STAGS SIGN ANDY BURGESS ON LOAN, DOBSON OUT
26 November 2009
Dobson leaves for Kettering --->
Another Stags signing as Burgess makes the move
CHAD.co.uk, 26 November 2009
MANSFIELD TOWN boss David Holdsworth has fought off massive interest to sign talented midfielder Andy Burgess on an 18 month contract from Luton Town.
The 28-year-old has played 10 times for the Hatters since his summer move.
The influential Burgess, who can play in central midfielder or on either wing, made his league debut for Rushden and Diamonds, after progressing through their ranks, in the 1999/2000 season.
He went on to feature in their Conference winning season in 2000/01, starting in 37 games that term.
He then helped the Diamonds to the play-off final in the 2001/02, but missed the trip to the Millennium Stadium due to suspension.
After featuring in the team that won Division Three in 2003, he went on to start in 42 games in Division Two the following season.
Burgess made over 200 appearances for the Diamonds before leaving to join Oxford United in 2006. After 50 appearances for the U's he returned to Nene Park.
A hugely successful season in 2007/08 was marked by a number of awards including the Fans "player of the season" award, plus a number of appearances for the England "C" team.
He was then named club captain the following year and appeared 40 times for the Diamonds.
Burgess was then snapped up by promotion hopefuls Luton Town in the summer, the club he has supported all his life long.
Manager David Holdsworth told http://www.mansfieldtown.net this afternoon: "I hope this signifies my intention to bring in quality players to this football club.
"I have been aware of Andy's qualities for some time and I know he will be an excellent addition to our squad."
Morris debut as Perry is ruled out
CHAD.co.uk, 26 November 2009
LEE Morris will be hoping to make his Mansfield Town debut at struggling Ebbsfleet United this Saturday.
The former £3m Derby County man (29) joined on loan from Hereford United this week and, with Kyle Perry and Jake Speight sidelined through injury, could be thrust straight into action.
Blair Sturrock and Louis Briscoe are the only other likely choices, depending on what formation boss David Holdsworth goes with.
Perry was brought off early in the home game with Eastbourne after feeling a spasm in his thigh which is still troubling him, despite treatment.
While there always has to be an element of caution away from home, it is hard to see him not go for the jugular against a side who have lost their last seven games and not even managed a single goal in the last eight.
"We are mindful of their recent results and we will go there looking to keep our recent away form going if we can do," said Holdsworth.
Alarm bells must be ringing for Ebbsfleet boss Liam Daish after his chairman publicly backed him this week, despite the poor run of results.
He was desperately looking to bring in a striker to end their goal drought before the loan window closes this Friday.
Stags' home Tuesday night game with Luton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch while Ebbsfleet were beaten 3-0 at AFC Wimbledon.
After the long lourney to Kent on Saturday Stags face another gruelling haul on Tuesday night to Gateshead, Stags fans facing 650 miles on the road to see both games.
Burgess can be 'fabulous' Stags signing – Holdsworth
Evening Post, November 27, 2009
MIDFIELDER Andy Burgess will be a 'fabulous acquisition' for Mansfield Town, insists boss David Holdsworth.
The 28-year-old has joined on loan until January – but has agreed a deal to stay with the club until the summer of 2010.
Burgess has more than 350 games under his belt at Rushden, Oxford and Luton, who he joined in the summer.
"He's a real talent and I'm delighted we have got him," said Holdsworth. "It was a tough one, because four other clubs were interested.
"It says a lot about the man that he has come here because he is a Luton fan – it's a fabulous acquisition. I have got a huge amount of confidence and belief in his ability.
"Any manager will tell you they try to build a team and it takes time. I had to act in the summer but now things are taking shape."
Burgess, who won the Conference and Division Three titles in his first of two spells at Rushden can play anywhere across the midfield.
Holdsworth added: "Andy is a very accomplished player in all forward areas who can score goals, get quality balls into the box and find a pass. He is also of a size where he can win his fair share of headers.
"We have got the brawn in the squad, but Andy has got the brain. Along with Ryan Williams, he will give us quality in the right areas."
Right midfielder Craig Dobson has joined Kettering Town on loan.
Ebbsfleet trip no cakewalk, warns Stags' Duffy
Evening Post, November 27, 2009
AT first glance, tomorrow's trip to Kent seems an open invitation for Mansfield Town to claim three more valuable points on the road.
Ebbsfleet have gone eight games without a goal, lost their last seven matches and have yet to win at their Stonebridge Road home this season.
But when has football ever been that simple?
For all their problems, the Fleet still have a passionate, capable manager in former Republic of Ireland man Liam Daish.
And in the likes of Lance Cronin, Darius Charles, Ishmael Welsh and Magno Viera, they have a number of players who would have no trouble exploiting any complacency from the Stags.
It is a fact not lost on Mansfield striker Rob Duffy, who will be travelling down the M1 to Kent intent on letting his team-mates know of the potential pitfalls.
"Going to play an away game where there is an expectation you will win can make it more difficult," he said.
"Everyone will look at the table and expect us to be 3-0 or 4-0 up at half-time, but we have found out enough times this season it is not like that.
"I don't think when things haven't gone right for us there has been any complacency involved.
"It's just that whoever you play, wherever they are in the table, they are always going to turn up and scrap and battle hard as a minimum.
"Sometimes teams have five in midfield and make it hard – as Eastbourne did – and you can't always get the three points.
"I think Ebbsfleet will come out more because they are at home and their fans will expect them to ask questions of us.
"But the one thing is certain, we will respect them, as we do all the teams in this division.
"We had a great win on the road last time out at Crawley and the key for us is to try to reproduce that level of performance."
Ebbsfeet were FA Trophy winners in 2007-2008 under Daish and have been frequent challengers at the top end of the Blue Square Premier.
But the club is now struggling financially after the numbers supporting the club financially through their on-line membership of myfootballclub.co.uk has dwindled.
The Fleet are second from bottom in the league table with only nine points from 21 games.
Duffy said: "It has been tough for Liam this season because he has had to bring in young players.
"Even so, there are some very talented individuals among their number, players who could play for teams at the top end of this league.
"I do feel sympathy for Liam, but it can happen to clubs at this level and everyone has a budget they have to work with."
Duffy, understandably, is more concerned about what Mansfield are doing than their opponents. He points to the club's six-game unbeaten league run as evidence that things are going well despite problems recently at home.
"As long as we are not slipping to defeats and picking up the points, that is the most important thing," said Duffy.
"In our last two home league games against Histon and Eastbourne we trailed in both but came back to get a draw. Those are two bonus points we might not have got.
"There is no divine right to win, even for Man United at Old Trafford. It's not easy, but we are doing well."
Mansfield have lost the services of Kyle Perry (thigh) and Jake Speight (knee) who have scored 16 goals between them this season.
But the Stags can call on Blair Sturrock and new signing Lee Morris and top scorer Duffy – with 11 goals – feels the Stags are well-equipped to cope.
The Welshman said: "Losing players to injury is something that happens, you can't get away from it.
"What's important is how you manage and deal with it.
"Jonah (Luke Jones) has been an important player at the back but we lost him for a spell.
"Even so we were still able to get good results in some of the games and that's because we have a decent squad, not just team."
Daish staying positive ahead of Stags clash
Evening Post, November 27, 2009
LIAM Daish is willing lady luck to shine on his side against Mansfield Town after a run of 15 games without a win dating back to August.
The Fleet have won just one game this season – a 2-1 success at Eastbourne Borough earlier this season.
Including Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat against AFC Wimbledon, they have scored in only two games of their disastrous run.
A chronic lack of firepower following the summer departure of Michael Gash has been the Kent club's biggest problem.
But boss Daish is staying positive despite an uphill task if they are to avoid relegation to the Blue Square South.
"We have to stay calm and stay focused, not be rash and hopefully improve in front of goal," he said.
"Things have gone against us but we've maintained the work-rate and competed."
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