SHIRTLIFF AND JIM GANNON REACTION
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
SHIRTLIFF SINGLES OUT MATT FOR PRAISE
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Mansfield Town 1 v 1 Stockport
Mansfield manager Peter Shirtliff praised summer signing Matt Hamshaw after he netted the equaliser to deny former club Stockport a Field Mill win in a 1-1 draw.
Hamshaw struck six minutes from time to break his former club's hearts after Keith Briggs' strike looked to have earned them their first win of the season.
He said: "Hamshaw's goal was a good one, he has that bit of quality about him.
"In the first half we did not have enough conviction in our play, but Stockport never really troubled us either. It was a disappointing goal to concede, being from a set-piece.
"In the second half we were all over them. But one or two things didn't really go for us even though we totally dominated the second half. If we had scored earlier we would have won the game.
"We need to show a bit more quality in the final third of the pitch and if we can continue to keep this level of performance we will continue to do well in games.
"We would like to have had more points at this stage, but I am delighted with how we are progressing. Confidence is high among the players."
County manager Jim Gannon praised the home side for their second-half onslaught, but was disappointed at the equaliser, which squirmed under the otherwise impressive James Spencer.
He said: "Credit to Mansfield, they put us under a lot of pressure in the second half and probably deserved to sneak a point.
"But it was a disappointing goal to concede, they definitely got a lucky break.
"I was pleased with our goal. We only look like scoring from set-pieces, so we have worked hard on them in training and it paid off.
"We changed the formation and the three centre-halves did their jobs really well. But people can read too much into formations.
"I would like to be able to keep the same formation, but we have to work with the players we have got, including their weaknesses.
"And if players are not mentally strong for the whole 90 minutes, then we have problems."
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