DEARDEN, ARNOLD AND MARK ROBINS REACTION
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_rotherham_away_manager.ram
Audio interview with Nathan Arnold from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_rotherham_away_player.ram
RUFC - Robins Post Mansfield
Rotherham United manager, Mark Robins
has told Millersworld that he was pleased with the teams performance today even though they were three up and let it slip to three-two.
'In the terms of possession, the way we played and the chances we created I was pleased. Yes, we should have won more comfortably and it was disappointing to concede the late goals,' Robins said, 'but I'm not going to dwell on that.
'We put ourselves under a bit of pressure but they also worked their socks off out there today. We have a group of players who have plenty of ability and we showed that when we started to pass the ball a bit better.
'Mansfield were always going to be a threat with the pace they've got and players like Michael Boulding but we'd spoken about creating more space for ourselves and we made them change their shape.
'In the end I was grateful to get three points. We dropped deeper and deeper and that is something we have to work on.
'There's no easy games in this league and three points is three points.'
Dearden pleased with fightback
CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
STAGSS boss Billy Dearden was pleased with his patchwork side's fight back in the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United this afternoon.
The visitors went 3-0 down midway through the second half before forcing a gradnstand finish with two replies and Deaden said: I thought we came out and did a lot better in the second half and rolled our sleeves up.
"We made a game of it and if it had gone on another five or 10 minutes we might have got something out of it as Rotherham were starting to panic.
"Millmoor is a difficult place to go and anyone who comes here this season will know they have been in a game.
"At least we gave the supporters something to shout about and showed there is maybe some light at the end of the tunnel."
He added: "We showed a bit of character and fighting spirit and I was quite pleased with them in the end.
"But it is easy to start playing when you are 3-0 down. We have to play like that when it's 0-0.
"For the sixth time this season we have let the other team take an early lead which gives them a big lift.
"We had to change things round again due to more injuries and we had to keep changing formations and doing the best we could with what we had on the bench during the game.
"It is easier to play out of position at home and that showed today. But we are not making excuses. The players who go out there have to do their best and that is what they did.
"I am hoping Jake Buxton will be fit again next Saturday and I will be trying to bring in a couple of players to help us."
Stags had to make a change in goal at the break after Carl Muggleton, who was stretched off after a bang in the face in midweek, had to be replaced by Jason White who had an excellent half.
"Carl felt ill before the match and was a bit dizzy at half time so the doctor advised us to carry on with him in the second half," said Dearden.
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