COX, FUTCHER, BOLLAND AND STEVE BURR REACTION
post match video interviews with Paul Cox and Ben Futcher --->
post match audio with Paul Cox, Paul Bolland and Ben Futcher from Mansfield 103.2 (plus pre-match with John Radford) --->
post match audio with Paul Cox from radio Nottm --->
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"We got beaten by the better side, second best all over the park, it's just a simple equation we didn't turn up today.
"I think the mark of a good side will be what we do in the next three games now because, looking at it, when we were on the (unbeaten) run everyone was saying this and that about us - good things.
"I just warned people about getting carried too away. Today I think has brought us all, me included, back down to earth a little bit."
Shellshocked Mansfield Town boss makes no excuses after Kidderminster Harriers defeat
Shellshocked Mansfield boss Paul Cox made no excuses for his side's 3-0 home defeat by Kidderminster Harriers today, saying: “We never turned up – it's as simple as that.
“I never saw that coming but there are no excuses. We have just got to take it on the chin and get back to basics. We need to remember who we are and what got us where we were with that good run.
“It's easy to get carried away when everyone is praising you and patting you on the back. But I told everyone not to get carried away and today has proved that.
“We were awful today and I include myself in that as I picked the side. We were second best all game and every second ball that dropped there was a red shirt there and not a yellow one.
“It was a penalty and another example of while we were thinking about, Kidderminster were doing it. They passed the ball better than us too. We were beaten by the better side.
“But there's no panic. Stronger sides than us have had worse scorelines. The mark of a good side is what you do in the next three or four games after that.
“It could be the best thing that's happened to us. We will only know that in a few games time.”
On a red card for Louis Briscoe, he added: “It was right in front of me and I thought both players went in over the ball with some malice and it was only that Vaughan stayed down that the referee thought it was only Louis who had gone in high. Both went in with intent.”
Defender Ben Futcher said: “Going 2-0 down so early, you give yourself no chance.
“We had been on a good run and enjoy playing at home. So I can't put my finger on what went wrong today.
“We can only apologise to the fans who were brilliant again today and still clapped us off at the end.
“It was the end of a fantastic run and now we have to start another one.
“We started slowly and, if you don't defend as a team, that's what happens.
“But one defeat in nine isn't the end of the world. We have taken the plaudits, now we have to take this on the chin and work hard in training. We will probably learn more in the next couple of weeks than we have in the last four or five.”
Midfielder Paul Bolland added: “The lads are down. We let ourselves down.
“It was a bad day in the office but we are not a bad side. It just didn't happen today for us. We have to hold our hands up and say we were not good enough.”
Harriers' boss Steve Burr said “You probably wouldn't want to come to Mansfield on the back of losing at Fleetwood with the way Mansfield were going.
“But overall I thought we were excellent today. Sometimes you can score too early but we scored three in the first half and defended when we had to.
“I can remember coming here in my first year with Kidderminster and being 3-0 down and it ending in a draw, so I told my players at half-time, don't think it's won yet. It was important we carried on showing the same work rate and commitment in the second half, which we did.”
Futcher wants to stay but wants no repeat of heavy defeat
BEN Futcher revealed he is keen to stay at Mansfield Town beyond his three-month loan spell – but knows defeats like the 3-0 reverse to Kidderminster will not help his cause.
The central defender had has an initial one-month loan deal from Bury extended to the maximum length of 93 days, meaning he will stay at Field Mill until early December.
Futcher will then not be able to play for Mansfield until January when the transfer window opens.
But he admits he would love to stay on if he can convince manager Paul Cox of his worth.
"I've talked to the gaffer and we've mentioned about me coming back here after the loan, which I'd be happy to do, but too many more 3-0 defeats are not going to help my cause," said Futcher.
"I've really enjoyed playing for Mansfield and we've done OK by and large, so hopefully we can get something sorted.
"At the moment I'm just concentrating on the games and we know we need to put things right against Wrexham.
"We owe the fans one after Kidderminster."
Burr - best of season
HARRIER boss Steve Burr hailed Saturday's win over Mansfield Town as the best performance of the season.
The Aggborough outfit bounced back from their mid-week 5-2 loss at Fleetwood with a flowing attacking display at Field Mill.
Goals for Kyle Storer, Nick Wright and Lee Vaughan made sure Harriers ended Mansfield's eight-game unbeaten run in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
"That was the best we have played this season, some of our football with the movement and goals was what I had been looking for," commented a delighted Burr.
"We made a few changes, some of them forced, but the lads who have came in have done very well and I am really pleased.
"Playing Mansfield on the back of the good form they have had, I looked at this being a very tough game.
"I think we showed our movement and when we play like that there's not many who can live with us.
"We could have won by a greater margin but all round I was very pleased with our display, when we had to defend we put our bodies on the line.
"We've had had some really excellent chances to add more but to come to Mansfield and win 3-0 and keep a clean sheet is really pleasing."
Harriers' manager had made six changes to the starting line-up, drafting in Tom Sharpe, Callum Gittings, Jack Byrne, Jamille Matt, Wright and Luke Medley and Burr was delighted by the response of his players.
He added: "We changed the side to improve what we didn't do at Fleetwood and we got a great response.
"There was one or two who didn't play but it's not a team, it's a squad and we picked the side we felt could win."
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