SHIRTLIFF ON GRIMSBY GOAL
Peter Shirtliff has watched the video of the Grimsby goal
audio interview from BBC Radio Nottingham (file is 0.8 Mb). Clip here
Boss philosophical over 'goal'
STAGS boss Peter Shirtliff was philosophical about the 'goal' that denied Stags a win at Grimsby last Friday as Stags aim to extend their unbeaten start to five games when Lincoln City visit Field Mill on Saturday (3pm).
Grimsby were awarded their equaliser in Friday's 1-1 draw when a Peter Bore shot came back down off the underside of the bar and the officials ruled it had crossed the line (pictured left).
However, video replays suggest otherwise and Stags boss Peter Shirtliff said: "I have studied the video and it did not cross the line.
"It was the one major decision they had to make and they got it wrong.
"But we have had our share in the past. We had that did it cross the line or didn't it goal against Northampton last season which went in our favour. It will even out over the rest of the season.
"But we should have made sure we got all three points at Grimsby by getting another goal.
"You can't rely on things like that with decisions. We have got to be more ruthless as a team.
"It is frustrating to draw again. In all honesty it wouldn't flatter us to hve eight or nine points in the bank.
"But we are still unbeaten and if we can just keep a clean sheet then we will win a game.
"Things are moving on and we are improving all the time.
"They have to improve their concentration but a lot of it comes with exeperience.
"Look at Carl Muggleton. He has long periods with very little to do but when he is called upon to make a save, he makes that save. That shows his experience."
He added: "I was disappointed we only finished up with a point. The boys have set standards. But we will take the point and move on.
"We played well but didn't get the result we deserved.
"It was a good surface and we looked to play our game on it.
"At times in the first half if we'd kept it a bit more simple then we'd have been okay.
"But in the second half we got the goal and I really didn't see a problem.
"Then Grimsby overloaded down the right and we didn't keep our concentration. We switched off for a second and the cross came in and they scored.
"Once again we have showed we can score goals but I am still waiting for our first clean sheet. I was disappointed we didn't get it at Grimsby."
Jon Olav Hjelde is likely to be back in contention for the visit of fellow unbeaten side Lincoln who have drawn their two home games and won their two away games so far under head coach, former Stags midfielder John Schofield.
They triumphed 2-1 at both Hereford United and Torquay United and have a good record at Field Mill in what is generally regarded as a 'local derby' even though the side are not exactly close neighbours.
Stags' search for a cover left back continues after Connor Franklin was not offered a deal this week.
The former Leicester City youngster played in Stags' 4-1 reserve friendly defeat away to a powerful Leicester side last week.
Stags had already run the rule over former Darlington defender Joe Kendrick but again no deal was offered.