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17th January 2011 12:53

Mills departs
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 12 Jan 2011

Midfielder Gary Mills has left Field Mill by mutual consent.


The 29-year-old made over 40 appearances in the amber and blue since his arrival from Stevenage in May 2009.

We would like to thank Gary for all his efforts during his time here and wish him all the best for the future.


Mills set for third spell in Diamonds colours after signing until end of season
http://www.northantshp.co.uk, 13/01/2011

Midfielder Gary Mills is back at Nene Park for a third spell after being released by Mansfield Town, signing for Rushden & Diamonds until the end of the season.

Gary Mills battles with Lee Tomlin during his short stint at Mansfield TownMills, 28, originally came through the club's youth system and made 124 appearances between 1998 and 2006.

The central midfielder was a key member of the teams that clinched the 2001 Conference and 2003 Division Three championships.

He left for Crawley Town during the 2006/07 season following a long period of injury which limited his appearances for the Diamonds.

However, Graham Westley soon brought Mills back to Rushden when he took over as manager and he went on to feature on another 17 occasions.

Spells with Kettering Town, Tamworth and Stevenage Borough – where he earned an FA Trophy winners medal in 2009 – followed before a move to Mansfield.

Earlier this season, Mills spent a short period on loan at Forest Green Rovers before being released by the Stags earlier this month.

Diamonds boss Justin Edinburgh has now moved to sign him up for the rest of the Blue Square Bet Premier campaign, and he has been given shirt number seven.


Russell determined to solve Mansfield's defensive issues
Evening Post, 13 Jan 2010

DUNCAN Russell today underlined his determination to improve Mansfield Town's less-than-impressive defensive record.


The Stags have shipped 43 goals in 26 games so far this season – comfortably the worst in the top half of the Blue Square Bet Premier table.

That has undermined their ability going forward which sees them as the top scorers in the division with 47 goals.

Tuesday's defeat against Fleetwood at Field Mill underlined the point as the Stags crashed 5-2, shipping four second-half goals following the dismissal of Rob Duffy.

But Russell insists he will continue addressing the problem on the training ground until he sees an improvement.

He said: "The players have been told time and again they have to mark men, not space," said Russell.

"There is no quick fix and the answer is to keep working and working on it in training, going through it until the penny drops.

"We are adventurous going forward but to get us to stop leaking so many goals is one of my main aims."

Russell is on the look-out for another goalkeeper because Kevin Pilkington has not been allowed to play in FA Trophy ties by parent club Luton.

With Alan Marriott (abductor) set to be out for another month, Neil Collett could deputise, as he did in the 5-0 win over Worksop, but that still leaves the Stags short on cover.

Russell said: "It is a time thing with Mazza. He is experiencing pain when kicking.

"I'm looking for another keeper for the weekend to compete with Neil and I'm confident I can get one."

Gary Mills has left Field Mill by mutual consent. The 29-year-old made more than 40 appearances since joining from Stevenage in May 2009.


Hall: Mansfield players do have mental strength to cope
Evening Post, 15 Jan 2011
PAUL Hall believes Mansfield Town's players do have the mental strength to respond to adversity – even if they have yet to show it consistently.


After a 7-2 defeat at Grimsby and 5-2 reverse at home to Fleetwood since the turn of the year, the accusation has been made that the Stags squad lack character.

But while unhappy with those setbacks, Hall feels there is the ability in the camp to bounce back.

He says he and boss Duncan Russell are striving to ensure the team does not 'throw in the towel.

A test of the club's resolve will come when high-flying Newport County visit Field Mill for an FA Trophy second round tie this afternoon.

"We were in control against Fleetwood for the first 43 minutes, everyone could see that," said Hall.

"But it was almost as if we reasoned that we were playing a decent team who were passing the ball around and it was not going to be our day.

"I would never have done that as a player. Even with ten men you can still be in the game.

"But I don't agree that the players are not mentally tough enough, because they showed against Hayes and Yeading they were.

"We were 2-1 down against a team near the bottom and they showed the character to come back and win the game.

"Replicating that is what we need to work on. We have to keep reminding them of occasions like that.

"We have to ask them: 'Do you want the same feeling as after Grimsby again?' so the lads go out and have pride in what they do."

Midfielder Adam Murray expects no favours from the Exiles, despite the exit of their manager Dean Holdsworth this week.

He said: "It could work both ways. It can sometimes hit a team hard but it may also make their players more determined because they will be fighting for places and their future under a new manager."

Teenage striker Niall O'Rafferty has joined Grantham Town on loan.


13 Jan 2010
Feeling like I'm wasting my time in the gym when it still feels crap!! Fingers crossed I get an answer tomoz!!! PLEASE!!


Time for players to make it up to Stgs fans
chad.co.uk, Thu Jan 13 2011

MANSFIELD Town's beleaguered players must start to repair their relationship with their fans in Saturday's FA Trophy tie with Newport County after their latest disaster – Tuesday's 5-2 home capitulation to Fleetwood.


Rob Duffy's red card at 1-1 was a major factor in that and assistant manager Paul Hall said: “I have played with Rob at four clubs and I felt let down him more than anyone else.

“He is an experience professional who should not be seeking retribution that way.

“The most important thing in his mind should be keeping 11 players on the pitch for Mansfield Town. His moment of madness cost us all.

“But 10 men can stay in a game and we folded which wasn't good to see.”

He added: “Our fans have high expectations and are very knowledgeable people about the game. I have a great belief in them.

“When Ashley Cain went down the right and got the ball over they responded. It's what they want to see.

“So we are telling the players they must give these fans something to respond to. Then we can all move forward as a group of people and as a town.

“We want to make it uncomfortable here for Newport and take another step on the road to a Wembley final which would be great for the club. Let's show everyone who Mansfield Town are both on and off the pitch.”

Midfielder Adam Murray added: “I have a great affection for this club and I know what it means to fans here.

“We do need them behind us. I have seen it elsewhere at other clubs where teams know that if they can keep you quiet for 20 minutes certain sections of the crowd will turn on the team.

“I know we need to give them something to shout about. But if they want to boo, it would be great if they'd do it in the toilet at half-time or when they get home to the wife as it does give the opposition a big gee-up.

“I have seen this place full and experienced the noise they can make. I know how good this crowd can be. It is up to us to get them back to that level.”

On-loan keeper Kevin Pilkington will miss out as Luton Town do not want him cup-tied which will give back-up keeper Neil Collett another chances after his clean sheet in round one.

And Pilkington backed his deputy, saying: “Neil showed in the Worksop game he is a confident lad with good ability and I have every faith he can do a good job for us.

“We need to get a win after Tuesday. You can't be too critical of the manager as he told us at half-time to go with two banks of four and don't let them down the sides.

“But we didn't stick with that and we let the fans down.”

Rhys Day and Adam Smith are expected to train today or tomorrow after injury and will hope to get back into the squad while young centre half Tom Naylor is having treatment for a slight hamstring strain.


VIDEO: Murray - We must pull in the same direction --->

mansfieldtown.net, Thu 13 Jan 2011
Midfielder Adam Murray says that supporters and players together can turn results round.

Our defeat to Fleetwood midweek was our third in four games and leaves us five points away from the play off spots - a situation which midfielder Murrays says the players will be desperately trying to address starting with opponents Newport in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Whilst ackowledging that recent performances have been below par, the 29-year-old signed from Luton last week asked for patience from supporters whilst the side turns things round on the pitch and ultimately reward fans with improved results.

Dave Rhodes (Mansfield 103.2) is asking the questions to Kevin Pilkington, Adam Murray & Paul Hall.

He added: "It's not good enough. As a group of players we are not performing at the moment and that's got to change. No one can stand up and say we're playing 100% because we're not.

"As a group of players it is our responsibility because if you look at it on paper, we have a very good team.

"What I would say to the fans is please be patient with us. We know that we're not performing at the minute but we need them to be behind us all of the time.

"I've seen them at their best and I know what they bring to this football club. We need to give them something to shout about but we need them behind us.

"Expectations are high, which I've had at Oxford and Luton before, fans demand higher levels and we are not giving them enough to shout about which is up to us to change.

"Get behind the lads because it has an effect. It has an effect on us and on the opposition.

"We all need to be pulling in the same direction especially at a time like this."

Loanee goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington was similarly disappointed with results of late but added that fans needed to unite behind the team and management as we redouble our efforts to push towards a top five finish.

He said: "To say I've only had one clean sheet since I've been back is disappointing. I'm not happy about that at all.

"We haven't been doing our jobs properly and we need to buck up and sort it out.

"The manager tells us what we should be doing and we need to go out there and stick to the plan.

"I love the club, we just need to pull together, get behind the manager and go on and get some more points and results."


Blame players not management for bad form, Murray tells fans
Evening Post, 14 Jan 2010, By matt halfpenny

ADAM Murray today told Mansfield Town fans the blame for the club's indifferent form lies firmly with the players – not boss Duncan Russell.


The Stags manager bore the brunt of the terrace abuse after Tuesday's 5-2 defeat to Fleetwood, a fifth home loss in seven matches.

But Murray is adamant that no matter who is in charge at Field Mill, it is the playing squad that must instigate better times.

And the skipper is not surprised to see Russell looking to make changes after the capitulation against the Cod Army that saw four goals conceded in the space of 13 minutes.

"If the manager is under pressure that is because the players have put him in that situation," said Murray.

"If you brought in (Jose) Mourinho right now, I don't think he would do any better. No one would.

"It is the same players who are not performing as under the previous boss – we have to take responsibility.

"If other people come in, then that's the way it goes. No one can complain as Russ has given everyone a fair crack of the whip."

Assistant manager Paul Hall insists the club are remaining patient over new signings, with former loanee Simon Grand still a possibility.


Forward joins Grantham
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 14 Jan 2011
Young striker Niall O'Rafferty has joined Grantham Town on a month's loan.


The 18-year-old put pen to paper on a one year deal in July after graduating through our youth setup before joining Evo Stik Premier side Frickley Athletic on loan in August.

The highly-rated forward will now look to build on his run in the first team at Frickley by linking up with the Gingerbreads.


Hall - We must give fans something to shout about
mansfieldtown.net, Thu 13 Jan 2011
Assistant Manager Paul Hall is calling on the players to put the smiles back on to supporters' faces with a win over Newport this weekend.


Our FA Trophy opponents and BSBP rivals, Newport, are currently managerless following Dean Holdsworth's departure to Aldershot during the week but nevertheless represent tough opposition with their top five position in the league.

But, Hall insists that Saturday will provide a good opportunity to register a welcome win against one of the division's top sides and reward the loyal support continually shown by you, the fans.

Victory would put us only three games away from Wembley in the competition and end a poor run of form which has seen us lose three of the last four matches

He said: "Let's go and let's go and beat them. Let's make it uncomfortable for them to come to Mansfield Town FC. That's not just the players, not just the coaching staff but a group of people.

"The town of Mansfield have to make it difficult because we don't like teams coming here feeling comfortable, we like teams coming here feeling like they're in a cauldron.

"If we can make the ground a fortress, it needs to come from the team getting off to a good start and giving the crowd a lift, and then when we lift the crowd it's their job to become our 12th man.

"It's the one way how we can move forward as a team and a group of people.

"We are an ex-Football League team who want to get back up there as quick as we can but I think when things don't go right, people can be a bit despondent. Like I said, as a group of people we need to try and get behind those boys and make that place (Field Mill) uncomfortable for Newport."

The former Jamaican international has revealed some of the managerial tactics that he and Russ will deploy in order to guide the team out of our current run of three defeats in four matches whilst also stressing how eager they will be to avoid any repeat of recent heavy defeats to Grimsby and Fleetwood.

He added: "We remind them of the games where they've come from behind, against adversity or other outside influences and that's how we do it.

"We need all hands to the pump. We're working hard and we need everybody.

"Do we want the same feeling as Grimsby? - I suggest no so lets go out there and play with a little pride.

"You can always look back but that's always going to be an action plan for the future. We have a great chance to go and beat a team on Saturday who are in the upper echelons of the division."

In team news, Rob Duffy will miss out on the game as he begins a three match suspension as will loanee 'keeper Kevin Pilkington who has been refused permission to play, and thus become cup-tied, by Luton.

Defender Steve Cook will also sit out of the tie with an ankle injury with his loan spell due to expire this weekend. There are also doubts over the fitness of Tom Naylor (hamstring) and his chances are rated at 50/50.

Rhys Day (knee) and Adam Smith (groin) have returned to full training and should be in contention whilst in injury updates, Alan Marriott is due to see a specialist tomorrow to discover more about the extent of his groin injury and Mark Preece is at Lilleshall receiving treatment on a long standing knee problem and should return to the squad in a fortnight's time.


Somner returns from loan spell
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 14 Jan 2011
Tough-tackling midfielder Matt Somner has returned to Field Mill following a three month loan spell at Altrincham.


The 28 year old made nine league starts for the struggling Moss Lane outfit.

Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Tamworth have already declared their interest to sign the ex-Notts County man on loan.


Chris Adamson registered for Newport clash
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 14 Jan 2011
Goalkeeping coach Chris Adamson has been registered to play in tomorrow's Trophy tie at home to Newport County.


The 32-year-old former West Brom keeper will act as cover for Neil Collett and is expected to be amongst the substitutes.

Collett will start in between the sticks tomorrow after Kevin Pilkington was refused permission to play in the competition by his parent club Luton Town



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