COX, BRISCOE, JEZ GEORGE REACTION
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VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Cambridge United manager Jez George told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:
Use accessible player and disable flyout menus"We looked what we are - a really patched up team and against a side like Mansfield it makes it really difficult because they're such a powerful, physically strong team. We've just got to dig in and we know the situation.
"It's a really tough moment for us. I look back earlier in the season and there's me getting frustrated when we played poorly and won.
"I'd take them now and I'll never be disappointed with a win again."
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
Use accessible player and disable flyout menus"I'm delighted with the lads because, more than anything, they looked a bit jaded mentally and physically.
"So to come here against a very good side and not just get a point but all three is excellent.
"What we're tending to be doing now is grinding out results. I don't think we played particularly well tonight but we've ground out a result against a good side."
Cox warns hard work starts now as Stags move into play-offs
PAUL Cox is delighted his Mansfield Town side have climbed into the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off spots for the first time since the autumn – but warned the hard work has only just begun.
The Stags claimed a 2-1 victory at Cambridge last night, which was enough to take them above Southport into fifth spot.
Goals in each half from Ross Dyer and Louis Briscoe saw the team recover from the shock of conceding an early goal after only six minutes to make it four wins on the spin.
The result extended Mansfield's run to only one defeat in 11 matches since Christmas and they have taken 22 points from a possible 27 in their last nine games.
"I think getting in the play-offs is a massive psychological boost to us and that was the carrot that was dangled in front of the lads," said boss Cox.
"But the easy part is getting there and the hard part is staying there, which we now have to try to do.
"The lads were buoyed by the result on Saturday after a great week off the field and they were determined to come here and do it again.
"It's the ideal time to push yourself into some kind of form and get in that top five. To get one foot in there is great just as we are starting to come around that final bend.
"But we know there is an awful lot more work to do and that there are a heck of a lot of twists and turns to come yet."
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox praises side after grinding out win at Cambridge United
DELIGHTED Stags boss Paul Cox praised his side for grinding the results out after last night's impressive 2-1 win at Cambridge United propelled Mansfield into the play-off places.
Goals from Ross Dyer and Louis Briscoe either side of half-time cancelled out James Jennings beautiful free-kick to seal the club's fourth victory on the trot and move Stags two points above Southport and into fifth place.
It was nothing more than confident Mansfield deserved after they bossed vast periods of the game and never looked in danger of conceding from open play.
Speaking after the game Cox said: “I'm delighted with the will to win last night. The lads looked a bit jaded mentally and physically, but we grinded the result out as you have to do. The lads do not know when to roll over.
“There will be a lot of twists and turns still to come before the end of the season and we have to go to Tamworth now and continue this run with a good result.
“To come to a place like here against a good team and get all three points is excellent. The performance was not perfect, but it is all about results at this stage of the season.
“As a team we are working hard and we are becoming a hard team to break down and beat.
“We have got to continue playing with a smile and enjoying our football. We will have games where we do not play well, but we will always give it our very best and work hard.”
Delighted Cox was also full of praise for striker Ross Dyer who, as well as scoring the equaliser, gave another commanding performance in the air and providing a regular starting point for attacks.
“He has had some stick over the season. He has got qualities that a lot of players in football would like,” said Cox.
“He is still learning his trade and where to position himself. He has got a bright future if he continues to learn and develop as he is doing.”
Louis Briscoe: No one wants to face Mansfield Town now
Nottingham Post, Thursday, March 08, 2012
LOUIS Briscoe believes Mansfield Town's recent surge means they are the team no one wants to face.
The Stags have swept up to fifth in the Blue Square Bet Premier and into the final play-off spot on the back of four successive victories and seven wins out of their last nine.
Mansfield will look to cement their place in the top five with another three points at Tamworth on Saturday, where they are sure to be roared on by a large travelling support.
"There is the pressure of being up there to be shot at now, but we have had pressure on us all season," said winger Briscoe.
"The manager wants to win every game, plus there is the pressure from the fans who want to get out of this league and the pressure we put on ourselves.
"I think we are going to be scaring teams now, rather than being the ones under pressure.
"Cambridge (where Briscoe scored the winner in a 2-1 win on Tuesday) backed off us and allowed us to play like they were a bit scared and hopefully some of the other teams will be thinking that way.
"Apart from Fleetwood, I think ourselves and Grimsby are the form teams. No one wants to play us because we are hitting our straps.
"Six months ago we might have got a draw at Cambridge but we dominated it and deserved the win."
Jez: We've got to dig in to get through poor run
Aaron Mason, cambridge-news.co.uk
Jez George believes his depleted Cambridge United squad need to stay strong following last night's 2-1 defeat at home to Mansfield.
United could name only four players on the bench and were dealt another injury blow when Ryan Jackson had to come off at half time with a groin problem.
George said: "We looked what we looked – a patched-up team, and against a side like Mansfield it makes it difficult because they're a strong team from one to 11.
"They've got three centre-halves in their back four and the front two were a real handful.
"It was a tough night for us, and at the front end of the season I was getting frustrated when we won. I'd take some of that now. I'd never be disappointed with a win in the future.
"But we've just got to dig in now. We need our men to be men and we need our boys to be men as well.
"It's difficult because this is a tough league and, with the way the fixtures are panning out, we've got so many strong sides this month. We've just got to keep going and keep fighting.
"When we get our players back, we'll be a match for anyone, just as we were a match for these away from home earlier in the season.
"But I challenge many clubs at this level to be five big players short, and we didn't even have enough players to fill the bench last night.
"We don't want to not perform in front of the supporters, but there's no point hammering the players because they're giving everything they've got.
"In the meantime, we'll see the character of people including myself.
"We've all got to be strong in difficult times and believe we'll come through them better for the experience."
George said he was uncertain of the severity of Jackson's knock picked up just before the interval.
He said: "Jack Eades is just finding his feet one side and to lose Ryan's pace which is a real threat for us is tough, because it just keeps the opposition a bit honest.
"It was a really difficult ask for Brights (James Brighton). We put him on the bench in case there was a problem, but it wasn't a good night for him to get a first taste of this level."
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