CURLE AND TAYLOR REACTION
Audio interview with Keith Curle from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Delighted and relieved, Mansfield manager Keith Curle said: "There were two teams out there looking at this game as a springboard for the final run-in.
"It was a result a lot of people needed at this club from the players through to the supporters. It keeps the belief as, after losing three of our last four games, there were a lot of doubting Thomas's around.
"I told my players to go out there and express themselves. I looked each of them in the eye in the changing room before the game to make sure they had no fear.
"It was a very tight game and I never thought there would be a hatful of goals.
"I was pleased to see Laurent get the winner on his debut. He is one of the best headers of the ball I've ever played against and it wasn't an easy finish by any means."
CURLE FULL OF PRAISE FOR STAGS
Evening Post website
Keith Curle was full of praise as Mansfield kept their play-off hopes alive against Hull.
"It was a result a lot of people needed at this club," he said.
"It'll help maintain our self-belief because after our last three of four games there were a lot of doubters around."
"There were never going to be a hat-full of goals and it was great to see Laurent get the winner.
"He is one of the best in the air I have ever seen, and it wasn't an easy finish by any means."
Hull boss Peter Taylor was defiant after the game and said: "I remain very positive.
"We still have a dozen matches to go and there is enough football in us to get enough points. I won't panic. "This is still the same team that went on that seven-match run and I know we have enough ability in the club to get us through this little sticky patch.
"It was a difficult pitch and a strong wind and there weren't many great chances for either side. For me the game should have finished level.
"It was two decent teams desperate for a result, two very committed teams, and there was never going to be much time or space to play.
"I was very disappointed to concede from a corner. At corners everyone has a job to do but, unfortunately, one of my players had gone to sleep."
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