COX AND IAN BOGIE REACTION
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
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"I'm fuming. One-one at half-time was probably a fair score but there was a lack of discipline, desire and application in the second half. There was a sloppiness defending our goal area.
"There were some harsh words said and action need to be taken, We have a decent squad and changes will have to be made.
"I will speak to the players individually and what is said will stay behind closed doors.
"But something has to be done. We are two games in and it's not good enough by a country mile. I will have to do something about it.
"I apologise to the fans. They have been brilliant and they need an apology. I promise I will work hard to turn that around because it's not good enough."
Angry Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox says players can leave after second successive defeat
A FURIOUS Paul Cox vowed to make wholesale changes after his Mansfield Town side conceded four for the second successive game in a dire 4-1 defeat at Gateshead.
The Stags boss even hinted some players could be on their way out.
“I had to give players a second chance tonight and some of them hung themselves,” he said.
“There was a lack of belief and a lack of desire to do the basics. If the players can't defend balls into the box then I will bring in players who can.
“What got us to third last year was heart, desire, application and a willingness to work for your team mates.
“But, for me, I have made decisiosn on one or two players tonight who can go and find another club or sit it out in the reserves.
“One or two individuals seem to be here for the wrong reasons and I am going to have to make some horrible decisions before Saturday.
“But I must sort things out now while we still have time. I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't.”
Cox to make big decisions
Boss Paul Cox will look to ring the changes after seeing his side fall to a second consecutive defeat at Gateshead tonight.
The manager was left seething after witnessing his side concede eight goals in the opening two matches and hinted that some players may be shown the door, even at this early stage in the season.
Following tonight's 4-1 defeat away at Gateshead, Cox said: "Decisions have been made on individuals. I have given certain individuals another game tonight, but the basics weren't done. Things need to be done about it now whilst we have a chance. I will now look to bring players in, probably players who have been on the touchline.
"People have hung themselves, and I now need to make big decisions for this football club. I will be working really hard to rectify this. We have people like John Dempster, John Thompson and Ritchie Sutton ready to come back in."
On the performance, Cox said: " It was a bad night at the office. We had a lack of belief and desire to do the basics well. If we can't defend balls into our box then I'm going to have to bring people in.
"All that got us into third place last year was heart, desire, application and a willingness to work for your teammate but we have one or two individuals who are probably here for the wrong reasons. I'm going to have to make some horrible decisions before Saturday and we will see what happens in the next couple of days.
"We were very hard to beat last year but we look like a team of posers and something has to be done about it, the sooner the better."
Nathan Fisher goals impress Gateshead boss Ian Bogie
Manager Ian Bogie has praised Nathan Fisher after the striker scored twice to help Gateshead to a 4-1 home victory against Mansfield Town on Tuesday.
Fisher, 23, missed the second half of last season with a groin problem but has featured in both of the club's Blue Square Bet Premier fixtures this term.
"I'm delighted for Nathan," Bogie told BBC Newcastle.
"He showed when he finds pockets of space, coming off defenders and getting at them, not many can handle him."
Bogie added: "Nathan had horrendous injuries last year and it deflated him.
"But we knew he had ability and when he's fit and he's learning and understanding what we want from him, he's showed he can be a real threat."
The Tynesiders were unbeaten for the first seven games of last season's league campaign, but fell away in the latter end to finish outside the play-offs.
However four points from six against two of the division's promotion favourites in Luton and Mansfield has raised optimism that Gateshead can again compete at the top end of the table.
"Mansfield and Luton are title favourites, we have shown what we're capable of," Bogie added.
"We respect the opposition, but we've got to believe that our players are capable as well."
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