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30th October 2002 11:11

Lennie Lawrence - Post Match Comments
City boss Lennie Lawrence saw the Bluebirds go back to the top of the Second Division table after this hard fought victory at Field Mill last night and he was quick to praise the efforts of the Stags who looked a far better side than their league position suggests.
"It's pleasing to go top of the table again but this was a hard, hard game," said Lawrence.
"This was one of the hardest games we've had this season. Mansfield didn't look a bottom of the table side. If they play the rest of the season like they did against us then they won't stay bottom."
"You've got to give credit to Mansfield - they were bold and brave. They effectively played a 3-4-3 system.
"We weren't complacent tonight. We struggled because of the system they were playing and because of the quality they showed. We weren't expecting either. All that Mansfield were missing was a goal.
"We didn't get to grips with them until the end of the first half although I thought we were the better side in the second half and just about deserved to win.
"Mansfield posed us a lot of problems but I thought we were a lot better in the second half.
"This is a big result for us. People said it was going to be easy for us because it was top against bottom, but this was a tough match.
"We produced a gritty performance - if you have ambitions of winning the league then you've got to win matches like this one.
"I want to win the championship. First and foremost, I want to go up. But I do want to win the championship and to do that you have to win at places like Mansfield."
"Kav is a great deliverer of the ball although we haven't been doing too well at set-pieces this season" said the City manager. "And when you put in a good set-piece there is no better person than Thorney to get on the end of them.
"Now we're top of the table and we've got to stay there. We've got Peterborough at home on Saturday and we've got to make sure we get three points from that one."


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