PALMER AND EVANS REACTION
Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from Mansfield 103.2
Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
EVANS SAYS PILGRIMS NEED TO HOLD ONTO LEADS
Boston manager Steve Evans bemoaned his side's inability to hold on to a lead after they were beaten 3-2 by Mansfield.
Brad Maylett opened the scoring and Lee Thompson grabbed a late second but unfortunately for Evans, Richie Barker, Callum Lloyd and Adam Rundle netted in between for Mansfield.
Evans said: "I believe, statistically, we have taken the lead more times than any other side in this division this season. But if you don't defend properly you will get punished.
"We have also shown an inability to take chances since Andy Kirk left. We have never really filled his boots and it will be very hard to do that this summer.
"I know we are a bit threadbare at the moment. But we changed things round at half-time and it worked superbly with us going 1-0 up and Daryl Clare missing a sitter.
"But poor defending gave Mansfield an equaliser. In fact Mansfield didn't have to make an opportunity all game, we gave them the goals. If we had Andy Kirk in the side I believe we would have won comfortably. But we keep missing gilt-edged chances."
Mansfield manager Carlton Palmer said: "I was disappointed with the way we gave away a sloppy goal at the end and put ourselves under unnecessary pressure.
"Maybe I am being over-critical but we have to set our standards high if we are going to achieve what we want to achieve next season.
"We have been creating so many chances someone was due a hammering from us and it should have been here with the chances we had.
"The fans were superb again. I think they can now see what I am doing and are getting behind the lads. But I need time. Rome wasn't built in a day and we are not a promotion-winning team yet.
"I am pleased with the nucleus of players we have but I still have a lot of hard work to do in the summer.
"It would have been totally unjust if Boston had got a point as we were the better team. But we showed a bit of fatigue at the end and lost our concentration."
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