DEARDEN AND BROWN REACTION
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from Mansfield 103.2 here
Billy Dearden is pictured during the Mansfield 103.2 interview with Jason Harrison (photo by Martin Shaw)
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_darlington_home_manager.ram
Billy Dearden is pictured during the Radio Nottingham interview with David Jackson (photo by sw19stag)
Audio interview with Simon Brown from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/stags_darlington_home_player.ram
Michael Boulding told Evening Post: "It's disappointing to not get at least a point because there weren't many chances either way and the decisions have gone against us. [Jake Buxton] said to me it was a foul, but you don't see many like that given when they are off the ball. I thought the referee might even things up in the second half but he didn't. I thought he might send their player off when he fouled me but he seemed to change his mind. I thought [Foster] was the last man. I know what the rule is about that situation but I don't know what the referee's take was on it and if he thought defenders were covering back. There were also a few tight offside decisions. You normally get one that goes your way but they didn't this time."
Boulding added: "Although the leg was fine, it was a tough game to come back into because I didn't get much of a look at goal. It was disappointing that we didn't get more shots on target. We didn't create too much and the ball didn't drop for us either. There were times when you thought there was a chance but then they would get in a last-ditch tackle, header or block."
"I think the players just have to concentrate 100% on the games coming up. New players would definitely help us, but in the meantime we just have to try to get everyone in the current squad back fit and playing."
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Dearden fury at referee
Stags boss Billy Dearden was furious with referee Michael Jones as Darlington left Field Mill with all three points - and a 1-0 win - thanks to a controversial penalty kick today.
Dearden felt that and other decisions went against his side and said: "At the end of the day the penalty has cost us the game.
"I don't want to comment about the referee but I think one or two decisions went against us today.
"I think everyone was stunned when he gave the penalty as the ball was nowhere near. The referee happened to see a shirt pulled or whatever.
"I will have to have a look at the video but I think the lad had conned the referee whether he had a hand on him or not.
"But there were a couple of times I didn't think Mickey Boulding was offside and there were times when he pulled play back to give us free kicks when we would have been better off playing on. He wouldn't let the game flow.
"And how can their keeper be allowed to handle that back pass when if an outfield player had handled it would have been a penalty and sending off? I think it is diabolical and needs to be looked at.
"I was disappointed to lose though Darlington are a good side.
"There was plenty of effort from us today which was good - a lot more than in our last home game against Wycombe.
"I can't fault the boys' effort today. But we just didn't create enough in their third.
"Darlington know they have been in a game today.
"Now we have a break from the league for the FA Cup and then we have a hell of a February ahead when we have to pick up some points."
Darlington manager Dave Penney:
"We looked a little jaded and tired after the heavy pitch at Morecambe in midweek. Mansfield did not have a game (in midweek) and it showed.
"We also lacked the usual quality in the final third - tired minds and tired bodies I suppose but we might have killed the game off in the second half and gone onto win by two or three goals.
"We stuck at it, got bodies in the way to block shots at free-kicks and deserved the three points. Teams that achieve anything have to grind out results like this.
"It has been a fantastic week, nine points in a week. We did not have a nominated penalty taker, but Richie stood up and tucked it away well."
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