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24th November 2002 17:03

Danny Wilson said his City side showed "fantastic self-belief" to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a nine-goal thriller at Mansfield Town.
Danny told bcfc.co.uk: "In a nutshell we have defended better, but our attacking play was terrific and our self-belief fantastic.
"When you have a two-goal deficit it shows a fantastic amount of character to come back from that and go on to win the game.
"Everyone has seen it at first hand today but these lads have a real determination to do well this season. There is a great sense of camaraderie amongst the team, and the staff as well. We're all in this together."
Although admitting his side can defend better Danny praised the way City continued to stick to their footballing principles even when things were looking desperate.
"I was disappointed with the goals we conceded. We work on things on a regular basis in training that the lads didn't adhere to at times today - we weren't going that extra yard or getting tight enough at times.
"But we didn't panic when time seemed to be running away from us. You can sometimes play into the opposition's hands by playing long balls into the box in a bid to win the game. But instead we kept our patience, passed the ball well and continued to create openings.
"Brian's penalty put them on the back foot and Leroy Lita's fresh legs also caused them a few problems - from then on they began to look nervous."
City saw Matthew Hill and Tony Butler booked in angry scenes following the award of a penalty to Mansfield in the 65th minute, which Wayne Corden converted to put the visitors ahead for the first time in the game.
Danny said: "I was very disappointed with both yellow cards. In Matthew's case he was trying to get the lad away and calm the situation down. Maybe in future he should stay out of it, but I think he was harshly done by."
City's boss also had little sympathy for Mansfield's protests that the referee had played more than the indicated five minutes of injury time, adding: "As for scoring in the sixth minute of injury time I think that the referee added on the extra minute for their substitution (of goal-scorer Iyseden Christie in injury-time). I don't think anyone should get upset with that. In those circumstances you've just got to keep playing to the final whistle and keep going, and we did exactly that."


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