COX HUTCHINSON, LIAM WATSON REACTION
Cox pleased with three points
Manager Paul Cox was delighted with how his side performed in our 1-0 victory over Southport at One Call Stadium this afternoon.
Ben Hutchinson's second-minute strike earned us all three points from a close-fought encounter - and with it our sixth home win of the Blue Square Bet Premier campaign.
“We needed the win,” admitted our boss. “I thought in the first half we were excellent, especially in the way we passed the ball and moved it around the pitch.
“But I won't get carried away and we'll take it one game at a time. If we show the same level of desire and application against Slough, we have a very good chance of progressing in the cup.”
Speaking after the match, Cox also praised the performance of our goal scorer.
He continued: “At the minute, we've got a hungry Ben Hutchinson. Some of his touches today were fantastic and when he's like that, he's on another level. It's only a few years since he was playing in the Champions League.”
Our next clash is on Tuesday night when we make the long journey to Holloways Park to face Slough Town in a First Round replay of the FA Cup with Budweiser
audio interview with Paul Cox
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
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"Overall I'm pleased with it. We're starting to look like a team now rather than a bunch of individuals.
"They've been our bogey side over the last couple of years and I thought we played well today.
"We kept our shape, we kept our discipline and more importantly we looked very hungry again."
Stags boss salutes matchwinner Hutchinson - and fans - after Southport win
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox had high praise for match winner Ben Hutchinson after his early goal proved enough to see off Southport 1-0 at the One Call Stadium this afternoon.
Hutchinson, who has now played three games in a week, grabbed the winner after only two minutes and Cox said: “No one has ever questioned the technical ability of Ben Hutchinson.
“It was more of a mentoring role for me when he came here to try to get back that hungry Ben Hutchinson which is what we now have.
“Some of things he does in this mood are unplayable – his touches and awareness of players around him are on a different level. Let's not forget he played in the Champions' League only four years ago.”
On the win, Cox added: “I am not going to tell a lie – we needed that win.
“Seeing the other results today you can just see how wide open this league is.
“I thought we were excellent in the first half, our passing and our movement and getting the ball back when we were not in possession.
“I was pleased with the clean sheet too as Southport are very hard to defend against, particularly from set pieces.
“It made it harder with a few strange decisions from the referee.
“We created some good chances in the second half but couldn't put them away. But 1-0 is always a good scoreline for me.
“The boys are starting to absolutely grasp the concept of defending as a team and all worked their socks off today.
“I also thought the fans were absolutely amazing today, the way they clapped the boys off at the end.”
Goal hero Hutchinson said: “It was really important to get that early goal.
“It would have been nice to get a second but we just had to keep on going.
“I have been patient here and hope now I can get a run of games in the team.
“I am happy to be playing and helping us get results. It is really nice to play as we have a big squad with everyone fighting for places.
“I can only benefit from getting a run of games.”
Southport boss Liam Watson was left fuming over a penalty decision by referee Declan Ford which might have offered his side a way back into the game.
Just 10 minutes after Hutchinson's winner, Shaun Whalley went down under the challenge of John Dempster in the box, but the referee booked the Southport man for simulation.
Watson said: “I can't knock the lads' work rate or effort. It had 0-0 written all over it but one slip and they've scored.
“We were sloppy for the goal. But after that we should have got back into it with a penalty. Everyone in the ground could see it apart from the referee and his assistants.
“But it wasn't a surprise as I thought he wasn't in control of the game all afternoon.
“It's hard to criticise referees after you've lost as it looks like sour grapes. But I thought he was probably one of the worst I've seen.
“I don't think we are very away from being a good side.”
Mansfield boss Cox delighted with defensive resolve
Monday, November 12, 2012 Nottingham Post
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox was delighted to see his side continue to look solid at the back as they recorded an important win against Southport.
The Stags won 1-0 courtesy of Ben Hutchinson's early goal and it saw the Stags move up four places to tenth in the Blue Square Premier.
It means they have conceded just once in their last three matches and at home, they have not lost since the opening day and only let in six goals in nine league matches.
It is their poor away form that sees them out of the play-off places but Cox is confident, now they are defending well as a team, that they can move up the table.
He said: "The boys are starting to grab the concept of defending as a team. Every one of them worked their socks off for the team and that is all I have ever wanted. I want to get back to the standards of last season.
"We needed that. You look at some other results and you see how wide open this league is so it was very important we got the win.
"The first half we were excellent. The way we passed the ball, our movement, we did well. The second half we knew they would come out and make a game of it but we defended well.
"Credit to the lads and it was another good team performance and that is what I am most happy about.
"If you look historically, my teams always come good after Christmas. What I would like us to do is be consistent in our performances and results and start to climb the table. I am chuffed with the lads and they really deserve the three points."
Mansfield travel to Slough for a FA Cup first round replay tomorrow and will now face Luton on Sunday at the One Call Stadium, a game rearranged for a third time.
It was moved to Thursday for television but then put back to Saturday because of the cup replay. But on police advice, because of Forest's game with Sheffield Wednesday and Carl Froch's world title fight with Yusaf Mack later that night, it has been put back to Sunday at 1pm.
But Cox is unhappy, as Mansfield face Macclesfield away two days later.
Cox said: "The league are now making us play on a Sunday which is absolutely mental. Why we could not play on a Friday night I don't know. It puts us at a disadvantage when we play Macclesfield. But I don't want to look beyond this game with Slough."
Cox: Hutchinson can go from strength to strength
Monday, November 12, 2012 Nottingham Post
PAUL Cox believes Ben Hutchinson can go from strength to strength if he maintains his hunger for Mansfield Town.
The forward made his third start in a week for the Stags and netted in the second minute as Mansfield beat Southport 1-0 at the One Call Stadium.
Cox said: "Nobody ever questions Ben's technical ability and ability with the football. He came here and it was more a mentoring thing for me.
"It was about getting that hungry Ben Hutchinson back. At the minute he is hungry and when he is like that, at times he is unplayable and his touch and awareness is on a different level.
"The lad played in the Champions League a few years ago but the entire 11 and the people who came off the bench showed a great hunger.
"We looked comfortable in general play but you are always going to be vulnerable against a side like Southport, especially from set pieces.
"I thought we created some good chances and probably deserved to put one more away but 1-0 is a great scoreline for me."
Hutchinson is a hungry Stag
Monday, November 12, 2012 Nottingham Post
MATCH-WINNER Ben Hutchinson was delighted to gun down Southport – and now wants to continue playing his part in adding an extra dimension to Mansfield Town.
The former Celtic and Middlesbrough forward has had a difficult time this season, finding himself out in the cold following an Achilles injury.
But, against Southport on Saturday, he started his third game in the space of a week.
The 24-year-old netted in the second minute and it proved to be enough to secure a 1-0 win.
Manager Paul Cox stated he was delighted to see Hutchinson hungry to succeed, after such a rollercoaster ride that has seen him go from local side Arnold to the Champions League and back to the Blue Square Premier in five years.
Hutchinson, who is hoping to line up against Slough in Stags' FA Cup first round replay tomorrow, told the Post: "It felt good. I am happy to be playing and more than happy for us to be winning.
"Three games in a week will benefit me. The more I play, the more consistent I will get.
"I have waited a long time, I have been patient and I hope to get a good run and stay in the team and add something that we didn't have before.
"I am never going to stop working hard to try to play. Everyone is fighting for positions so you have to make sure you do your job for the team."
facebook page Carolyn Radford, just BEFORE the game:
I think you will all see a positive change today. We must all continue to dedicate ourselves to driving that real spirit that builds one team - one successful MTFC! Don't turn away during the inevitable hard times - we need to be supportive if we are to reach our difficult but still very achievable goal. COYS! Cx
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