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15th October 2006 21:52

Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Audio interview with Steve Evans from BBC Radio Lincoln (RealPlayer needed)

Stags boss Peter Shirtliff said: "We are delighted with an away point, though in all honesty it could have been three - but we will take it.
"I thought the first half was poor with not a lot of football played.
"It was just kick and rush from both teams and when we tried to play we kept losing the ball and inviting pressure.
"We managed to get some modicum of control about our play in the second half, though. We were more positive and showed more energy and aggression up front.
"The pace of Nathan Arnold worried them too when we sent him on.
"But once again we gave away a ridiculous goal and until that stops we won't climb the league. Credit to the boy for charging it down. But it was poor play by us in not releasing the ball quicker.
"Also, I was unimpressed by the referee but let's just leave it at that."
Boston manager Steve Evans insisted he has no plans to leave the club despite failing to beat Mansfield.

The Pilgrims are lying in 23rd position in League Two with just 12 points after a 1-1 draw at York Street, but Evans is adamant that his side will improve once his injury list is reduced.

He said: "I suppose overall we have to be happy with a point - not least because we had such a patched up team out there. Hopefully it won't be long before we got a few more players back available to us.

"I am happy to be judged on results when there is a full squad for me to choose from. Until that happens I'm not going to walk away.

"Obviously, fans are unhappy to see the team at the wrong end of the table. But I just want them to keep bearing with us."

Mansfield manager Peter Shirtliff was happy with the outcome but felt his team might have gained more reward for their effort.

He said: "On the positive side, we got a point and I was delighted with that. But in truth it could quite easily have been three.

"The first half was poor from both sides. There was a lot of kick and rush and a lot of scrappy play. But in the second half I think we got a modicum of control.

"As the game wore on I felt our fitness levels started to tell. I just wish we could play with more of this style on a regular basis.

"But if we keep giving goals away like the one we did here, we won't be going anywhere. It was the price we paid for not clearing our lines quickly enough."



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