Harford & Shirtliff Reaction.

Stags boss Peter Shirtliff speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham: "A terrific cup tie, end to end, I thought we probably overall had the better chances, a bit disapointed to conceade three goals, but you can't take anything away from these lads, they've got terrific spirit and they stick at it right to the end"

"It's a bit of a script for Richie, I'm delighted for Richie, he's worked hard, he's a good captain, I've got some good lads in there"

"Rotherham came back twice straight away, and we conceaded from a corner, but we stuck at it"

"I'm absolutely delighted for the squad, I know whoever comes in knows what they are doing". "We've got to get some league points now."

"The referee could have defused the situaiton with Gus, but they don't do that anymore, there was a lot of yellow cards, there was always likely to be a sending off, that's why I took Hjelde off, but I don't want to take anything away from the lads, We'll go away now then concentrate on the Bury Game."


Rotherham Manager Mick Harford, speaking to the
official Rotherham United Website: "I am devastated but you can't win matches if you defend like that. It was shocking, you can blame the officials who were probably worse than we were but you can't afford to let in goals like that.
"We got back into the game comfortably but we just can't defend properly as we leave players unmarked, we aren't picking up and every ball that goes to the middle of the pitch looks like being a goal.
"You can't win games like that, you defend as a team and that is shocking at the moment as are the decisions and that is costing us games. We work day in and day out so if things don't work out you have to bring some other players in."

"We are defending poorly and we just aren't reliable as we were at the beginning of the season. When you score three goals at home you expect to win but our defending just wasn't there.
"Perhaps they don't handle responsibility, I will have to sort that out. We aren't marking properly. Michael Keane deserved to be sent off and I will come down on him like a ton of bricks, he deserved it.
"I am not sticking up for him, they both deserved to go. Now we have to try and turn things round next week, I will keep working with the players to try and improve them.
"If we attack like that we will be OK but if we defend like that it will be a long season."
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