DEARDEN AND TROLLOPE REACTION
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2007/stags_bristol_rovers_home_manager.ram
Dearden disappointed as youngsters crash again
STAGS boss Billy Dearden watched his young and injury-ravaged side tamely lose a third successive home game today.
But, despite his threadbare squad, he said he expected more from his players than they gave him in a dire first half in which they failed to create a meaningful chance and were booed off again.
At least it wasn't former Stags star Craig Disley who grabbed the winner as he did at the Memorial Ground. But he did fire an easy chance against the bar from close range before Steve Elliott netted the rebound.
"I know we had to make a lot of changes again but I was disappointed with how we started the first half," he said.
"At least we had a go in the second half, but we shouldn't have had to wait until half-time for that.
"In the end we might have got something out of it and we did have a few half chances.
"All in all we got what we deserved against a fairly good team. I thought we probably showed them too much respect in the first half and we didn't do ourselves any favours
"I was very disappointed in their goal as it was shabby defending. If we had defended that at least we would have got a 0-0.
"After losing the last two home games I thought some of them went into their shells a bit today.
"It was a bit too much for some of the young lads today. You can't expect players to be able to fill in like they are having to do now with five or six senior players missing, most of them long term."
Rovers manager Paul Trollope was a happy and relieved man and said "The three points was the be-all and end-all today.
"It was a professional performance and I am very happy. The work ethic has been good since our defeat at Cardiff and everyone has been positive.
"We were slow to start on a difficult bobbly pitch which made passing hard. But then we got control and deserved our goal after creating plenty of chances.
"Craig (Disley) is distraught not to have scored against his old club but Steve (Elliott) reacted well and showed great technique to score.
"To be fair there were a few hairy moments in our box at the end, but by then the game should have been over.
"We wasted some good chances in the second half and I thought we had two good shouts for a penalty.
"Mansfield showed a lot of spirit, I know they had a lot of players out injured and it was hard for Billy with so many young lads."
Stags now have a roll call tomorrow before heading off for another big test against a Play-off chasing side at
Peterborough United on Monday afternoon.
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