Skipper warns Robins - don't bank on celebrations
CHAD website, 19 April 2007
INJURED Stags skipper Jake Buxton warned Swindon not to count on celebrating promotion on Saturday.
And Buxton added he would definitely be back before the season ends following his knee surgery.
"There will be a carnival atmosphere down there but they shouldn't bank on celebrating promotion yet as we have done well against the top sides this season.
"With all the injuries we have it will be almost a B side we send out down there. But it gives the young lads a chance to prove they are worth a contract for next year.
"It is a real step up but I can remember making it and I will tell them what I was told - there is no one that can do it but yourself.
"As captain I try to look after the younger players as best I can.
"I thought young Ashley Kitchen had a great debut last week. He did himself proud.
"It is good for the future of the club and nice to see a youngster coming through as we haven't had one for a while."
He added: "I have been struggling with my knee as I keep training hard and it kept breaking down.
"But it has been 10 times better the last couple of days. It is up to the gaffer when and if he wants to risk me now."
More misery as two more Stags go under the knife
CHAD website, 19 April 2007
AMAZINGLY there was yet more gloomy news at Field Mill today as it was revealed both Matt Hamshaw and Asa Charlton will undergo knee surgery tomorrow morning and their seasons are over.
That makes it five senior players that have required operations in recent weeks and leaves manager Billy Dearden possibly without the services of nine senior players for Saturday's trip to promotion hopefuls Swindon Town.
This news followed yesterday's anouncement that 19-year-old on-loan Scottish U20 international Bryan Hodge had been recalled by Blackburn Rovers.
In the treatment room are Giles Coke (knee ligaments), Jake Buxton (knee), Jon D'Laryea (ankle), Asa Charlton (knee), Matt Hamshaw (knee), Bryan Hodge (recalled by Blackburn), Gareth Jelleyman (Achille's tendon) Stephen Dawson (hamstring), Simon Brown (hamstring).
Only Dawson and Brown have an outside chance of being involved at Swindon though nether would be fully fit.
Chris Wood is being recalled from a loan spell at Ilkeston Town just to make up bench numbers and two 17-year-old trainees, winger Jamie McGhee and central defender Joe Storer are on stand-by for the bench if Dawson and Brown don't make it.
"I have never know an injury list like this," said manager Dearden.
"I have told all my players to stay at home today - and don't move!
"It looks like I am going to have call Woody back from Ilkeston to give us a bit of experience!
"After what's hapened recently, it was almost inevitable Asa and Matty would need operations after seeing the specialist yesterday.
"We could have done without Bryan Hodge being recalled but it is his club and they can do what they want.
"I don't know why he was called back - whether it was for disciplinary reasons or not, I won't know until I hear from them next.
"All we can do is keep and the kids going in will keep doing their best they can."
He added: "We know it will be difficult on Saturday.
"Swindon are a big club and can go up on Saturday so there will probably be a full house. It is up to us to try to spoil the party."
The Robins have lost just once in their last eight games and have won their last four homes, drawing the one before.
WOOD RECALLED FOR INJURY COVER
EVENING POST, 19 April 2007
Billy Dearden will this week recall Chris Wood (right) to Mansfield from his loan at Ilkeston to cover for injuries.
The Stags boss has previously resisted the temptation to bring back the young defender, believing first team action with the Robins would be more beneficial.
But with the latest casualties Johnny Mullins and Matt Hamshaw (knee injuries) taking the total of injured first team players to nine, Dearden has little option.
"I have never known an injury list like this and it is for that reason that I have to bring Chris back," he said.
Swindon Town Close To Sell Out?
Swindon Town have confirmed that a crowd of over 10,000 will be at the County Ground Saturday as Swindon hope to win Promotion by beating Mansfield Town.
Should Town reach the plateau of reaching 10,000 it would mark the second time this season the club have seen such a crowd, Town had a crowd of 10,010 against Bristol Rovers in December.
Town have been running a special offer where fans can pick up seats on the Stratton Bank for just £5.00 if you are a season ticket holder or had tickets for the Torquay United and Shrewsbury Town matches. The club have confirmed that over 2,000 tickets have been snapped up so far.
If ticket sales continue how they have been it could be close to a sell out in the home areas of the ground Saturday.
Should Town better the result of MK Dons Saturday they will be promoted back to League One at the first chance.
Swindon v Mansfield
Swindon have Lukas Jutkiewicz pushing for a recall after scoring in the last two matches after coming off the bench.
Either Barry Corr or Blair Sturrock would make way for Jutkiewicz, who will move to Everton in the summer.
Mansfield may be without seven regulars after Johnny Mullins' knee injury against Rochdale left him without his first choice defence.
Jake Buxton (knee), Jonathon D'Laryea (ankle), Simon Brown, Stephen Dawson and Asa Charlton are doubts.
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