SHIRTLIFF, BUXTON AND PARKIN REACTION
"That was a tough game," said a relieved Peter Shirtliff.
"Rochdale played quite well and it wasn't until the 60th minute that I felt we really got on top of the game.
"I thought if we had got that second goal it would have been more comfortable, but it was never comfortable at 1-0.
"Full credit to my players. They got stuck in, battled and their defending was excellent and resolute. And we have managed a clean sheet for the second game on the spin which is good for the club.
"We could have been a bit more clinical in the second half and really killed them off.
"But we haven't won too many games 1-0 and we are going to have to do that sometimes.
"We are now starting to show some consistency. But there is no room for complacency."
"If we had gone 1-0 up when we were on top in the first half it would have been a totally different game," said former Stags boss Parkin.
"We were very disappointed to be beaten by a goal like that, but when luck goes against you it really goes against you.
"The goal came from Mansfield's worst corner of the match but I won't blame Rickie, the ball just ricocheted off his foot and fell kindly for them to score.
"I thought we defended excellently overall with two kids in there. They coped very well against a good old pro like Richie Barker.
"I also thought we should have had a penalty, but I've got no complaints with the players. They gave it everything they'd got. We've just got to keep plugging away to turn the luck around."
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They Gave Everything
Rochdale manager Steve Parkin admitted he is disappointed with the defeat at Mansfield but insists he won't lay the blame for the loss with his players.
"It's very difficult to criticise the players because they are in there and they are devastated with the result.They gave me everything they had energy wise.
"We dominated the game in the first half and they are things that once again didn't go our way.Certainly if we had of gone 1-0 up the game would have been a lot different.
"John Doolan has had a very good game and he looks like he'll be a very good addition to us, but we didn't have that cutting edge in the first half when we need it to build a little confidence in the side.
"It's very disappointing to be beaten by a goal which when everything is going against you, does exactly that, go against you.It's ricocheted off Lambert's leg and fell nicely for Reet who finished it off.
"But that is us at the moment, we don't seem to be getting any luck.We just have to keep plugging away, keep believing and make sure we are nice and bright for the long journey to Torquay United on Tuesday night."
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