Date: 21st October 2013 at 9:16pm
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Manager Alan Knill has said that had we managed to keep eleven men on the pitch, the point we gained against Mansfield could well have been three.

There were a number of positives for the gaffer to take from the game, not least that having gone down to ten men we managed to keep a clean sheet, and given the performance, had we stayed at full strength he believes we’d have gone on to secure a maximum return in the match.

Speaking to the Official Site the gaffer explained that we were heading into the game aiming to take all three points and had we done so, he believes we’d have deserved them, but going down to ten men with the double booking of Krystian Pearce, at the end of the day taking a point was a positive outcome overall.

‘It’s definitely one point gained and it could’ve been all three if we’d kept ten men on the pitch. In the circumstances, it was an outstanding effort from the players.’

Knill says the team needed to put in a performance following our last home game and he was pleased with the response they showed, and he can take far more positives from the match than he can identify negatives and he even describes the point as feeling like a win.

As for the sending off, he adds that he has no complaints whatsoever with the decision of the referee to award two yellow cards to Pearce, as he did say at half time not to do anything stupid – but such is our luck at the moment, these things aren’t going for us, but he knows that will turn around as long as we keep putting the effort in.

Importantly it brings an end to three defeats on the bounce and gives us something to build on again when we face Burton tomorrow night.