CURLE AND MOLBY REACTION
"It wasn't an ideal start," said Stags boss Keith Curle.
"I told the players before the game that their keeper has a great kick on him. Then we were surprised by a long ball from their keeper! Maybe I should tell them what size boots the keeper is wearing as well.
"It was a smack on the nose but we showed our spirit to hit back. It took us 15 minutes to settle down and start causing them problems and Colin Larkin scored a goal at the right time.
"I told them to up the tempo at half time and I thought their keeper was outstanding.
"Credit to Kidderminster. They caused us a few problems but we had so many chances we didn't put away that you always worry you will leave the door open at the other end. But our defence held their line well."
After the game, Harriers boss Jan Molby said: "I am disappointed but Mansfield did play very well.
"We got the early goal and the first half was very even. But they got a second goal early in the second half and we had to push forward.
"They created a few chances and so did we. I thought we should have been given a penalty. I thought it was a clear penalty as did most people in the ground. The referee has not done his job as if he thought he dived then he should have booked him.
"I thought we were a bit naïve with their equaliser. And then with their winner it was a catalogue of mistakes which began with a our own free kick in our own half."
MOLBY DISAPOINTED WITH STAGS DEFEAT
HARRIERS' boss Jan Molby has voiced his disappointment on today's 2-1 defeat to promotion hopefuls Mansfield Town at Field Mill.
Speaking after the game, the Dane said he was disappointed to see his team go down to their first defeat of the season.
I"t's disappointing but I thought Mansfield played well," he said.
"We got the early goal and I think the first half was very even. But when they got the goal early in the second half, we were made to push forward."
Molby also praised debutant Stuart Roberts who netted the quickest goal in the country today after just 38 seconds.
"It was a good goal. He's shown great anticipation and pace and just lifted it over the goalkeeper; it was certainly an ideal start - unfortunately we couldn't build on it"
Mansfield could probably have won today's game by a much higher margin were it not for the now customary heroics of Harriers 'keeper John Danby. Molby was yet again full of praise for the youngster.
"There's not a lot I can say that I've not already said!
"Whenever he's been called on he's made great saves. That's now what we expect from him - he sets the standards."
Harriers now focus on Tuesday night's Carling Cup tie with Cardiff City at Aggborough.
"It's going to be a nice game because we've got nothing to lose," said Molby, speaking on the First Round clash.
"We can go out and enjoy it and we'll do our best."
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