SHIRTLIFF AND WILSON REACTION
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Shirtliff slams Stags' lack of resilience after defeat
MANSFIELD Town failed to hit the heights of their recent displays in tonight's 2-0 defeat at Hartlepool United.
They failed to produce anywhere near the number of chances they had been creating in recent matches before succumbing to two home goals in the final 13 minutes.
Manager Peter Shirtliff said: "I am disappointed with them tonight as we have got to show more resilience than that away from home.
"It was a tight game in all honesty and there were not many chances, though Jason White made a couple of good saves after poor defending by us.
"But away from home you have to show more toughness, strength, aggression and determination than that right from one to 11. Then the minimum you come away with is 0-0.
"But they are a young side who have not learned that nasty side of the game when you do not accept second best."
Shirtliff knows it could have all been so different had Richie Barker accepted a second minute chance.
"Goals change games and we had a terrific chance early on which we might have scored with a better finish," he said.
"I am disappointed we didn't get a penalty at 1-0 as it looked like one to me."
Barker left the field after a clash of heads but Shirtliff added: "Richie is fine now though he was feeling dazed and a bit groggy which was the reason we brought him off. Actually it was a terrific defensive header by their player to get across and get the ball away."
Despite the late night getting home from the North East, Shirtliff said the players will be in tomorrow for a warm down session and will then train Thursday and again halfway down to Torquay on Friday.
Speaking to the official Hartlepool website after the game, Danny Wilson said "We had a lot of opportunities in the first half again and when James Brown's fantastic bit of skill led to him hitting a post you hope it's not going to be another one of those days.
The lads kept going, they came in to it in the second half but we scored two extremely well-worked goals so it's a good evening for us and it feels good."
"We had a sit down and good chat with Joel and he knows what we are thinking.
"Hopefully what that's done is take a little bit of pressure of him and when the chances come along - like they did tonight - he can stick them away.
Hartlepool United manager Danny Wilson has praised the response of forward Joel Porter. The player has not started a game for Pools since being substituted in Hartlepool United's 2–1 win over Boston. Instead the player has been coming off the bench and did so again last night as Pools took on Mansfield Town.
Porter came on and scored two goals to give Hartlepool United a 2–0 win. It was the first time Pools earned back–to–back victories at Victoria Park in 2006. Wilson was delighted with another three points and insisted Porter's step back had the desired effect. Wilson insists that there is not feud between the player and the manager over his decision to play from the bench.
"We had a good chat with Joel and he knows what we are thinking," Wilson said. "It is not always what it seems from the outside. We know what we are doing and hopefully what it has served to do is take a bit of pressure off him and allow him to relax and enjoy his football. That little bit of rest has done him the world of good. People forget he didn't play many games in the last year and he can't turn it on like a tap. It will come as he gets matches but the good thing about him is that he understands more than some others maybe would. There are no toys chucked out of the pram, it is quite the opposite. It is important for him to feel his way into the season and he will get better as the season goes on."
Pools had to dig deep to see off the Stags and while it was not quite a classic encounter, Wilson's side is starting to find its feet in League Two. Wilson said: "You always want to entertain your fans because that is the business we are in. But ultimately they want to see a winning team and we have to get that balance. Last night I thought we had that and played some nice stuff in patches. In the second half it was a bit different and we had to work on the more physical side and hope that we had that bit of quality which proved to be the case with Joel. We had lots of opportunities but we kept on going. We didn't have things all our own way all of the time but you can't expect to have total domination in a match. They didn't cause us any major problems but it was enough to have us on the back foot and that is when we scored our goals. All in all, it was a good evening's work."
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