GANNON AND OSMAN REACTION
Mansfield's assistant manager John Gannon said: "We've had midweek matches for the last five weeks and, although the lads are very fit, I thought today there were a few tired legs out there.
"Both Easter matches were close affairs. But when we had one disallowed at the end and hit the bar just before that today, it showed we are perhaps not getting the rub of the green.
"Hats off to Bristol Rovers, they are a much more solid team than when we beat them earlier in the season.
"I still believe third spot is possible and all four games we have left are cup finals now.
"What we have to do is make sure we win our next two games to keep us within touching distance of Huddersfield so when we go there that is still a massive game."
OSMAN FUMING AFTER PENALTY APPEAL IS TURNED DOWN
Bristol Rovers joint boss Russell Osman was left fuming at the final whistle as his side were denied a clear-cut penalty seconds before the break.
Junior Agogo was hauled down by Mansfield's Tom Curtis - in an incident described by Osman as 'diabolical'.
Rovers were fortunate to earn a solitary point as Mansfield's Andy White had a goal disallowed late on.
"That might be a very important point and clean sheet," said Osman. "Mansfield are a good team, with good players, so to come here and end up being disappointed with a point is a sign that things are moving in the right direction.
"It was a good positive performance and we also made one or two chances.
"I believe it was a good organised team performance from us rather than an off day for Mansfield. I am not confident enough with the rules to know if the referee was right to blow for half time when we looked to have just won a penalty.
"He must have been looking at the second hand clicking round for the fourth minute, so he couldn't have been watching the play. It may have been a diabolical decision - I don't know."
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