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30th March 2008 11:43

Post match audio interviews with Paul Holland, Michael Boulding and Carl Muggleton, plus McParland from and Radio Nottingham, here

McParland: "Few Chances"
Posted on: Sat 29 Mar 2008
Four unbeaten, four clean sheets and seven points clear of the bottom two - plenty of numbers to get your head around.

It's that time of the season when many different palpitations are discussed amongst football fans, and ahead of today's local derby there were many different outcome scenarios that could have thrown the fight for League Two survival wide open.

In the end, it was a case of 'as you were' with Notts and Mansfield battling out a 0-0 draw at Meadow Lane - and Manager Ian McParland admitted afterwards it was a point gained.

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With four clean sheets recorded on the spin, McParland was delighted once again with his sides' defensive display.

"Another clean sheet is welcome - but in all honesty there were not too many chances in the game," admitted McParland afterwards.

"They hit the crossbar in the first-half and we got away with that one, but apart from that there wasn't a great deal in it.

"It isn't a disaster, and it is another point gained and another game out of the way.

"Hopefully between now and the end of the season we can pick up a few more wins.

"We've had too many draws when you look back on things, because we have only lost three in about fifteen or sixteen games.

"If we can turn some of those draws into wins that it is a different story altogether."

McParland felt Mansfield's early dominance in the game was down to the Magpies' own wrong-doing, and he was also lamenting his sides' luck afterwards after Spencer Weir-Daley's goalbound effort was deflected away for a corner.

The Scot was left ruing what might have been, and admitted he hopes one day his side get the rub of the green they deserve.

He said: "Mansfield did well in the first-half, but that was down to our own doing more than anything.

"We let them have far too much room to pass the ball about and get it out wide and create a few problems for us although they didn't create too much apart from the effort off the bar.

"I felt in the second half we were a bit better without really creating any chances although there was a chance at the end when Spencer Weir-Daley turned well in the box and got a shot away which was going into the net until their lad got a deflection on it.

"One day, just maybe, we will get the rub of the green with those sort of chances."

Half an hour before kick-off there was a huge doubt over the fitness of goalkeeper Russell Hoult after he sustained an injury in the warm-up

The on-loan Stoke City goalkeeper had to be carried back to the dressing room by the medical staff, and it was feared that Hoult would be unable to face the Stags.

He shook off that doubt to put in a typically solid display in recording his fourth straight shut-out, and McParland revealed afterwards it was a trapped nerve which was the problem for Hoult.

"There was a doubt about Russell and I was concerned," he revealed.

"In the goalmouth where it is a little sandy we thought he had injured his knee ligaments the way he went down.

"He actually trapped a nerve in his knee, it is something I've had myself actually, and I must admit it was a bit worrying for a few minutes.

"Luckily, he was able to come out and the big man did his usual stuff very well - he was fantastic.

"We then had to change things around on the bench with Tim Sandercombe coming on there as a precaution because we needed it."



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