PALMER AND TILSON REACTION
Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
PALMER CONFIDENT THAT STAGS WILL RISE
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Caretaker manager Carlton Palmer is confident that his Mansfield side will climb the table and force their way into one of the promotion play-off places in the months ahead following a 1-0 win at Southend.
"Our victory will have given us a big boost in confidence. This was always going to be a difficult game but the lads battled superbly to gain the three points which they deserved," said Palmer.
"What we must do is to take more advantage of the opportunities which come our way.
"This has been a problem for us during the season but I can have no complaints the way my defence is performing. This was our third successive clean sheet and I cannot hope for better than that."
Southend boss Steve Tilson felt hard done by following the disallowed goal but felt the result was just and said: "I thought it was a harsh decision but I have to admit we did not do enough to deserve victory.
"We were well below our best and it was only after they scored that we really looked like we were going to hurt them.
"We just have to pick ourselves up after this setback - and I am sure we will do just that."
Tilson Disappointed In Teams Display
Blues boss Steve Tilson will be ruing the officials decisions this evening following Southend's 1-0 defeat against Mansfield Town.
Lawrie Dudfield's last ditch strike to rescue a point was ruled offside but Southend boss Tilson feels it would have flattered to deceive his sides poor performance.
"It was disappointing because we got ourselves in a great position in the League and with two home games you think if you can get to wins under your belt - and out home form has been good of late - it's very frustrating." said Tilson having reviewed the incident on the video after the match.
"We started slow we looked flat today and that isn't to say they were a good side - it was just a great opportunity to pull away from a few sides just below us."
Commenting on Dudfield's disallowed strike and Tilson was upset at the officials decision.
"We should have scored twice before the disallowed goal Wayne Gray had a good chance and Mark Bentley also from Petts cross. The linesman has flagged a lot for Mansfield which disappoints me - their lad on the line put his hand up and then everyone else followed suit. I think it's harsh to rule it offside but away from that we didn't play well enough to win the game."
"I wanted to look at the video after the match but you never change the officials minds so you just have to live with it. So many decisions throughout the country cost people points but we have to bounce back on Saturday."
Southend enjoyed their highest crowd of the season with over 7,000 inside Roots Hall but there was little to celebrate for the home faithful.
"There was an excellent crowd and we didn't give them anything to cheer about until the last 15 minutes. Mansfield didn't put us under a lot of pressure they just kept hitting us in the channel with pace and that was the one danger they had."
"We are in a good position but winning today would have put us in an even better position with two more winnable games coming up. We have to bounce back against Rushden who have scored five goals in their last two games and aren't going to be a push over. There's no easy games but on paper we have done well at home and you thought we should have had the three points this afternoon."
Dudfield: I Thought I'd Scored
Blues striker Lawrie Dudfield believes his last gasp disallowed strike should have stood following Southend 1-0 defeat against Mansfield Town.
The former Hull City forward pounced in the dying seconds to stab the ball home at the third attempt from a Blues shirt. However, with ref, Mr. J. Robinson, taking the advice of his linesman Steve Tilson's side were cost a point.
"As far as I knew I'd scored," Dudfield told Blues World. "The referee said the linesman flagged for someone being offside - I might be wrong but at the time there was a lot of defenders on the line so I find it hard to believe anyone is offside really."
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