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WATKISS REACTION TO CHELTENHAM DRAW
17th April 2002 11:34


WATKISS REACTION TO CHELTENHAM DRAW
Stags boss says we just have to concentrate on beating Carlisle.

Stags boss Stuart Watkiss was an uncomfortable spectator at Brunton Park last night. He was there "partly because of the situation and partly a scouting mission as we play them on Saturday "

After the game he told Mansfield 103.2:

I'm ok, not bad. I sat with John Hollins and David Hamilton, the manager and assistant manager of Rochdale. We were holding our hands, holding each other's hands, and clutching each other.
We're ok and more importantly we live to fight another day. The point really pushed Rochdale out of it, but we're still alive and if Cheltenham slip up down at Plymouth and we can beat Carlisle then we can get promoted but firstly we have to concentrate on beating Carlisle. And then we just hope Plymouth can do us a favour.
Cheltenham had the lion's share of possession tonight. The pitch didn't help the game at all. Cheltenham stuck to their game plan of getting the ball forward quickly and looking for second balls, but to be fair to Carlisle they did try and play but the state of the pitch didn't help them. It was a long second half,... but we're still in there, we've got something to play for on Saturday. But we have to concentrate on beating Carlisle and then everybody just hopes that Plymouth can turn Cheltenham over.
A word for the Mansfield Town fans: just stick with the boys. I hope it's a full house on Saturday, I'm sure it will be, the support has been magnificent all over the season. Even if things are not going our way in the first bit of the game, just be patient and rest assured that everyone at that football club is giving 100% and you never know, it just might be our day.

Transcribed by Martin Shaw
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