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14th February 2003 23:22

'It's not the end of the world' - Gannon
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Disappointed Stags assistant boss John Gannon put on a brave face after tonight's crucial 1-0 defeat at relegation rivals Colchester and said: "It is not the end of the world.

"It was disappointing but we just have to pick ourselves up and take the next stride forward at QPR.

"We paid the ultimate price for being sloppy. We were sloppy first half and could have got punished then.

"It was totally gutting to lose a game like that, especially as we had just hit the post seconds before.

"Suddenly it's in our net and there wasn't much time to do anything about it.

"We dominated a poor first half and caused them problems while playing within ourselves.

"We just needed to lift it a notch and we could have won the game. But we never got out the blocks and it looked like running out into a 0-0 draw. At that stage we should make sure we at least get that but we didn't.

"We have to realise we are letting points pass us by which we can't afford to do in our situation."

The only real bright point of the night for Stags was the confident display by debut keeper Keith Welch who came so close to a clean sheet.

"It's never easy to come in like that and I thought he was excellent," added Gannon.


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