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5th October 2007 22:27

mansfieldtown.net reveals that 17 year old winger Ryan Goward has been drafted into the Stags squad. Full story here -->

Exclusive interview from Evening Post with Dan Martin is here --->http://www.thisismansfieldtown.co.uk/news.aspx
Some quotes from Dan Martin:
"I was a little bit nervous against MK Dons because it is a long time since I have played left-back," said Martin. "But after the first five I got into and things went okay.
"It is always good playing alongside Bucko (Jake Buxton) talking to you and telling you where you need to be.
"I had a bit of a chance to work on it in training on Monday, which helped.
"I will play anywhere to get to start in the team because no-one wants to be sat on the bench.
Derby-born Martin said: "We should have got something out of the game against MK Dons and the lads knew they had played well from the way they were clapped off by the fans.
"We didn't have the best of luck and we weren't helped by the officials but you can't help but draw confidence from the way we performed.

Vital Quotes:
The Millers beat the Stags recently at Field Mill in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy but manager, Mark Robins says 'they had a lot of players missing that night' and he also says not to take much notice of the league table at the moment, 'Billy Dearden is a great footballing man, he's been in the game a long time and is nobody's fool.'

Big Millers fan, Matty Hamshaw, will be playing against the team of his boyhood tomorrow and says, 'It should be a good day out and Millmoor would be a good place to start our revival. Rotherham have got experienced players and Mark Robins has done well turning it round but the best move he made was fetching John Breckin back. I'm surprised they aren't in the top three already.'
Millers Team News:
The Millers are set to be without Peter Holmes, who has a persistant toe injury and Marc Joseph is going to be out for six to eight weeks with a kidney virus. Young player Liam King is also set to miss out with a leg injury. The pairing up front of Chris O'Grady and Derek Holmes will probably stay.
Player to watch: Ian Sharps
Now back to match fitness and a tower of strength in defence

Rotherham v Mansfield
Rotherham will be without Bruce Dyer (back) and Liam King (leg) for Mansfield's visit to Millmoor.
However, Peter Holmes is available again and will challenge Danny Harrison and Marcus Bean for a midfield berth.

Sean craves the taste of victory
CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
SEAN McAllister is enjoying life at Field Mill right now, despite Stags slumping to the bottom of the table.
But, as he prepared for tomorrow's trip to Rotherham, the Sheffield Wednesday loanee admitted he was looking forward to the taste of League victory.

"I have really enjoyed my time here and it looks like I will be staying a second month if that's all right with Brian Laws," he said.

"But, unfortunately, we have lost all five games since I came here so I want to be part of a win. I think it will come soon."
He added: "It has been in at the deep end for me.

"In League Two football you seem to have less time on the ball than higher up.

"Players make up for their so-called lesser ability so you really have to sharpen up on the ball and I think I have improved, especially after my first three games.

"I think my performance against Milton Keynes was my best yet and hopefully a sign of things to come.

"We passed the ball a lot better and team mates gave each other better angles.

"It was very frustrating not to win it but there were a lot of plusses to take out of it for Saturday.

"Our better performances have come against higher-placed teams who like to pass the ball. I have watched Rotherham this season and they do like to pass the ball.

"I think we have had more shots on target than any other team in the division, so it's staggering to think we are bottom.

"We just can't seem to get a break. If our luck improves we will start winning and I think we will go on from there."

McAllister certainly seems to be finding his League feet right now.
He said: "After playing reserve team football at Sheffield Wednesday for four years I needed first team football as a step up in terms of development. So coming here was an easy decision for me.

"The lads have treated me well and the fans seem to have taken to me quite well. I am very pleased with it all apart from the results."

Time running out for new face for Rotherham
CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
Time is against Stags boss Billy Dearden as he tries to bring in a new face for tomorrow's derby game at Rotherham United (3pm).
With only 16 fit players Dearden has been trying hard to bring someone in, but says he will not bring in anyone for the sake of it.

"One I had hoped to bring in didn't come off but I have made other enquiries and am just waiting for phone calls back now," he said.
"I was very busy on the phone all yesterday and it will be the same today.

"If I can get someone in for Saturday I will. But we do have a clear week next week so I won't be panicked into bringing the wrong one in.
"It will be the right player whenever they come in and, if that's next week, then so be it."

Dearden is finding it hard to know which positions need cover right now due to the number of injuries he is getting.

It would seem keeper Carl Muggleton will be fit to return on Saturday after taking a nasty blow to the face on Tuesday.

"The lad caught me in the face with his knee and he has bent my nose a bit," said Muggleton. "But I should be all right."

Manager Dearden added: "Carl broke his nose and there was a lot of blood everywhere. But he didn't lose conciousness and should be fine to play.

"I am not sure what will happen with Jake Buxton. He got a bad dead leg after taking a knee right on his hip bone.

"If it was lower it would have been easier for him. But knowing the skipper he will want to play – that's the type of character he is. We will just have to wait and see with him.

"I can't see Gareth Jelleyman being fit. He may have a cartilage problem. If he is going to be back soon then that's fine as I though Dan Martin did well filling in for him.

"But Dan is not a left back and if Gareth is going to be out for four or five games then I might have to look at bringing a left full back in.

"Our squad is nowhere near big enough. I will probably still only have 16 players on Saturday. We have Ashley Kitchen on the bench and he is nowhere near fit.

"I can recall loan players Danny Reet and Rory Boulding after Saturday. But they are strikers and that wouldn't help our defensive problems.
"It is defenders and midfielders who are out injured."

Danny Sleath was back in training today while long term injured Jon D'Laryea is expected to make a very welcome return to training next week with the home clash with Notts County on 20th October the earliest return date for him.

He could do with two or three reserve outings. But, with so many injuries, a reserve friendly is something Dearden dare not risk just now.

Stags may have lost six on the trot and nine of their 11 games this season, but neighbours Rotherham have only won once in the last five games.

Dearden said: "They did pick up a point against Macclesfield during the week, but they had lost one or two before that so maybe it's a good time to be going there if they can ever be a good time.

"We will take the confidence from our performance against Milton Keynes into this game and I am looking for the same again.

"I have no reason to change the side apart from injuries or if I can bring someone in. The lads deserve another crack at it."


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