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Stags boss Cox delighted with first win of the season
DELIGHTED Stags boss Paul Cox was full of praise for his side after they picked up their first win of the season with a convincing 3-0 win at home to Kettering Town on Saturday, reports Stephen Thirkill.
Winger Louis Briscoe opened the scoring as early as the 11th minute with an easy tap in after fantastic work by captain Adam Murray to win the ball back.
Any fears that Stags would once again buckle and blow their lead were firmly dismissed on 51 minutes when Matt Green slotted home cooly after springing the offside trap.
It was game over on 64 minutes when Ross Dyer finished off a splendid flowing move involving Briscoe and man-of-the-match Matt Green.
Stags also tightened up at the back to record their first clean sheet in nine league outings.
Speaking after the match a pleased Cox said: “I thought the lads worked very hard again today, It was not our best performance, but we got the result.
“We created some good chances and defended well. I gave the team a bit of a mouthful at half-time because we got sloppy after we scored.
“In the second half we played very well and Matt Green was excellent today. It is still early days, but I believe we can continue to get better, especially our concentration levels when we get ahead.
“I want a settled side and this result is a reward for the team and their performances in the last few games. This is our first win and now it is important we do this consistently and to keep on winning.”
The result may have been very different had Kettering taken their chances during a first half purple patch.
George Taft came close to levelling on 26 minutes when his well-hit volley was cleared off the line by Ben Futcher after Mansfield struggled to clear a Tom Williams corner.
Taft then blew a glorious chance two minutes later when he headed a Jerel Ifil cross wide from inside the six yard box.
On 71 minutes Moses Ashikodi thundered a fierce drive against Marriott's crossbar, but by then it was too little too late for misfiring Kettering.
Stags now travel to Stockport County on Bank Holiday Monday looking to record back to back victories
Cox warns his Stags stars the hard work has only just begun
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox has warned his players the hard work has just begun after their first win and clean sheet in a 3-0 home victory against Kettering.
A first-half strike from Louis Briscoe was added to by goals from strike duo Matt Green and Ross Dyer in the second period.
It was more than enough to wrap up Cox's first success since joining the club in the summer from Eastwood Town.
But while he is pleased to have opened the win account, the manager is keen to keep his players' feet on the ground, particularly with the trip to Stockport today.
Cox said: "What I'm trying to get across to the lads is that if we perform how we can do, without being arrogant, then we have no one to fear.
"I don't want the lads to get too over-confident.
"I want them to go about things in a quiet and efficient manner.
"We don't want to get carried away and remember that we have only won one game.
"What I want to see now is for us to go out at Stockport and grind out another result.
"The way we are shaping up since Braintree shows me that we are learning. There is a progression there."
Cox wants to see the shut-out against the Poppies be the first of many during his time at Field Mill.
He said: "Usually the team that concedes the least amount of goals, not necessarily the team who scores the most, is right up there.
"We have got so many good offensive players, we have to get used to getting our shape when the opposition threaten and make ourselves compact."
Mansfield striker Dyer hopes goal is the first of many
ROSS Dyer hopes his first Mansfield Town goal is the first of many in partnership with Matt Green.
The former Forest Green Rovers striker scored the Stags' third goal in their win over Kettering, shortly after Green had doubled the hosts' advantage.
Dyer has enjoyed playing with the Oxford loanee since being given the nod ahead of Paul Connor at Braintree.
"Getting your first goal is what you always want at a new club and what you are looking for, especially in a 3-0 win," he said.
"Greeney (Matt Green) put it a little bit on a plate for me, but I set him up as well.
"I'm hoping it's the start of a good partnership because the goal tally is what people always look at with the strikers.
"In a strike partnership, you appreciate what each other can do. We both have to work hard for each other.
"I think we have started off well. It's always going to be difficult when it's new, but it's starting to gel and it's only our third game together.
"We've both scored in the game, so that bodes well."
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