CURLE AND GRADI REACTION
Audio interview with keith Curle from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Audio interview with Dario Gradi from Radio Stoke (RealPlayer needed)
My players' attitudes were right - new manager Curle
NEW Stags manager Keith Curle was full of praise for his players despite their 3-0 FA Cup Second Round defeat in his first match in charge at Crewe.
Curle said: "We gave it a go and my players' attitudes were right and the commitment was right.
"In the first half I thought we were the better team and we really had a go at them and tried to upset their natural style of play.
"Kenny Lunt kept popping up as a spare man in the first half so I decided to put Dave Jervis on at half time in place of Danny Bacon to go man to man with him, which worked OK to a large degree.
"People have got to realise Crewe are a good team and Dario Gradi has had them together for two or three years.
"I have had just four days to work on absolutely everything from attack to defence, corners and other set pieces.
"I did not want to ask what we usually do for this or that. I wanted everything done my way which they did absolutely spot on.
"There were a lot of positives, particularly first half, and I think we have enough in that dressing room to give us a fighting chance of staying up.
"All I can promise supporters is that every game we go into we will make sure the opposition know they have been in a game."
Dario's Comments On Cup Tie
"We thought it would be different game today and it was. Keith Curle has had a week to work with them and he tightened things up a bit at the back. He added pace to the defence and they were better from their set-plays. They gave it a real go in the first-half but we dominated the second half.
"He changed things in the second half and played with just one up front. We have the defenders here who can cope with that and it allowed us to get our full-backs forward.
"It was a super goal from Ben and he was really determined to get in there and he took it very well. I told him that he would get in there today and he did that for us. He found a lot of space and passed the ball very well.
"I said to the players at half-time that I didn't want us to rue our missed chances and thankfully we didn't. I thought it was over when we scored the second goal because I couldn't see them scoring twice with just one up front.
"I was pleased for Dean Ashton because he worked hard for us. We have been doing some work with Dean and Rob on the training ground from that kind of position and he took it very well."