DEARDEN AND KNILL REACTION
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Billy Dearden told Evening Post website:
"The lads are a bit down but I thought they showed some character. We battled but just let it slip. We had two or three really good chances. Jefferson [Louis] had two good headers that he has to do better with and he knows that. If he keeps doing what he is doing then he is going to get more chances. I'm sure he will score next time."
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Mickey Boulding told Evening Post website:
"We came out in the second half and we played better. Jeff had another good header well saved and I hit the post. We were looking really positive. Then we got the goal and for the last 20 minutes we seemed to drop deep which invited the pressure. Defensively we were trying to hang on and get the three points but it has not happened. But if we can get the three points at Wrexham then the table is going to look a lot healthier come 5pm on Saturday.”
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Carl Muggleton told Evening Post website:
"Everyone was so disappointed in the dressing room because we knew how close we were to getting the three points. I thought we were going to hold out as the defence did well at times. It would have been a massive lift to get out of the bottom two, but it didn't happen in the end. Even so, we must try to look at the good things to come out of the game and concentrate on them. The good thing is we have ended the run of defeats a home and hopefully now we can turn it around here. It's difficult and frustrating but we have to keep going and move on to the next game now."
"We can relax a bit more away from home, but we shouldn't just be looking at that. The consistency is what we are striving for wherever we play. That's what we have lacked this season."
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Billy Dearden and Alan Knill interviews from CHAD website
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"I thought the lads showed a lot of character tonight in difficult conditions," said Billy Dearden.
"We tried like hell to get the win and looked like we had all three points in the bag. But we just couldn't hold out for 90 minutes.
"Jon D'Laryea got the block in and the ball sailed up and could have gone anyway but fell for their striker who put it away well.
"We just need to get that home win to kick-start our home form. Supporters are frustrated, we are all frustrated.
"It was always important tonight that if we couldn't win that we didn't lose," said Bury manager Alan Knill.
"We needed to get something from it. But I think we dominated it, especially in the second half, and we are disappointed to only get one point.
Stags manager rues missed chances
Mansfield boss Billy Dearden was left rueing his side's failure to take their chances after the 1-1 draw with Bury.
The Stags, who ended a run of six successive home defeats, conceded a late goal against their relegation rivals and remain in the bottom two.
"We had three points in the bag but the game's for 90 minutes and we couldn't hold on," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"We had two or three really good chances to make sure but you have to give full credit to Bury."
Mansfield 1 Bury 1
ADAM Rooney stepped up from the subs' bench to score his first goal for Bury with the minutes ticking away at Field Mill.
The Shakers looked to be heading for a second successive League Two defeat after Jake Buxton's clinical second-half strike for Mansfield.
But Rooney, dropped to the bench in place of Glynn Hurst, ultimately saved the day with his 84th-minute equaliser.
It was just what Alan Knill's struggling side needed having been beaten 2-1 at home to high-fliers Darlington on Saturday. Both sides struggled with the blustery conditions but, having been indebted to some fine saves from Darren Randolph, the Shakers were finally undone when Buxton beat the on-loan Charlton keeper with a sweet 56th-minute strike.
The Stags were the better team in the first half but Nicky Adams was unlucky to have a penalty appeal turned down when it looked to have struck a hand.
Andy Bishop fired over while Paul Scott had a shot-saved by former Stockport loan keeper Carl Muggleton.
But it was Rooney who was the Shakers' saviour with his first goal for the club.
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