PALMER AND RICHARDSON REACTION
Audio interview with Carlton Palmer from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
What Stags fans or assistant manager Carlton Palmer didn't know until afterwards was that hero Barker had been at the hospital until 4.30am after his son took ill.
"Richie kept that from me and the players until after the game as he didn't want it to be seen as an excuse," said Palmer.
"He then shot off after the game to be with him which shows what a good professional he is."
On the victory he added: "I told my players before the game that they had to represent what I am about. And they did me proud with a great show of commitment and grit.
"Yes, you want to play football, and we played some good stuff at times. But in local derbies you have to win the battle and we did.
"I had 11 honest boys out there who wanted to pull on a Mansfield shirt and work hard and that's all I can ask of them.
"With an average age of just 22 it bodes well for our future.
"The supporters today were also magnificent, especially in the second half when we had to dig in.
"We've not had the rub of the green recently when we've played well and we should have another nine points than we have right now.
"But you have to enjoy the good times and we will enjoy this - though not too much as we have another game on Tuesday and that means everyone will be back in work in the morning."
County player-boss Ian Richardson was disappointed after a third consecutive defeat.
“It's hard to take because I thought we were the better side. Kelvin let their striker bully him for their goal and I'm never happy when we concede from a set piece.
“We can take credit from the game, however, because we worked so much harder than we have done in the last two matches.
(comment from Martin - incredible comments from the County boss - even Colin Slater disagreed with him).
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