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14th August 2004 22:10

I always believed we could cause them problems. We probably created about 5 chances and scored 3 goals; probably fewer chances than the last two games. Today Colin Larkin: one chances one goal; Derek Asamoah two chances one goal, Jake Buxton: one chance one goal.

We had been practicising set plays and we caused them problems. We hurt them with play down the sides by Asamoah and Larkin. That goal showed what Colin Larkin has got in the bag. I have never doubted the ability of the players in the changing room. I don't have to prove to anyone about team selection. Defeat again Bristol Rovers and Oxford was about individual errors, sloppiness, naivity, not about team selection. Today we got our just desserts. I believe we will be in the shake up at the end of the season.

Transcribed by Martin Shaw
Evening Post website

Mansfield manager Keith Curle believes his team have the ability to be in the promotion shake-up again at the end of the season.

Curle said: "I've heard a few rumours, people saying we won't be automatic promotion contenders, but I say why not? I believe we will be in the shake-up at the end of the season.

"This team have goals in them and we will play attractive attacking football, as we did in the first two games."

A scouting mission at Chester on Tuesday night paid dividends, admitted Curle.

He added: "I assessed their team and our two lads up front with pace, and Joe O'Neill with his movement and physical presence, were always going to cause them problems."

Chester's caretaker manager Ray Mathias believes his team must improve quickly or they will be back in the Conference.

Mathias saw Chester capitulate in the second half as Mansfield ran out 3-0 winners at the Saunders Honda Stadium.

Second-half goals from Derek Asamoah, Jake Buxton and a stunning strike from Colin Larkin condemned Chester to their second demoralising defeat in a week.

Mathias said: "We dominated the first half and created chances but in the second half a couple of heads went down, which was disappointing to see.

"This is all part of a learning process for us. We must learn quickly or we'll be back where we started.

"I've told the players they can't just play for 45 minutes. You must keep the tempo going and not make silly mistakes."
A very disappointed Caretaker Manager, Ray Mathias said after the game: "I'm very disappointed. Heads went down after the first goal. I thought we switched off in the second half and you can't do that in this league. We dominated the first half, but we were so different in the second half. We lost concetration and that's cost us. We've created chances today to score goals, the only thing we can ask for is they stick them in the back of the net, but we didn't. Clare went to see a specialist on Thursday and he needs a hernia operation. Kevin Rapley has been training very hard and I thought he deserved a start, given that he's 100% fit. We didn't take our chances, Mansfield took their chances and that's the difference."


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