PALMER AND GORMAN REACTION
Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Stags crash to 'inexplicable' defeat disaster
STAGS were hit by a Wycombe goal blizzard at snowy Field Mill tonight as the visitors came from behind to win 4-1.
And it left manager and players baffled afterwards.
"That result was inexplicable," said Palmer afterwards. "I can't explain it and the players can't explain it.
"I am disappointed in the manner of the goals we conceded but I won't criticise individuals tonight. We have a small squad here and they have done very well for me recently.
"It wasn't a bad performance. We had chances and we were ahead. But we made stupid and unforced errors.
"I have said all I want to say now and we will just put this one in the drawer. Wycombe have not deserved to win this 4-1 with the way they played - we have simply gifted them four goals.
"I understand the fans' frustrations. But when I came here all the talk was of a relegation fight and these lads have done so well they have raised expectations and we have to live with that.
"People must remember a lot of good things have come out of this last three and a half months."
"That was another magnificent result for us," said Wanderers boss John Gorman, whose side were winning away for the eighth time this season.
"When we arrived at the ground I must admit I didn't want to play as I didn't think the snow would suit our passing game.
"But Carlton wanted it on as they've been getting some great results and were full of confidence and it has probably backfired on him.
"I thought we mastered the conditions superbly and played some very good football considering.
"I couldn't believe we hadn't scored in the first half after having so many chances and then when Mansfield went ahead we were up against it. But credit to us, we went forward, got a deserved penalty to level and Ian Stonebridge scored us a crucial second goal.
"Mansfield then had their best spell of the match before we scored our third.
"This was another great away result and we now have to start playing with more confidence at home as well."
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