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19th September 2004 10:52

Audio interview with Keith Curle from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)

Managers Comments in Brief
Keith Curle
"Didn't see the penalty through a crowd of people so I cannot comment."

Steve Parkin
"If that wasn't a penalty then I have never seen one."
Rochdale Official Site:
Parkin Stag-gered!
Disappointed Rochdale manager Steve Parkin bemoaned his luck at Feild Mill and the decision making of the officials for his side's defeat and it cannot be argued he does have a case.
"I never have much luck here whenever I come back. I thought the first half was honours even with both sides giving the ball away. The second half saw Mansfield start brightly and they looked dangerous.
"We have a spell or two and Leighton McGivern had a great chance and hit the keeper, but I wasn't happy with the way we conceded the goal. It was a total lack of discipline in the way we initially gave the ball away and it resulted in a goal at our end.
"But games turn on decisions and referees are paid to make the most important ones and if that wasn't a penalty then I have never seen one before in my life.
"I want to see the referee afterwards and get the officials interpretation of the incident. Even people who work here who I've known for years joked that Curtis even took the lace out of the ball. I don't know why everybody in the stadium saw it and the officials didn't, it's just not good enough.
"I think because Mansfield were at home and the decision he needed to make I could describe as 'bottling it' - I just felt neither the linesman or the referee had the strength to give the penalty."
The Dale manager was expected by many to play his now familar 4-5-1 system after it worked so well at Grimsby Town the last time Dale hit the road, but for the manager it wasn't a fore-gone conclusion by any means.
"I was pondering about playing 4-4-2 all last evening but I felt it was important that we stayed nice and solid which we did. It's just disappointing to concede a goal when we are in good possesion down the other end.
" A point here is a good point, they get good support and score a lot of goals and point would have been good to carry into the home game on Saturday.
"We are a better team than we were last season and everyone we've played with the exception of Bury, we've given a game. We need to get a couple of results now, it's no good working our socks off like we did today and still coming away with nothing.
"The most important thing now is that we prepare for next week and we get three points against Notts County."


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