JENNINGS & RILEY OUT FOR 3-4 WEEKS
Moore on survival targets
mansfieldtown.net, 18th February 2014
Micky Moore, our first team coach, has set an initial target of 51 points for our team, as we bid to secure our position in Sky Bet League Two
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“I don’t think it’s so much that we’ve targeted a certain amount of points, what you look at is history and last year Barnet got relegated with 51 points,” said Moore.
“So what you look at is the teams below us like Northampton, Wycombe and Torquay and ask ‘How many points do they need to get, to get above us?’.
“For arguments sake, if we got 17 or 18 more points that would give us 52 or 53 [points], and you then look at how many points they need to get above you.
“Northampton are on 26 points now, so they’re going to have to get the same amount of points that they have done in a third of the season, than they have done in two-thirds of the season.
“You look at things like that, but the big thing is to win as many games as we possibly can.”
Moore added: “We’ve got 15 games left and we’ve got to get over 50 points and see where that takes us, so you’re looking at getting over 51 points as our target.”
Meanwhile, Moore also insists that our frontmen will be working extremely hard on the training ground over the coming weeks to improve their finishing.
He said: “I don’t think we’ve made any secrets that we’ve been looking to bring in a forward to help the lads we’ve got already, because we need to score goals.
“We’ve probably been guilty in games of not finishing off chances when we’ve had them, so it’s an area that we’ve got to work on this week in terms of trying to get the lads composed in front of goal.
“I think if you look on reflection over the last two or three weeks, we probably would have got more results if we had a natural finisher to [convert] the chances.
When asked what can be done on the training ground to improve our finishing, Moore replied: “We’ve got to just try and re-create [goalscoring] situations and get [players] confident in terms of hitting the back of the net.
“Hopefully, they can then relax on a matchday and take opportunities.”
Our first team coach also confirmed that left-back James Jennings and centre-half Martin Riley are both set to be sidelined for at least three weeks.
“At the moment, you’re probably looking at around three to four weeks for the pair of them,” said Moore.
“Martin might be a little bit before that, but it’s one of those where we leave it in the physio’s hands to try and get them back as quick as they can.”
A full interview with Micky Moore is available on Stags Player.
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Stags defensive pair out for a month
Mansfield Town defensive pair Martin Riley and James Jennings could both be sidelined for up to a month after suffering first half injuries in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Oxford United.
It is another major blow to the club, whose squad is rapidly diminishing, yet they still need to get further players out in order to free up cash for a much-needed new striker, with a tough home clash with promotion-chasing Fleetwood Town looming this Saturday.
Riley has injured a quad muscle and could be the first to return, but Jennings has a tear in his calf.
“Getting players out is on hold at the minute with the injuries,” said first team coach Micky Moore.
“James Jennings and Martin Riley could be up to a month and Louis Briscoe’s back is in spasm. Also, Jake Speight is not fit enough to play a game yet.
“We are still looking for a striker and the staff went to watch three games on Monday and another two or three today.
“We have been close on one or two occasions. We looked at a lad at Aston Villa but he went to Doncaster in the Championship. That is the pecking order we are in.
“It’s no secret we are looking for a natural goalscorer that could help the lads. If someone becomes available we will put it to the board and see if we can bring that person in.”
Stags also announced this week that physio Simon Murphy is to leave in two weeks and join Championship high-flyers Leicester City as assistant first team coach.
“Simon is a young lad, very ambitious and a fantastic physio,” said Moore. “His attention to detail is excellent and he is meticulous in everything he does. He is very professional and it’s no surprise that a club the size of Leicester want him.
“He is a sad loss but we wish him well. That’s what happens when you bring people in and nurture them and they go on and have a fantastic career.”
Trialist Sunderland striker Craig Lynch (21) came on a substitute to set up skipper Ben Hutchinson for the 79th minute winner as Stags reserves secured their place in the Final Third Development League Cup semi-finals as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Rotherham United yesterday.
Tom Hitchcock fired the Millers ahead with a contentious strike after only three minutes, but Ollie Palmer equalised with a low finish before the quarter-hour mark.
Stags now advance to the semi-finals along with Group A winners Leicester City.
Morecambe, Wigan Athletic and Carlisle United are all in contention to win Group C.
17 Feb 2014
James Jennings confirmed at "An evening with James Jennings" on Monday night that, following an MRI scan, he will be out for up to four weeks with a torn quad.
Craig Lynch: Rochdale sign ex-Sunderland striker
18 February 2014
League Two promotion chasers Rochdale have signed former Sunderland striker Craig Lynch on non-contract terms.
The 21-year-old was released by the Black Cats in January after two outings as a substitute for the Premier League club during the 2010-11 season.
"He's got a good pedigree after coming through a top-class academy at Sunderland," Dale's assistant manager Chris Beech told the club website.
Rochdale, who are fourth in the table, host Burton Albion on Tuesday.
But Beech has warned that Lynch is unlikely to make an immediate impression at Spotland, adding: "Craig has an understanding, as we do, that he has got to get up to Rochdale tempo and that is going to take him three to four weeks.
"From a supporters' point of view, I'd just ask for a little bit of patience because they might not get to know him quite so soon."
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