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PALMER AND BARROW REACTION
21st February 2005 14:09


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Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2005/stags_bury_away_palmer.ram
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WHAT A THRILL FOR MANAGER
Evening Post, 21 February 2005
Stags caretaker-manager Carlton Palmer is maintaining his softly, softly approach to the play-offs after seeing his young charges win for a third time in four games.

That moved Stags tantalisingly to within just three points of the play-off spots again.

But Palmer said: "I was thrilled with the win. I had a few days off this week and when I came back in, everyone was a bit nervous and a bit edgy because the disappointment of losing to Cheltenham had affected them.

"That's because we want to get into the play-offs. But I told them let's just concentrate on keeping doing what we've been doing.

"We have been very unlucky in the matches we have lost. We could easily have had another eight points.

"We need to keep being solid, not conceding goals and work on the areas we need to improve on. If we do we will win football matches and if we win enough between now and the end of the season we will be in the play-offs.

"But I told them not to concern themselves with that. We will take each game as it comes."

He added: "I was delighted to get another clean sheet against a very difficult side who have good delivery from set pieces.

"And I was pleased with our performances. Colin Larkin did so much better, Fraser McLachlan came back and a fully fit Fraser McLachlan is a must in any team I pick. I was pleased with the defence and Adam Rundle scored one and made one and maybe people will start looking at the kid and remembering he is still only 19 and was playing League of Ireland.

"It was nice to get that second goal. But my boys believe they are good enough to win 1-0 and that's enough.

"There were so many positives to come out this game. I said we were very tired last weekend when we lost to Cheltenham.

"But after a couple of days off they looked fresh and a yard quicker all over the pitch at Bury."

Furious Bury boss Graham Barrow took an eternity to leave his room for the post-match press conference before declaring: "No excuses, that was our most inept performance for a while.

"Now I have got to put it right ... and I will. We are now in a bit of a battle at the wrong end of the table and we have another big game on Tuesday.

"Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and after letting the lads have a couple of days off this week, it seemed to backfire on me and we looked lethargic. So I won't be doing that again.

"In some way I can't fault the players for effort. But Mansfield have done us with a classic smash and grab.

"One or two sides seem to have done their homework and sussed us out a bit with the formations they've played.

"Mansfield played well as the away team. You have to say the lad took their first goal well and it is debatable whether the second was offside or not.

"But the main fact was that, after going behind, we never looked like scoring or coming back."

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CHAD website:
Palmer praises his awayday heroes
CARLTON Palmer praised his young side for the way they shrugged off last week's disappointment to grab this win their second away game on the trot.
"There were so many positives to come out this game," said Palmer.
"I knew we were very tired last weekend when we lost at home to Cheltenham. But after a couple of days off they looked fresh and a yard quicker all over the pitch at Bury.
"I had a few days off this week and when I came back into the club, everyone was a bit nervous and a bit edgy. The disappointment of losing to Cheltenham had obviously affected them.
"That's because we want to get into the play-offs. But I told them let's just concentrate on keeping doing what we have been doing as that has been good.
"We have been very unlucky in the matches we have lost. We could easily have had another eight points.
"We need to keep being solid, not conceding goals and work on the areas we need to improve on. If we do we will win football matches and if we win enough between now and the end of the season we will be in the play-offs.
"But I told them not to concern themselves with that. We will take each game as it comes and do the best we can. Then we will se where it takes us.
"I was delighted to get another clean sheet against a very difficult Bury side who have good delivery from set pieces.
"I was pleased with our performances. Colin Larkin did so much better, Fraser McLachlan came back and a fully fit Fraser McLachlan is a must in any team I pick. I was pleased with the defence and Adam Rundle scored one and made one."
Bury boss Graham Barrow added: "No excuses - that was our most inept performance for a while and I have to put it right.
"We are now in a bit of a battle at the wrong end of the table.
"After letting the lads have a couple of days off this week, it seemed to backfire on me and we looked lethargic. They do that at Manchester United and you have to try those things. I won't be doing that again!
"In some way I can't fault the players for effort. But Mansfield did us with a classic smash and grab.
"One or two sides have done their homework and sussed us out a bit with the formations they've played.
"Mansfield played well as the away team and you have to say the lad took their first goal well and it is debatable whether the second was offside is not.
"But the main fact was that, after going behind, we never looked like scoring or coming back.
"I was very disappointing to see Mansfield score their first goal straight after our corner. And, with winning 12 corners we should have got something from them. But we didn't show any bravery in their penalty area."
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Caretaker boss Carlton Palmer, on his return to Greater Manchester, was delighted.

“It's our third win in four games and a clean sheet,” explained the one time Stockport County chief. “Our keeper didn't have a save to make against a good Bury side.

“We probably had it too easy in the first half and that's when you get sloppy and start to make mistakes.

“That's what happened at the start of the second half but overall I thought we thoroughly deserved our win,” added Palmer, pleased with the individual efforts of Rundle, top scorer Colin Larkin and returning midfielder Fraser McLachlan.


“It was probably our worst performance in a while,” said Barrow. “I could make plenty of excuses but I'm not going to. The bottom line is we've got to start winning football matches again. We can do it but it's not going to be easy.”

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Bury Official Site
A very unhappy Graham Barrow chats to Shakers World following the 2-0 defeat at Gigg Lane to Mansfield Town

"We never looked like scoring. We had twelve corners today and never attacked any of them. For me it was the most inept performance for a long while. I can accept defeat at a push, I know we are not going to win all the games, but I am not happy today."

"I'm not happy with what I have seen his afternoon and we have to go and put it right. There were far too many players who had an off day, and its happening too often. Bas Savage wasn't as effective as he was last week, but he wasn't on his own."

"Just because he is six foot three doesn't mean we have to send balls to him that are seven foot six in the air, he needs those balls into his chest and into his body. He got better as the game went on."

"We said a few things at half time and for a little while things did look better. Too many players had an off day, they were lethargic. They had two days off this week and it's the first time we have done it for a while, if that's what they are going to do after that, then they won't be getting it again."

"In some ways I can't fault them for effort, we've been done with a smash and grab raid and their formation helped them, but I thought we had sorted that out when we took Colin Woodthorpe off."

"I'm disappointed with the first goal in that it came from one of our corners, but to score off our corner you have got to go and attack the ball. There was a lack of that today and we were not brave in their penalty area. We had twelve corners and did not attack any of them."

"I can't make any changes for Tuesday night because of the injuries, apart from those that were on the bench. We got two goals last week and fought for the result, today we didn't do anything, and I'm not happy with that."

 

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