SHIRTLIFF AND COLIN LEE REACTION
Lee backs Shirtliff for Stags job
CHAD website, 26 October 2005
PETER Shirtliff hailed his Stags cup battlers who came so close to a third Carling Cup upset against Championship Millwall last night.
And, after Millwall got out of jail with a lasp gasp 3-2 win, their manager, Colin Lee, backed Shirtliff's bid to get the Stags job full-time.
After knocking out Stoke City and Southampton, Mansfield dominated last night's clash, creating a hatful of chances, and came from 2-0 down to level and press before conceding a last gasp goal.
But caretaker boss Shirtliff said: "I thought we were outstanding throughout the game.
"I thought we played better against Millwall than we did against Barnet last weekend and I've told them so.
"I've told them if they keep up that spirit and performance level then they will fly up the league. Now they have to take that into the game against Cheltenham on Saturday.
"We didn't deserve to lose that one by a long way. Even Colin Lee, their manager, said he couldn't belive they had won.
"If we keep playing like that the fans will come back in numbers and enjoy some successful days and evenings here.
"What spirit to come back from 2-0 down! We are definitely going in the right direction and looking a good side.
"It was a typical cup tie, settled by one of those wonder goals. It was unfortunate but it was Millwall's night.
"But we have had a bit of cup romance, beating Stoke and Southampton on the way. Our performance against Millwall was probably the best we'd played in all three ties but we lost. It's a shame but that's football.
"I just feel sorry for our fans and the players that we didn't get the right result."
Millwall manager Colin Lee said; "I think Peter deserves the Mansfield job.
"He has done a terrific job and they have improved with every game under him.
"It's a big feat to get Mansfield off the bottom and he has done it.
"There is a lot of belief, understanding and spirit among the players.
"Peter has a method of playing and it works for him. It will be a shame if he doesn't get the job."
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
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