Perry out of Luton match
Mon 23 Nov 2009
We have been dealt a blow as powerful front-man Kyle Perry will be out of tomorrow night's match, after picking up a thigh injury in the first five minutes of Saturday's draw against Eastbourne. Jake Speight (knee) and Gary Mills (hamstring) will also miss the game.
Speaking of Perry's injury, manager David Holdsworth today said: "It is a slight thigh strain, we're going to assess the situation fully this morning. He felt it [his thigh] go. It was enough of a problem for him not to perform as he would have wanted to."
"I asked him to continue if he could, because every game is important to us, but likewise there's no point in being stupid and asking him to continue if it puts him out for the Christmas period. We can'tafford to do that. We haven't got a big enough squad to do that."
"We've done so well so far, and we want to continue that. We don't operate with the biggest squad in the world, but I won't complain about that. When you don't have a big squad depth it does play a big factor in how you set up.
"It leaves you short of options. It means you have to put square pegs in round holes at times. We have some major players out of contention."
Perry's absence will present a golden opportunity for Blair Sturrock to stake his clam for a regular starting place. The Scottish striker impressed on Saturday with his second half contribution:
"I thought Blair did well. I think the decision to disallow his goal was harsh, but his execution was phenomenal", said Holdsworth.
In other news, the manager expressed his delight as our striker Daryl Clare, on loan at Gateshead, scored a hat-trick on Saturday. The experienced hit-man has now taken his goal tally to five in three games for the Tynesiders.
The manager said: "I'm delighted that Daryl's scoring the goals. It's absolutely fantastic, I was probably one of the first people to congratulate him on Saturday."
The gaffer reiterated that due to the nature of our loan agreement with Gateshead, Clare cannot be recalled till 01 January 2010.
"The law of the game states that we can't bring him back, It's a long term loan so we cannot recall him outside of the transfer window", he said.
Daryl Clare isn't our only player flourishing on loan, as young striker Lee Gregory scored an incredible double hat-trick for Glapwell town in their weekend fixture.
David Holdsworth said: "Lee Gregory scored six goals on Saturday. He is a player, along with Daryl [Clare], who we see as being part of the future of this club.
"I'm delighted for them both," he added.
Perry set to miss Hatters clash
CHAD.co.uk, 23 November 2009, By John Lomas
KYLE Perry looks certain to miss out on Mansfield Town's big home clash with Luton Town tomorrow (7.45pm) with a thigh strain.
And with Jake Speight already sidelined with a knee injury and Daryl Clare out on loan at Gateshead, it leaves manager David Holdsworth stretched in the striker department.
"I have to be honest, I don't think Kyle is going to make it," he said.
"He picked up a slight thigh strain on Saturday and we brought him off as we didn't want to make it worse with the busy Christmas period ahead.
"He came in yesterday and there seems to be a slight tear and he certainly won't train today. So I can't see him being fit to play tomorrow.
"Jake is already out and may need a scan on his knee, knowing his past problems, and Gary Mills is back in today but has been ill on top of his hamstring strain so may struggle to be ready. So, although I am very happy with my squad, we are a bit stretched at the moment.
"It is going to be a case of putting square pegs in round holes at times."
Holdsworth said he was unable to recall Clare, who followed up a two-goal burst last week, with a hat-trick for BSP rivals Gateshead at the weekend.
"I have asked the question twice now but because we agreed to a long term loan we can't bring him back," said Holdsworth. "But no one is more delighted than me that he is back to scoring goals and I was probably the first to contact him and congratulate him on Saturday.
"He is playing games and scoring goals which is what we both wanted. Lee Gregory also scored six for Glapwell at the weekend which bodes well for the future."
Former Football League rivals Luton are just a point behind the Stags and breathing down their necks. The Hatters came from behind to beat Mansfield 4-1 at Kenilworth Road earlier in the season and have won their last five away games on the bounce, the last three without conceding.
Although unbeaten in seven BSP games, Stags have been held at home twice in succession, Eastbourne Borough the latest side to nick a point in the wind and rain on Saturday.
"I have looked back at the DVD of Saturday and we were all right really but didn't have that bit of good fortune," said Holdsworth.
"In the wind and rain and the way Eastbourne set up we had to bypass the midfield in the first half as they were marking our full backs and stopping them from getting the ball.
"It was like a tennis match at times. And losing Kyle was a huge factor.
"But we had the better of the chances and on another day might have got all three points."
He added: "I understand why teams like Eastbourne come here and try to stop us playing.
"But I think it will be different tomorrow as Luton will come here and want to play a football match.
"They won't just be coming for a clean sheet and the hope of nicking a win. So it will probably be more open and hopefully will be a good game with a good atmosphere.
"I expect they will bring a few and their fans really got behind them at home which I hope our fans will do for us tomorrow night.
"It is very tight at the top though Oxford have set the standards and all credit to them. It is always imporatnt to try to get back into the League at the first attempt and Luton have the right set up and are a big club at this level.
"But there are a number of ex-League clubs down here and no one has any given right to get back up."
Perry, Mills set to miss Stags-Luton clash
Evening Post, November 23, 2009
MANSFIELD Town striker Kyle Perry and skipper Gary Mills are set to miss tomorrow night's big game with Luton Town.
Perry came off early on in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Eastbourne with a thigh problem.
He is currently receiving treatment and is unlikely to face the Hatters at Field Mill.
Mills missed the weekend's clash with a slight hamstring injury and illness.
He is expected back in training today but is more likely to be available for the trip to Ebbsfleet on Saturday.
"There was no point in being stupid by having Kyle play on and then having him out for the Christmas period. We haven't go a big enough squad for that," said manager David Holdsworth.
"We had him in for treatment yesterday and at this point we don't believe he will be available against Luton – he won't be training today.
"Gary overstretched against Forest Green trying to put the ball in the back of the net, but he will probably be available for the weekend."
But the Stags will have right-back Gary Silk at their disposal after he served a one-match ban against Eastbourne.
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