CURLE AND CALDERWOOD REACTION
Manager Keith Curle said: "The scoreline was immaterial, it was the performance level we were looking for. Some people were wondering if the Yeovil result was a flash in the pan, today's performance illustrated it wasn't.
"Yeovil and Northampton are two very good teams with very good managers who like to play football the right way. But today Northampton caught Mansfield Town on fire.
"At half-time I felt that when we got the first goal we took our foot off the pedal and didn't keep the tempo as high as I wanted. I demanded that we kept that tempo going in the second half and score the goals our play deserved. If not I know teams like Northampton have a habit of coming back and shocking you.
"It's pleasing we are sharing the goals around. Derek Asamoah will be a problem for a lot of teams this season as will Colin Larkin. And Wayne Corden is showing he is hungry and has the desire to keep his place after getting back in the team."
Former Stags star Colin Calderwood, now Northampton boss, was far from happy with his side's efforts and said: "As sunny as it was, it was a black day for us. It was a calamitous day and a calamitous result from a really poor performance.
"The third goal was the decisive one. We looked like we could do nothing to change it. We didn't have enough about us to get back into it.
"There were too many under-par performances all over the pitch and we just had to sit and suffer in the sun.
"It's all about showing a bit of responsibility. On the face of it, it looks like I picked the wrong team. If you are in the side you fight to keep the shirt. After this I may have to make some adjustments.
"You can't blame bad luck or the referee. This was a good defeat and we always seem to get a good defeat by Mansfield once a season!
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