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3rd February 2009 20:51

Stags manager David Holdsworth and Sports manager Garry Wilson are interviewed by Radio Nottm's David Jackson and BBC SCR's Kevin Anderson respecively after the game here

Scott Garner interview with Martin Shaw, as part of StagsWorld's free Sunday Supplement now here.

Scott Garner is interviewed by Radio Nottingham - video here.

David Holdsworth is interviewed by Radio Nottingham - video here.


Post match press conference:

The Argus (Sussex):
Greenwood rues missed chances
By Steve Hollis »

Assistant manager Nick Greenwood pointed to wasted opportunities as Eastbourne Borough's run of four consecutive wins came to an end with a 2-1 defeat by Mansfield.

Andy Atkin had given Borough an early lead but the visitors equalised through Jonathan D'Laryea on the stroke of half-time before Scott Garner headed a winner with 12 minutes to go.

Greenwood said: "We were not at our best but I certainly thought we deserved something out of the game.

"We dominated the first half hour and you expect to be more than one goal up but we didn't get a second goal and they came back strongly.

"Even at the end we had the three best chances of the game to get a point. I'm still trying to work out how Ben Austin has managed to head it over the bar while we also hit a post and then Nathan Crabb, who has been our saviour so many times this season, missed one too."

The Argus (Sussex):
Wilson said: “The run had to come to an end some time but we are disappointed with the way it came to an end. We should have got a second goal in the first half and to concede just before the break and come in level was a real blow.

“We needed to come in leading because we knew it would be a real struggle against the wind in the second half but we didn't seize our opportunities when they came. Having said that I still think we deserved at least a point.”


Stags' win costs manager Holdsworth £50!

By John Lomas and Tim Morriss
DELIGHTED Mansfield Town boss David Holdsworth happily handed over £50 to matchwinner Scott Garner after his late strike sealed a 2-1 fightback win at Eastbourne on Saturday.
The Stags' new boss had challenged his players at half-time to go on and win the match on the South Coast, following Jon D'Laryea's equaliser two minutes into first half injury time.
He offered a £50 cash bonus out of his own pocket to the player who got the winner.

Garner, one of Holdsworth's 10 signings, stretched the manager's terrific start at Field Mill to three wins and a draw from four matches with a late header - earning himself the £50 bonus.

Afterwards Holdsworth said: "At half time I told the chairman I though we could go on and win it so I offered them a bit of an incentive to score and Scott managed it so it's cost me," he smiled.

"I don't give praise half-heartedly, they have to earn it, but Scott's performance today was magnificent.

"He is a great kid and I think the world of him. He has adapted very quickly at this level and I wouldn't bet against him playing as high as the Premiership one day. He has everything at his feet.

"He will be the captain of this club one day and has the ability to move on. But right now he is under my guardianship and he will continue to learn."

Stags came from behind to take the points with Garner's 78th minute winner and Holdsworth said; "This was a monumental result for us today – a massive result.

"All credit to Eastbourne. They are a good side and had a real go at us. But we were resolute. They were the home side and were on a roll – they have beaten sides hands down recently.

"Anyone outside Mansfield thought we would get our bums smacked down here today.

"It has been a wonderful day for us and we will celebrate with some fish and chips on the sea front.

"It was a battling first half. Conditions were horrible and the pitch was poor.

"I was annoyed and frustrated we went behind early on. Michael Blackwood allowed his man to come inside him.

"But Jon (D'Laryea) equalised for us right on half-time. I am encouraging him to get up there, it was a good ball in for him, and it was a great time to score. It was a real kick in the pants for Eastbourne who would have wanted to go in ahead knowing the conditions would be against them second half.

"I was pleased for Jon to score but overall I would give his display six out of 10 – he can do better.

"At half-time I think some of them saw a different side to me. One or two of them were given rollickings and rightly so. I want to be a friend, but I also have to be demanding of them."

A 32nd minute substitution sparked the recovery with young left back James Kay replaced by striker Aaron O'Connor.

"Without insulting anyone, I thought James was having a tough time and we looked a bit unbalanced with James, while Michael Blackwood was not having the best day on the left.

"So I pulled Curtis Woodhouse to left back as we needed to be more dominant. That comes with experience and James will get that over time."

Goal hero Scott Garner was all smiles afterwards and said: "That was a great win.

"First half against the wind it was horrible. We couldn't really get out our own half. We would clear it and it came straight back. We couldn't wait to hear that half-time whistle.

"We knew we had to try to see it out until half-time so to score just before the whistle it couldn't have been better.

"Then we came out strong second half."

On his goal, he added: "It was a great cross in from 'Blacks' and I just got up and put the header away. I only scored twice for Ilkeston, both with my feet, so it was nice to score a header.

"Hopefully I can scored a few goals for the club now. I want to get up there as often as I can, all the set pieces.

"My move to Mansfield couldn't have gone better really. I get on with everyone and I have settled in really well.

"Adie Moses coaches me and speaks to me throughout the game. And you couldn't ask for a better keeper behind you. Our full backs are strong too.

"I am only 19 which is young for a centre back. The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me and I hope I can repay him."


Evening Post:
Holdsworth: I had strong words at Eastbourne
DAVID Holdsworth admitted he had to lay into his Mansfield players at half-time to draw the necessary response at Eastbourne.

The Stags struggled in the first half but ended Borough's four-game winning streak by eventually winning 2-1.

Jonathan D'Laryea scored the visitors' first on the stroke of half-time before Scott Garner's second half header sealed all three points.

“A few people saw a different side to me at half-time. I'm not about being nice. I had to dish out a few rollickings and quite rightly so,” said Holdsworth.

“I was frustrated to go 1-0 down. We switched off on a second phase ball and Michael Blackwood allowed his man to come inside him. But full credit to Eastbourne for keeping the ball alive after the first effort was saved.

“The last 15 to 20 minutes of the first half we played some excellent football.

“We did not give up and think were going in 1-0 down and got the equaliser because of it. It was a kick in the pants for Eastbourne.

“And then we had four or five chances in the second half and it was a great header from Scott to win it.

Eastbourne hit a post late on after a free-kick deflected off Jonathan D'Laryea, but Holdsworth felt Mansfield earned their good fortune.

He said: “Yes, we got that little bit of luck at the end, but that's what you need.

“They are going to throw people forward when they are losing at home and they are a good side.

“It was a wonderful day for us in the end, even if it was a battle in the first half.”


Evening Post:
Garner delighted to get off the mark
Monday, February 02, 2009, 08:00Comment on this story

SCOTT Garner was delighted to repay the faith manager David Holdsworth has shown in him by netting Mansfield's winner at Eastbourne.
The central defender headed home Michael Blackwood's free-kick to give the Stags a 2-1 victory at Priory Lane.
It was his first goal for Mansfield after joining from Leicester City.
But Garner has also been with Holdsworth at Ilkeston, having played on loan at the New Manor Ground earlier in the season.
And the 19-year-old is delighted he has been given the chance to perform in the Blue Square Premier.
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"Hopefully, I can keep repaying him like at Eastbourne and we can keep moving up the table. I'm going to try to score as many as I can.
"I found a yard of space and the ball came to me. Once I got free I would have been disappointed to miss from there."
Garner has won praise with the way he has adapted to life at this level, renown for being tough. He said: "I'm delighted with the move to Mansfield. And it couldn't really have gone better so far.
"I have settled in really well and I get on well with everyone.
"Adie Moses coaches me all the time and we spoke before the game about what we needed to do."
Garner admits the Stags had to battle hard after a less than impressive start before they came good after the break.



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