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15th September 2007 18:42

Audio interview with Paul Holland from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_chesterfield_home_manager.ram
Audio interview with Carl Muggleton from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_chesterfield_home_player.ram
Audio interview with referee Kevin Friend from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_chesterfield_home_player_02.ram
We have to iron out mistakes - Holland
By John Lomas
ALTHOUGH he felt Chesterfield keeper Barry Roche should have been sent off for his 'professional foul' on Michael Boulding, Mansfield assistant boss Paul Holland wasn't using it as an excuse for more poor defending.
Leaky Stags have now let in 19 goals in eight games and Holland said: "We are very disappointed as a local derby means a lot to the fans. But there were decisions in that game that went against us.

"Having said that, if you concede goals like we are doing you don't deserve to win football matches.

We got back into it at 1-1 and you fancy your chances in the second half. Then we go and let in another poor goal in first half stoppage time and you are having to lift them."

On the Roche decision, Holland - speaking to the press as manager Billy Dearden had dashed off to watch the game at Notts County - added: "I thought it was a straight red. I spoke to their keeper afterwards and he said he thought he was lucky to get away with it. I have to be careful about what I say, but if that isn't a straight red then I don't know what is.

"We keep conceding goals through individual mistakes. But not by the same person. But we have to iron them out or bring in other people.

"Local derbies are won by the side who makes the least mistakes and that was Chesterfield today."

Afterwards, referee Mr Friend said: "The keeper clattered him, yes, and he admitted afterwards it was a rush of blood but there was a covering player Kovacs and so it was just a yellow.

"It wasn't a dangerous tackle to merit a straight red."

Visiting boss Lee Richardson added: ""I do feel a bit for Billy and his players as the Barry Roche incident will be looked on as the turning point. I did think Janos Kovacs was coming round to cover but I will have to look at it again.

"I am pleased we got the win, scored three times away from home and beaten our local rivals. But it has not clouded things for me.

"For 20 minutes of the second half I thought we dropped off the pace and could have paid heavily for that. They are lessons we've got to learn.

"Sometimes you have to learn lessons from victories as well as from defeats.

"We can be our own worst enemies and we took our foot off the gas after they had a man sent off.

"We were under pressure for spells of the game which you would expect away from home.

"It was a derby game for Mansfield as well and they wanted to do well.

"But I think we had more than enough chances to have won more comfortably."

Schoolboy error cost us - Muggleton
By Tim Morriss
DISAPPOINTED keeper Carl Muggleton said the Stags must re-build their confidence after the 3-1 derby defeat to Chesterfield.
He told chad.co.uk: "I am gutted, to lose a local derby and against a club I used to play for.
"We are having to fight back in games all the time and can not keep on conceding goals.

"We have got set our stall out to build a platform and go in front in matches."

Muggleton, criticised by some for the third minute Chesterfield goal, added: "We set ourselves up for low corners to the near post.

"People got dragged out and no-one filled in. It was a schoolboy type error and we have just got to work on thnings and build our confidence back up for next week.

"Credit to the lads, we fought back well in the second half and even when we were down to 10 men. We created good chances and might have got an equaliser.

"The third goal flattered them, but you have to expect that on the break when you are chasing the game.

"Now we have to build ourselves up for next week and the week after, for matches against teams we should be beating."

Why I didn't send off keeper - referee
By Tim Morriss
REFEREE Keith Friend has revealed why he didn't send off Chesterfield goalkeeper Barry Roach - the turning point of the big derby clash at Field Mill.
Roach charged out of his area and clattered Michael Boulding, as the Stags striker looked certain to level at 2-2 in the 58th minute.
With the home fans baying for a red card, Roach was just booked and to rub salt into the Stags wounds then produced more vital saves as the Spireites went on to win 3-1.

Afterwards Mr Friend told chad.co.uk: "There was a covering player, Kovacs, so it was not a red card offence. Yes the keeper clattered the Mansfield player and he admitted to me afterwards that he had a rush of blood, but it was not dangerous play."

However, Stags' assistant manager Paul Holland said: "If that is not a red card, then I don't know what is!

"It was a straight red for me. The keeper thought he was lucky to get away with it."

Stags keeper Carl Muggleton said: "I thought it was a red, but the referee had to make a decision in a split second. It was a big decision and didn't go for us."

And even Chesterfield boss Lee Richardson had sympathy with the home side: "I feel a bit for Billy (Dearden) and his players, they will look at the incident and it was a turning point. I need to look at it again, but maybe there was a covering player."


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