SHIRTLIFF AND TURNER REACTION
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from Mansfield 103.2 (file is 1.5 Mb).
(apologies for the pitch of voice - batteries were running out on my machine - Martin)
Audio interview with Fraser McLachlan from Mansfield 103.2 BEFORE THE STOCKPORT GAME (file is 1.4 Mb).
SHIRTLIFF HAPPY WITH THE WIN
Evening Post website
Stockport manager Chris Turner accused his players of lacking passion after their 2-1 defeat at Mansfield.
First-half goals from Gavin Peers and Richard Barker won it for the Stags, Jermaine Easter pulling one back with 10 minutes remaining.
Turner said: "We are so inconsistent and the first 45 minutes were as bad as they were good last week. We didn't show enough fire or passion and didn't put Mansfield on the back foot in the early stages, although we had the best chance before they scored.
"I made two changes in the first half as we weren't at the races and our standards had dropped. I would have made three changes if I hadn't been worried about us sustaining an injury.
"We had a lot of the ball in the second half but didn't get enough good crosses in or enough shots on target to cause them problems."
Mansfield manager Peter Shirtliff admitted he was not ecstatic with his side's performance but happy enough to record a narrow victory.
Shirtliff said: "I'm delighted with the three points although we had to battle for them. There were certain aspects of our play I wasn't pleased with, but apart from the goal we conceded I don't remember Kevin Pressman having to make a save.
"We came out of the blocks well in the first half hour, which was pleasing after the poor start we made against Bury. I thought we played some excellent football at times in the first half and took our goals well.
"At 2-0 down Stockport made changes and we knew they would try to affect the game. To be fair to them they got the ball forward and their two front men were a handful."
Manager Peter Shirtliff, said "I was delighted with the three points but we had to do some battling for them.
"There were certain aspects of our play I wasn't too pleased with. As a manager it is my job to be critical and there are certain things we will be working on next week.
"But, apart from the goal, I don't remember Kevin Pressman having any saves to make which was good.
"We got out the blocks well in the first half hour which was pleasing after the poor start we made against Bury. I thought we played some excellent football at times in the first half and took our goals well.
"But at 2-0 down Stockport made changes and you knew they were going to try to affect the game. You expect that and to be fair to them they got the ball forward and their two front men were a handful.
"We have now taken 12 points from our last six League games which isn't bad by anyone's standards. Credit to the players. They have worked hard and stuck at it."
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