STAGS GAME AT HYDE POSTPONED
due to a waterlogged pitch, following a 10am pitch inspection.
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox vows to maintain Christmas focus following Hyde postponement
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill
Saturday 22 December 2012
STAGS boss Paul Cox says his side will continue to work hard and maintain their focus after Saturday's match with Hyde fell to the weather.
The Blue Square Premier match was called off on Saturday morning after the Ewen Fields pitch was left unplayable following heavy rains.
The downpour also caused the postponement of a number of other BSP fixtures, with promotion rivals Newport, Forest Green Rovers and Luton Town also left with an empty Saturday.
Following the postponement, Cox ordered his players into a full training session as Mansfield look to stay fully sharp ahead of their crucial Christmas campaign.
Said Cox: “The postponement is just one of those things and there is nothing we can do about it. The rain has affected matches around the country.
“We knew something like this would be around the corner. Games being called off over winter is part and parcel of English football.
“It will probably become more common in the coming seasons with how the weather has changed.”
But, despite having an empty weekend, there has been no let up for Stags, with Cox throwing his players into full training.
“I have organised an 11 v 11 training session today so that the lads stay sharp. We do not want to drop the standards we have been setting,” he said.
“Some clubs may give their players time off with it being Christmas, but we want to go into the Alfreton game spot on, both mentally and physically.
“We have three massive games ahead over Christmas, it is at this time of the year that the league starts to take shape.
“Grimsby are league leaders at the moment and are a benchmark and Alfreton will give us two tough matches.
“This could be a very good season for us if we stay focused and keep our feet on the ground and we need to make sure that the focus is maintained.
“We will continue to work hard and make sure we are correctly prepared.”
Stags know they can push themselves into the play-off places if they can claim maximum points in the double header with neighbours Alfreton Town and high-flying Grimsby over the festive period.
Last season Mansfield defeated Nicky Law's men 6-3 at the Impact Arena in what was one of the most memorable matches of the season
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