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24th August 2006 8:55

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Evening Post
Peter Shirtliff watched his Mansfield team keep their first clean sheet of the season in a shock 2-0 win at Huddersfield - and then declared: "They were exceptional."

Strikes either side of half-time from Michael Boulding and Richard Barker (pictured) saw the Stags move into the second round of the Carling Cup.

Manager Shirtliff felt his side's defensive qualities were the key to their first away win of the season at their third attempt.

"That is the kind of defending you need but it was not just the back line - the midfield did very well and the strikers were also a threat."

"I thought the players were up near their maximum performance levels and they did what was asked of them.

"We passed the ball quite well at times and it wasn't a bad game in terms of passing and technique. We probably allowed them a bit too much possession in the second half.

"But that is going to happen on occasions. Sometimes you have to survive when the opposition have the upper hand and I thought that we did that very well."

But the home side were unhappy with Richard Barker's second goal for Stags as they believed that Simon Brown - running back from an offside position - was interfering with play.

But Shirtliff said: "According to current rules, Simon is not offside unless he makes contact with the defender. I'm not sure if he did that but if he didn't, he's not offside."

CHAD website:
Keeper headache for Shirtliff
STAGS manager Peter Shirtliff has a big decision to make for Saturday's visit of Lincoln City after Jason White replaced Carl Muggleton in goal and kept a clean sheet in last night's superb Carling Cup first round success at Huddersfield Town.
Brave Mansfield shocked their League One opponents with a 2-0 victory at the impressive Galpharm Stadium thanks to counter-attack goals by Michael Boulding and Richie Barker either side of the half-time break.
It was White's first start of the season and Stags' first clean sheet and White said; "It is up to the gaffer now.
"Carl and I will keep pushing each other and we will just see how it goes.
"The lads played well and I was happy with my game to be fair.
"I didn't have a lot to do really but I felt I did the basic things well.
"It always helps if you can get an early touch and get involved. You don't want to go five or 10 minutes without touching the ball.
"I was a little suprised I didn't have more to do. Both our goals came at superb times which helped set us up for the second half."
There was controversy over Stags' second goal when Barker scored with Brown clearly offside under the 'old rules'.
White said; "The new rules for offside are an absolute nightmare for a keeper as you take your position off players and you don't know if they are interfering or not. You can only do your best.
"The referee and linesman have a job to do and can only stick by the rules."
Manager Peter Shirtliff also had sympathy with the home side over the second goal.
"I brought this up at a meeting," he said. "Apparantly the rule is that he's offside but it is not going to be deemed offside unless he makes some sort of physical contact with the defender.
"I don't know if he did or not but he certainly affected the defender."
But Shirtliff was delighted to see his side extend their unbeaten start to the season to five games.
"We performed very well. All the players were up near their maximum performance levels and that's what you need.
"I thought the back four were excellent for most of the game, the midfield did very well and I thought our strikers always looked a threat.
We passed the ball quite well at time when we were in possession.
"I was very pleased to get a clean sheet though, to be honest, I would swap it for Saturday against Lincoln.
"But we will now recover and look forward to Saturday, The lads are confident and we have got to keep the thing going.
"Jason did well in goal. He did all that we could have expected of him and now I have a bit of a headache for Saturday."
Huddersfield boss Peter Jackson praised Mansfield's fighting quality and admitted the League Two underdogs deserved their memorable victory.
He said: "Mansfield came here and played very well and deserved to win this cup tie.
"I always try to protect my players, but tonight they let me down and I cannot protect them after this performance.
"The second goal was clearly offside and it was a very poor decision by the linesman which we are really disappointed with.
"But Mansfield deserve to go through, they opened our defence a lot and defended well."
Jacko: "We deserved to go out."

Peter Jackson gave us his thoughts after this evening's game against Mansfield Town.

"I am bitterly disappointed because we deserved to go out of the Cup tonight. Mansfield came here and played well and we were poor. We were second best all over and deserved to go out of the competition.

"In the three years I have been back at the Club the players have probably let me down five or six times and this evening was the seventh. I'm just bitterly disappointed with the performance and the result.

"I try to protect my players and I can't tonight after that and it will take a much better performance to beat Nottingham Forest on Saturday. The players have always bounced back and they must after this.

"Full credit to Mansfield because it was not a fluke result. If someone had come here and witnessed that they would have said that Mansfield deserved to go through and rightly so.

"The players are down, the supporters are down, but there is no bigger and better game to bounce back at than Forest. There will be a big crowd and I still have faith in my players. I never doubt them, but I cannot defend them this evening.

"Colin Calderwood was here tonight, but I went to see Forest last night and he is probably thinking exactly the same as I did last night.

"I had complaints about the second goal, but you cannot blame the result on that. I was disappointed because he was offside and you can ask virtually any manager and none of them know the interpretation of that rule.

"Fletch had a late fitness test and it was 50:50 whether he started the game but we changed him to protect his ankle a bit more ahead of the weekend. Collins had six or seven stitches in a head injury but hopefully he will be ok for Saturday."

Evening Post website:
Mansfield Boss Peter Shirtliff has called on the authorities to sort out football's muddled offside rule following his side's controversial cup clincher against Huddersfield.

Striker Simon Brown was clearly in an offside position as he played in Richard Barker for an easy finish on 47 minutes after collecting a long punt forward.

And Shirtliff blasted the game's bodies for the muddle - even though the goal put Mansfield through to the second round.

"Brown was standing in an offside position but cannot be deemed offside unless he makes physical contact with the ball," Shirtliff said.

"If he did make contact then he had to be adjudged offside. I have made representations about this because the law is open to interpretation.

"Two-nil is a great result but I would rather have had a clean sheet in the League.

"We passed the ball around well and created chances through. My only disappointment is that we allowed Huddersfield too much possession in the second half."

Seething Huddersfield boss Peter Jackson could not hide his anger at his side's dismal display. Town were woeful all night and hardly created anything of note.

"I am really disappointed as we deserved to go out of the Cup. We will have to play a lot better than that on Saturday against Nottingham Forest," Jackson said.

"Since I came back as manager three years ago the players have only ever let me down six times before tonight. But this game was the seventh. I always try and defend my players but I can't tonight.

"Mansfield's second goal did look offside but I don't think it affected the result. There is still confusion among managers and officials about the interpretation of the offside rule and that is something that does need looking at."


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