PALMER AND OXFORD REACTION
Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
A disappointed Palmer said: "I do apologise to the fans for that - we were poor throughout.
"We have had a talk and I can't explain a performance like that. Oxford were first to everything and we were well beaten.
"I have said that any team that goes out there to represent me won't go out with a whimper and it won't happen again.
"Supporters don't pay to come and see rubbish like that. I can fully understand the supporters' boos today as it was a dismal showing.
"At least a few questions were answered for me about certain players and I know what I need to do.
"At least when Fraser McLachlan and Simon Brown came on they showed more spirit than most. I think Fraser was the only midfielder to win a tackle."
Oxford head coach Horacio Rodriguez said: "We were the better team today.
"We decided to play Chris Hackett up front on Friday and it worked very well as he scored twice.
"We had information that Mansfield weren't the quickest team at the back and we told the players to stay right on top of them and to stay in the channels.
"We have pace up front and had to take advantage of the space. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn't. But today was our day.
"We watch a lot of games and knew what to expect. At the start it was difficult as Mansfield change shape from week to week. But we adjusted and did very well. "
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Horacio on Stags win
Head Coach Horacio Rodriguez was delighted with the win as United cruised past Mansfield at Field Mill this afternoon. Horacio told Yellow World:
"We kept possession and kept control of the game, and finished very well. Today we were the better team"
The Argentine coach was also delighted with two goal Chris Hackett, who switched from the wing to striker to great effect:
"We decided to play Chris Hackett up front on Friday, and it worked very well because he scored twice! We had information that Mansfield weren't the quickest team at the back, and we told the players to stay right on top of them and to stay in the channels. We have pace up front and had to take advantage of the spaces. Sometimes it works for you, sometimes it doesn't, but today was our day."
"We watch a lot of games and knew what to expect, but at the start it was difficult because Mansfield change shape from last week, but we adjusted and did very well. I am very happy that we won, and won well. I reminded the players that there are eleven games left and they need to play like that in every one of them."
Horacio also told us that absent striker Tommy Mooney still has a big part to play for the U's:
"I thought it was good to let Tommy rest. He is very important for this team but he looked tired last week and he will come back refreshed."
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