COX, DYER, MURRAY, HOCKADAY REACTION
audio interviews with Cox, Dyer, Murray from Mansfield 103.2
audio interview with Cox from BBC Radio Nottm
Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:
"Mansfield going down to 10 men was the worst thing that could have happened. We'd pulled back into the game at 1-1 and were the better team going into the second half, but then they got their man sent off and just went deep.
"They worked their socks off and kept their shape which we struggled to break down because as a young inexperienced team we haven't got the patience.
"In the final third we were poor, putting balls in from the wrong angles and not beating the first man.
"We lack belief. When these young players start believing in themselves then I believe we will do very well. Today was a lesson on how not to play against 10 men."
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox told BBC Radio Notingham:
"This is an honest bunch - I prefer telling the truth - if I knew that I had a horrible, nasty so-and-so in our team, I'd be open enough to say that's his personality and we're going to lose him five times a season.
"We haven't got really a nasty person in our side. What we have, we've got fully committed players, as soon as they pull on this shirt."
Dyer's delight at 17-second goal for Stags against old club
Ross Dyer enjoyed scoring in 17 seconds against his old club in the Stags 1-1 draw at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday and then said: “I have quite a few friends here and only have good things to say about Forest Green
“But it is nice to score against your old club. Adam Murray dinked it over and I made the run and just hit it across the keeper and managed to score which was a great start.
“I thought the sending-off was 50-50. It's not malice, just passion. But we stick together. We dug in and grinded out the result.”
Skipper Murray said: “That is a massive point.
“I don't think it was a sending-off. Two minutes before, their lad fouled me and I jumped straight back up. If I hadn't he would have gone.
“Referees need to be stronger, especially for away teams. Matt Green should have had a penalty.
“He was through one on one and he is a big bloke, he doesn't go down for nothing.
“We are certainly not a dirty side. We don't throw elbows.”
Stags boss insists they do not have a discipline problem
PAUL Cox insists Mansfield Town do not have a disciplinary problem – and says his side will not change their tough-tackling approach.
The Stags finished a game with ten men for the third time in a row after Anthony Howell was sent off in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Forest Green.
It followed a red card for Tom Naylor at Wrexham last Tuesday, while Louis Briscoe was given his marching orders against Kidderminster.
They have received four red cards in total, with Naylor also dismissed at Gateshead.
"If I had a horrible, nasty so and so in the team I would be open enough to say that I was going to lose that player five times a season – but we haven't got anyone like that," said manager Cox.
"What we have is a really committed bunch of players with a great work ethic.
"Some of the red cards haven't been red cards. Anyone who saw Tom Naylor's at Wrexham couldn't believe it.
"I got a few red cards myself and I know nasty players. These are an honest bunch.
"What I don't want to do is take away from the desire levels. If you stop Anthony Howell tackling, he is half the player.
"And if I tell the team to stop heading, tackling and kicking the ball then we are going to have a problem.
"What we do need to do is stop being so impetuous. Sometimes you have to use your head."
Cox was delighted with the application of his players at the New Lawn as they defended stoutly when down to ten men and had chances to win after Ross Dyer's opener was cancelled out by Kieran Forbes.
He said: "We have picked up a lot of points from six journeys already that have been two-and-a-half hours or more.
"And we played the whole of the second half a man down on the hottest October day I have experienced in my 20 years in the game."
Quick-fire Dyer wastes no time
ROSS Dyer is hoping he can be a Mansfield Town record breaker with his lightning-quick strike against former club Forest Green.
He fired home after just 17 seconds to put the Stags ahead at the New Lawn, where he spent last season.
Now Dyer is interested to find out if he may go down in the Stags' history.
"A few of the boys have told me they think it could be the quickest goal the club has ever scored, but we'll have to see," said Dyer.
"I was delighted to score against my old club, even if I don't have anything but good to say about Forest Green because I enjoyed my time here.
"But the main thing was that we got off to a good start which set us up for the rest of the game.
"It was also nice to be back on the scoresheet as well because I haven't got one for a while. For the first 30 minutes I thought we were pretty comfortable and I think if we'd have got a second it would have been a totally different game.
"Maybe the weather didn't help and then the sending off went against us, but we showed character and managed to get a point at a place that is difficult to come to.
"We stuck together and showed what we can do."
Dyer believes Mansfield could have gone on to win the game. He said: "We showed a desire to win in the second half and Greeny (Matt Green) and myself caused them a few problems.
"There was the goalmouth scramble and my header and the penalty shout. We could easily have had another one. But that's four points from two tough away games and we're pretty happy with that."
Skipper Murray upset by referring in Stags' matches
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, October 05, 2011
ADAM Murray admits he is becoming increasingly frustrated by the standard of refereeing in Mansfield Town's matches this season.
The Stags have had four players shown red cards this season in 13 matches – including three in their last three outings.
That has led to accusations the team has a disciplinary problem, something manager Paul Cox denied following Anthony Howell's sending off at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
Skipper Murray, who turned 30 last week, agrees, insisting Mansfield are not a 'dirty' side, nor overly-physical.
Instead, he feels the Stags have had the rough end of the stick from officials, with the game at the New Lawn a prime example.
"Five minutes before the sending off, their lad has done me on the halfway line and I have jumped straight up," said Murray.
"Then Anthony has gone in for his tackle, their lad has stayed down and he gets sent off.
"It wasn't just that. The lads just wanted to get on and play the game and the referee was blowing up for a free-kick all the time.
"And I also think we should have had a penalty. Greeny (Matt Green) is a strong lad and he isn't going to go down if he is through on goal.
"Sometimes you have to look at the referee and ask if they are strong enough in that position.
"People get in trouble for saying thing about referees, but I don't think they have been consistent or good enough this season."
Hockaday – Mansfield were resilient
DAVID Hockaday applauded resilient Mansfield Town's efforts in securing a 1-1 draw against his Forest Green Rovers side at the New Lawn.
The hosts looked favourites to take all three points at the break, having first equalised in the lead up to half-time and then seeing the Stags' Anthony Howell sent off.
But Mansfield re-organised and put in a strong performance to take a share of the spoils – and impress Hockaday.
"I don't think the sending off did us any favours because it can be difficult to play against ten men and they did it very well," he said. "Half-time gave them a chance to re-organise, They got their shape and worked very hard.They are a big, strong, athletic team and hats off to them – you have to give them some credit.
"If we had got a goal then we could have started to pick them off, but we never got it."
Hockaday was disappointed by his side's poor opening to the game and that they could not capitalise on their numerical advantage.
"It was a very slow start by us. To have the kick-off as we did and then concede inside the first minute just can't happen.
"We had lots of the ball in the second half but I didn't think we believed that we were going to score."
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