SHIRTLIFF AND EVANS REACTION
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from Mansfield 103.2: listen here
After the game a delighted Peter Shirtliff said the second half was probably the best display his side had produced all season.
"I thought we played very well," he said. "It was a dour game in the first half and I thought we were a bit hesitant so I told them to try and play the ball around a bit and it made a big difference in the second half.
"I am going to keep the demands on the players. Stephen Dawson came in and did well but he took a nasty knock, which we will have to monitor, but I thought Giles Coke looked fresh when he came on from the bench.
"I thought Alex John-Baptise had a good game, as did Gus (Uhlenbeek), Richie (Barker) and Danny Reet. It was difficult to pick a player who did not make a contribution.
"We have just got to keep it going now and keep on picking up points, and we have to keep the consitancy levels up among the players.
Speaking of Simon Brown's contribution after coming on as a second half substitute, he added: "We are not massive in terms of depth but I just want people to play their part. You can't win matches with 11 players these days, you need subs who can come on and do a job.
"I want the players to have faith in me because I believe I can build a squad that can compete in this league. I don't want to be at the bottom, I want to be at the top and I believe that we can achieve something."
EVANS BLASTS "NO PASSION" PILGRIMS
Boston manager Steve Evans slammed his side's "lack of passion" after they capitulated to a 5-0 massacre at mid-table rivals Mansfield.
Boston created only one chance throughout the match and their faint play-off hopes were extinguished by three goals in eight minutes.
Evans said: "We lacked spirit and passion and it's not often you can say that about one of my teams.
"We didn't perform and we lost badly. It was unacceptable and the players know that. We weren't good enough.
"In the first half we were patchy, but in the second half we were extremely poor and there's no hiding that.
"When the third goal went in we had a mountain to climb. We conceded the first three goals at bad times, especially the first just before half time.
"Now we must bounce back. We'll be back on the training ground in the morning and start again."
Mansfield manager Peter Shirtliff hailed his side's four-goal second-half performance as their best since he took over.
Shirtliff said: "The second half was probably the best display we've produced all season. I thought we played very well.
"The first half was dour and we were a bit hesitant, so at half time I told the players to try to play the ball around a bit and it made a big difference in the second half. It was difficult to pick out a player who didn't make a contribution.
"I'll keep demanding the best from my players and I want them to be more consistent. I also want the players to have faith in me because I believe I can build a squad that can compete in this league and I believe we can achieve something."
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