Cox seeks Gateshead response
mansfieldtown.net, 13th August 2012
Manager Paul Cox has delivered a rallying message to his players ahead of our Blue Square Bet Premier fixture against Gateshead tomorrow night.
Having shipped four goals in the opening day defeat to Newport County, the boss has called on his team to deliver a strong performance at the International Stadium.
Cox said: “I had the players in early this morning so that we could go over things and discuss matters arising from the last match as a large group.”
“I told them quite simply that we can't concede silly goals like we did on Saturday. Having looked at the statistics, we had about 15 shots on target to their four, yet we still lost the game.
“It wasn't good enough. There's a hell of a lot for us to work on and plenty of areas that we can improve in.
“Having said that, it isn't the end of the world and I'll be looking for a positive response from the players when we play Gateshead.”
Cox will be forced to make at least one change tomorrow night with Ross Dyer set for a spell on the sidelines after he was stretchered off during the defeat to Newport.
However, the extent of Dyer's injury still remains unclear.
“Ross is having a scan tomorrow and that should be able to tell us more about his injury,” said Cox.
“The good news for us is that it doesn't seem to be his cruciate that is the problem and it looks more like knee ligament damage.
“Hopefully, we will know the extent of his injury by Wednesday, but at the moment we've just all got our fingers crossed for him and hope it's not too bad.”
The manager has also refused to rule out making further changes to his starting line-up for the clash at the International Stadium.
“I've never been one for making wholesale changes but there may be one or two,” he said.
“Ritchie Sutton is back after serving his suspension and Matt Rhead has returned from his honeymoon, so they are both in contention for a place in the team
“We've no new injuries from our training session today and everyone's chomping at the bit and eager to play a part tomorrow night.”
Following their 2-2 draw at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town at the weekend, Cox was also quick to praise what he believes to be a strong Gateshead side.
“I'm anticipating a very tough game to be honest,” continued Cox.
“They are a good side and I'm sure every team that goes there this season will be in for a tough time.”
Following our clash against Gateshead, we are next in action when we travel to Aggborough to face Kidderminster Harriers at the weekend
Mansfield striker Ross Dyer awaits news on knee injury on Stags head north to Gateshead
chad.co.uk Tuesday 14 August 2012
MANSFIELD TOWN manager Paul Cox is expected to find out later today the full extent of Ross Dyer's suspected knee injury.
The Stags striker is set for a spell on the sidelines after he was carried off on a stretcher during the first half of Saturday's 4-3 defeat to Newport County at One Call Stadium.
“Ross went for a scan yesterday and we are awaiting news which will tell us more about his injury,” said Cox.
“It looks more like he has suffered ligament damage rather than a cruciate injury, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
“Everyone at the club has their fingers crossed and we're all hoping things aren't as bad as first feared.”
Dyer has been a key player for the Stags since his arrival from Forest Green Rovers in June 2011. The 24-year-old scored nine goals from 48 appearances last season.
Tonight Mansfield make the long journey north to Gateshead to try to quickly bounce back from that shock opening defeat.
But The Heed will be no pushovers, having given Luton Town a run for their money on Saturday, leading 2-0 at one stage before having to settle for a 2-2 draw
Gateshead v Mansfield Town - Match Preview
14/08/2012, by Jeff Bowron, Gateshead official site
Gateshead manager Ian Bogie wants more of the same as he looks to get the club's home campaign off to a winning start.
The Tynesiders host second favourites Mansfield Town tonight on the back of an excellent 2-2 draw at title favourites Luton Town on Saturday.
Strike pair Liam Hatch and Yemi Odubade were on target at Kenilworth Road and Bogie has targeted all three points against the Stags.
"I was very pleased with the performance at Luton," said Bogie "the lads did very well and have set the standards for the season ahead.
"Mansfield will be another tough test and they will be smarting from losing 4-3 on their own patch against Newport on the opening day.
"It is a cracking first home game and we've got another good one at the weekend when Forest Green Rovers come calling.
"These are the games we relish. The players will be encouraged by their display at Luton and we have to back that up with another against the Stags.
"Our home form was very good last season and I know that if we can get our home form right again this year, it will set us up nicely.
"We've got Mansfield tonight and it won't be an easy game by any means, because they have spent quite a bit of money over the summer to strengthen their side.
"But it is important we get off to a good start in front of our own fans and they will be buoyed by our performance down at Luton."
Mansfield are without injured striker Ross Dyer but Ritchie Sutton and Matt Rhead are available after missing the County game.
Manager Paul Cox, whose side lost 3-0 at Gateshead at the same time last year, has demanded a significant improvement.
"We can't concede silly goals like we did on Saturday.
"It wasn't good enough and there's a hell of a lot for us to work on and plenty of areas that we can improve in," said Cox.
"I've never been one for making wholesale changes but there may be one or two.
"I'm anticipating a very tough game to be honest. Gateshead are a good side and I'm sure every team that goes there this season will be in for a tough time."
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