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- Briscoe will be back in training on Thursday.
- In hindsight, perhaps we should have had Stevenson on the bench at Telford.
Cox calls on shot-shy Stags to be more ruthless
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, November 22, 2011
PAUL Cox today told his shot-shy Mansfield Town players they must be more ruthless in front of goal.
The Stags boss was frustrated his side failed to seriously test home goalkeeper Ryan Young during Saturday's 0-0 draw at Telford.
He knows his troops must rediscover their early-season scoring prowess – when they were finding the net freely – if they are to keep pace with the Blue Square Bet Premier's pacesetters.
And Cox will be devoting extra time this week to shooting practice with a view to improving confidence in front of goal.
"If you look at our goals against column, it is one of the healthiest in the top ten, but I'm just a little bit disappointed we aren't being more adventurous in the final third," he said. "I'm fully aware that the goals for column needs to improve.
"Greeny (Matt Green) has been excellent in scoring goals, but we have been heavily reliant on him and that's not healthy.
"I want people to shoot and I don't know if there was an anxiety there on Saturday.
"I would like us to be a bit more direct at times and sometimes we are making the wrong decisions. I think the word is ruthless. We need to be more ruthless in the last third."
Cox hopes to tie up an 18-month deal for top scorer Matt Green, currently on loan from Oxford until January, before the week is out.
He said: "It's just now a case of getting the contract drawn up and hopefully he will sign. The terms have been agreed between the chairman and Matt."
Briscoe closing on Stags return
Nottingham Post, Monday, November 21, 2011
LOUIS Briscoe is expected to return to training on Thursday – though Saturday's clash at Bath City is likely to come too soon for him.
The goalscoring winger has not played since coming on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at Lincoln in mid-October.
But he has responded well to rest and treatment on an abductor problem and is ready to step up his comeback.
Even so, Briscoe is unlikely to start at Twerton Park on Saturday, though a place on the bench is not beyond question.
"It will be nice to get Bris back because he is a match winner, puts people on the back foot and can change a game," said manager Paul Cox.
"Between this period and the end of the season last year was when he scored most of his goals and it would be nice to think he could get a few more this time.
"It will be too soon for him (to start at Bath), but he is someone you would always like on the bench and you can never say never.
"We have to be careful with him because it's been a really weird one with his abductor and we don't want him picking up a secondary injury that could keep him out for two or three months.
"It all depends on what he's happy with, but the physio says he's coming on in leaps and bounds and he's running, twisting and turning."
Nick Hegarty (knee) picked up a knock at Telford while Joe Kendrick (back) is currently the only other absentee
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