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Cox looks for siege mentality
video interview with Paul Cox and Shane Redmond
Manager Paul Cox believes his squad need to adopt a siege mentality in order to win more matches.
Our boss was speaking shortly after watching his side earn a point in a 1-1 draw against Hereford United at One Call Stadium this afternoon.
Cox said: “Today was a mixed bag to be honest. I was disappointed that we didn't test their keeper more, but territorially I think we dominated the game from start to finish.”
“Hereford only had one shot at goal, which they scored. After that, I thought they made it really hard for us to break them down.
“If you're not brave in the final third, then you're not going to score goals and I've told the players that we need to adopt a siege mentality. At the moment we're still playing with a bit of anxiety.
“But it's a point and we have to look forward and try to build on it.”
Matt Green served the final game of his three-match suspension this afternoon, and Cox is welcoming the return of his star striker for next weekend's trip to Cambridge United.
Cox added: “With Matt Green back for the next game after his suspension, it will help to add a bit of firepower to our attacking options.”
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It was really frustrating. As well as the goal, it looks like Hereford had just two shots on target in 90 minutes.
"The lads kept their shape well and played well, but we just need to be a little bit braver.
"It was one of those games where I thought if we got another one, Hereford would have to open up and come at us."
Hereford United manager Martin Foyle told BBC Hereford and Worcester:
"Sometimes you can come to some grounds and you know you are going to get a game of football.
"But the way Paul [Cox] plays, if you have got the players with the long throws and the armoury to do it, then I would probably go and do it myself.
"It's effective and it's hard to deal with but I thought we stood up to it fantastically today."
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox frustrated by Stags' 'mixed bag' in 1-1 Hereford draw
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas
Mansfield boss Paul Cox was left frustrated this afternoon as visitors Hereford United shut up shop in a one-sided second half to deny Stags a win in a 1-1 draw.
Cox said: “It was a mixed bag really. I can only remember Hereford having one shot at goal and they scored from it.
“We gave the ball away sloppily in a bad area which put us on the back foot.
“We probably had 70 per cent of the territorial possession, but that doesn't win you football matches.
“We got back in the game but they just put 10 men behind the ball and made us work really hard to try to break them down.
“We got the ball into good areas on several occasions but failed to take a gamble. We just needed some quality and once again we looked anxious.
“We should have worked their keeper with more efforts. At least we will have more firepower with Matt Green back from suspension next week.”
Hereford boss Martin Foyle said: “The way that Paul (Cox) sets up and with the long throw in their armoury, I would probably do it myself if I could as it's effective. But we stood up to it fantastically today.
“Allowing Mansfield to score just before half-time gave them a lift but it also gave us a wake-up call for the second half.
“There was heart and commitment and I can't fault them. We just need to be a bit more streetwise.”
Mansfield Town have to gamble, says boss Cox
PAUL Cox has called on his players to come together with a siege mentality to overcome their anxiety.
Despite the season being 11 games old, the Stags once again failed to take responsibility in the final third as they lacked confidence to go for goal.
It led to a 1-1 draw against a defensive-minded Hereford at the One Call Stadium on Saturday.
Despite meaning four wins and a draw in their last five home matches, boss Cox believes his players still feel uncomfortable on home soil, worried to take responsibility on the ball.
He said: "I have told them we need a siege mentality. We need to sort ourselves and forget about everything.
" If that is what it takes, that is what we have to do.
"You have to be honest and you want their keeper to work more.
"I said to the boys, we keep playing with anxiety and we set up very offensively. We put two up top and had Junior (Daniel) on one side and Lindon (Meikle) on the other and you want them to go and express themselves but it did not happen too much.
"You want to test the goalkeeper, we need to gamble. The lads worked hard and tried to pass the ball – but now we have to move on."
Hereford took the lead after an unforced error from Ritchie Sutton before Exodus Geohaghon levelled on the stroke of half-time.
Cox added: "It was a mixed bag. It was a case of them having one shot in the game and scoring.
"We gave the ball away in a sloppy area and were punished and then we got back into the game. They put ten men behind the ball and made us work hard to break them down.
"But I said to the lads, the number of times the ball went into good areas and we haven't gambled was not good."
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Foyle Delighted With Point
By Organic Bull
Martin Foyle appeared to be the happier of the two manager after this afternoon's game at Mansfield. The Bulls took a point from the game but had a lot of defending to do particularily in the second half.
"I'm delighted with the point," Foyle told BBC Hereford and Worcester.
"The way that Paul Cox sets up with the long throw in their armoury, I would probably do it myself if I could as it's effective.
"But we stood up to it fantastically today."
Foyle then described the Hereford goal.
"I didn't think we were going to get there, the wind was that strong.
"Clucas was running away but they seemed to be catching him but he placed the ball just at the right time.
"And Marlon, whether he caught it properly I don't care, it's in the back of the net."
Marlon Jackson pleased to score Hereford's goal
Mansfield equalised one minute before half-time.
"It was disappointing. The wind was so strong I thought if we went in 1-0 and took the wind second half, I would have fancied our chances.
"Allowing Mansfield to score just before half-time gave them a lift but it was also a wake-up call for the second half.
"There was heart and commitment and I can't fault them.
"But we need to be a bit more streetwise but that comes with playing games."
Late in the interview Foyle made a valid point about free kicks.
"Free kicks away from home, they have got to go in the box.
"Marley had one short, Clisty had one short then a corner went short.
"Frustrating. Sometimes you have to take your time, set yourself up then deliver at the right time."
Listen to the interview: http://audioboo.fm/boos/983173-we-stood-up-to-the-challenge-fantastically-hereford-s-manager-martin-foyle
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