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31st March 2004 0:20

Keith Curle spoke to Mansfield 103.2's Jason Harrison after the Torquay match.

Transcribed by Martin Shaw.

“Delighted. Today was the day we got the performance and we got the result. The front two were superb. I got them in my office before the game and told them I wanted a goal from each of them. It was a bit of a mess for their goal - a bit of indecision, and bad marking. Andy White did well - it shows we've got quality not just quantity at this club.”

On Alex John-Baptiste's last minute goal-line clearance, Curle said: “I was a bit disappointed that Alex just booted it away in the final minute! The lad's growing in stature. I've just told Leroy (Rosenior) his team was the best footballing team at Field Mill this year. The crowd were superb tonight - we needed it. Everybody is starting to perform now and they are playing with a smile on their face. Every game we play now is a massive game and, make no mistake, Cambridge will be a test. We've got no more injury worries after tonight.”

Torquay boss Leroy Rosenior was fuming after his side lost their first game in eight against play-off rivals Mansfield.

But it was the officials, rather than his players, that felt the force of his anger.

Colin Larkin and Junior Mendes put Mansfield two goals up in the first ten minutes while Martin Gritton pulled one back.

Rosenior though was furious to be denied a penalty, after Gritton appeared to tangle with Rhys Day in the 63rd minute.

He said: "It was a great game of football between two good sides and it was just a shame it was spoiled by the referee and his linesmen.

"There was some shocking decisions. We had a cast iron penalty turned down.

"Something needs to be done about that officiating - it's beyond a joke.

"However, I was delighted with our performance. We were up against it after letting in two early goals. After we pulled one back we bossed the game and deserved to get something out of it."


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