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1st October 2003 8:15

Bristol Evening Post website

Ray Graydon kept his team in the dressing room after the game before banishing them back out on to the pitch while he sympathised with the suffering Pirates fans.

He said: "I can understand people asking for their money back after that first half. Our performance was abysmal. I thought the fans were fantastic and they deserve an apology for those first 45 minutes.

"Being professional, rolling our sleeves upand putting on a good performance for the supporters is the least I can expect from my players. When you show no fight or spirit you are in trouble. It doesn't take a miracle man to see the difference in the second half. It was nothing to do with the tactics, it's all to do with application."

Stags boss Kieth Curle was a happy man as he returned to his home city. He watched Craig Disley, with two goals, and Junior Mendes put Mansfield into an unassailable 3-0 lead at the break.

His side were able to hang on comfortably after the break, except for a last-minute penalty from Paul Tait which gave Rovers a consolation goal.


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