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CURLE AND ASKEY REACTION
28th December 2003 23:58


Frustrated Stags boss Keith Curle was philosophical about his side's late concession.
"We're disappointed to have conceded a goal with just ten seconds left on the clock but we are professionals and we will take it on the chin," he said.
"We came away today and gave a good account of ourselves in a game that we deserved to win. We are now fourth at the halfway point of the season and getting stronger all the time."
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Evening Post website:
Mansfield boss Keith Curle saluted the travelling Stags' fans after a late
Matthew Tipton strike robbed his side of a Christmas clean sweep.
Tipton struck with ten seconds of injury-time remaining to ensure Mansfield
dropped their first points of the festive period in front of Macclesfield's
biggest crowd of the season.
Over 3,500 squeezed into Moss Rose - 1,466 making the journey from
Nottinghamshire - and Curle said: "We've come away from home and given a
good account of ourselves.
"The fans were superb, braving the freezing cold in what is a financially
difficult time of year and we all appreciate it."
Mansfield looked on course for their fourth win on the trot after Iyseden
Christie put them on top with 20 minutes to go.
Curle added: "Overall I thought we shaded it enough to win the game.
"It's how you take the disappointment of conceding a last minute goal. We'll
take it on the chin.
"The players are not down. All credit to Macclesfield, they kept going for
the full 90 minutes as I knew they would."
We'll have more reaction from the game on Monday.
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Relieved Macclesfield manager John Askey paid tribute to his talisman striker Matthew Tipton who rescued a point with an injury-time equaliser against high-flying Mansfield Town.
"Matthew is on fire at the moment. He has scored 11 goals in 14 starts and it was another great strike that earned us a deserved point today," he said.
"We played well against a decent team but gave them their goal through a calamitous series of errors."

 

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