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SHIRTLIFF AND COLEMAN REACTION
23rd September 2006 23:50


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Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2007/stags_accrington_home_manager.ram
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Mansfield boss Peter Shirtliff said: "It was a very strange game and we had an unbelievable number of chances to go on and win it. We should have won it - end of story.
"I can't understand some of the decisions made by my players.
"The bottom line is if you don't take chances and score goals you don't win games.
"We have scored two goals at home and that should be enough. We have not kept a clean sheet this season in the League and that is a massive concern.
"I didn't think Accrington did enough to hurt us in certain areas today. But they have ended up scoring two goals and it's too easy.
"Defensively, individuals had reasonable games. But the odd decision they make is costing us at the minute. Maybe I will have to do something about it but I don't know if there is any money available.
"I have told the players there is no point moping about it. They have to come in with a smile on their faces on Monday as we have another game on Tuesday and there is no time for anyone to feel sorry for themselves.
"You can't legislate for missed penalties though credit to their keeper, he got blocks in to keep both of them out."
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SHIRTLIFF - WE SHOULD HAVE WON IT
Evening Post website
Accrington boss John Coleman paid tribute to goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin after he made two crucial penalty saves in the 2-2 draw at Mansfield.

Coleman had withdrawn Dunbavin in favour of Rob Elliot late on in the midweek Carling Cup penalty shoot-out defeat at Watford, but he was happy to be proven wrong here.

Coleman said: "Ian Dunbavin was magnificent for us. It could have been five or six but he kept us in it.

"He has made a fool of me but I don't mind. I took him off two minutes before the end of Tuesday's cup tie because I didn't fancy him for the penalty shoot-out.

"Now he's saved two here he is staying in for any future shoot-outs!

"We only know one way to play and that's to go out on the attack.

"It wasn't the best of performances but we have showed a lot of character to get the draw.

"We had chances at the end to win it but that would have been cruel on Mansfield.

"I feel like I have run a marathon and gone 12 rounds with Ricky Hatton and I am absolutely exhausted.

"It looked like Mansfield had been tucked up in bed by 11pm on Tuesday while we had been taking penalties at Watford and didn't get in bed until 4am.

"We were very leggy but all credit to us, we kept going until the end."

Mansfield manager Peter Shirtliff was at a loss to explain how his side failed to secure all three points.

He said: "It was a very strange game and we had an unbelievable number of chances to go on and win it. We should have won it, end of story.

"I can't understand some of the decisions made by my players.

"The bottom line is if you don't take chances and score goals you don't win games.

"We have scored two goals at home and that should be enough. We have not kept a clean sheet this season in the league and that is a massive concern.

"I have told the players there is no point moping about it. We have another game on Tuesday and there is no time for anyone to feel sorry for themselves."

 

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