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26th October 2007 14:23

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STAGS' 'forgotten' midfielder Jon D'Laryea has spoken of his joy at getting closee to a return to the first team.
In an exclusive video interview with Chad's John Lomas, he tells of his fight back to fitness - believing that he would not even miss a game, never mind seven months.

D'Laryea pulled on a Mansfield Town shirt for the first time in those seven months on Tuesday when he completed 65 minutes of a reserve friendly against Crewe Alexandra at Field Mill.
But manager Billy Dearden stressed it was only a first step and he would not push the midfield ace back too soon, though D'Laryea will travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Stags to make late decision on Dawson
CHAD.co.uk, 26 Oct 2007, By Tim Morriss
MIDFIELDER Stephen Dawson is being given every chance to make Saturday's match at Shrewsbury.
The Irish midfielder suffered a dead leg during last weekend's win over Notts County and is still today (Friday) rated as only 50-50 to make the trip to the New Meadow stadium.
On Friday club physio Paul Madin said that Dawson would be training on Friday and then have a fitness test tomorrow ahead of the match - Mansfield's first trip to the new ground.

He added that he rated the player's chance of appearing in the match as still at 50-50.

Sean McAllister or Danny Sleath will probably replace Dawson in the midfield if he fails the fitness test as the Stags look to stretch their unbeaten run to three matches - and claim their first away win of the season.

Wainwright signs as GP looks for improvement
blue-and-amber.co.uk, By A Thomas, 25/10/2007
Gary Peters has swooped to sign Darlington winger Neil Wainwright on a month's loan as he looks to get his side back to winning ways when Mansfield Town visit this Saturday.
Town are currently on a winless streak of six games, picking up just two points in that time and will be desperate for a victory when the struggling Stags travel to Oteley Road stadium this Saturday, 27th October.
And trying to help them do that will be 29 year-old winger Neil Wainwright, who has signed on a one month loan deal from fellow League Two side Darlington.

Wainwright has made over 250 league appearances, starting his career at Wrexham before moving to join Sunderland and then Darlington - via a loan spell and then on a full time deal, although he has found opportunities limited at the Darlington Arena so far this term.

The right winger will give Gary Peters more options ahead of the Mansfield game, and one would imagine that Wainwright will go straight into the starting eleven.

Shrewsbury are still without long term injury victim Ben Davies, while fellow winger Marc Pugh has just returned from injury and was played in a forward role last weekend at Bury.
Dearden cools hunt for left back
CHAD.co.uk, 25 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
With Gareth Jelleyman back in the squad and makeshift left back Dan Martin playing well, Stags boss Billy Dearden is cooling his interest in bringing in another left back.
Dearden knows his wafer thin squad needs at least a couple of new players.

But he admits priorities are changing from week to week.

"Things did develop, but with Gareth and Dan I am now a lot happier than when we had no one to play there.

"It changes week to week at this level what your priorities are.

"I am always looking and have been out watching games every night this week to see what's knocking around. If someone catches my eye then I will get them in to pressure everyone else.

"But we have players coming back from injury and I have always said that, fully fit, we have a half decent team here."

Dawson injury worry for Shrewsbury
CHAD.co.uk, 25 Oct 2007, by John Lomas
STEPHEN Dawson is the big doubt for Mansfield Town as they prepare for Saturday's trip to Shrewsbury Town.
The Irish midfielder suffered a dead leg during last weekend's win over Notts County and is rated as only 50-50 to make the trip to the New Meadow.

"I thought 'Daws' would be back in training today but he isn't so it's going to be a last minute job," said manager Billy Dearden.

Club physio Paul Madin added: "We will give Dawson a fitness test today and see if there is any reaction tomorrow. He has a dead leg on the outside of his thigh.

"There has been a massive improvement since the weekend but he is touch and go for Shrewsbury."

Sean McAllister and Danny Sleath stand by to replace him.

Stags will look to build on four points in their last two games on Saturday and Dearden added: "We go there confident without being over-confident.

"With Macclesfield at home next week, if we can get a result at Shrewsbury I will be more than satisfied.

"We will stick to the same style. With Mickey (Boulding) and Simon (Brown) up front we have no height but a lot of pace. So we need to play it on the ground more.

"You can't keep lumping long balls up for them though you do have to mix it up a bit."

Of the other injured players in Madin's care, Madin said giant striker John McAliskey (groin) was improving every day but the Macclesfield home game on Saturday week may come just too soon for him and the Tuesday trip to Hereford was more probable.

Defender Chris Wood (ankle) is making great improvements and could be back in a couple of weeks, but fellow defender Martin McIntosh (hamstring) will be another three weeks at least.

"Martin has a nasty inflammation in the hamstring tendon and we have given him an injection to try to calm it down," said Madin.

"If we can do that he can get down to some rehab work. We thought four to six weeks initially but it will be eight or more. You can never really tell with hamstrings."

Lady Luck booked on Stags' coach?
CHAD.co.uk, 25 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
STAGS skipper Jake Buxton reckons the side may have an extra passenger on their coach to Shrewsbury on Saturday – Lady Luck.
Very little has gone their way all season, but Buxton felt in Saturday's win against Notts County, it seemed things may just be starting to turn for the better.

"It was a great result at the weekend, something the club really needed," he said.

"We need to build on that clean sheet. We have been down on confidence and not had the rub of the green. We had conceded a lot of goals when we have been attacking.

"But on Saturday everything dropped to our feet and I think Lady Luck was on our side. Now we need to take her with us on Saturday.

"We have picked up a bit of momentum. But this is a massive game for us. We need three points at Shrewsbury.

"We are trying not to look at the league but know we have to get off the bottom.

"And we have players coming back to fitness now – players always start wanting to be fit when you are winning!

"Shrewsbury have lost their last three home games and hopefully they are on the slippery slope. If we can beat them they will be three points closer to us and, hopefully, soon we can bypass them."

Arnold takes his chance
CHAD.co.uk, 25 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
Nathan Arnold will hope to cement his place in the Stags side when he continues on the left of midfield at Shrewsbury on Saturday.
The young winger has been in and out of the picture this season, usually coming on as a substitute.

But he has started in the last two games and manager Billy Dearden said: "Nathan has done okay there and needs to carry on that form.

"He is not a left sided player to be fair. But we can switch him and Matty Hamshaw from left to right.

"It has been a frustrating season for Nathan and for us. With us being at the bottom, it is not easy for kids to come in. It is much easier to go into a winning side."

Clean sheet will spark win, says Mullins
CHAD.co.uk, 25 Oct 2007
It took Mansfield Town 20 games to get a clean sheet. But defender John Mullins reckons another one at Shrewsbury on Saturday will spark another victory.
"It will be tough on Saturday as they are at home and they made the Play-off final last season," he said.
"But I feel confident we can go down there and beat them.

"As a defender, it was a real relief to get a clean sheet last week after so long. Hopefully it was the first of many.

"We have some very good stacking players and if we can get a clean sheet on Saturday, I am confident in our strikers getting us goals.

"We have now closed that gap at the bottom to touching distance and we now need to kick on and get our season going."

Dawson injury worry for Shrewsbury
CHAD.co.uk, 25 Oct 2007
MIDFIELDER Stephen Dawson is an injury doubt ahead of Saturday's trip to Shrewsbury.
He picked up a dead leg in the 2-0 win over Notts County and has not trained all week.

On Thursday morning he was being put through a fitness test and the Stags will wait to see if there is any reaction on Friday before making a decision.

Boss Billy Dearden rated his chances of featuring at the New Meadow Stadium - Stags' first trip to the new ground - as just 50-50.

Long-term injury victims Jonathan D'Laryea, Chris Wood, Martin McIntosh and John McAliskey are also ruled out.

D'Laryea did take part in a reserve game this week and McAliskey is likely to be fit for the Macclesfield match on 3rd November at Field Mill.

We are on a big run now! - Dearden
CHAD.co.uk, 24 Oct 2007
MANSFIELD Town head for Shrewsbury's new home ground on Saturday full of confidence after following up the point at Barnet with a 2-0 home derby success against Notts County last weekend.
"We have got to get a result at Shrewsbury which will make things a lot better. We need to continue this mini-run.

"Shrewsbury are a different type of team and are always a big, strong outfit who play very direct.

"We are not a big side and we must deal with it as best we can and not allow them any free headers.

"But we are stronger than them in different areas. We have a lot of pace in the team which caused problems last Saturday. If we play right and to our strengths then we will cause a lot of teams problems.

"We are looking forward to going down to their new stadium which I've not visited yet.

"Shrewsbury started the season well and we were one the favourites to go up. But they are having a bit of a bad spell just now which anyone in our league will do eventually unless you have big squads like Peterborough and Milton Keynes."

The Shrews got a decent 1-1 draw at Bury last Saturday. But that followed four straight defeats, three at home where they conceded nine goals in those three games alone.

Gary Peters' men are six matches without a win and have only won once in nine.

In contrast Stags are on a rare high after beating Notts County, chalking up their first clean sheet in 20 games in the bargain.

Dearden added: "We are on a big run now of a win and a draw! Hopefully now we can get cracking and got off the bottom as soon as possible."

"Looking at the gate, there were a few more of our fans turned up on Saturday but we have got to keep them there by getting results for them.

"The supporters who have watched us week in, week out, especially away from home, have been brilliant and I am sure they will be behind us again on Saturday.

"We know we have got to get more in at home and we will do that by wining football matches and entertaining.

"It is difficult to entertain when you are down there. It's a lot easier when you are winning matches and top of the league. We just have to do the best we can."

Transfer target going elsewhere?
CHAD.co.uk, 24 Oct 2007
MANAGER Billy Dearden reveals he believes he has missed out on one of his two unnamed transfer targets.
He has been waiting patiently in two players, but told Chad: "I know one of them is now talking to a Championship side.

"And with all due respect to us, we are bottom of the entire league and, given the choice, he will probably go elsewhere. We will just have to wait and see."

D'Laryea back in a Stags shirt at last
CHAD.co.uk, 23 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
JON D'Laryea pulled on a Mansfield Town shirt for the first time in seven months this afternoon as he completed 65 minutes of a reserve friendly against Crewe Alexandra at Field Mill.
But manager Billy Dearden stressed it was only a first step and he would not push the midfield ace back too soon, though D'Laryea will travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

"Jon came through 65 minutes and Gareth Jelleyman through 75 which was pleasing," said Dearden.

"Hopefully there will be no reaction and both are okay.

"It was great to see Jon out there in a Stags shirt and he did very well to say it was his first game since March.

"But fans have to understand it was his first football for over seven months and playing 65 minutes minutes today is very different to being on the bench at Shrewsbury and possibly being forced on after 15 minutes when you are not fully ready.

"It is no good throwing him back in for the sake of it, although he will be part of the 17 who go to Shrewsbury.

"And, if injuries allow, I will try to fix up another midweek friendly next week."

For the record Stags lost a good contest with Crewe 2-1, Rory Boulding with their goal.

"It was a good game and we got exactly what we wanted out of it," added Dearden.

D'Laryea, Jelleyman come through friendly
Evening Post, 23 Oct 2007

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JONATHAN D'Laryea played 65 minutes and Gareth Jelleyman 75 minutes as Mansfield reserves lost 2-1 in a behind-closed doors friendly against Crewe yesterday.
Jason White, Danny Sleath Ashley Kitchen and goalscorer Rory Boulding also played, along with a clutch of trainees.
said Stags manager Billy Dearden: “We went 2-0 down but then fought back with a good goal from Rory and might have nicked a draw at the end. Jon came through all right and he will be training again this morning. There are no after effects. Jells played a good part of the game and I am pleased with them both. Jells has got more chance of being in the squad for Shresbury on Saturday because he has only been out for a few weeks. Jon has been out for seven months. We will have and see if he (D'Laryea) makes the 16, but if not this week, he will definitely be fit for the week after against Macclesfield because I'm looking to organise another friendly next week.”

Stags - we have belief to succeed
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Evening Post, 24 Oct 2007

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Matt Hamshaw today rubbished claims from former team-mate Lee Bullock that Mansfield lack belief and accept defeat too easily.
Hamshaw feels Bullock's loan spell coincided with a particularly rough patch for the Stags and reckons he would think differently if he was still with the club now.

Hamshaw: "I wouldn't say there was a lack of belief at the club, more that there has been a lack of confidence. When you are bottom of the league things are always going to be more difficult and I think he was here when were weren't at our strongest. Anyone coming into that would have thought a similar thing to what he did and I'm sure if he'd stayed longer he might have seen better what the players are capable of. We can't come out and say everything is rosy and everyone is one top of their form because we are bottom of the table. But we have got a decent enough bunch of players and I think it is a lack of confidence from the poor results that has been the biggest issue. If Bully thinks we are lacking, then that is his own opinion. But I don't think we are and when our confidence grows we will pick up. It will possibly provide a bit of motivation for some of the lads. But a lot is said off the pitch and what really matters is what happens on it. We are starting to get players back now, and getting Jonathan D'Laryea back will be very important."


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