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21st August 2011 13:32

FA reject Stags defender Naylor's red card appeal
chad.co.uk, Thursday 18 August 2011, 2pm

STAGS defender Tom Naylor will now serve a four game suspension after his appeal against the red card received in Tuesday's match at Gateshead was rejected by the FA's disciplinary committee.


The 20-year-old was sent off for serious foul play on 79 minutes and will be now be available for selection on Saturday, 3rd September away to Darlington.


Stags defender has appeal rejected
Nottingham Post, Thursday, August 18, 2011, 2pm

AN appeal against a red card handed out to Mansfield Town's Tom Naylor has been rejected by an FA disciplinary panel.


The young defender was shown a red card for a tackle on Yemi Odubade in the 3-0 defeat at Gateshead on Tuesday night.

The Stags hoped to get the decision overturned, but instead the ban has been increased to four matches.

Naylor is now not avaiable until Mansfield's clash with Darlington on Spetember 3


Spotlight on Braintree v Mansfield
Nottingham Post, Friday, August 19, 2011

Squad: McDonald, Paine, Thomas, O'Connor, Thomas, Bailey-Dennis, Reason, Yiadom, Symons, Quinton, Davis, Marks, Wright, Chilaka, James-Lewis, A Jones, M Jones, Constantine.


Squad: Marriott, Redmond, O'Neill, Sutton, Riley, Kendrick, Bell, Briscoe, Stevenson, Murray, Worthington, Bolland, Todd, Meikle, Connor, Green, Dyer, Howell.
Team news: Braintree will be without Ryan Peters (calf) but are otherwise at full strength.

Leon Constantine has been drafted in to re-inforce the front line but is likely to start on the bench.

For Mansfield Rhys Day (calf) and John Thompson (head) are both definitely out.

Tom Naylor begins a four-match suspension after an appeal against his red card at Gateshead on Tuesday night was rejected.

But Ritchie Sutton (shoulder), Paul Bolland (ankle) and Lindon Meikle (ankle) were hoping to prove their fitness in a behind-closed-doors game yesterday.

One to watch: Sean Marks. The striker scored 25 goals in 37 games to propel the Iron to promotion and scored twice in their thumping 5-0 win over Grimsby on Tuesday night after signing a new deal in the summer.

Manager: Alan Devonshire. The former West Ham player took over in the summer after the resignation of Rod Stringer, who had failed to agree a budget for the new campaign with chairman Lee Harding


Cox demanding swift improvement from Stags at Braintree
Nottingham Post, Friday, August 19, 2011

JUST 180 minutes into the Blue Square Bet Premier season and the honeymoon period is already over for Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox.


By most accounts, the Stags should have won their opener against Bath City at Field Mill when missed chances meant they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

?But there were no excuses for a 3-0 reverse at Gateshead on Tuesday night when, to use one of Cox's favourites phrases, the Tynesiders 'picked holes' in Mansfield.

The Stags boss was quite rightly livid with what he saw from his troops and a few days later his anger is still evident.

Only a cathartic victory at Braintree tomorrow is likely to lift the manager's mood.

"I felt let down at Gateshead. The one thing I promised supporters is that we would have a team with good ethics and work rate," said Cox.

"There's one or two who are maybe in the comfort zone. You need to put tackles in after two minutes, not 60 or 70 minutes when you are 3-0 down.

"I saw a team at Gateshead that rolled over and died and I'm going to put that right very quickly. Those standards aren't me or this club.

"We can't just play for 60 minutes out of two games. We have to be playing for the whole 90 in games.

"Braintree are going to be a very tough opposition. I want us to forget who we are and get down to doing the nitty gritty and basics right."

What transpired at the International Stadium merely confirmed what Cox has suspected for a while.

He believes that Mansfield are too nice, too honest, and need to toughen up quickly.

Cox said; "It's been in the back of my mind for a while that we are not capable of grinding out results.

"We look pleasing on the eye to the untrained eye, but in footballing terms that is not going to get us anywhere.

"When Bath and Gateshead scored there was a lack of substance about us. You never saw anyone roll their sleeves up and have a go.

"We are not very good at doing the ugly stuff at the minute and if people analyse my sides of the past, my sides were always very good at that, if not so pretty.

"Crawley had a £2million wage bill last year but they put together a side that was totally ruthless, horrible and knew how to win ugly.

"We might have to bring one or two ugly players in and I'm hoping people are patient with that."

Mansfield have been hampered by the early-season absence of defenders John Thompson, Ritchie Sutton and Rhys Day, but Cox is adamant that is not the reason for a poor start.

"We've had injuries, but that's not an excuse," he said. "We have still had players to get results, but there has still been a lack of presence.

"I'm going to have to make some horrible decisions. I went through the same thing at Eastwood last year where I should have really nipped things in the bud at an early stage.

"The warning signs are there and I don't want it to spread. I might take a few bloody noses but, by hook or by crook, I'm going to get things right.

"I've never finished below seventh and I'm not going to do it now and if that means a team that does the ugly stuff well, then I will do it, even if I have to take abuse for it.

"I would rather have put a side out at Gateshead that won and people call us for the way we played than a side that was pretty and totally ineffective."

Cox insists only performances, not reputations, will satisfy him as he looks to find the winning formula at Cressing Road.

He said: Unless one or two of these wake up now they are not going to be at the club anymore.

"I'm not bothered if they've just signed a new contract, have played 450 league games or they are just coming through the kids. I'm going to get rid and start again.

"I felt sorry for the fans who travelled 400 miles up to Gateshead, but at some point, people are going to see a product there."

Former Mansfield midfielder Tyrone Thompson has signed for Grimsby on non-contract terms


Stags appeal against Naylor red card
chad.co.uk, Thursday 18 August 2011

MANSFIELD Town have appealed against Tom Naylor's sending-off in Tuesday's 3-0 defeat at Gateshead.


A panel will view DVD footage of the tackle this afternoon but, if they uphold the referee's decision, Naylor faces an extra game ban, meaning he will sit out the next four games.

Naylor seemed to win the ball as he went in hard on Yemi Odibade, but referee Stephen Smith showed an immediate red card to which Naylor reacted furiously.

“I watched the DVD yesterday and believe it was an absolutely magnificent tackle,” said Cox.

“It was a 'proper' tackle, though some referees may have been a bit frightened and booked him these days for intent as he flew in at 100mph – it was a strong tackle.

“But he won the ball. I showed it to Steve Barker (Stags chief executive) and he agreed it looked a perfectly good tackle.

“The referee though he jumped into it but Tom definitely plays the whole of the ball.

“Tom's record speaks for itself. He hardly ever gets booked, let alone sent off. He is not malicious in any way. So I am hoping some common sense prevails and they make the right decision.”


Stags appeal against Naylor suspension
Nottingham Post, Thursday, August 18, 2011

MANSFIELD Town have appealed against the three-game suspension handed out to Tom Naylor following his red card at Gateshead on Tuesday night.


The central defender was sent off in the closing stages of the Stags' 3-0 defeat at the International Stadium for his challenge on Yemi Odubade.

Naylor was incensed by the decision at the time, feeling he had got the ball.

And after viewing the match DVD, manager Paul Cox agrees with his player, meaning he has lodged an appeal.

Mansfield risk the ban being extended to four games if the decision is upheld.

Cox said: "I've watched the DVD and you have to be totally honest about these things.

"As I thought the other night, the ball came bobbling through to the dug-out. I thought he tackle was an absolutely magnificent tackle. It was strong, don't get me wrong, 100 miles an hour, but he got the ball.

"With the intensity, some referees would probably get a bit frightened and book him for what I would call intent.

"I sat down with Steve Barker and asked his opinion. I wanted him to have a look at it in another light. But he said it was a good tackle."

The Stags are expecting to discover Naylor's fate later today.

Meanwhile, Mansfield are holding a behind-closed-doors game involving some of their youth team players this afternoon to give the likes of Paul Bolland, Ritchie Sutton and Lindon Meikle a run-out as they continued their comeback from injuries


Mansfield boss Cox trails 'aggressive' centre halves
chad.co.uk, Thursday 18 August 2011

STAGS may have a new centre half in the squad in time for the weekend's trip to surprise package Braintree Town.


While Stags were slipping to a 3-0 loss at Gateshead on Tuesday, with boss Paul Cox bemoaning his side's 'soft underbelly', promoted minnows Braintree were destroying Grimsby Town 5-0.

With star defender John Thompson possibly out until October, Cox admitted after the Gateshead game he is short of a dominant aggressive centre half and yesterday went to watch one.

He has also spoken to a League club about another. One is a promising, aggressive youngster and the other an experienced League defender. If he can bring in one or neither will be down to money.

Said Cox: “I need a defender who is ruthless in both boxes. But I need to speak to the chairman about finance and I may need to wheel and deal to make it happen,” said Cox. “But we could have someone in before the weekend.

“It may mean me making some ruthless decisions that upset the players. But I am not here to be liked. I have to do my job and nip this in the bud as soon as possible. So I have been on the phone 24/7 since Tuesday.

“I don't want a team of angels as angels win nothing. I want a team that is fiercely passionate about winning football matches and will win at all costs. We seem to be missing a few ingredients.

“Don't get me wrong, the players I have here are honest lads who are working hard.

“But I need someone who is maybe a bit dishonest in both boxes and can show a bit of cunning and conniving. He can do the horrible side of the game and let centre forwards know they've been in a game. We can't keep giving away soft goals.

“I think we need two or three players like that. But we do have Paul Bolland, Richie Sutton, Anthony Howell, Adam Smith, Lindon Meikle and John Thompson, who have had sporadic pre-seasons, to come back in yet so I won't rush out and make stupid decisions. There is no hitting the panic button yet.

“We are only two games into a 46-game season. But this is a wake-up call to the players.”

On Saturday's task ahead, he added: “This looks like it will be one of the tightest leagues for a long time and there will be no easy games.

“Braintree will be very tough opposition. But we need to get down to the nitty gritty, start doing the basics right and winning football matches


No panic yet, says Stags striker Green
chad.co.uk, Thursday 18 August 2011

STAGS striker Matt Green assured fans there was nothing to panic about after the club only picked up a single point from the first two BSBP games.


As he prepared for Saturday's trip to Braintree, the Oxford loanee said: “I don't think there is that much to be worried about to be honest.

“It is going to take time to knit together as a team. But we have got good players.

“Look at the rest of the league, there have been some crazy results and anyone can beat anyone.

“So I hope everyone is not looking into it too much yet. It's only a matter of time before we start thumping teams and scoring lots of goals.

“We should have won the first two games comfortably.

“All these new players need time to gel together. That's not an excuse. It's just a matter of time and we will be fine.

“I have come to this club to be successful like the other new players. I believe we are good enough to be up there challenging.

“You can't start panicking now – that's the last thing players need What we need is togetherness.”

“We will go to Braintree with a game plan which is going to work and get us a result.”

The side came under fire from manager Paul Cox for having a 'soft underbelly' after Tuesday's 3-0 loss at Gateshead and, Green said: “I understand what the manager means to an extent, but it will come from more games and more experience.

“With 15 new signings it won't happen overnight. We will build slow and strong.

“The manager wants to be successful by hook or by crook and he is going to do that. We have to take that on board and be part of it or we could be outside looking in.”

Centre half Martin Riley added: “The pressure is always on at a big club like Mansfield, which is a Football League club.

“I thought we played all right at Gateshead then got hit with two sucker punches.

“It was poor defending and I have to look at myself as centre half, being part of a defence that conceded three soft goals.

“I think we have got to look at that game as a blip and we will be looking to put it right on Saturday.

“We have a lot of new signings here who are getting to know each other – and the sooner, the better.”

Riley knows boss Paul Cox is in the market for a new centre half this week and added: “I want to be in the team. If the gaffer decides I am not then I am not doing something he wants me to do which I have got to look at. That's the bottom line.”


Green confident Mansfield Town will come good
Nottingham Post, Thursday, August 18, 2011

MATT Green remains confident both his and Mansfield Town's seasons will soon take a turn for the better.


The Stags have taken just one point from their two matches so far after a 1-1 home draw with Bath City and 3-0 loss at Gateshead.

Oxford loanee Green has also endured a frustrating start, with few sights of goal.

But he believes Mansfield have a good squad of players and will soon start to turn things around.

The Stags visit Braintree Town tomorrow and Green said: "I understand why the manager is frustrated but he is probably going to see things improve the more games we play together.

"The players can either take on board what has been said and be part of it or look on from the outside.

"It's not going to just happen overnight. Either we have to build slowly and surely or we are going to start flying.

"The Gateshead game could be a turning point for us and we have to make it into something successful.

"As a striker you want to get off to a good start as well, but it will come.

"I have to be patient. Things dropped for me in pre-season, giving me confidence."

Manager Paul Cox is keen to bring in another central defender ahead of tomorrow's trip to Braintree and says that is a 'strong possibility'.

He said: "I have got two I'm looking at. One is at a League club who has played a lot of first team games."


Connor backs Thommo to be a Stags hit
Nottingham Post, Thursday, August 18, 2011

PAUL Connor has backed John Thompson to put his injury nightmare behind him once he returns to the Mansfield Town fold.


The central defender – signed on a two-year deal from Notts County in the summer – has been ruled out of action for the first month of the season.

That was after sustaining a horrific facial injury in the abandoned pre-season friendly at Ilkeston that saw him break his nose and need more than 40 stitches.

The Irishman was pushed into the dug-out by Robins striker Gary Ricketts, who was subsequently suspended.

Connor is looking forward to the day when Republic of Ireland international Thompson makes his competitive Mansfield debut and believes he will have a big impact.

"I only played one game with John before he got injured but he looked a very good player who used his experience," said the striker.

"I think he would only have got better and better the more he played and the fitter he got.

"It was very unlucky for him to get injured like that, but I'm sure he will come back stronger and even more determined when the time comes. He will have a point to prove.

"No one likes to see incidents like that and I'd have to say that it's the worst head injury I have seen during my career.

"But he is a big character and there will be a big chunk of the season left for him to make his mark when he is back in the running."



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