STAGS LOOKING FORWARD TO CUP DRAW
Stags looking forward to cup draw
CHAD website, 24 August 2005
MANSFIELD Town are looking forward to Saturday's Carling Cup second round draw after last night's senastional penalties success over the Championship stars of Stoke City.
The draw will take place on Sky Sport's Soccer Saturday programme at around 12.10pm.
Round Two of the competition will see the winners of Round One joined by the 12 Premier League clubs not participating in Europe - Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Charlton Athletic, Birmingham City, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and West Ham United.
Sides also through from last night include Burnley, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Luton Town, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Sheffield United, Watford and Wolves.
"It would be nice to get a big name but we don't really mind, though, we would love a home tie" said manager Carlton Palmer.
"The lads made me and Peter Shirtliff very proud last night, though we have been pleased with them all season.
"We have a young squad. They are a bit naive and they are going to make mistakes, but that result showed just what they are capable of.
"They showed good character. I know what I have brought to this club. All of them are going to go on to be terrific players.
"They have to learn from their mistakes along the way - we conceded another goal from a mistake last night.
"We have also been unlucky in games this season, but in the end they got their just rewards last night.
"We out-played Stoke and out-fought them. I am pleased for everyone at this club, particularly the chairman who has backed me all the way.
"We hadn't really planned for the penalties but everyone wanted to take one. I just told them they deserved to win the game, if there'd been any justice, and to pick their spot and go for it."
With everyone sparkling last night, particularly Gareth Jelleyman in a left midfield role and young keeper Jason White saving a penalty, it gives Palmer plenty of selection headaches ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend's big games at Boston United (Saturday) and neighbours Notts County (Monday).
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