SHIRTLIFF AND PETERS REACTION
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from Mansfield 103.2 & Stagsworld (file is 0.4 Mb): Interview here
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Stags rue lack of lack
Mansfield Town are just not having any luck in front of goal right now, says manager Peter Shirtliff.
Stags gained a valuable point in a 0-0 draw at in-form Shrewsbury Town last night.
But they have now failed to score a goal from open play in 371 minutes of football and Shirtliff said; "We just need a break.
"We didn't get one at Grimsby and we didn't get one at Shrewsbury.
"I watch the games on the League review on television and see other teams get scrappy, ugly goals. But we never seem to get them.
"We were scoring for fun at one time but that couldn't continue so now we must just keep going and grind it out.
"On the balance of play I thought we deserved the three points at Shrewsbury. Their keeper made some good saves, particularly in the second half.
"I was delighted with our display on a very difficult pitch that was not conducive to good football.
"Even so, both sides tried to play on it. The pitch cut up badly and it was very difficult to pass the ball.
"There were some unbelievable bounces which were making players look silly. The bounce was not consistent and one low backpass to Kevin Pressman came up and hit him around the knee.
"We did quite well in possession, particularly second half. And we created some decent chances near the end.
"Now we have two home games in succession which is a good chance for us to get some serious points on the board and start climbing the League."
ShrewsWeb listened to the postmatch interviews to get the thoughts of Gary Peters
It was an awful game, which was probably as bad as we've been in a long time but the boys were shattered. They've had two tough games in quick succession and it's like a bog out there and that takes it out of you.
Lads who've got bags of energy like Dave Edwards and Jamie Tolley couldn't get their legs going and they are fit boys, and sometimes you just have to accept that.
The lads worked their socks off and to play that badly and come away with a point is a result.
It's another point, we would have loved three, but you look at games like at Cheltenham where we've played them off the park and not got anything, then tonight we've played awful and ended up with a point.
Joe's job is to stop shots and he did that, the defence were solid and did their jobs, the forwards and midfield players didn't do as well as we'd have liked but they need to be creative and didn't have the legs to do that.
The pitch is very heavy and divotted, you saw at the end when Mark Stallard went receive the ball and it bounced past him. The lads are despondent when it's like this but it's the same for the opposition, we don't see it as an excuse but it's the reason football isn't played to the standard we'd like.
Mansfield will be proud of themselves for getting the draw as they fought really hard for that point.
We were tired and so were they and it was a scrappy game, I wouldn't have wanted to watch it, wouldn't have wanted to pay to watch it and can understand that the fans didn't enjoy but it's going to be like that for a while here.
I thought Colin's header was in and the fella came from nowhere to head it out, but we didn't create many other chances.
I think they may have had the better of the game and could have settled for the draw, but I didn't go for the draw as I put on Mark Stallard and Gav Cowan at the end with the thinking that if we got a corner or free-kick that extra height could maybe have nicked it for us.
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