SHIRTLIFF AND TALBOT REACTION
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from Mansfield 103.2 & Stagsworld (file is 1.7 Mb): Interview here
Commentary from Mansfield 103.2 & Stagsworld on :
Rhys Day's second goal (file is 0.8 Mb): clip here
The end of the game (file is 0.9 Mb): clip here
Brian Talbot was taking no prisoners after United crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Mansfield this afternoon. The United boss spoke to Yellow World straight after the final whistle and was not impressed by what he'd seen:
"I'm at a loss. People say put it right but I've tried everything with them! I've changed the team, changed the formation, we work hard in training, but still set pieces kill us. People keep coming in saying sorry but that's not good enough, and our second half performance wasn't good enough.
"If I knew what was wrong I'd put it right! I honestly don't think we're good enough. We have so many ups and downs and don't have consistency. People don't want to hear negative comments as we go into a new year but I can honestly say that we have a battle on our hands. I've just told the players that the only good thing is that we've only got five of them in contract for next season. If players perform like that they won't get clubs. There was no pride or passion in their play in the second half"
Delighted Stags boss Peter Shirtliff said: "I thought we played well today. It was our day.
"I said before the game that if they keep believing and keep the same performance levels then they will start winning games.
"I thought we were unlucky not to beat Bristol Rovers in midweek. And today we stood firm near the end and might have won it 3-1 if Giles Coke's touch had been better - though that score might have flattered us.
"I think any side in this division can beat anyone else on a given day. But it is consistency in performance levels that keeps the sides near the top and that is what I have been preaching since day one when I took over.
"I think we are now on course and now I just want enough points to be safe. The longer the season goes on then we can start to think about other things.
"We have another big game at home to Lincoln on Monday and it's there for us.
"Everyone played their part today. I was disappointed with Oxford's goal as I thought it was too easy. After that we picked ourselves up and totally dominated the second half.
"And Rhys Day came up with the goods for us with two good goals. Over the 90 minutes I thought we deserved to win it."
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