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Smith has last laugh over his former club
STAGS winger Adam Smith thoroughly enjoyed his night as he scored in a 5-0 win over his former club York City at Field Mill last night.
Smith dipped an unstoppable finish over Michael Ingham in the York goal to set Stags on their way and City didn't help themselves when Jonathan Smith got himself sent off before the break.
“It is always nice to get three points but when they are against your old pals it's even nicer,” he smiled.
“Once I had taken the defender the only thing in my mind was to get in on goal and get a shot off.
“Mike Ingham couldn't get near it. He says it was a cross but I let everyone know it was a shot.
“If the game had been against anyone else I probably would have crossed it hard and low. But I thought I have go to get one to wind the lads up with later on. I don't think they will be picking up their phone calls for a bit.
“It was written in the stars wasn't it? I was pretty nervous before the game but it turned into a great night.”
Smith continued: “We played some great football and I thought Kyle Nix was absolutely fantastic today. He kept it ticking for us. And got us playing throughout the team. It was good to be involved.
“We are good footballers here and we like to get on the ball and keep it moving.
“Saturday's game with Eastbourne is massive now. There is a real buzz about the place, even after the defeat at Newport which was another great performance.
Assistant boss Duncan Russell said: “Adam took some ribbing from his old York team mates before the game for his picture on the front of the programme. But that was the perfect way to answer his critics.
“What a strike! It was a wonder goal, and the boy deserved it.
“That was exactly how to play against 10 men - find the spare people and play through them.
“After Saturday's defeat I thought the players were brave to bounce back like that and play football.
“We have worked really hard during the week and we set out stall out to play football the right way for the fans and everyone in Mansfield.”
He added: “The fans were superb tonight, it was good to hear them singing, especially after Saturday.
“It doesn't happen very often that you get five different goalscorers and I think we could have had another couple of goals too.
“No disrespect to York at all but before we were bossing the game before the sending-off. The midfielders were dominating the areas as we've worked on and we looked solid.
“It was important we kept a clean sheet too as the lads worked so hard. If the game goes to 96 minutes you have to make sure you are alive for 96 minutes.”
Steven Istead and Kyle Nix shook off injuries to play last night and Istead, as well as goalscorer Rob Duffy, were taken off early after getting yellow cards.
But Nix ended the night with a calf problem and the club will be hoping it was cramp rather than a pull or tear.
Smith delighted to help Mansfield thrash his former club York
ADAM Smith helped five-star Mansfield Town sink old club York City at Field Mill last night then joked: "I don't think my old team-mates will be answering their phones anytime soon!"
The Stags were emphatic 5-0 victors over the Minstermen with five different players on the scoresheet.
Smith, who left York for Mansfield this summer started the rout with a terrific opener, before the visitors' Jonathan Smith was sent off and the floodgates opened in the second half.
"I really enjoyed that. You always enjoy getting three points, but when it's against your old pals it's even nicer," he said.
"For my goal, when I took the defender on, the first thing on my mind was to shoot and luckily it has gone in the right place.
"Michael Ingham was saying it was a cross, but I want everyone to know it was definitely a shot.
"I don't think the York lads will be answering calls from me for a while. I might have to wait a couple of weeks!"
"It was a great night and I think we were on top before the sending off. I thought Kyle Nix was fantastic and our man of the match."
Assistant manager Duncan Russell also sang Mansfield's praises as they moved up to second in the table on goal difference.
He said: "We have worked really hard after what was a very disappointing result at Newport where we deserved something.
"That is the way to play against ten men. We set our stall out to play football in the right way.
"It was good to hear the fans singing after the disappointment of our last home game (a 1-0 defeat to Tamworth), and long may that continue.
"It could be a massive week for us if we follow that up with another win at the weekend."
Stags need to say grounded for home success – Foster
Evening Post, By matt halfpenny, 23 Sep 2010
STEVE Foster believes Mansfield Town's passing football can unlock the packed defences that come to shut up shop at Field Mill.
The Stags have won three of their four home games so far, but were beaten 1-0 by Tamworth on home turf.
David Holdsworth's men had no such problems on Tuesday night, when they demolished ten-man York City 5-0 with five different players on the scoresheet.
Skipper Foster believes the key difference was the way the team kept the ball on the ground, rather than going long.
He hopes the Stags – second in the table ahead of tonight's game between AFC Wimbledon and Crawley – can repeat the feat when Eastbourne visit on Saturday.
"We need to make sure we get on the ball because if we do that we have the attacking players to take advantage," said Foster.
"We were disappointed to come off after the Tamworth game having lost but we watched the video and picked out what we needed to work on. They were things that were spotted by Russ (Duncan Russell) and the gaffer and the fact we addressed them paid dividends against York.
"Eastbourne will come here high on confidence with the result they got in midweek (winning 4-3 at Forest Green)."
Foster was delighted to see Adam Smith star against his old club on Tuesday.
He said: "You always want to impress against your former team-mates."
After the game, City manager Martin Foyle informed The Press that he would not be commenting on the performance.
(update: Foyle resigned later in the week)
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