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30th October 2009 23:34

Video interview with David Holdsworth. Interviewers: man from TheFA.com, David Jackson, John Lomas, Matt Halfpenny. Cameraman Simon Chamberlain --->

BBC Radio Nottingham interview with David Holdsworth --->

The StagsPlayer Sunday Supplement with Martin Shaw, Andy Saunders, Steve Hartshorn, Tim Morriss and Stuart Eggleshaw --->


Holdsworth told BBC Radio Nottingham: "You earn your own luck. He earned [his second] because he closed down.
"He's not trained all week because he's had two injuries. It was a gamble that paid off for me today."
"I thought we were very dominant and another contribution today was our discipline, it was outstanding.
"We worked very hard, we didn't go to ground in challenges and I felt that we showed the right sort of composure."


Perfect answer from Stags FA Cup hero Duffy
CHAD.co.uk, 24 October 2009, By John Lomas
ROB Duffy's two-goal salvo was his perfect answer to Altrincham on today's 3-0 FA Cup win after the stick he took in the 'Battle of Moss Lane' two weeks back.


Duffy, who looked like he may miss the game with injury all week, hadn't forgotten the verbal abuse he took from Alty boss Graham Heathcote in the BSP win earlier this month and Stags chairman Andy Perry described Heathcote as 'unprofessional' in the programme.

After scoring twice in the 3-0 FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round victory, Duffy said: "It's always great to score goals. I took a bit of stick at Altrincham but it wasn't about that today.

"The lads knew that if we played the football we can today then there would only be one outcome.

"For the quick free kick, the ball was in my hands and I just put it down and found 'Pezzer' and I managed to get on the end of his cross.

"Then the ball was played back to their keeper and I closed him down with 'Pezzer' closing him down on the blind side and I think we panicked him and the ball dropped to me thank God.

"I was disappointed to come off. But I had not trained all week and that was the first physical activity I had done all week so at 2-0 up the gaffer just wanted some fresh legs out there.

"It is irrelevant who it's against but it was a nice feeling because of the stick that, not just me, but the rest of the players took away from home. That's the answer and now we will move on into the next round.

"There are some big teams in the hat but we just want a home draw where we would fancy ourselves against anyone."

Boss David Holdsworth added: "It's not just about getting through, it's about how you deal with games. Our discipline was outstanding, we worked very hard and we didn't go to ground in challenges. We showed the right type of competitiveness.

"Altrincham were only as good as they were allowed to be so all credit to my players. They deserve all the credit for doing so well against an Altrincham side who hadn't lost for eight games a couple of weeks ago.

"Winning is a fantastic habit and we are keeping our standards high.

"Clean sheets are imperative in cup games as, if you keep a clean sheet, you go through. Alan Marriott played well and the back four looked tight with Gary Silk outstanding.

"I feel very happy and satisfied tonight, particularly for our fans who stayed and gave the boys a well deserved clap at the end. The fans really played their part today and I would like to thank them for that.

"I thought we were very dominant today and we played with a high energy level. We closed Altrincham down and put them under extreme pressure.

"We got in their faces today from the first minute to the end and dominated them.

"You earn your own luck and Rob Duffy closed them down today and worked hard, showing good energy levels despite not training all week after picking up two injuries last weekend.

"But he put his neck on the line and I took a gamble on him. You put your faith in people and when he sent me a text this morning to say he was good to go I decided he would play."


Boss delighted with FA Cup win
Evening Post

DAVID Holdsworth was delighted his Mansfield Town players let their football do the taking in the 3-0 FA Cup victory over Altrincham.


Fireworks were expected at Field Mill after a fiery encounter when the sides had met at Moss Lane two weeks previously.
But the Stags kept their heads to power to a comfortable victory and keep their recent momentum going.
It leaves them with a trip to Forest Green in the first round proper.
The team have now won their last four matches going into this weekend's encounter with Histon.
"It's not just about being in the first round that pleases me, it's about how we managed the game," said Holdsworth.
"Our discipline was outstanding. We worked hard, didn't go to ground in our challenges and showed the right kind of composure.
"People perhaps thought that we would try to intimidate people, but we don't need to do that as professionals.
"You are only as good as you are allowed to play and we played very well, which made it difficult for Altrincham.
"The players deserve the credit because they did very well against a team that, up until a couple of weeks ago, had gone eight games unbeaten and I have a lot of respect for.
"A clean sheet was imperative. I can't really remember Alan Marriott having any real shots to save.
"I don't like to single people out, but Gary Silk and the back four were outstanding.
"Everyone's contributions were fantastic, from the players through to the backroom staff.
"Winning is a fantastic habit to get into and I want to reach the standards that I know we can achieve."
Holdsworth felt Mansfield were rewarded for the way they pressured the Altrincham players in possession.
One such example brought the second goal for Rob Duffy as keeper Stuart Coburn was harried into an error.
Holdsworth said: "We were very determined. I felt we played with a high level of energy and certainly closed down and put them under extreme pressure.
"We identified that as one of our strengths before the game. We tried to get in quickly from first minute until last.
"You earn you luck and Rob worked hard and closed down."
Holdsworth was thrilled with the contribution of his strikers Duffy and Kyle Perry, who both scored for the second game running.
"A lot has been said about Duffers but his energy levels were excellent," said Holdsworth.
"Rob has not trained but he has put his neck on the line. He texted me in the morning saying he was good to go and I was delighted with that.
"You have to trust your players. It was something of a gamble, but it paid off.
"Kyle Perry deserved his goal and if you don't buy a ticket you don't win the lottery.
"I'm delighted for him and the way our strike force is working."


Duffy responds with two-goal blast
Evening Post

MANSFIELD Town striker Rob Duffy was delighted to respond to taunts he received in a previous meeting with Altrincham by leading his team to victory over the Robins.


According to chairman Andy Perry, the hitman was verbally abused at Moss Lane in a heated game that saw the Stags run out 2-1 winners.
But Duffy had the last laugh at Field Mill with the first two goals in a 3-0 FA Cup victory. He said: "It's always great to score goals and I took a bit of stick when we played them away from home.
"Really, it's irrelevant who the goals are against, but it's a nice feeling when you've had stick – and some of the other lads did as well – to come up with that answer.
"But it was more about getting through to the next round of the FA Cup and I knew if we played football like we can, then there would only be one outcome.
"The first one we had a free-kick and the ball was in my hands so I put it down and tried to play Pez (Kyle Perry) through. He stood it up and I headed it into the back of the net.
"The second one, I closed the keeper down and Pez unsettled him. The ball dropped to me, thankfully, and I put it in. I was disappointed to come off because it would have been nice to get three again. But we were 2-0 up at that point and the gaffer wanted to put some fresh legs on."
Duffy did not train in the lead-up to the game and admitted he almost didn't make it.
"We left it until the last minute to see if I could make it," he added. "It was a bit sore afterwards. Hopefully I will be okay."


Garner enjoyed first taste of FA Cup action
Evening Post

SCOTT Garner got his first taste of FA Cup action on Saturday – and quite liked it.


The 20-year-old has long since established himself as a cornerstone of the Stags defence.
But the former Leicester City player's appearance against Altrincham was his first in the world's most famous knock-out competition.
He is hoping there are many more memorable days to come – including some this season.
"That was my first experience of the FA Cup and we want to try to go a long way," said Garner. "It's nice to keep a clean sheet. I think they tried to come at us from the start, but we just didn't let it happen.
"We have conceded a few unfortunate goals in recent games and for a defender, a clean sheet is almost as good as a win. If the strikers are getting the goals and we are doing our job like that then we will have a winning formula.
"Rob Duffy and Kyle Perry are playing really well together and they always look like getting on the scoresheet."
Garner felt the way Mansfield played ensured Altrincham could not come back – as they had done when the sides had met at Moss Rose two weeks previously.
Then, the Stags were made to work hard for a 2-1 victory, but this time they coasted to a win – their fourth on the spin.
Garner added: "They didn't offer too much on the second half and the pressure we built up was too much for them."



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