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COX, HOWELL, HUDSON REACTION
16th September 2011 23:41


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Five-star TV Stags salute crowd after 5-0 victory
chad.co.uk

DESPITE a 5-0 home live televised thrashing of Newport County to got third in the table, Stags boss Paul Cox was inevitably playing it cool after the whistle.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-fc/five_star_tv_stags_salute_crowd_after_5_0_victory_1_3762299

“The lads worked really hard, scored five good goals and we got the crowd on their feet, so it's been a good day,” he said after Stags managed a fourth win without conceding for the first time since 1977.

“I don't want to sound miserable but I now need to keep the lads' feet on the ground.

“I know people look at the goalscorers who get all the glamour, but our work ethic in possession and out of possession today was frightening. The desire levels to get the ball back when we hadn't got it were immense.

“The lads have taken on board what I've asked for. They knew this week that this game could have turned into 'After the Lord Mayor's Show' and went out there with the right mindset and were ruthless. The whole team deserves a pat on the back.

“I thought Louis Briscoe's volley was the pick of the goals with excellent technique. And I was pleased to see Ross Dyer score as Matt Green keeps getting all the headlines, but Ross has been an unsung hero alongside him and they look a good pairing.

“But I don't want to pick out individuals as this was a good team performance. If we carry on like this we are starting to look like a good team. And I thought the crowd were immense today.”

Midfield dynamo Anthony Howell had another storming game and said: “The crowd were fantastic today.

“The noise sent shivers down my spine. They were singing all the way through and clapping every tackle.

“It became a big event – which it was – and they really showed their appreciation.

“We understand we have got to earn the right to play, once we've done that we know the goals will come.

“You have to go out, get close and tight on players, unsettle your opponents and put a foot in.

“I love breaking up play and playing it easy. I get as much of a buzz out of that as Matt Green does scoring a goal.”

He added: “The manager will keep us grounded now. We can't just walk around in the next game and put no effort in.

“The manager is experienced and makes sure we keep grinding these results out.

“We are now up to third which shows everyone Mansfield are no pushover and we are very hard to break down.”

Dejected Exiles boss Anthony Hudson said: “In recent games I have defended my players, but today I have to say I am massively disappointed.

“We are on a bad run now for whatever reason and today we were nowhere near good enough. We made far too many individual errors and dug ourselves into a big hole. It is going to be difficult now to lift ourselves out of it.

“We now need to get back to basics. I have no doubt in their ability and I believe in them as a group and myself as a manager. But confidence is massively low right now.

“Mansfield today were a great example of what this league is all about. They showed what you have to do which is grind it out and they did today what we should have done. We made it easy for them.

“I believe I and the players have what it takes and when we turn the corner, which I hope we will do soon, hopefully we can go on a run of our own.

“All I can do is focus on my job and believe in myself. But I know we have got a lot of work to do.”

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Field Mill fans were fantastic, clapping every tackle, praises Stags midfield hero after five-goal win
chad.co.uk

Midfield dynamo Anthony Howell had another storming game for Mansfield Town in front of the TV cameras on Saturday night - and after the 5-0 win praised the Field Mill fans, saying: “The crowd were fantastic today.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-fc/field_mill_fans_were_fantastic_clapping_every_tackle_praises_stags_midfield_hero_after_five_goal_win_1_3762300

“The noise sent shivers down my spine. They were singing all the way through and clapping every tackle.

“It became a big event – which it was – and they really showed their appreciation.

“We understand we have got to earn the right to play, once we've done that we know the goals will come.

“You have to go out, get close and tight on players, unsettle your opponents and put a foot in.

“I love breaking up play and playing it easy. I get as much of a buzz out of that as Matt Green does scoring a goal.”

He added: “The manager will keep us grounded now. We can't just walk around in the next game and put no effort in.

“The manager is experienced and makes sure we keep grinding these results out.

“We are now up to third which shows everyone Mansfield are no pushover and we are very hard to break down.”

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Stags boss Cox refuses to get carried away
Nottingham Post

PAUL Cox feels like Mansfield Town's answer to Victor Meldrew in pouring cold water on his side's 5-0 televised destruction of Newport County.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-13312649-detail/story.html

The Stags boss saw his charges run out emphatic winners over the Welsh club at Field Mill to record a fourth win and clean sheet in a row.

But despite being thrilled with the victory and the Stags' move up to third in the table, Cox insists it is no time to brag.

He says the players must stay firmly grounded – and believes there are plenty of areas where they can still improve.

"You can't control people's opinions of us as a side, nor people's expectations. We have won well against Newport, scoring goals, but it is just one game and it's still early days," said Cox.

"I know I will come across as sounding like Victor Meldrew when I say what I do after a win like this. But we have to keep our feet on the floor.

"As soon as we start thinking we are going well, then that is when we will start struggling and start getting beaten.

"I want the fans to enjoy the wins we get, as well as the players, but I also have to try to get them ready for the games to come and look at where we can still improve.

"Against Newport I thought we looked vulnerable at times when we had scored – and these are things we can work on.

"For us, it's a case of ticking the games off one by one and if we are still there after 25 games, then maybe we can afford ourselves a smile.

"These players here are level-headed lads, no one thinks they are better than the rest, so I hope they will not get carried away.

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Stags fans show their appreciation to Howell
Nottingham Post

ANTHONY Howell feels he has finally been accepted by the Mansfield Town fans after receiving a standing ovation during the 5-0 victory over Newport.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-13313206-detail/story.html

The holding midfielder was brought off with ten minutes to go and was given one of the biggest receptions of the night.

Howell was delighted to hear that, having failed to impress in his first spell at Field Mill under David Holdsworth.

The fans' backing has come on the back of a six-game unbeaten run that coincided with Howell's introduction to the team following the 3-0 reverse at Gateshead.

"It was a wonderful feeling for the supporters to stand up and clap me off like that, it was really appreciated," he said. "I guess it makes me feel like they have accepted me now after I struggled here last time.

"It was an unbelievable performance by the lads and great to play a part in it. We kept our shape and played well for the whole game.

"Whoever saw it on television will know that Mansfield are performing well and are going to give everyone a hard game this season.

"I think we are a hard team to break down and we also have players who are dangerous going forward.

"That's down to a tremendous amount of hard work that the manager (Paul Cox) and his assistant (Micky Moore) have been putting in on the training ground.

"We know we have to stay at the top of our game and give it our all, otherwise we are going to come unstuck.

"But the lads are hungry and they are always keen to get an early goal. We talked about it before the game and we managed to do it.

"We came in at half-time and the manager warned us not to take our foot off the pedal and another goal would kill them off."

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Marriott delighted to be kept quiet
Nottingham Post

ALAN Marriott was delighted to be rendered virtually redundant in picking up his fourth clean sheet in a row in Mansfield Town's 5-0 demolition of Newport County.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-13313224-detail/story.html

The Stags' domination meant that the goalkeeper saw little in the way of meaningful action.

But after conceding six goals in his first four games, Marriott is not complaining one bit.

"It has been a little bit like buses with the clean sheets where one hasn't come along and then four have come along at once," said Marriott.

"I'm delighted because we don't look like conceding many goals at the minute.

"Greeny (Matt Green) and Futch (Ben Futcher) are two individuals who have been nothing short of magnificent and really made a difference for us.

"But that is to take nothing away from anyone else. Luke O'Neill was tremendous again against Newport, as was Ritchie Sutton. In fact, I could go through the whole team.

"The work ethic has been great and I can't really give them enough praise.

"The supporters pay a lot of money to come and watch us at a time when there is not that much money around.

"When they get behind us, as they have been doing it, really does make a difference."

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Players havelet me down – Newport County boss Hudson
by Anthony Woolford, South Wales Echo

NEWPORT County boss Anthony Hudson admitted he felt let down by his players after the Exiles slumped to a humiliating defeat away at Mansfield on Saturday.

Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/newport-county-fc/2011/09/12/players-havelet-medown-newport-county-boss-hudson-91466-29403642/#ixzz1Xj1vAvfE

County slipped to their fourth defeat in succession and dropped into the relegation zone as a result, leaving Hudson under considerable pressure.

The visitors had their chances at Field Mill in a competitive first half but after conceding an early goal to former Exile Matt Green, Louis Briscoe's cool finish 10 minutes from half-time put the game beyond Newport.

And if the first-half was disappointing, the second was a horror show as Briscoe scored again, and Ross Dyer and Luke O'Neill completed the rout.

Hudson, who only took over from Dean Holdsworth in April, has now seen his side fail to pick up a win since mid-August and concedes there is a lot of work to be done to turn the tide.

He said: “In recent games I have defended my players, but I have to say I am massively disappointed.

“We are on a bad run now for whatever reason and today we were nowhere near good enough. It just doesn't seem to be happening for us, but we have to react soon.

“We made far too many individual errors and dug ourselves into a big hole.

“It is going to be difficult now to lift ourselves out of it. We just don't seem to be playing well enough at the moment, and we need to sort it out.

“Mansfield were a great example of what this league is all about. They showed what you have to do which is grind it out and they did what we should have done. We made it easy for them. You can't get away with making so many mistakes against a team like that.”

Hudson will have been left frustrated after Craig McAllister headed over from six yards from an excellent Paul Rodgers cross.

Then Rodgers was the culprit when he had the chance to get Newport level on the half-hour, Stags keeper Alan Marriott spilling a Lee Baker shot only for the winger to fire over.

Things don't get any easier for County next Saturday as they travel to Braintree, who moved into the top half of the table with their second win in succession away to Alfreton.

But while Hudson admitted his side are struggling, he insists there is the quality in the squad to turn things around.

He added: “We now need to get back to basics. I have no doubt in their ability and I believe in them as a group and myself as a manager.

“But confidence is massively low right now.

“I believe I and the players have what it takes and when we turn the corner, which I hope we will do soon, hopefully we can go on a run of our own.

“All I can do is focus on my job and believe in myself.

“But I know we have got a lot of work to do.”

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Mansfield 5 County 0 – Exiles apologise to fans
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/sport/9245012.Mansfield_5_County_0_____Exiles_apologise_to_fans/
By Michael Pearlman

NEWPORT County manager Anthony Hudson and chairman Chris Blight have apologised to supporters following Saturday's dismal 5-0 reverse at Mansfield Town.

The Exiles' disappointing campaign went from bad to worse after a Matt Green inspired Mansfield ran roughshod over County.

“That wasn't an acceptable performance, the players know that and I have told them that,” Hudson said.

“We must stand strong and stick together. But our supporters paid good money, travelled a long way and deserved much better than that.”

Chairman Blight added: “I felt compelled to say something and would like to tell our supporters who attended the game that we were very disappointed, everyone associated with the club was. It isn't acceptable.”

Hudson is certain that staying strong and working hard is the only way to proceed.

“This club doesn't suddenly have bad players, but our last three performances have been unacceptable,” he said. “We all know we are capable of far better and we need to put in the hard work.”

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