday, Mansfield travel to York, where they drew 1-1 in the Blue Square Premier this season.
It is a ground Sinclair knows well and he expects friends to turn up to watch.
The Leeds-born player said: "I think I'm allowed to play in the FA Cup and I'm looking forward to it. I have played at York before for Forest's youth team."


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