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PALMER AND HUNTER REACTION
10th August 2005 14:35


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Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from Mansfield 103.2 (file is 0.5 Mb)

http://www.stagsnet.net/interviews/Palmer9Aug2005.mp3
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Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2006/stags_rushden_home_palmer.ram
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Palmer shocked by Diamonds smash and grab
CHAD website

STAGS boss Carlton Palmer could not believe how his young side were beaten 1-0 by Rushden and Diamonds at Field Mill last night.
Mansfield dominated the game and created good chances.
But Graham Allen's 45th minute strike earned the Diamonds their first away win since last October and Palmer said; "I thought we totally dominated the game, although our passing could have been better at times.
"We had 15 attempts on goal, but nothing broke for us all night and we ended up conceding a goal from a set piece.
"They went into their dressing room singing and dancing. But if I was their manager I would not have been that pleased as they were totally battered on the night.
"Their keeper has made a lot of very good saves and it was totally one way traffic for 90 minutes.
"We knew they would come here for a point and it was important we got that first goal and drew them out.
"But it was a good performance from us overall with lots of effort and endeavour.
"We have a lot of young players here and I have told them not to lose heart and keep doing the right things.
It is disappointing to only get one point from our first two games, having played as well as we have done, but the fans have to be patient."
Rushden boss Barry Hunter said: "Obviously we were delighted to get an away win. It's been a long time coming and will give us belief.
"For the first 20 minutes we knew they were going to come at us and, as the away side, we would just have to wait for our chance.
"It was pleasing to see the goal came from a training ground rouitne we had worked so hard on.
"Then we showed a bit of charcter in the second half and could have scored again on the break.
"We have a lot of injuries right now and that was a young inexperienced side out there. To win away like that will give them massive belief."
Defender Jon Olav Hjelde suffered a knock last night and could join Palmer in missing Saturday's visit of Torquay United.
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Post match reaction with Barry Hunter after Mansfield
Rushden & Diamonds Official Site

Rushden and Diamonds Manager Barry Hunter was full of smiles after seeing his side earn three deserved away points at Mansfield on Tuesday night.

Speaking on the team coach on the way back to Nene Park, Hunter said:"I'm thoroughly delighted.I'm not going to say otherwise and come out with all the clich├ęs like we have to keep our feet on the ground and all that rubbish - I'm thoroughly delighted and we'll enjoy it."

Diamonds found themselves under pressure early in the game, but that comes as no surprise according to the Manager: "We're always going to be under pressure for the first twenty minutes against a team that are lively in their play and quick.We knew that was going to happen but its whether you can deal with it and go and play - that's what we did."

The win on the road was the Diamonds first since last October's win at Shrewsbury, delighting Hunter."I'm glad that's been sorted out now to stop people talking about it.It'll give the lads a bit more belief in what we are telling them and they know what they can do - they got a result from it considering the average age of the whole squad tonight."

When asked how far Diamonds are from the type of away performance Hunter is seeking from his players, Hunter said: "It's still not as good as we think we can do, at half-time people said that the goal sort of papered over the cracks.We defended well but didn't play as well as we can do and that's something we can sort out."

Diamonds handed a debut to Cambridge United Midfielder Ashley Nicholls who signed for Diamonds on a three month loan and Hunter was pleased with his performance."He did a good, steady job.He obviously hasn't played that many games but you can see his experience, he puts his foot in and he was a good link between the front and the middle and back.He'll only get sharper and only improve, it's a tough game for him to come into but I thought he did excellently."
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'WE DOMINATED' - PALMER
Evening Post, 10 August 2005
"WHAT can you say after a match like that?" was the question posed by Stags player-manager Carlton Palmer, left, after his side's defeat last night.

"I thought we totally dominated the game. Our passing could have been better but we've had 15 shots, we should have had a penalty and Richie Barker was blocked for their goal.

"It was a one-side game. We should have taken all three points.

"How their keeper saved the one from Browny near the end I don't know.

"It was important to get that first goal but it wasn't to be, though it was a good performance.

"Rushden played for a draw. They were singing and dancing afterwards, but make no mistake about it, we absolutely battered them."

Palmer hopes his players have learned a valuable lesson. "Set-pieces are vital. That's what they came to do, to try to hit us on the break or get something from a set-piece.

"It was a disappointing night, but we've got a lot of young players and the fans have to be patient."

Palmer remains doubtful for Saturday's game against Torquay. He said: "I will have to see how I am and Jon-Olav Hjelde picked up a dead leg. The day off today then we'll see who is fit tomorrow.

"We have to keep our heads up. It was one way traffic for the whole of the 90 minutes. Nothing broke for us."

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PALMER DISAPPOINTED WITH DEFEAT
Evening Post website:
Rushden and Diamonds boss Barry Hunter hailed his side's first away win since last October after Graham Allen's goal gave them a 1-0 win over Mansfield.

The home side had completely dominated the first half but were stung by Allen's goal in the 45th minute and Hunter said: "Obviously we are delighted to get an away win - it's been a long time coming and will give us belief.

"For the first 20 minutes we knew they were going to come at us and, as the away side, we would just have to wait for our chance.

"It was certainly pleasing to see our goal come from a training ground routine that we worked so hard on. Then we showed a bit of character in the second half and could have scored again on the break.

"We have a lot of injuries right now and that was a young inexperienced side out there. Only two players were aged over 25 and the bench were all kids so to win like that will give them massive belief."

Mansfield might have guessed what kind of night lay ahead when Matthew Tipton saw Greg Pearson clear off the Rushden line as early as the third minute.

Outstanding keeper Jamie Young then made a string of saves before Rushden went ahead against the run of play as Allen timed his run perfectly to put away David Bell's low corner at the near post.

Disappointed Stags' manager Carlton Palmer said: "I thought we totally dominated the game, although our passing could have been better at times.

"We had 15 attempts on goal but nothing broke for us all night and we ended up conceding a goal from a set-piece.

"They have gone into their dressing room singing and dancing but if I was their manager I would not have been that pleased as they were totally battered on the night.

"Their keeper has made a lot of very good saves and it was totally one way traffic for 90 minutes.

"We knew they would come here for a point and it was important we got that first goal and threw them out. It was a good performance from us overall with lots of effort and endeavour.

"We have a lot of young players and I have told them not to lose heart and keep doing the right things. It is disappointing to only get one point from our first two games having played as well as we have but the fans have to be patient."
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