PALMER AND LING REACTION
Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Palmer looks to bolster squad
Mansfield manager Carlton Palmer admits he will have to bolster his squad this summer if the Stags hope to challenge next term.
A 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient saw Palmer's men finish 13th in League Two and the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder insists he will be looking to strengthen before the start of the new season.
"We dominated the game in the second half and deserved a point," said Palmer.
"Everybody is talking about promotion next year, yet Mansfield have had one promotion in 13 years.
"It is not going to be an easy thing to do. We have a lot of work to do. We are a mid-table team and we have got to improve and that is by bringing in better players."
Palmer slams departing players
STAGS boss Carlton Palmer praised his youngsters for their battling second half display in the 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient - but he slammed some of his senior pros for their displays in what was likely to be their farewell games for the club.
Scott McNiven and Luke Dimech have already been told they can go and both played at Orient as did Alex Neil, who has turned down the new deal offered to him by Mansfield.
"I have paid the price for being too honest," said Palmer. "I asked these players if they felt mentally right to play in this game as it was a chance for them to say goodbye to the fans.
"I was trying to be right and fair to them, but I really should have done what was right and left them out.
"Once I had taken Scott McNiven and Alex Neil off we dominated the game and I think in the end we deserved at least a point out of the game.
"We had a 17-year-old kid out there at right back in Austin McIntosh making his debut. He did well but he needed a bit of protection from Alex Neil.
"But he got none and I ended up having to bring him off as I didn't want to get him killed. It seems Alex doesn't want to stay here and obviously he didn't want to get injured.
"But I think Austin is a good player and I am looking forward to working with him next season. I think by Christmas he could be ready. And, after that, there is no way I will offer Alex a penny more than we have already offered him.
"We were very poor in the first half. But we dominated the second half, created some great chances we should have taken and had a definite penalty turned down. So overall I was very pleased with the players who are staying here next year."
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