CURLE AND ADAMS REACTION
'ROLLICKING' WORKED A TREAT
Evening Post, 25 October 2004
Keith Curle gave his forward line a half-time "rollicking" but even he could not have predicted it would have such an instant effect.
"All three strikers got a rollicking, but accepted it in the manner it was given and then all three had a role in the goal," said the Stags boss, after watching his team take the lead straight after the interval.
Despite enjoying the lion's share of possession, Curle was happy to leave with a point.
He added: "I think any time you're away from home and in front you're going to look at it as two points dropped. But I think we've dominated most of the play and I'm pleased."
Curle admitted the game plan was to try to pressure Wycombe at every opportunity.
"I thought it was important not to let them play their football," he said.
Wycombe boss Tony Adams said: "Mansfield are no better than Swansea or Scunthorpe, smashing it in there, getting teams turned around.
"It's not attractive football but you've got to compete with it and we have.
"I think the back four, apart from the first ten minutes of the second-half, was the best we've been this season."
Audio interview with Keith Curle from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
CURLE DISAPPOINTED WITH TOO-GENEROUS STAGS
Evening Post website
Mansfield boss Keith Curle was disappointed with his side's defending as the Stags threw away a one-goal advantage in their draw with Tony Adams' misfiring Wycombe.
Curle believes his side needlessly dropped two points after allowing Arsenal loan striker Adam Birchall to equalise Derek Asamoah's strike for Mansfield.
"I was disappointed with the one we conceded," said Curle. "Overall I was pleased with the result, but when you've been ahead away from home it always feels like two points dropped.
"We started at a high tempo and got ourselves a foothold in the game, but never really went on from there, which is disappointing.
"The conditions were difficult and didn't help, but both sides tried to play football and I thought it was a good entertaining game that we should have taken all three points from."
Despite failing to win for the seventh league game in a row, Adams was encouraged by his side's performance.
"Apart from the first 10 to 15 minutes of the second half I thought that was the best we've been this season," he said.
"We're showing good energy and good tempo but we're just not getting the right results at the moment. At the start of the second half I think we thought we'd done enough, we'd arrived and were a good team - but you've got to earn that right."
Adams also urged supporters not to get on the backs of his new-look defence and promised there's plenty more to come.
"They're all very young," said Adams. "I've had someone video them against Mansfield to see if we can keep improving. I think they can really improve this season.
"Mansfield's players are no better and no worse than the other sides up at the top of our league - they get the ball in there. It's not always attractive but you have to compete with it and I thought that's exactly what our defence did."
Manager Keith Curle said: "We started at a high tempo and got ourselves a foothold in the game. The conditions were difficult but both sides tried to play football and I thought it was a good, entertaining game.
"I told my three strikers at half-time that I wanted more from them and straight away all three combined to score the goal.
"I was disappointed with the one we conceded but, apart from that, I thought we dominated possession.
"Overall I was pleased with the result, though when you have been ahead away from home, it always feels like two points dropped."
Chairboys manager Tony Adams said: "Apart from the first 10-15 minutes of the second half I thought that was the best we'd been this season.
"We are showing good energy and good tempo but we're just not getting the results at the moment.
"At the start of the second half I think we thought we'd done enough, we'd arrived and were a good team - but you have got to earn that right.
"Mansfield are no better and no worse than the other sides up near the top - they get the ball in there, it's not attractive but it's something you have got to compete with."
It was noticeable that Stags manager Keith Curle only appeared from the dugout when the rain stopped, a point your Stagsnet reporter put to the Stags boss in the post match press conference. Curle replied with a big smile that he has his Grecian 2000 to think of.
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Following his side's performance in their 1-1 draw at home to fifth placed Mansfield Town, Manager Tony Adams had this to say:
"I thought Tuesday was good and today was quite good.There was a good energy, the game was played at a good tempo, we're just not getting the results at the moment.Adam got the goal for us again today and I said when he came here that he's the sort of player that can get you ten or fifteen goals a season.He's great to work with and he's very intelligent.Tony Craig did well, he looked solid and I think, apart from ten or fifteen minutes, that was probably the best they've been all season.My feeling was for the first ten or fifteen minutes of the second half that we'd done enough but you've got to earn that right.For the Scunthorpe and Boston games we didn't come out of the traps but today we did and that's something to build on, that's for sure.I need to get foundations laid and I'm not going to do that by changing systems and personnel, it's time to be solid."
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