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1st March 2003 21:56

Audio interview with John Gannon from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)

CHAD website:
"Everyone here could see what happened and I won't comment anymore than that," said Stags assistant manager John Gannon.
"Their lad got sent off for nothing more than a tangle of legs and that started a rollercoaster of events.
"Rhys did nothing more than attack the ball and, for Keith, I thought you had to be through on goal for it to be a straight red. So where was his yellow before that?
"Losing points though another late goal really hurts. I know we are running out of games but there are still points to play for and we are not panicking yet.
"Oldham have a hell of a record and hats off to them. They are a top four side but we pinned them back and caused them problems so there are plenty of positives to take from the game. And, let's be honest, we are overdue a slice of luck soon."

Q: Iain, lets go back to the resilience of this team. How does anybody put them down?

“Well that's a question that a lot of people would ask. We're built on that and try and work on that in training, building mentally tough people. But the truth of the matter is that you either have it or you don't. Some of those boys have got it in abundance.

You talk about Fitz and Will putting a head in where it hurts. David Beharall didn't have the best time on the ball today to be honest but he puts his foot in and stops people taking him on. Done well on Wayne Corden, who I think's a good player. And I thought Chrissy Armstrong was magnificent.

You know, not a good game, I'm not going to say that it was a great spectacle to watch. In a game punctuated by stoppages and bookings and bits and pieces - the fella out there (Disley) is quite happy to go and tell the referee that David Eyres did nothing. We got a player sent off when to be fair, for the first twenty minutes we looked quite likely to break them down.

Clyde had a great chance early on. Clyde's a big boost for us. Even in training he gets goals- and his free kick was very unlucky not to score. He's a threat. He would have loved to have tapped in that first chance but maybe if that had come five minutes later when he was warmed up, then it might have been in the back of the net. It's a big boost to have him back.”

Q: Let's go back to the penalty. For moment it looked like Paul Murray was going to take it until Fitz Hall stepped up.

“Fitz always fancied it. We lost our two penalty takers with David Eyres and Clyde Wijnhard so I think Wayne might have taken it but for the knock on the hip that he got. But he's a very nervous lad Fitz as you can see by the way that he took that penalty!”


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