It was difficult against Mansfield's bully-boy tactics

Last updated : 04 January 2004 By Tony Scholes

Curle was not happy to see his side finish the game with nine men for the third time this season and was furious at the performance of Gloucestershire referee Phil Prosser although was aware that he might get in trouble if he said exactly what he wanted to say.

Curle said: "We'll take this on the chin and come back next week fighting.

"I don't want to go on about the officials as I've spent enough time with the FA this season - I'm just upset they did not send me a Christmas card.

"Our biggest crowd of the season had come here to watch an FA Cup tie but have gone home talking about the officials. This is the third time this season we have finished with nine men and maybe I am going to have to work on new formations in training.

"Jamie Clarke is despondent. He's an honest lad and had his eyes focused on the ball when he went in with the 'keeper. It was a genuine attempt to win the ball."

He did though pay the Clarets a compliment when he added: "Burnley are a very good team with quality First Division players who have given a good account of themselves. They started well and could have been four up inside 15 minutes. But that's the beauty of the cup and if we had been able to pull one back through Liam Lawrence or managed to keep 11 players on the pitch, things might have been different."

Stan though was not happy with the way the former Sheffield United player Curle’s side went about their business despite the victory.

"We played well, I could have been four or five in the first fifteen minutes and fully deserved the win," Stan said.

"But it was difficult coming here, particularly against Mansfield's bully-boy tactics. I don't like talking about the opposition but they were miles too physical. They have a young manager who needs to get it sorted out quickly. We had the better players with the better temperament who could handle the situation."

"Unfortunately Jay McEveley dislocated his knee which took the edge off our day. It was the ideal opportunity to change things around and we've ended up with a clean sheet so it worked perfectly."

"I’m pleased for the players because we have had some bad luck in recent weeks. We are pleased to be in the hat and we are hoping for a plum draw like everybody else."