PALMER REACTION: `TOTAL RUBBISH`
Mansfield Town 4 Stockport County 2
CARLTON: Wants change quickly
ANGRY Stockport boss Carlton Palmer blasted his players as "totally rubbish" after they allowed bottom-of-the-table Mansfield to fight back from a 2-1 half-time deficit to a 4-2 victory.
It was their third successive win under new player-manager Keith Curle, and drag County into a relegation dogfight.
Palmer said: "I question the players' desire and ability to follow instructions. It has got to change quickly."
County got the perfect start when Manchester City's Rhys Day, on loan at Mansfield, headed Rickie Lambert's corner into his own net.
Poor marking allowed the in-form Lyseden Christie to head in, before Curle gifted County the lead again when he felled Luke Beckett and Ben Burgess tucked in the penalty.
Wayne Corden equalised from the spot after Robert Clare brought down Christie. Then Craig Disley slipped and scuffed his shot - only for Lee Jones to allow it to squirm over the line.
Corden's curler confirmed victory.
CARLTON PALMER couldn't hide his anger after watching his team crash to defeat against Second Division whipping-boys Mansfield Town.
He said: "Apart from Ben Burgess and Luke Beckett we were well, well poor. We were outfought and were second best.
"They are young players but I can't keep defending them. I'm fuming."
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