SHIRTLIFF AND MADDISON REACTION
PETER HAPPY AS STAGS WIN
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Mansfield Town 1 v 0 Darlington
Mansfield manager Peter Shirtliff was a happy man as his side secured three points and a precious first clean sheet in the league to see off Darlington 1-0 at Field Mill.
"It was a good morale-booster to get that win under our belts," Shirtliff said.
"I thought it was a decent game and we played well. We scored a great goal and kept a clean sheet.
"I was pleased for the defence and pleased for Jason White in goal who has worked hard and been unlucky not to get a clean sheet so far.
"That was the sort of effort and grit we have got to show to get results.
"September has been a difficult month - Saturday will be our eighth game of the month.
"That is a hell of a lot for a small squad and one or two are running on empty. We will get them through the rest of this week and we go to Walsall in good spirits.
"Danny has got the ability to do that. He always gets himself a chance and I was pleased with him and the whole team.
"Danny has been working hard on his fitness levels and realised what it takes and he will keep improving through the season."
Darlington coach Neil Maddison said: "I expected more from us and the fans expected more.
"Yes, we have done a lot of travelling in the last few days, but other teams do it and other teams cope with it.
"Some fans booed us off at the end, but we want the fans to stay behind us and give us their full support.
"We knew we had to keep tight to the goalscorer (Danny Reet), but we didn't on one occasion and got punished.
"Even then we had good chances to equalise. We were unlucky with the shot at the end which bounced over and then we had a header in injury time.
"We had thrown caution to the wind and tried to get something, but it wasn't to be."
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
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