COX AND BOGIE REACTION
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Angry Mansfield Town boss Cox promises to ship Stags players out after 3-0 Gateshead defeat
SEETHING Stags boss Paul Cox has vowed to ship some of his players out of the club and bring in others prepared to do the 'ugly side' of the game after Tuesday night's 3-0 surrender at Gateshead.
Cox accused his side of having a 'soft underbelly' and accepted full responsibility for the defeat, but said he felt let down by some of his players.
Cox is going to watch a centre half today (Wednesday) and intends to bring in a centre half with presence, a midfielder prepared to do the 'ugly side of the game' and a centre forward who put himself about and lets defenders know they've been in a game.
“I am absolutely fuming,” he said after a dressing room lock-in at the International Stadium where, after a bright first half-hour with a 4-3-3 formation, his side let in two quick goals and heads dropped as they failed to ever look like making a fightback.
“Tonight we lacked desire levels, commitment and all the things I expect of a side. I don't think we showed much resilience to get back into the game.
“We seem to have a soft underbelly. I know we could have scored a goal or two early on. But there is something wrong with us and I have got to act on it quickly. I am not putting up with that. One or two seem in a comfort zone.
“I had problems at Eastwood early last season and know I should have nipped it in the bud earlier than I did.
“My mind is now made up about moving one or two players on and bringing in one or two fresh faces with a bit of steel about them.
“We were quite pretty to watch and easy on the eye tonight but lacked any real substance or end product and that can't be allowed to happen.
“I am at the top of my budge so I need to wheel and deal pretty quickly. I want to bring in players with a bit of bite who are prepared to roll their sleeves up away from home.
“The side we had out there should have been capable of coming away with a clean sheet tonight. I was disappointed with all three goals and our lack of application.
“If I don't get to grips with this really quickly then it's going to be a long old season. We don't look capable of grinding out results.”
He added: “I have to put my name to that tonight and I have to take it on the chin. The buck stops with me tonight as I picked that side, but I will now make decisions to put that right. The warning signs were there tonight.
“If my sides lose then they lose well and the opposition know they have been in a game. But I don't think Gateshead broke sweat tonight.
“Crawley won this league with a £2m budget last year with a side that knew how to win ugly and who were ruthless and horrible at times.
“I may also have to bring in one or two 'ugly' players and I hope people will be patient with that. My sixth sense is telling me something is missing.
“I felt sorry for the fans who travelled four hours to be up here tonight. One thing I promised supporters was a team with good ethics. Instead tonight I saw a team, if I'm honest, just roll over and die.
“I am going to watch a centre half tomorrow who I may be able to bring in on loan for nothing or very little and who has been at the back of my mind for a while now.”
On Tom Naylor's late red card, he said: “I didn't think it was a bad challenge but the referee said he had leapt into it and it's his decision.”
Home boss Ian Bogie said: “It wasn't until we scored the two goals that we got going.
“But goals change games. If the second goal had been scored in the Premiership you would see it every night of the week – it was a fantastic goal.
“We kicked on then and we kept the ball much better in the second half. We scored a third from a centre half for change and ended up running out comfortable winners.
“It was a good team performance and a good win.
“We will enjoy being top of the table as it's not very often you see Gateshead at the top of the league. But no one is getting carried away as it's only the second game and we know it's going to be a long, hard season.”
Angry Cox promises Stags changes
Nottingham Post, by Matt Halfpenny
FUMING Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has vowed to shake up his squad after watching his side slump to a 3-0 defeat at Gateshead in his first competitive away game in charge.
The Stags were on top for the first half-hour but conceded two quick goals from Jon Shaw and Yemi Odubade to trail 2-0 at the break.
James Curtis then added a third before Stags' Tom Naylor was sent off in the closing stages.
Cox is to watch a central defender today who he is keen to bring in on loan.
"I'm absolutely fuming," said Cox.
" I saw a team roll over and die.
"Our performance lacked a lot of things – desire levels, commitment, all the things that I expect of one of my sides.
"We didn't show much resilience to get back into the game. There's a common thing that is happening – we have a soft underbelly.
"I have to act on that quickly because I am not putting up with that. My mind is made up about moving one or two on.
"I've got a player I want to bring in pending a game tomorrow and hopefully we won't have to pay for his loan or will pay very little.
"We do lack a bit of steel and we need someone with some bite about them. We were pretty to watch without having any substance or product.
"No one actually put a tackle in for the first 70 minutes. If we don't get to grips with this quickly, it's going to be a long old season.
"The buck stops with me but I've told the team I'm going to make hard decisions to put it right."
Mansfield manager Paul Cox threatens to make changes
Paul Cox is already threatening to sell players after seeing his side take just one point from their opening two games.
Cox, who only took charge in May, has transformed the Stags squad over the summer, bringing in 12 new players.
But he told BBC Radio Nottingham: "One or two faces may be going out and one or two faces coming in.
"I've got to make quick decisions, some may be ones I've brought in and some I've inherited."
He added: "You have to admit when you've made a mistake with a player and it's my job to rectify it."
Mansfield slipped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Gateshead on Tuesday evening and Cox was furious with his team's performance.
"Annoyed is an understatement, we played well for the first 30 minutes but we've still got a soft underbelly in our game," he said.
The Stags fell away after the home side scored their opener on 33 minutes, a second was added before half-time and the third before the game was an hour old.
"The system was excellent, we'll be using it from now on but for it to work for 90 minutes players need to be disciplined in their roles," Cox continued.
"People talk about the first 30 minutes but we disappeared for 60 minutes, we won't get where I want this club to be if we only play for 30 minutes.
"I'm disappointed in how we threw the towel in. The scoreline says 3-0 and I'm not accepting that."
Cox was disappointed with his defenders' competitiveness throughout: "I want defenders to win the ball after two or three minutes. Tackling and heading is massive for a defender, our first tackle in anger went in on seventy minutes.
"Away from home the first thing you want is a clean sheet. At the minute as a group of footballers we don't look capable of grinding out a 1-0 win."
http://twitter.com/mazza_78 (Alan Marriott)
Time for us all to look ourselves as individuals and a team and raise our standards!! Nobody goes out to play bad but we've no excuses! Fact
No excuses! Everyone including myself was embarrasing tonight! Can only apologize but don't think that's good enough!! #pisspoor
http://twitter.com/LifeofRiley6 (Martin Riley)
Very poor performance last night! Bottom line is we didnt work hard enough! No excuses, need to pick ourselves up for sarurday
'Mansfield were terrified of Odubade'
Nottingham Post, by Matt Halfpenny
GATESHEAD manager Ian Bogie is excited by the potential of forward Yemi Odubade, who lit up their win over Mansfield with a wonder goal.
The Heed were already leading 1-0 through Jon Shaw – the subject of a recent £40,000 bid from Luton – when the former Stevenage man hit the Stags hard with a brilliant individual strike.
That all-but ended Mansfield's hopes as they struggled to find a way back into the game in the second period.
"It wasn't until we scored the goals that we came alive. We were sloppy in our ball retention but goals change games," said Bogie.
"If Yemi's goal had been scored in the Premier League you would be seeing it every single night of the week.
"That's what we brought him into the club for – he's a proven goalscorer in the Conference.
"Players at any level who have electrifying pace like he showed are a threat in any team.
"Mansfield were terrified every time he had the ball.
"In the end we have run out comfortable winners when Mansfield had a man sent off (Tom Naylor) and we just had to see the game out.
"It's a good team performance and a good win but no-one is going to get carried away after two games."
Cox to appeal Naylor dismissal
mansfieldtown.net Wed 17 Aug 2011
Paul Cox will try and overturn the red card shown to Tom Naylor at Gateshead last night.
Tthe young defender was controverisally sent off for serious foul play on 79 minutes.
Cox has confirmed that we are sending DVD evidence of the incident along with a report to the Football Association
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