Audio interview with Stuart Watkiss from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Audio interview with Billy Dearden from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Watkiss proud of players and fans
STAGS boss Stuart Watkiss paid tribute to his players and supporters after this afternoon's four-goal thriller at Meadow Lane.
"I was proud of my players, proud of the supporters and proud to be Mansfield Town Football Club's manager this afternoon," he said.
"The players never gave up and all credit to Iyseden Christie for keeping go right to the last kick."
But the manager, who was delighted to have avoided defeat after pitting his wits against his former mentor, County manager Billy Dearden, admitted: "The wasted chances show that we need to be more ruthless in front of goal."
Watkiss was also scathing about the performance of Premiership referee Jeff Winter.
Winter denied the Stags at least two clear penalties and also angered Watkiss for several other bizarre decisions.
Watkiss added: "When Little was denied a penalty after being brought down by the keeper he asked the referee if he could go off the field for treatment to his injury and was booked!
"Whenever we get a Premiership referee they seem to be worse than those who only do the Nationwide matches."
Dearden, coming up against the Stags for the first time since quitting the club in January to take over at Meadow Lane, was also angry with the referee at the final whistle.
"Christie was five yards offside for the equaliser. I have seen it on the video and I hope the referee has a look," blasted the ex-Stags manager.
"But I suppose on reflection, overall Mansfield deserved a point."
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