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15th October 2007 20:34

Audio interview with Paul Fairclough from BBC London 94.9 (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/realmedia/sport/131007_paul.ram

Audio interview with manager Billy Dearden from Mansfield 103.2 & Stagsworld : here
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_barnet_away_manager.ram
Audio interview with Simon Brown from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_barnet_away_player.ram
CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
A weight off Brown's shoulders
SIMON Brown feels the weight of the world has been lifted off his shoulders after scoring his first goal of the season in today's 1-1 draw at Barnet.
"I shot across the keeper and he just got his fingertips to it which slowed it right down and I was hoping it would go over the line," he said.

"But I would take any goal right now, even if the ball smashed me in the face and went in!
"I think the last goal I scored was against these last season and it had become a bit of a burden. Now the weight is off my shoulders.

"We know we had enough chances for a win today.

"But the boys are pretty buoyant. It feels like a win getting a point here.

"Although they got a lucky penalty and we should have had one, things are starting to go for us now. We played really well today.

"We were going for the second goal to kill them off but they broke away and scored. But we carried on and didn't go under.

"A point is better than nothing in our predicament.

"Quite a few managers keep saying we are the best team they've played so it would be nice to start winning."

CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
Muggleton the spot kick hero
STAGS keeper Carl Muggleton was the hero with a penalty save and a last minute stop as Mansfield came away with a hard-earned point from Barnet.
Muggleton turned aside a 78th minute by Jason Puncheon and then acrobatically denied Neal Bishop in the fifth minute of stoppage time as Mansfield ended a run of seven straight defeats.
"You hope a point away from home will give you that stepping stone to kickstart your season," he said.

"We need to keep putting performances in like that and being resilient.
"I was pleased to save the penalty. As long as you guess the right way you have a chance.

"The lad tried to give me the eyes but it was nice to guess right and make the save, especially with a point at stake.

"The last minute save was quite easy really as I saw it early. Perhaps I made a bit of a meal of it but I was pleased to hold on and not concede a corner."

He added: "I thought we deserved more.

"We had a lot of chances in the first half. If one of those had gone in and we'd come out and made a start like we did in the second half, 2-0 would have made things a bit easier for us.

"Down the slope in the second half we had to cope with quite a bit of pressure but we had two solid banks of four and everyone stuck together which was good."

CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
We deserved all three points - Dearden
STAGS boss Billy Dearden didn't know whether to be delighted or disappointed after the 1-1 draw at Barnet on Saturday lunchtime.
Delighted that Mansfield Town had finally ended their seven-match losing run in the draw, but disappointed that they had not taken more of their chances and won the game.

The Stags created the better chances in a goalless first half, led two minutes into the second half through Simon Brown before being pegged back by Liam Hatch's equaliser.
Then only a fine penalty save by keeper Carl Muggleton stopped them losing an eighth successive match.

Dearden said at the final whistle: "We made enough chances to win the game. We played some good football, particularly in the first half, and we were disappointed to be 0-0 at half-time.

"Then again we lost a player through injury, it disrupted us, but we worked very, very hard.

"'Browny' took his goal very well, perhaps his ears were ringing from half-time because he should have scored just before half-time. I am pleased for him, let's hope this is the start of a run of goals for him.

"It was a tremendous save by Carl and young Goward was great. We thought he could do a bit of a job for us. For a first league game Underhill is a very difficult place to come and make your mark and he did okay.

"I am just glad we have stopped the rot and at a place like Barnet where it is very, very difficult to come.

"We have tightened up at the back, created a lot of chances - which I always said we would with this side - and can take a lot of positives from this."

But Stags were beset with more injury problems.

"We have had to reorganise again and we have lost players again so they deserve a real pat on the back," added Dearden.

"They stuck at it and worked very hard.

"John McAliskey broke down in training on Thursday. Sean McAllister was ill and, though we brought him down and he went for a jog and a walk, he didn't feel too good so we left him out.

"Then Dan Martin limped off and I thought he was having a storming game up until then."

CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
We should be in top half of table - Dearden
STAGS boss Billy Dearden believes his side could play in the top half of the table.
Speaking ahead of this afternoon's match at Barnet and on the back of seven successive defeats, the manager said: "I firmly believe we are more than capable of being in the top half of the table.

"We are better than some teams above us, but we are bottom so really at the moment we are not. We have got to get cracking. And it is upto me to get in the players to take us up the table.

"We will battle hard and work hard, as we have been doing. I believe in a day off during the week, but this week there has been no day off and we have worked straight through."


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