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PALMER AND THOMPSON REACTION
12th January 2005 0:10


PALMER NOT UNHAPPY WITH A DRAW
Evening Post website

Stags caretaker boss Palmer said after the match: "It was a fair result.

"It is the first time I have lost my temper with the players because I felt certain things needed to be said.

"If I was one of our defenders or (goalkeeper) Kevin Pilkington I would have grabbed one or two of the others round the throat. The keeper and defence were absolutely superb and the reason why we have a fifth clean sheet in six games.

"But, although the rest worked hard within a team framework, I expect more from them with their quality.

"The conditions were difficult but we were not good enough in the second half.

"The result was never going to decide our season but I told them it was an opportunity and I feel it was an opportunity lost.

"Cambridge should have won at Bristol Rovers on Saturday and deserved their point against us. This could still end up being a very good point for us at the end of the season."

New Cambridge boss Steve Thompson watched his side earn another precious point at Mansfield - but couldn't believe the Us hadn't managed their first away win of the season.

Now without a win in nine games, United came closest in a match dictated by a strong wind when they hit the Mansfield post in the second half.

Thompson said: "One of these days we will have a bit of luck.

"The cynics would say two games, two points, but if you win one of them you get three points.

"But can anyone tell me how against Boston, Bristol Rovers and Mansfield we haven't taken nine points? We have created chances and we have hit the post. And we never seem to have a penalty appeal go our way.

"In the end Carlton Palmer told me he was grateful for a point.

"We have finished up with a lot of nasty injuries too. We don't need a physio, we need an ambulance. Our physio will be the busiest man in Cambridge."

 

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