SHIRTLIFF AND ALEXANDER REACTION
Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Audio interview with Keith Alexander from BBC Radio Cambs (RealPlayer needed)
FRUSTRATION AS DEAD-BALL KICKS PROVE A KILLER
Evening Post, 20 November 2006
Peter Shirtliff was left frustrated by the manner in which his side were beaten by play-off chasing Peterborough.
Both of the visitors goals in a 2-0 - one in each half - came from set-pieces as strikers Aaron McLean and Danny Crow struck.
That was galling for the Mansfield boss, who said he had spent a considerable amount of time in the build-up to the game preparing to deal with dead-ball situations.
''The bottom line is that we conceded a goal from a corner and a long throw, which we spoke about all week but have not dealt with,'' said Shirtliff.
''We thought those problems had gone away but it's still there and keeps rearing its ugly head.
''I didn't think there was much between the sides apart from the two goals, but if you can't defend set pieces then you can't expect to get anything from a game.''
Shirtliff was also critical of the way his side played when in possession of the ball -so often one of their big strengths.
He believed that the team did not live up to their usual standards in that area and, as a result, failed to build up a head of steam.
He said: ''There were too many players who had poor performances compared to what we are used to seeing from them. We were poor in terms of quality on the ball.
''We didn't ask enough questions of their defenders and when we got near their box a poor pass or cross meant that our attacks kept fizzling out. I'm hoping it's just a bad day at the office.''
The game saw the debut of Asa Charlton who managed 65 minutes before being replaced by Michael Boulding.
Shirtliff was pleased with what he saw from his new signing at left-back following his switch from non-league Redditch United.
''I thought he did quite well. The reason I brought him off was that it was his first game for a little while,'' he said.
''But I think he will find his legs the more that he plays and then he'll be OK.''
Shirtliff reported no fresh injury worries immediately after the game.
VISITORS WERE WORTHY WINNERS
Evening Post, 20 November 2006
Peterborough cruised to their fourth straight win on the back of their seventh clean sheets in nine away matches, much to the delight of manager Keith Alexander.
The former Mansfield assistant manager felt his side were worthy winners after watching them maintain their run with a 2-0 success.
''I thought we deserved it. We played very well in the first half and though they came back at us in the second half, we were never really in any trouble,'' said Alexander.
''Our keeper only had one save to make that I can recall while I thought their keeper made several good saves. We were in control from start to finish.''
WE COULD NOT GET GOING AND CREATE CHANCES
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12:00 - 20 November 2006
Johnny Mullins admitted Mansfield were beaten by a better team after their 2-0 defeat by Peterborough at Field Mill.
But he felt it could all have been different if his ninth-minute header had found the net instead of coming back off the face of the bar.
''If my header had gone in then it might have been us that had gone on to win, but it didn't,'' said Mullins.
''I don't think you could argue that they were the better side over the 90 minutes though. They had a lot of chances and we just couldn't get going.
''It wasn't that we were not working hard, but we just couldn't create the chances like we normally do and we didn't defend set-pieces very well. We spoke about it before the game and we knew what was coming, so the fact that we didn't deal with it makes it even more disappointing."
Mullins insisted that the players were not too downbeat, even though they were aware they had not performed to their usual standards.
''I don't think Peterborough were that good . They caught us on an off-day and took advantage. We can't let what has happened affect us and get us down. We have to look forward and move on to the next game.
''We have the Rochdale game coming up next and there is no reason why we can't go there and bounce back with a win.''
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