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6th December 2003 18:56

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Curle out to end Adams' record in replay

STAGS boss Keith Curle is still waiting for his first FA Cup success over former England team mate Tony Adams.
But a priceless equaliser from Iyseden Christie at least earned Mansfield Town a Field Mill replay on Tuesday week after a thrilling 1-1 second round draw at Causeway Stadium last night.
Mansfield had gone behind against the run of play but earned a deserved draw to put a smile back on Curle's face after he had twice been on the wrong end of FA Cup results against Wycombe boss Adams as a player in the past.
"I've now got a draw and two defeats so the only thing I'm missing now is a victory," said Curle.
"We will be confident for the replay. We have to go out there and earn the right to play which I know we'll do. The only thing I can promise is that I know we'll go out there and give a good account of ourselves.
"At Wycombe my players were asked if they were prepared to go out there and work hard and match Wycombe toe to toe for effort and commitment which I knew we would.
"Credit to Wycombe, they didn't give us the time and space to play our football as they knew we can give teams problems if they do give us the space.
"At half time John Gannon got into the players' ribs and pointed out the only occasions Wycombe had caused us problems were caused by ourselves either by wrong decisions or misguided kicks.
"Then I asked them if they had the belief, individually and collectively, to go out there and get a result.
"Even when we went behind against the run of play I never thought it wasn't going to be our night. We hit the woodwork twice and they went straight upfield and scored, but that's the beauty of the FA Cup.
"Our equaliser came from a lot of determined work within their box – a belief that we can get on the end of things. If we'd have scored first I think we might have won the game. But we'll take the replay for now,"

Evening Post website:

Wycombe Wanderers 1 v 1 Mansfield Town
Mansfield man of the match Rhys Day praised the battling instincts of the Stags after they came from behind to earn a Cup replay against Second Division Wycombe Wanderers.

Gavin Holligan gave Tony Adams' Chairboys the lead before Iyseden Christie levelled the scores with his seventh of the season.

The Welsh under-21 international said: "The lads showed great character after going behind - Mansfield thrive on that. We've gone behind a few times this season and every time we seem to come back.

"I've got every confidence we will beat them in the replay, I'm already looking forward to the third round."

Wycombe boss Adams said: "Mansfield are a decent side and they came at us well after the break.

"We conceded too much space to them until the last seven or eight minutes when we started to push for the winner."


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