CURLE AND HORTON REACTION
CURLE SAYS DEFEAT HARD TO TAKE
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Mansfield manager Keith Curle found his side's defeat hard to take and promised fans a victory when the two sides meet on Saturday.
"I'm disappointed whenever I get beaten, but particularly at the manner of this defeat.
"It will not be the same on Saturday. We've got better players than Macclesfield and we will win.
"There are eight players missing as I wanted to give those players who don't normally get a chance an opportunity to show what they can do.
"But whether it's the LDV Trophy, a training game, a play-off final or even a cup final, you've got to do the basics right, you've got to stick to your principles and we didn't do that.
"I will ask them to stand up and be counted on Saturday when we play Macclesfield again at home. I couldn't have wanted a better fixture than Macclesfield again because it gives the players a chance to respond."
Macclesfield boss Brian Horton celebrated his 1000th game in charge as a Football League manager with a thumping 4-0 LDV Vans Trophy win over Mansfield.
Tony Barras opened the scoring early on and Macclesfield doubled their lead on the half-hour mark when Jon Parkin pounced from close range.
Matt Tipton made it 3-0 after 37 minutes and the scoring was completed in the 63rd minute when Parkin scored his 10th goal of the season.
"I wanted a response from them and I could not have asked for more than a 4-0 win," said Horton.
"I really enjoyed my 1000th game. I can't understand fielding a weakened side.
"If I play a five-a-side game I want to win it and I always like to put out my strongest side.
"If you are a professional footballer you want to play, you want to have the chance to score goals.
"We got four good goals and a clean sheet - it's a great habit and this would be a good trophy to win.
"Only 11 managers have ever made it to 1000 games and I'm surprised that I've kept my hair and it isn't totally grey.
"I've met some wonderful people on the way and been to some wonderful places and I'm going to have a little drink to celebrate."
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