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Archived News from April 2003

7th April 2003 12:57

mansfieldtown.net reports that Ben Doane has been recalled to Sheffield United by boss Neil Warnock today. Ben will be figuring in this evening's fixture against Wimbledon as the Blades strive for a place in the automatic promotion slot.
Talking about the time Ben spent at Field Mill, Stags Boss Keith Curle told mansfieldtown.net: “Ben is a player I have a lot of time for, I wish him well after all he has done a good job here and I feel that we haven't seen the best of him. During the three months he has been here he has a lot to contend with he was ill, then a bereavement in the family and the birth of his child – all this and he still de a superb job on the pitch for us.”
Doane's contract at Sheffield comes to an end at the end of the season so he is a player that Curle will be monitoring very closely and is could well become a permanent fixture at the Mill in the future: “I will be monitoring Ben with interest, he is a player that I like personally and professionally and let's just say that hope of having him here is not yet dead and buried”

Meanwhile mansfieldtown.net reports that Curle was impressed with the over all spirit and performance shown by the lads on Saturday against Port Vale: “The first half performance was good with the lads playing a disciplined game. I was especially pleased as it followed on from the previous weeks debacle against Peterborough. I think if we had scored first it would have been a totally different game and we would have finished the winners. I spoke to Brian Horton after the match and he told me that the Valliants away performances of late were better than the home games”. Curle still believes that our survival dreams haven't been crushed completely, mathematically it is still possible for the Stags to survive the final shake down “We just have to do it the hard way now” said Curle referring to next weeks trip to Ashton Gate where Bristol City will be our host.
“At Bristol most of the pressure will be aimed at me hopefully taking some away from the lads and nobody really expects a win at Ashton Gate but I believe that have nothing to fear”. And jovially he adds “hopefully they will still be in party mood - and we can take advantage.”

Colin Larkin who has troubled with his Hamstring from the outset will be attending Lilleshall, the FA Headquarters, to try to get to the bottom of his problems. He is expected back at Field Mill in ten to 14 days and when a 100% fit will be available for selection.
Adam Eaton who has been suffering in silence since the Oldham game at the beginning of March is still struggling and will not be participating in full football training this week although he will be concentrating on Cardio-Vascular exercise.
Bobby Hassell phoned in sick this morning and will not be training for the next couple of days.

The Stags Resereves will be travelling to York this afternoon to play the rescheduled match which was cancelled due to bad weather back in February. The team will include Neil MacKenzie, Matt Gadsby, Scott Sellars and Jamie Clarke where all four players are expected to complete 90 minutes and Macca will be trying to score yet another goal or two to try and secure his first team place after coming onto the field of play as substitute on the hour to huge applause form the Stags faithful at the weekend.


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