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We got out of jail, admits Mansfield Town boss after Alfreton win
PAUL Cox was a relieved man after seeing his Stags side bounce back from two behind to beat nine-man neighbours Alfreton 3-2 at the death in a thrilling local derby rollercoaster.
The Mansfield Town manager acknowledged it had been another poor home showing from his side, but urged fans to embrace any sort of victory as Lady Luck evened things out from one or two games earlier in the season when Stags didn't get what they deserved.
“We have got out of jail today – there's no doubt about that,” said Cox.
“Getting three points was the only positive. The result didn't just paper over cracks, it papered over crevices.
“If we'd played until next week we'd not have scored against 11 men. With nine men I thought they were excellent and we didn't look scoring still.
“We could have been two up with more composure but we keep giving sloppy goals away.
“Alfreton showed amazing spirit and deserved at least a point today. But this game is very unforgiving. I am sure we will be on the receiving end of something like that this season while teams like Wrexham, Fleetwood and Alfreton will all fluke three points at some stage.
“However it came, we must always embrace a win no matter how fluky as they are so hard to get. We are securely in the top 10 and averaging just under two points a game which is very acceptable.
“But I know there are things that need to be sorted and I need to find the right payer to bring in at the right time.
“We seem to have a high level of anxiety playing at home at the moment.”
Hearbroken Reds manager Nicky Law said: “I have to be honest, the penalty wasn't a penalty and their third goal was offside. Added to us going down to nine men, it was a bitter pill to swallow.
“I can't speak highly enough of my players – they gave me everything today.
“I never felt in any danger in the first half. I am not having a go at the referee, but when you get a ref that is brandishing cards like he was and the opposition are laying on the floor appealing for every decision, the referee gets dragged into it and you have to be a bit cute and wiser.
“You should know you probably can't go for that challenge you need to make. For a lad like Anthony Wilson this is a learning curve.
“I look at our position in the table and can't believe it. In the first half we were streets in front. We absolutely bossed things and they didn't have an answer to it.
“Even with 10 men we looked comfortable. But with nine men and every decision going against you it's hard.
“We just have to keep on believing. We have come to an intimidating place and given a god show of ourselves. With the injuries and suspensions we've had, any squad would struggle, let alone ours.”
Law believes Reds have turned a corner after cruel Stags loss
Derby Telegraph, Friday, October 28, 2011
NICKY Law believes his Alfreton Town side have turned a corner in their fight for Blue Square Bet Premier survival – despite last weekend's cruel defeat at Mansfield.
The Reds led 2-0 at Field Mill but the Stags hit back to win 3-2 thanks to a goal from former Alfreton forward Andy Todd in added time.
Law's men were not helped by two more reds cards – Anthony Wilson and Greg Young both dismissed for second bookable offences – but the manager was largely pleased with his team's performance, as he was in the previous week's 4-1 home defeat to high-flying Fleetwood Town.
"After the last two games, I really think we have turned the corner," he said.
"For 33 minutes against Fleetwood, you would not have known which team was challenging for the title and which one was battling relegation.
"Then we lose Theo Streete through a moment of madness which sees him get sent off and it costs the team and the club.
"On Saturday at Mansfield, we had Anthony Wilson and Greg Young both sent off in the second half when we were well in control of the game at 2-0 up.
"It we had kept 11 players on the pitch, we would have won that game comfortably.
"Those two players have cost the club three points. The three players over the two games have cost the club four, possibly six points, and it can't happen and won't happen again.
"There is a little bit more belief there now and it is just a shame we didn't get the win on Saturday to give us even more confidence.
"We have got to build on it but it just seems we take two steps forward and six back with the injuries and suspensions which have cost us."
Cox believes anxiety is affecting Mansfield's home performances
MANSFIELD Town manager Paul Cox believes anxiety is affecting his players in front of their own fans.
The Stags fought back from 2-0 down to beat derby rivals Alfreton at Field Mill on Saturday – with the help of a stoppage-time winner.
But there was no hiding Mansfield's shortcoming as they struggled desperately to beat a side reduced to nine men for the final half hour.
"We seem to have a high level of anxiety about playing at home. We went to Lincoln, passed the ball and created some great chances but we come here and we don't do it," said Cox.
"We looked disjointed, under the weather and any other description you can think of. If we play like that we are not going to win many.
"The only positives I can take are that we got three points and we scored three goals, but we didn't deserve it.
"We fluked the points, but I'm sure Wrexham, Fleetwood and Luton will do at some point this season. Any club should embrace a win, no matter how lucky it was.
"Nothing has changed in my eyes. I said three weeks ago we were papering over the cracks. But I'm not going to make snap decisions. We need the right players in who are going to make us stronger."
Mansfield were roundly booed at half-time and their eventual victory attracted muted applause.
Cox said: "When I had the players in at half-time I asked them what they were going to do about the booing. The supporters were not wrong, because we were poor.
"People need to stand up and be counted in situations like that. It's what you have to do when the going gets tough, rather than hiding under a rock."
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