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6th April 2008 0:31

audio interviews with Paul Holland from Mansfield 103.2, CHAD and Radio Nottingham, here


audio interview with Johnny Mullins from Radio Nottingham, here

CHAD audio interview with Jon D'Laryea here.
D'Laryea said: "We had chances at 2-0 to kill off the game and we were a bit unlucky with our finishing.
"At first it felt like a defeat, but then the gaffer said we must take the positives out of this."


Old boy Adam tips Stags to survive

FORMER Stags striker Adam Birchall's equaliser saw Mansfield drop two precious points in Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw at Field Mill.
But Birchall is still tipping his old team mates to avoid the drop.

He said: "I was raring to go today and, with the history of me and my old club, I was delighted to score here again but a little bit sad with the circumstances.

"I still think Mansfield will get out of trouble and hope they do.

"I had to take it on the chin to be on the bench today when we had injuries and the manager went for five in midfield. I had to be very professional and I did everything I didn't do when I was here which was to be mature about it!

"I have said all season that Mansfield are one of the best sides we have played against and almost all the lads in our dressing room agree me.

"Some of Mansfield's football in the first half was breathtaking at times and, if they keep doing what they are doing, they can still stay up, though I do think it will go down to the wire.

"I still think that last game at Dagenham will be massive."

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Holland orders Stags - no moping, stay positive


PAUL Holland ordered his side not to mope about injury-hit Barnet's comeback on Saturday to salvage a 2-2 draw - and said they must stay positive for the five games ahead in their relegation battle.
The Bees grabbed two late goals and almost won a game they looked dead and buried in at 2-0 down.

But Stags did actually close the gap to safety by a point as Notts County and Dagenham were beaten and Holland said: "It was disappointing not to win after being 2-0 up but you have to stay positive.

"We have now picked up five points from three games which is better form than Notts County or Dagenham.

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"We have taken four points from two home games this week, probably for the first time this season. And we have closed the gap on Notts and Dagenham by a point.
"There are one or two close to tears in that dressing room but it's no good feeling sorry for ourselves.

"At 2-0 up we were absolutely coasting. Some may say it is an inexperienced manager who should have made changes quicker at 2-0 up.

"But we could have gone 3-0 up - Jefferson (Louis) had two great chances. That's no slight against him as he has played well for me in these last three games.

"Their three subs panicked us a bit looking back. But look at the table and you can see we still have a great chance.

"It had to be Adam Birchall who scored their equaliser didn't it? He is one of several players who should not have been allowed to leave this football club on the cheap in my opinion but that was before me.

"No-one is more disappointed than me today. But it's no good sulking. We remain positive."

Bees manager Paul Fairclough added: "You have to respond to a situation and, to be fair, the game should have been out of sight by that time as Mansfield could have gone 3-0 up.

"But is was always my intention to unleash Anthony Thomas and Adam Birchall at some stage.

"I had to do something to affect the game and all three did that when they went on.

"We got a draw and I will take that after the way we played in the first half and the start of the second. But I think we could have gone on to win it if there had been more time on the clock.

"We finished the game very strongly and the players responded magnificently.

"Bu the end you wonder if you should have gone 4-4-2. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But our resources were stretched with injuries at the back so I went 4-5-1 to pack the midfield. It was a real makeshift defence but they got better as the game went on.

"Mansfield did everything right for 50 minutes and if I were them I would be feeling very disappointed not to have taken all three points."


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