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3rd April 2004 19:59

Keith Curle interview after the 1-1 draw with Cambridge:

Interview by Adam Summerton, Mansfield 103.2

Transcribed by Martin Shaw

That hurts. There's a lot of dejected people in that changing room. The performance level wasn't there but we had a chance of getting the result; that hurts. The players are devastated. We've got another massive game now on Tuesday night. Cambridge came to quieten the crowd, spoil the game and slow the game down so we couldn't play at out tempo. As soon as we got the goal in the second half they had to change there shape, which they did. Overall I thought we did do enough to win the game.

A good finish by Junior. A good bit of play by Andy White, showing a good physical presence.

Mistakes were made that have been made time and time again. It was a good finish from the lad from the free-kick - a dubious free-kick. But there were things leading up to that goal that shouldn't have happened.

There was a little bit of fatigue from Macca, so there was an opportunity for Leroy to come in.

Some of the other results went for us today, and we still have a little bit of a breathing space. We have to live with the result and it's how we react now. The players will be all ready for Tuesday night.
Delighted Dale Brooks, Cambridge assistant manager, said: "We set our stall out to play for a point and went 4/5/1.
"Up to their goal I thought we looked comfortable. After they scored we had to deal with a bit of pressure.
"But fair play to the lads, they stuck at it and grafted and we got a point with what was a fantastic free kick in anyone's books or anyone's league.
"It was a fantastic technique and a great bit of skill and justified our point.
"We showed tremendous character again like last week. We defended well as a unit."


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