RUSSELL, MEDLEY REACTION. NO HAYLOCK REACTION
No Gary Haylock reaction - he refuses to speak to local media straight after games. Possibly some later in the week.
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Caretaker Russell and matchwinner Medley savour Stags' late victory
CHAD.co.uk, Sat Nov 20 2010
CARETAKER boss Duncan Russell said he was proud of his side as they somehow conjured up two late goals to snatch a 3-2 win against unlucky strugglers Hayes and Yeading at Field Mill on Saturday.
But, although he wants the job vacated by David Holdsworth on Thursday full-time, he remains philosophical about his chances.
“I have said to the chairman I will do my best for him while I am here and if he wants to bring someone else in then it's his club and I will accept that,” he said.
“I would also work with someone else though, when someone new comes in, he generally wants his own staff with him, that's the norm.
“But if I leave then I want to have helped put some points on the board to hopefully help Mansfield Town into the play-offs.
“I thought Hayes looked a very good side but we had the energy at the end.
“Conceding a goal in the first minute was a killer blow and that was after telling them to start nice and bright and be on their toes.
“We had to work so hard to get back into the game and went on to win it so I am so proud of them and the way they stuck together.
“I said at half-time we could go on to win it if we believed in each other and rolled up our sleeves and went into battle. And that is what they did. Their chins and heads never went down.”
Match-winner Luke Medley, who has been out of the first team picture recently, added: “I looked up, saw there was space and thought I would go on my own and luckily it's finished in the bottom corner.
“It has been frustrating for me recently as the former manager David Holdsworth had brought a few players which you have to respect.
“You just have to keep on going and working hard at the club and at home. You know you will get another chance and when it comes you have to take it.
“That's football. You have to take the rough with the smooth and can't let your head go down. The main thing is we got three points and the boys are sticking together.”
Caretaker boss salutes tenacity of his Mansfield side
Evening Post, 22 Nov 2010
CARETAKER manager Duncan Russell saluted the tenacity of his Mansfield side as they fought back from 2-1 down to beat Hayes and Yeading 3-2 at Field Mill yesterday.
He had less than 48 hours to prepare the Stags following the departure of boss David Holdsworth on Thursday afternoon after almost two years at the helm.
It looked as if Russell's hard work would go unrewarded as Mansfield were second best for much of their game against the Londoners.
But they fought back in the closing stages to snatch an unlikely victory and move themselves up one place in the Blue Square Bet Premier table to ninth, three points off the play-off places.
"I was absolutely thrilled to get the win and I'm very proud of the players for sticking together," said Russell.
"The dressing room was an amazing place after the game because we showed a lot of cohesion.
"Things haven't gone right for us sometimes of late, but you have to battle and scrap hard, which is what we did.
"The heads never went down and eventually we came out winners."
Russell admitted he was far from pleased with some of Mansfield's play, especially the soft goals they gave away.
He said: "We were again killed by a goal in the first minute, we were just not awake. I couldn't understand it because we have worked on it in the week.
"We said we have to start brightly, but then bang, bang, bang, it's in the net with no challenge.
"For the second goal I have told Simon (Grand) about his starting position and if he gets that right they don't score.
"I'm upset with the goals we gave away because it meant we had to work very hard to get back into the game."
Russell paid tribute to the input of super-sub Luke Medley, who scored his fifth goal of the season coming off the bench.
"That's what he's all about. He's so frustrating in training, but we all know what he can do," said Russell
"The boy is electric, has got great pace and when he's in that mood he is unstoppable.
"What we are looking for Luke to do now is to do it from the start.
"He went through a lean patch and that did knock his confidence so I'm pleased to see him back in the goals."
Striker says it is vital Mansfield pick up points while they are in management limbo
Evening Post, 22 Nov 2010
PAUL Connor feels it is important Mansfield Town keep picking up the points while they are in management limbo.
The Stags are under the indefinite caretaker charge of Duncan Russell until the club find a replacement for David Holdsworth.
But striker Connor – who scored an important second goal in Mansfield's 3-2 home win over Hayes and Yeading – knows the players must not be distracted by off-the-field events.
He is urging his team-mates to stay focused and continue to pick up points that could be vital come the end of the season.
"We don't want things to drift away. It's a tight league and we need to stay in the mix while we are looking for a new manager," said Connor.
"We are still in a decent position, still only three points off the play-off places, with a large chunk of the season still to go.
"We still think we can get in the play-offs, why not, because there a lots of points still to play for.
"But this is an important time and we need to concentrate hard on getting things right on the field."
Connor, back in the starting line-up after recovering from a hamstring problem, says Holdsworth's departure so close to a game did not make things easy. But he applauded the efforts of his former assistant Russell, who stepped into the breach at short notice.
Connor said: "It was tough against Hayes and Yeading after what has happened, there has been a lot gone on.
"We had to do our best to go out and treat it like any other game. It wasn't a great performance from us, and I'm not going to come out and say that it was.
"But the most important thing from this match was to get the three points, which we did in the end.
"Russ has done fantastic for us."
Medley: We need to appoint a new boss at Field Mill quickly
Evening Post, 22 Nov 2010
LUKE Medley feels Mansfield Town need to appoint a new manager quickly.
The Stags striker bagged his fifth goal of the season to help snatch a 3-2 victory over Hayes and Yeading.
Medley was delighted to help the club back to winning ways – and give Duncan Russell a winning start to his unspecified time as caretaker manager.
But he hopes the club do not hang around in selecting a suitable replacement for David Holdsworth.
"It's great to get three points again after the defeat at Forest Green and I'm delighted to have scored the winning goal," said Medley.
"I picked the ball up on the right and at first I was looking to cross it into the box but then I realised if I beat my marker I could get a shot in and luckily enough it went in.
"It was vital to get that win for confidence. It wasn't an easy game for us being managerless but Russ has come in and done well and picked what has proved to be the right side.
"I am a big believer in that if it isn't broken then you don't need to fix it and Russ is doing well.
"Even so, I still think it's important that the change in manager is sorted pretty quickly. We need a bit of stability back in the dressing room and to know where we stand.
"We need someone with experience but that's up to the chairman and I'm sure whoever he brings in will be an asset to the club."
All of Medley's goals this season have come as a substitute and his aim is to now be as successful when he starts.
He said: "I'm not too sure why it's worked out this way. I suppose when you're sat on the bench you can sit and work out how the game is going.
"Every player needs a run of games and hopefully if I get one I can be a threat from the start as well as off the bench."
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