SHIRTLIFF AND HUNTER REACTION
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from Mansfield 103.2 (file is 1.7 Mb).
"That was a great three points for us and I was pleased with the resilience we showed," said boss Peter Shirtliff.
"I am pleased with the way things are going.
"Rushden just started playing for corners and brought more big players on. They started pumping balls into the box hoping to get a goal.
"It is a horrible way to play but you just have to deal with it and I am pleased with the way we competed.
"When we were 2-0 up I though Rushden would push more men forward and we'd have more chances on the counter-attack.
"But we didn't use the ball well or show enough composure. That is down to our inexperience. They just got caught up in the fracas instead and it wasn't the prettiest of games."
Barry doesn't mince his words after Mansfield defeat!
Barry Hunter was a bitterly disappointed man after a third consecutive home defeat in a week at Nene Park but he didn't mince his words when speaking at the post match press conference.
"There's been a lot said in the dressing room to be honest. We're disappointed and we've got to get our act together. We're all going to have a terrible weekend and a horrible few days before we start working towards the Chester game. We've got to all stand up and be counted."
Asked whether he'd had a go at some of the players, Barry responded by saying
"Players expect it if they don't perform and they can expect to have the finger pointed at them but we do that inside the dressing room. We're going to have another meeting on Monday. We'll say more then after we've looked at the video and people have had time to cool down. There's a lot of emotion in there (dressing room) at the minute but whatever happens we will stick together and we'll fight.The lads know that if they don't perform or play well than they won't be in the team. That's how its got to be because we're fighting relegation - no question"
As to the game itself, Barry made no excuses.
"They were poor goals to concede. When you concede 2 goals at home they're never good so we have to be really strong and reliable, indeed boring sometimes, and just stick to our jobs at the back. Just deal with what you've got to deal with and don't worry about what anybody else is doing."
Barry was asked whether he was concerned that a striker hadn't found the net for over two months.
"It's obviously a concern but equally while its great that a defender has scored again today (John) Dempster is bitterly diappointed about the two goals that were conceded."
Barry couldn't understand why some players were reluctant to shoot today but had this message for the fans that booed his decision to substitute Chris O'Grady in the second half.
"I can see where they are coming from but he didn't look himself today. He turned down chances to shoot and he didn't compete in the air as we would have liked. I just thought we'd have a change to see what happened so I threw on Drewe with Tommo to take a bit of pressure off the young man. I thought Tomlin was abreath of fresh air when he came on and he has every chance of starting the game next week."
Finally, Barry confirmed that Gary Mills had been taken off due to a sore calf which was very disappointing from his point of view.
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