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Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox wants more new loan faces in final week
Nottingham Post, Friday, March 16, 2012
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox is determined to use up his two remaining loans before next Thursday's deadline for all transfers passes.
The Stags boss is keen to make sure he is not caught out by selection problems in any position at such a vital point of the campaign.
"We have got two loan signings left to go and I want to make sure we are as strong as possible," said Cox.
"We have to prepare for every eventuality because I don't want us looking back at the end of the season thinking what might have been because of a lack of numbers."
Meanwhile, left-back Sam Craven has gone out on loan to Evo-Stik Premier side Hednesford Town the get some match action.
The former Notts County man suffered a groin injury soon after joining the Stags in January, which has hampered his progress.
Cox said: "Sam signed for us on non-contract terms, so he can have a dual registration with Hednesford as well.
"He will get some games which will hopefully helped him, Hednesford and us."
Cox warns Stags players against a Barrow flop
PAUL Cox has quickly settled his players' feet back on the floor ahead of Saturday's home test with Barrow.
The Mansfield Town manager was delighted with his side's efforts in Tuesday's 1-1 home draw with championship-chasing leaders Fleetwood Town, Stags missing suspended midfield ace Gary Roberts and having several players on the field under the weather with flu.
Despite it all, and with great backing from the home fans, Stags took a point thanks to Exodus Geohaghon's last ditch header and everyone was on a massive high at the end of a memorable night.
But Cox today warned: “Our feet must be back down on the floor now.
“Tuesday has gone and we must concentrate on Saturday and mirroring Tuesday's performance, but with a better result.
“I don't think the players will need lifting for the Barrow game as they really have the bit between their teeth at the minute. But I think everyone knows the scenario and it could be a case of 'After the Lord Mayor's Show' if we aren't careful.
“I think that was the fourth time in six games we have come from behind to get a decent result. The lads are really putting in a shift and getting the rewards.
“We have nine cup finals now and must focus on Saturday, get it out the way and tick it off.”
Mansfield will again be without the suspended Roberts, but Cox is hoping a flu bug in the the dressing room will have cleared up.
“We had a bit of a bug in the camp on Tuesday which we didn't want to disclose to anyone before the game and there were a lot of lads running around with illness.” he said.
“They all had a day off to rest yesterday and I hope in the next 48 hours we can get a clean bill of health.”
Adam Smith is back fit and available while fellow winger Louis Briscoe will be hoping for a recall after being sacrificed to allow Cox to play 4-3-3 and match up Fleetwood's formation on Tuesday.
Stags will be hoping there are no repercussions over the pitch invasion from a small number over-excited fans when Stags grabbed their late equaliser which the referee has reported.
“I know there is a fine line you can't cross, but you can't buy that kind of support,” said Cox. “To see people enjoying themselves like they did on Tuesday was amazing. The adrenalin rush was why we are all in this game.”
Non-contract defender Sam Craven has signed dual registration forms with Hednesford Town to try to get fit after a slight groin tear in time to be part of Stags' run-in
Mansfield Town's Luke O'Neill has high praise for fellow full-back Ritchie Sutton
Nottingham Post, Friday, March 16, 2012
LUKE O'Neill is delighted to see Ritchie Sutton filling in so effectively at left-back for Mansfield Town – because it means he doesn't have to curb his attacking instincts.
The 20-year-old has been a bastion of excellence at right-back this season and was named man of the match in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Fleetwood.
But he has been switched to the other flank at various stages when Mansfield have been struggling down that side.
However, since loanee Paul Edwards returned to Fleetwood after the Tamworth home game, Sutton has slotted in and acquitted himself well.
That has come as a relief to O'Neill, who said: "I take my hat off to Sutts doing that because it's not easy. I never knew he had a left foot!
"It makes it a lot easier for me. I feel more comfortable at right-back – I feel I can get forward and create a lot more."
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