DEARDEN, MULLINS AND WILLIAMSON REACTION
Mansfield 103.2 interview by Jason Harrison with Billy Dearden here
CHAD interview with Billy Dearden by Stephen Thirkill, here
Audio interview with Billy Dearden with David Jackson from BBC Radio Nottingham here
Johnny Mullins interview with Radio Nottingham -->
Bobby - We worked hard for win
Bobby Williamson will have enjoyed his trip home from Nottinghamshire tonight, however before the journey home, the Scot took time to speak and let us know how much the win at Field Mill meant.
Williamson said "It will take a while for us to enjoy it, it is a great three points in what was always going to be a difficult game and it seemed that way when we lost a goal just on half time, well just after half time as far as I was concerned as two minutes were added on".
Bobby revealed that during the interval he had made the team realise that the gap was narrow and the game was totally retreivable, "We said to the guys, that wasn't a goal in it, there was nothing separating the teams and if we went out and applied ourselves and looked out for each other we would get a result and is exactly what they did".
He continued "They have worked really hard for each other and we have got the breaks, the penalty decision was a great shout for us and it has been long overdue, as I have been saying, we needed a break and we got that today".
Williamson revealed that the change at half time, that saw Chris Holroyd come on for Paul Butler, had been down to an first half injury to the City skipper. "It was enforced, Paul picked up a knock, he is a big player for us and as I've been saying once we get our big players back on the park, we can be a force again and can start to trouble teams" explained the City boss.
In a desperate attempt to halt their six game home losing streak, boss Billy Dearden took the players on a coach trip and a pre-match lunch to make it feel like an away trip today.
Stags have won their last five away but had lost six on the bounce at home.
However, it failed to work as the club record home losing streak extended to seven, even after leading at the break, as Chester City hit back to win 3-1.
"We were in the driving seat, but we just threw it away in the end. To say I am frustrated is an understatement.
"We should have been 1-0 up after 20 seconds. It wouldn't go in, but we persevered and were patient and I thought we had a decent first half and got the goal.
"But we gave away a bad goal after the break - a free header.
"Then they got a dodgy penalty and I thought we should have had two of our own at the other end. I am not being biased, but from where I was standing they looked blatant.
"Then they caught us pushing at the end with a sucker punch.
"Playing at home is becoming a mental block and we have got to do something about it. We did take the lead which is the first time for a while at home.
"Whether we thought that was enough I don't know but I said they would come out and throw everything at us which they did.
"We need big hearts out there now - it's not about the football. We have to believe in ourselves and scrap.
"This week is not the be all and end all of the season but we wanted to win two our of the three games and we had a great chance to get a great start today.
"We can't keep relying on other teams' results. We have to go out at home to Bury on Tuesday and be positive.
"The fans quite rightly had a go at the end. But no one is more disappointed than us. We can still get out of this mess we are in, no question, but we have to show more character, especially at home.".
"That was a great three points," said City manager Bobby Williamson.
"We got the breaks and it was long overdue. I am pleased for all the guys - they are a great bunch.
"It has been disappointing to see their heads drop over the last month or two.
"I was also pleased for our supporters as they have waited a long time for that result.
"It was always going to be a difficult game for us and it certainly seemed that way when they scored right on half-time or, as far as I am concerned, past half-time as he added on two minutes which was longer than I expected.
"I said at half-time that there wasn't a goal in it and nothing separating the teams.
"I told them to go out and apply themselves and work for each other and they would get a result which is what we did.
"We had to go for it. I want the players to enjoy their football and they did that second half.
"Once we get all our big players back we can be a force."
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