COX, ROBERTS AND SCOTT MCNIVEN REACTION
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Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
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"I thought the first half maybe could have been out of sight with some of the chances we created.
"You've got to give credit to Hyde - they're a good side and made us work extremely hard defensively second half. It was a proper football match.
"In this league there's no-one who's got a divine right to go and walk away with a result and Hyde proved that today."
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Paul Cox: Mansfield Town jigsaw is slowly taking shape
PAUL Cox believes it is only a matter of time before the Mansfield Town jigsaw fits into place and they move through the gears.
The Stags boss saw his new-look side lose the first two games of the campaign, shipping eight goals.
But they have bounced back with victory at Kidderminster and then a 1-0 win at home to Hyde at the weekend.
It was far from a vintage performance, with Cox admitting to the performance being disjointed at times.
But after finishing third last season, it means Stags are hitting the winning trail after Matt Green's strike proved the difference as Mansfield kept a first clean sheet of the season.
Mansfield could bring back giant central defender Exodus Geohaghon this week, after Kidderminster boss Steve Burr revealed he is set to return to the One Call Stadium, where he impressed on loan at the end of last season.
It will bolster the rearguard further, although striker Ross Dyer has been ruled out for the season with knee ligament damage suffered on the opening day.
But Cox believes the team ethic and spirit is growing by the day.
He said: “At some point this team is going to click and it will all come together. We have players catching up on fitness with Jake Speight and Jamie Hand – players who are going to be big players for us.
“We had a proper team performance on Saturday where the lads were running for each other, fighting for each other and there were some building blocks put in place, so I am pleased.
“It was not pretty and you could feel the anxiety from the crowd but give credit to the lads. They deserved the win.
“It is pleasing after the start to the season we have had to get back-to-back wins and a clean sheet.”
Hyde manager Scott McNiven told the Non-League Paper: "We're learning to adapt at this level and after the opening 20 minutes I thought we competed well against a team who are tipped to win this league."
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