PALMER AND PARKINSON REACTION , PLUS BAPTISTE
MAULING SHAPES PALMER'S BLUEPRINT
Evening Post, 24 November 2004
Caretaker boss Carlton Palmer said the Stags' FA Cup exit had helped confirm his views on what needs to be changed at Field Mill.
Palmer said after the 4-1 mauling he would be presenting chairman Keith Haslam with his blueprint for turning the club around.
"This has been a great eye-opener. I know what we need and what areas we need to address and I will be putting my recommendations to the chairman.
"One or two players will be leaving and we need to get one or two in.
"When I arrived here, we had four centre-halves, two goalkeepers and no right-sided players.
"Players left Mansfield over the summer who should never have been allowed to go - Craig Disley and the like - and the squad's just not as good as it was last year.
"I am not going to criticise the players who were out there tonight.
"We had five or six kids playing who have no first-team experience.
"With our injuries and suspensions it was always going to be a tough match. After all, Colchester beat West Brom here in the Carling Cup."
RED-CARDED BAPTISTE IN APPEAL TO REF
Evening Post, 24 November 2004
Stags captain Alex John-Baptiste has asked referee Keith Hill to rescind the first red card of his professional career.
Baptiste was the last man as he appeared to tug back U's striker Craig Fagan in the Mansfield penalty box.
But Hill missed the incident and waved play on, only stopping the game to give a penalty and dismiss the teenager on the say-so of the linesman.
The centre-half, who went into the officials" changing room to discuss the incident after the game, said: "Their attacker was offside for a start. There was minimal contact from me but it should never have got to that stage as he was offside. The ref has said he will study it and I hope he will have the bottle to admit he made a mistake."
On the defeat, Baptiste added: "We have no excuses. It was a young side we put out but it was a good side and it is great that these players are coming through."
PALMER HAS ONLY PRAISE FOR YOUNG STAGS
Evening Post website
Mansfield caretaker manager Carlton Palmer said after his side's 4-1 FA Cup defeat against Colchester : "We've come down here tonight and been forced to play five kids. We've had a lot of injuries and suspensions and in the end been forced to play the youngsters that haven't been involved in a first team game before.
"I came down here and knew it was going to be difficult.
"It was good though to see the energy that the youngsters had and how eager they were to get in the game."
Colchester boss Phil Parkinson would have liked to have seen even more goals.
Richard Garcia opened the scoring and the Us went two ahead through a Tom Curtis own goal. Craig Fagan added a penalty after he was fouled by Alex John-Baptiste - a challenge that resulted in John-Baptiste receiving his marching orders.
Alex Neil scored a late consolation but Gareth Williams added a second penalty to complete the rout.
Parkinson said: "I really wanted to come out here and see the strikers get some goals. Four goals was good but it could have been more as we had the chances.
"I was impressed by Richard Garcia when he broke forward he looked like he could be a real threat. What pleased me more than anything though was after recent performances we showed that we could play football but now we are finally starting to get the ball in the box and in turn its been dangerous."
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