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10th September 2010 12:36

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After reading the Non League Paper on Sunday morning Gary Mills was incesed
by the report that was filed by Mansfield Town's reporter who wrote that "
the Lambs stole a win at Field Mill".The Tamworth supporters who went to the
game will know that this was totally inaccurate as the whole team battled
hard for the three points and even had a number of other chances to increase
their lead, especially in a five minute spell in the second half when three
good chances were not finished off.

Gary went on to say that he did not understand why these so called big club's
cannot accept that they were well beaten by a better side on the day. He
added that his players were outstanding and more than desereved the victory.
All the 160 Tamworth fans who went to Mansfield will certainly endorse the
Gaffers comments.


Holdsworth: Stags were lacking that little bit of magic
Evening Post
DAVID Holdsworth felt Mansfield Town lacked the creative spark to make the difference against Tamworth.


The Stags were beaten for the first time at home this season in losing 1-0 to the Lambs to be knocked off the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Boss Holdsworth was pleased with his team's effort, but felt they lacked the guile to break down Tamworth.

"Teams come here to play 4-5-1 and frustrate you and that's where a little bit of magic comes in, but we didn't have that," he said.

"You can't ask for any more commitment. We just needed a little bit more quality.

"We play with wingers and we didn't put enough balls in. But we have to dust ourselves down and go again.

"It was a very healthy turn-out from the fans and there was worthy applause for the players at the end because they knew the effort they had put in.

"We gave everything we had, but it's one of those frustrating games where you come out with a few more grey hairs.

"Hopefully on another day things drop for you, because they didn't on this occasion.

"There were some good performances and a couple of performances that were a little bit flat, but we are being critical because we lost.

" If we had got a point or three, then we would be saying they were good performances."

Holdsworth was disappointed at the way Mansfield left themselves open to the counter for the match-winning goal.

It was the first time the Stags had conceded in 292 minutes of football.


Gary Mills hails 'immense' Tamworth after stunning win at league leaders Mansfield
by Colin Stoner, Birmingham Mail


Recommend GARY Mills praised his 'immense' Tamworth players after they raised their standards once again by claiming the scalp of non-league's top team for the second successive Saturday.

Having beaten Luton Town last week, the Lambs again upset an ex-league club and Blue Square Bet Premier title contender by claiming a 1-0 win at Mansfield Town.

Ben Wilkinson, watched by his dad and former Leeds United boss Howard, netted the only goal when he converted a cross from Danny Thomas on the half-hour.

Mills said: “I thought we set our standards against Luton and said I didn't really want anything less today. If anything I wanted us to be better – and I thought we were, which shows the players are listening.

“It was a good result and our first clean sheet against a side that scored four away from home on Monday.”

He added: “We are working very hard, have a good squad and a good spirit.

“I don't know where it will take us but I do know we have played some really big sides and deserved the results we have got.”

Tamworth had to defend stoutly, especially in the second period, but the winning margin could have been greater after ex-Mansfield striker Kyle Perry squandered two late chances and Alex Rodman flicked wide.


Tamworth boss Mills: We deserved that win
Evening Post

GARY Mills was delighted to see his Tamworth side knock the divisional leaders off top spot for the second week running in beating Mansfield.


Just like Luton the week before, the Lambs upset the Blue Square Bet Premier table-toppers with victory.

Their 1-0 success at Field Mill was secured by Ben Wilkinson's first half strike and a solid defensive effort that limited the Stags' chances to a premium.

"We have done it twice now. We did it against Luton, who were top at the time, and against Mansfield – and we deserved both," said former Notts County and Nottingham Forest player Mills.

"It should have been six wins out of seven for us, which you don't get for obvious reasons.

"But the pleasing thing for me is that we have a squad of players that can achieve something like that.

"This was a very good result for us and a first clean sheet for us against a team who had scored four away from home in their previous game.

"There are going to be scares – they were lumping the ball forward and they put four up in attack at the end – but my players were immense."

As Mansfield threw caution to the wind, Tamworth might have doubled their winning advantage.

Jake Sheridan and former Stag Kyle Perry missed clear-cut opportunities to make the game safe.

Mills – who also managed the Magpies – added: "With better finishing we would have won the game by more than the one goal.

"We need to hit the target more often in those situations, but it was a good performance so I can't be too critical."

But the Tamworth boss was pleased with the way his side cut Mansfield open for their winning strike, sweeping the length of the field with a swift break.

"It was a superb move for the goal," said Mills. "My skipper (Jay Smith), who was massive for us, a man-mountain, has done very well to pick out Danny (Thomas) on the left.

"Danny saw the pass to Ben (Wilkinson), who was there to finish. That is why I brought him to the club."


Stags fail to take their chance as Tamworth claim points
Evening Post
KEVIN SANDWITH felt Mansfield Town missed an opportunity after slipping to their first home defeat of the season against Tamworth.


The Stags went into the game leading the Blue Square Bet Premier table on goal difference.

But they were knocked down to third as the Lambs claimed a 1-0 victory at Field Mill.

It is the third time in three seasons that Mansfield have been unable to beat Gary Mills' side on their own patch.

"When you are playing well and top of the league, even though you are playing a decent side, if you have aspirations of finishing near the top then you should be winning games like this," said Sandwith.

"But Tamworth came here with a game plan and put in a decent performance.

"They made it hard, but they have had some good results, beating Luton, and are a good side.

"They sat deep, broke quickly and had some decent energy going forward, as they showed with the goal they scored."

Sandwith says he and the rest of his team-mates were disappointed by how they conceded the winner, scored on the half hour mark by Ben Wilkinson.

He said: "Once they got the goal then it was up to us to try to break them down, but the more we pushed on the more we were vulnerable to another counter at the other end.

"To concede a goal as we did from our own set piece was massively disappointing.

"Louis Briscoe got to his man but then had it nicked past him. It was a sloppy goal all round really."


Foster frustrated by Lambs' smash and grab
CHAD.co.uk, 4 September 2010, By John Lomas

STAGS skipper Steve Foster admitted his side are going to have to get used to breaking down sides who come to Field Mill with a negative game plan after this afternoon's frustrating 1-0 defeat by Tamworth.


The visitors arrived with just one man up front and scored the winner on a swift counter-attack to knock Stags off the top of the table.

"We know we are going to get teams who come here and play with one up front and look to stop us playing and that's exactly what they did," said Foster.

"It is something we have to work on and be able to break them down.
"It was a bad day for us and we are all disappointed. We were all confident before the game and upbeat and so I hope the result doesn't knock us down too much.

"Fair play to Tamworth. They have picked up some good results this season, probably through the hard work they showed today.

"We are just disappointed that the quality and talent we have within this squad wasn't able to break them down today."

Boss David Holdsworth added: "We showed a willingness to get forward and that has cost us today.

"We have enough experience at the back to ensure we should be secure.

And we gave the ball away from our own set play which is the most
annoying thing.

"But full credit to Tamworth. They must have had 11 men at times parked in their box and got bodies in the way.

"They beat Luton last week and they are a hard team to break down and defended for their lives for most of the game.

"We paid the price for not taking our chances. We created enough today to ensure we got something out of this game – a point if not all three.

"We probably created more openings today than we did last week when we beat Cambridge.

"We asked plenty of questions but the ball would not drop for us. There were some good performances today and a couple that were a bit flat. Maybe I need to freshen things up a little for the next game.

"But I only being critical because we lost. I couldn't ask for any more commitment or endeavour, just a bit more quality. The boys put in a shift today so I can't be too critical.

"Our fans applauded the players off and justifiably so. They saw we gave it everything we had but it was just one of those days which, as a manager, gives you a few more grey hairs.

"We now have to dust ourselves down and go again. There is no point in being too down about it."

Delighted Lambs boss Gary Mills said: "Luton were top of the table when we beat them last week and Mansfield were top when we won today and we deserved both results. In fact we should have won six out of seven.

"We are working very hard, we have a good squad and a good spirit. I don't know where it will take us but I do know we have now played some really big sides and deserved the results we have got.

"I thought we set our standards against Luton and I said I didn't really want anything less today, if anything I wanted us to be better. And I thought today we were better than last week which shows they are listening.

"It was a good result and our first clean sheet against a side that scored four away from home on Monday.

"There are always going to be scares as they went long with four up trying to get the knock-down. But my players were immense, massive.

"And if our finishing had been better we might have won by more as we opened them up a few times but didn't hit the target when we should have done."


Stags skipper Foster left to rue what might have been
Evening Post

STEVE Foster was left to rue what might have been after Mansfield Town were knocked off the Blue Square Premier top spot by Tamworth.


The Stags skipper knew he and his team-mates had the perfect opportunity to retain leadership of the table.

But they failed to take advantage to slide to a first home defeat of the season and their second in all.

"It is disappointing because of the position we had put ourselves in going into the match," said Foster.

"We knew it was going to be difficult, but we had a home game to carry on our good form and we were confident.

"We were looking to keep the run going, but that hasn't happened.

"We knew Tamworth were going to put a lot of men behind the ball like a lot of teams are going to do when they come here this season.

"Unfortunately for us, they got their goal and that meant they dropped deeper and we had to try to break them down.

"The determination was there to go forward and look to score goals and you could say it didn't fall for us.

"We didn't get that lucky break you sometimes need.

"But the disappointing thing was that we have more than enough quality in the squad to have got back in the game but on this occasion we couldn't do it."

"We have been saying in the dressing room that perhaps we resorted to playing too many long balls up to Paul Connor and Rob Duffy when he came on.

"We need to try to look after the ball a bit better than that and maybe be more patient."

Foster is hoping Mansfield can learn lessons that can be taken into future home fixtures.

He said: "We will get plenty of teams playing just one up front and look to stop us from playing.

"That's exactly what Tamworth did and that's something we need to work on playing against.

"It was a bad day for us and we are all disappointed.

"Fair play to Tamworth because they have already picked up some good results this season through their hard work."



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