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16th October 2005 10:47

Peter Shirtliff on Mansfield 103.2:
We ran out of steam in the second half. We probably deserved a point. We've got to be more resiliant, and more clinical in front of goal - that's the reason we're bottom. We were disappointed not to be ahead at half time but we were average in the second half.
I thought the back four did quite well, but one lapse of concentration cost us.
Simon Brown got some double vision, that's the reason I had to take him off. I don't know if he got a knock.
I don't think Adam Rundle is too serious.

Transcribed by Martin Shaw
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)



Transcription of Shirtliff interview from BBC Radio Nottingham
by Mike of http://www.yellows.co.uk

"I'm disapointed to lose here, probably a draw would have been about right. It wasn't the best game, we probably had the better of the first half, Carlisle had the better of the 2nd half and put us under a bit of pressure, I thought the back four stood up well to be fair, they didn't get the support they should have done from other area's of the pitch, but it's disapointing and something i need to address."

"We had some good opportunities where we should have worked the keeper better, we hit the post, another day that goes in. We had an appeal for a penalty, Gus seems to think he was having his shirt pulled, I've seen them given and I've seen them not given. At the end of the day we didn't score and they did."

"Simon Bown had a bit of double vision and was feeling dizzy, so I had to take him off. It's just not clicking at the moment for young Browny, but they are all young players, they are not going to produce consistant levels and this is maybe where I have I got to get some re-inforcements in to strengthen us up a bit."

"The players have seemed confident in training all week, I think if we'd have got an early goal today it would have settled us down, and we would have expressed ourselves a bit. We've got to stick it in the net when our chances come. We are not going to get, Win Win Win, it's not going to happen. We are bottom of the league for a reason and people have got to realize that. We are not going to climb up the league like a rocket, it's just not going to happen. We've got to work hard and be harder to beat."

"We came up here this morning, It's hard to say if that affects us, if we win the game nobody bothers about it, but it becomes a factor if we lose."


Carlisle boss Paul Simpson admitted breathing a sigh of relief after his side sealed an edgy 1-0 win over struggling Mansfield.

A brilliant 79th-minute goal from striker Karl Hawley ended the Blues' four-match losing run but Simpson insisted the three points and not the performance were the key to a dire struggle between two out-of-form sides.

He said: "There was a nervousness about the players and the crowd and it was a relief for everyone to get that goal. It was a tremendous finish from Karl."

"There were a fair hairy moments towards the end but it's a big three points for us and I'll take a game where we don't play well and get a victory in the hope that it acts as a springboard.

"It's stopped the rot. Now we have to build on that."

The introduction of three subs late on gave some much-needed impetus to Carlisle's performance and the Cumbrians were getting on top when Hawley took his chance to register an important win.

Hawley said: "We are just relieved to have won. The tempo wasn't right in the opening period but we were a lot happier with our second-half performance."

Mansfield caretaker manager Peter Shirtliff felt a draw would have been a fairer outcome.

He said: "Our back four was excellent. Their goal was the only time they got in behind us.

"The game could have gone either way. We had chances and with smarter finishing we could have won it."

Defeat leaves the Stags rock bottom of the Football League and Shirtliff confessed: "It's not easy at the moment and I'm not going to be able to turn this club round overnight."



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