COX, MEIKLE, SUTTON, BARROW MANAGER REACTION
Moyo says Barrow were unfortunate to lose against Mansfield
DEBUTANT Barrow AFC defender Cliff Moyo felt his new team were unfortunate not to get something out of Saturday's game against Mansfield Town.
The 18-year-old former England Schoolboys international played the full 90 minutes at right-back as the injury-hit Bluebirds went down 3-2 at home against the high-flying Stags.
Moyo, who joined Barrow in the summer and was recently recalled from loan at lower-league Northwich Victoria due to a mounting injury list at Furness Building Society Stadium, said: “I really enjoyed my debut.
“I was a bit nervous at the start but once I got going I got used to the game. I thought I had a decent match.
“Obviously we're disappointed to lose because I thought we dominated most parts of the game, but it's about taking chances and we didn't take all our chances.
“It was close, especially at 2-2, and could have gone either way. Unluckily for us, it has gone the way of Mansfield.”
The defeat was Barrow's first in three games and resulted in them falling one place to 11th in Blue Square Bet Premier. For Mansfield, it was a fifth straight win.
Barrow did, however, deny the Stags a fifth straight clean sheet thanks to goals from Louis Almond, his first of the season, and Adam Boyes, who now stands alone at the top of the division's scoring chart with eight.
Earlier Matt Green had given the visitors a fourth-minute lead, before Almond replied for a youthful AFC side missing key defenders and forced to play full-back Kelvin Lomax at centre-half.
Giant on-loan Bury defender Ben Futcher then put Mansfield back in front on 29 minutes. Boyes scored Barrow's second equaliser early in the second half but Lindon Meikle burst away from Moyo and fellow defender Adam Quinn to bag all three points for Mansfield nine minutes from time.
Speaking after the game, Barrow joint-manager Dave Bayliss, whose side maintained their run of scoring in every game so far this term, said: “I think a lack of experience cost us, that's all it was. Mansfield are a good side, to be fair, but we had good chances and played some good stuff ourselves.
“We are a young side and without two experienced centre-halves in Mike Pearson and Phil Bolland we had to reshuffle, and that's cost us.
“Cliff Moyo did terrifically today, I'm not knocking the kid, but a little bit of inexperience in positional play has given them the third goal and the winner. He's only young and he will learn.
“Overall we're delighted with the players. We asked them to give us everything they had, and they did that. We'll look to bounce back now on Tuesday night (at Alfreton Town).”
Bayliss was less delighted with Mansfield's second goal being allowed to stand. The co-chief added: “From where I was stood, their second goal should have been a free-kick to us. Their lad (Futcher) has clambered all over (Quinn's) shoulders, not let him move, and headed it in from the corner.”
Post match reaction Paul Cox, Ritchie Sutton, Lindon Meikle, from Mansfield 103.2
Post match reaction Paul Cox from Radio Nottm
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox tells BBC Radio Nottingham:
"Out of all the games we've played, I ticked this as one of the toughest away games this season so to come away scoring three goals and getting three points, I'm extremely happy today.
"When they equalised I thought coming away from here with a point is probably a good result, but the lads don't know when to give up.
"This group of players are growing game by game, they are confident in their shape, their sharpness and more than anything they are confident about the teammate that is playing alongside them."
Stags never know when to give up, salutes Mansfield Town boss after late winner
PAUL Cox hailed matchwinner Lindon Meikle's superb late finish as Stags won 3-2 in a thriller at Barrow on Saturday - stretching their winning run to five matches..
Twice the gutsy home side levelled goals from Matt Green and Ben Futcher before electric pace from winger Meikle won the day nine minutes from time.
“Lindon deserved that goal as he has worked tremendously hard,” said Cox.
“Lindon knows he needs to work harder on his end product, but he works hard and puts the opposition on the back foot with his pace.
“If I'm honest I don't think we played particularly well but the players worked very hard and we are starting to look a solid unit and team. Today they got their just rewards.
“You are between a rock and a hard place here as the two lads in charge have done an absolutely fantastic job. You can tell by their results at home this is not a very nice place to come and it's not just the journey.
“We knew it was going to be tough. So there were no surprises, it was exactly as I envisaged.
“At 2-1 up we missed three chances that looked easier to score and I began to think it wasn't going to be our day.
“I thought we were going to end up with a point apiece until Lindon's goal. Credit to this group, they never know when to give up.
“It was a good competitive match with both teams at each other's throats.
“Now I must keep the players' feet on the floor.”
Goal hero Meikle added: “I got the ball across from Conns (Paul Connor) and the right back left me a massive gap.
“I just pushed the ball into it and ran. It was a race and I never lose races.
“Then it was just down to putting it in the back of the net. It was my first goal, though I've not really had that many chances like that clear-cut one on one. So I'm glad it found the back of the net.
“It was hard today with the pitch and the travel. But, like winning teams do, we played to the conditions today. We came here to do a job and we did that.”
Cox delight as 'focused' Mansfield win again
Nottingham Post, Monday, September 19, 2011
PAUL Cox insists he never had any doubts Mansfield Town's players would sweep aside tabloid revelations about the club's new chief executive Carolyn Still.
Cox's team recorded their fifth straight win with a 3-2 triumph against Barrow at Holker Street to move within two points of Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Gateshead.
And the manager now wants the same focus when Mansfield host AFC Telford tomorrow.
"What was reported had no affect on our preparations and I was not worried one iota about it affecting our performance," said Cox.
"I reminded the players that we were there to play football and win games, nothing else. But I could see it in their eyes, they told me they were still focused on the task in hand."
"After a 400-mile round trip, they did not want to come off the pitch making excuses, other than bad performances, if we'd have lost.
"The way I see it, managers are paid to manage and players paid to play.
"Whatever else happens at a club you can't have an influence on.
"All I'm worried about is keeping the boys working hard.
"I didn't think we played that well against Barrow which I earmarked as one of our toughest away trips of the season.
"So credit to the lads that they were still able to grind out a win."
Meikle rounds off a 'stinker' with winning goal for Stags
Nottingham Post, Monday, September 19, 2011
LINDON Meikle was delighted to put what he dubbed a 'stinker' of an individual performance behind him by bagging Mansfield Town's winner at Barrow.
The summer signing from Eastwood felt he had struggled to make an impact as the Stags were twice pegged back after leading.
But the pacy winger made the most of an opportunity with nine minutes to go to score his first in amber and blue and seal an exciting 3-2 win.
"I was saying to the other lads that I was desperate to get that first goal and it seems like it's been a long time in coming," said Meikle.
"You always want to get one for a new club and it was a bonus to get the winner when I'd had an absolute stinker.
"Conns (Paul Connor) slipped it to me and the right back left a massive gap so I just knocked it in behind him and ran.
"It was just a race for the ball and once I got there all I had to concentrate on doing was finding the net.
"I was absolutely buzzing when it went in and I ran straight off to celebrate with the fans in the corner. I didn't even mind getting a yellow card for my celebration!
"It was a nice moment for me, but the most important thing was that it got us another win and kept our good run going."
Meikle felt Mansfield were always capable of winning the game, even when Adam Boyes had levelled at 2-2 for the Bluebirds.
He said: "You just have to be optimistic and confident in your ability.
"Coming to places like this, if you are not mentally tough and don't believe you are going to win, then it is not going to happen."
Sutton: We did what we had to do
Nottingham Post, Monday, September 19, 2011
RITCHIE Sutton hopes Mansfield Town's 3-2 win at Barrow shows they are heading in the right direction.
The home side had already beaten well-fancied Fleetwood 4-0 and Wrexham 3-1 at Holker Street.
But they were unable to claim another scalp as Lindon Meikle netted a late winner for Mansfield.
The Stags have now lost only once in their opening nine games – at Gateshead.
"It was a difficult game and we probably didn't defend as well as we have done in the last few games – we lost our shape a bit at times," said Sutton.
"We hadn't let in any goals in our previous four games but let in two in this one, but we knew that was going to happen at some stage.
"It's the strikers' job to score goals and as defenders we are always trying to keep clean sheets, so you are disappointed when you don't.
"Both goals were sloppy to concede. I could have been tighter for the first one and I know Mazza will be disappointed that he didn't hold the shot for the second one.
"It does go through your mind that maybe it is not going to be your day, but we still came back and won the game, even after (Louis) Briscoe and Greeny (Matt Green) missed chances. We did what we needed to do."
Stags' Sutton thriving alongside Futcher
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, September 20, 2011
RITCHIE Sutton is delighted with the way his partnership with Ben Futcher is developing at the heart of the Mansfield Town defence.
Since coming together for the Stockport County game, the Stags have conceded only two goals in five games – both coming in Saturday's 3-2 win over Barrow.
Sutton has taken his chance brilliantly since coming in for Martin Riley, who has since recovered from a toe injury but has been unable to reclaim his place.
The former Port Vale defender puts much of his early success down to the help he has received from Futcher, whose loan from League One Bury has now been extended until early November.
The duo are expected to lead Mansfield into battle against AFC Telford United at Field Mill tonight, chasing a sixth consecutive victory.
"I'm really pleased that since I have come in we have conceded only two goals," said Sutton.
"I originally thought I was going to get put in at right-back but after my injury at Ilkeston, Luke O'Neill has come in and done really well there.
"Futch has been one of our better players who is a good, experienced pro and it was important for us to get him on a longer loan.
"I have learned a lot from playing with him and the way he is always talking.
"He goes and wins the ball in the air and I probably have a bit more pace and use my strength. It's working well at the moment."
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