PALMER AND CALDERWOOD REACTION
Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Palmer was furious with the officials and said: "I have got to be careful what I say but the officials today were very poor.
"The referee was a homer - he gave us nothing all afternoon and it was disgraceful.
"We were well worth our 1-0 lead at half-time and, with 11 men, we were never going to lose the game.
"I even said to Paul Holland just before half-time that we might have to pull Derek Asamoah off as I felt the ref was looking to give them something. And before we could he did.
"Why would Derek Asamoah go down when he was through? The first booking was a definite penalty for us. Even their players said so and, by and large, players do not lie.
"And Derek could have gone down under the first challenge for the second yellow card but stayed on his feet. He is too honest a player to go down.
"I am going to ask the referee to look at a video of the incidents and show him he has made a pig's ear of it. He has to hold his hands up and admit he has made a mistake.
"You don't mind getting beat if the opposition deserved it. But, even though we were not at our best today, I am very disappointed with what happened."
PALMERS ASKS REF TO REVIEW RED CARD
Evening Post website
Caretaker Mansfield boss Carlton Palmer wants referee Andrew Penn to review his 42nd-minute sending-off of Derek Asamoah after he felt it led to his side's 2-1 defeat at Northampton.
Palmer said: "At 1-0 up I never thought we would lose the game. We didn't defend well for their first goal, but I can't criticise the players. They've been undone by the referee's decision.
"I am hoping that referee will look at Derek Asamoah's sending-off again. Why would he go down when he was clean through?
"We had to dig in during the second half and just keep a clean sheet, but that was always going to be very difficult with 10 men."
While Palmer was cursing his luck, Northampton manager Colin Calderwood was delighted with the way in which his side overturned their interval deficit to secure a fourth win on the trot.
He said: "The game was evenly balanced in the first half and I thought we could go on to win it in the second.
"But the own goal just before half-time made it very difficult for us and the players showed a great reaction in the second half to get three more important points."
Calderwood well satisfied with Benjamin's contribution on his debut.
"Trevor didn't take too much convincing to come to Northampton," the Cobblers boss revealed. "He wants to be playing regular football.
"It's good to have three natural strikers competing for two positions and although he missed his first chance, he relished the second one, which was important for him and us."
Calderwood praises character after win over Mansfield
Northampton Town Official Site
Northampton Town boss Colin Calderwood was pleased with the character shown by his side in Saturday's 2-1 win over Mansfield Town
"This was an important three points," said Calderwood. "We showed a good response in the second half to a disastrous period just before half time. The players responded well to going a goal down and showed real character. Full credit to them as they did well in very windy conditions. This could turn out to be a huge 3 points for us.
"Trevor Benjamin did well on his debut. It was not hard to convince him to come here because he knows we are a club with ambition. He is a local lad and although other clubs were in for him, he wanted to come here and that is a real coup for us. He gives a physical presence and he increases competition amongst the forward players and that can only be good the squad.
"He took his goal very well. The first chance he had was difficult for him as the ball got stuck under him a little bit, but he showed real character to take his second chance and that was a quality finish. I think he will get better and better as he becomes more familar with the squad.
"Derek Asamoah was maybe a little unfortunate to be sent off. The boys felt that the first one was a bit of a dive, but Scott McGleish said he did touch him for the second one and maybe if I was Carlton Palmer I would have been a little disappointed."
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