PALMER AND TIPPETT REACTION
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Evening Post, 13 December 2004
Carlton Palmer praised Rushden goalkeeper Billy Turley for his role in denying Stags a win.
And the Stags' caretaker boss bemoaned his side's poor luck as they failed to find the net, despite creating a host of good chances.
"We should have won, there's no question about it," he said. We were denied a win by an inspired goalkeeper.
"The report I had on Rushden was that they got beaten 2-0 at Macclesfield and that if it hadn't been for their keeper they could have lost 6-0. He's rated as the best goalkeeper in the division and on his showing against us I think that could be right. We're disappointed we only got a point, but you can't do any more than what we did in terms of performance.
"We showed commitment, we passed the ball well, created chances, their goalkeeper has made saves and there's not a lot more you can say.
"As a manager I'm delighted with our performance, but it's up to the boys to get their heads up and we'll start again on Monday."
Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Audio interview with Ernie Tippett from Radio Northampton (RealPlayer needed)
"Obviously I wasn't pleased with a point but I was pleased with the performance," said frustrated caretaker-manager Carlton Palmer - still looking for his first win after six matches in charge.
"We should have won today - no question. But we were denied by an inspired goalkeeper. Our reports said that when Rushden lost 2-0 at Macclesfield, if he hadn't played it could have been six.
"They reckon Turley is the best keeper in our division and on today's showing they could be correct.
"You can't do anything more than what we've done. We showed commitment, passed the ball well and created chances. As a manager I was delighted with them.
"It was as one-sided a game as I can remember and I wouldn't have liked to have been the opposing manager watching that for 90 minutes.
"All that was missing was that bit of luck which we've not been having lately.
"I asked supporters to get behind the team today and I would like to say a big thank you to them for doing that. The players felt much better and they gave them a really good performance, even if they couldn't give them a goal and that was only down to the grace of God."
Rushden boss Ernie Tippett said: "We were under the cosh for most of the match and had to defend for our lives.
"I am not happy with the way we played and we will have to work our socks off, starting Monday.
"We have got a clean sheet away from home and Billy Turley was excellent. But I am not happy with the way we defended, I have told the players that and they know they can defend better.
"We were poor but we've ended up with a point.
"Most of the balls we've given to our front players were too hard and too high. We were relying too much on flick-ons and that's not the way we play.
"When you are low on confidence teams tend to get the better of you and perhaps we are low on confidence right now.
Stags now face a trip to struggling Shrewsbury next Saturday and will be hoping their injury list starts to clear up in time.
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