PALMER AND PETERS REACTION
Carlton Palmer spoke to StagsWorld's Steve Hartshorn after the win at Shrewsbury. Here are some extracts:
We've had a lot of problems and the situation hasn't helped but the players have been first class and they've done what was required to get the three points today. I pride myself on clean sheets as a defender and if you got people in the side who are capable of scoring goals ... remember we've got Larkin maybe 2 weeks away.
We've lost Artell til the middle of January (he'll have an operation of 6 January, and he'll be out for 2 weeks after that).
(On Asamoah): I felt that Derek had run himself into the ground. The pitch was very sapping.
I want to enjoy tonight and I've told the players to go out and enjoy themselves.
I'm a mentally strong person and there are one or two in the team that are that way like Warney, like Richie Barker who I though led the line extremely well today.
(transcribed by Martin Shaw)
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Meanwhile Palmer told Jason Harrison of Mansfield 103.2 that he had turned down an approach from Stuart Watkiss at Kidderminster for Alex Neil and Luke Dimech.
Palmer future to be decided on Monday?
CARLTON Palmer refused to speculate if he might take on the Stags manager role following the sacking of Keith Curle.
But the caretaker manager did say he had challenged his side to keep their season alive over Christmas and New Year and was delighted with the response.
"We are not talking about the manager's job right now," he said after the 2-0 win at Shrewsbury.
"We are not talking about Keith Curle anymore either. That is a matter between Keith Curle and the chairman and I just want to concentrate on football matters now.
"I will be speaking to the chairman on Monday but I don't want to pre-empt anything and there are issues to be resolved.
"Right now I just want the supporters to enjoy this win.
"I love football, otherwise I wouldn't get involved. I could take the easy route and work for the BBC and be sat in a comfy studio with a cup of tea.
"This whole situation has not been easy for me, the chairman or the players. Thankfully the lads have been very receptive to what I've had to say.
"I have been lucky enough to win things and be involved at the other end of the table and I said to the players before the game - you have five games now that will decide your season.
"We can either get some wins and be in the shake-up at the end of the season or just start preparing for next season. Their response was first class.
"I was delighted with the togetherness they showed. We are looking nice and solid and not conceding goals.
"I told them how bad the pitch would be and that it would be ugly. But if they could do the horrible side of things then we would get chances.
"It was important not to try to pass the ball about in midfield as that would play to their strengths as they would just flick the ball back over our heads for Luke Rodgers to chase.
"Instead I told them to do the same to Shrewsbury and flick it for Derek Asamoah to chase.
"Our fitness is looking better as well. That pitch was sapping but we still looked strong towards the end."
ShrewsWeb listened to the postmatch interviews and got these quotes from Gary Peters
You are disappointed with any defeat whether it's home or away and I'm very disappointed with that today.
The lads dropped below the levels of quality that they've set in recent games, again individual errors at both ends have cost us today.
Errors have cost us dearly today, even after we went 2-0 down we had two very good chances and didn't take either of them. When we get our chances we don't seem to be able to take them, and we gave two goals away.
The first goal was a ridiculous goal, Trevor's been pushed from behind and the lads run on to score and I can't see how that wasn't pulled back for a foul. Then for the second it's down to bad defending and I can't have that.
It's exactly the same as Rochdale game with two errors in our box and missing chances in their box.
We didn't start that well and didn't get into the stride of things, but we did create a number of chances early on which we didn't take.
Scott Howie has hardly had a save to make for the whole game, and the goals we've conceded are soft ones.
Some may point to the pitch but it's the same for both sides, it might be bobbly but we have to deal with that and if Mansfield can deal with then we should be able to.
The only positive we can take from the game is the lack of shots Scott Howie has had to deal with.
It was disappointing for the supporters, they didn't want to leave early they'd rather have stayed to see a great climax to the game. I can't criticize supporters for that as we've got to get our part right on the field.
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