Boss Paul Cox says the fans can shape Mansfield Town's destiny
chad.co.uk, Friday 28 December 2012 10:58
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox reckons the atmosphere generated by fans during the club's current FA Cup heroics could be the key to promotion success.
Cox, who celebrates his 41st birthday on the day of the Liverpool game, knows a sell-out One Call Stadium will make the hairs on the back of the neck stand up like it did in the Lincoln replay.
He said: “The pulse in the ground against Lincoln was absolutely immense.
“This club can be the master of its own destiny if these people keep coming and getting behind the lads. This club can be very successful.
“I know we didn't get off to the best start this season, which may have been down to a bit of over-expectation. Some of the performances did justify the stick we got.
“But some of the stick was over the top and it's always been about what happens at the business end of the season.
“When the fans here are 100 per cent behind the lads this ground is a cauldron and very intimidating for players to come here and play.
“I am just hoping the fans keep coming down and getting behind us to give us that energy in the stadium.
“We must look beyond the 6th January as promotion is our main aim this season and the boys feed off the noise the fans make.”
Mansfield vs Grimsby: Sutton blow for Stags
Nottingham Post, Friday, December 28, 2012
Mansfield will be without Ritchie Sutton when they host Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Grimsby.
The defender was welcomed back into the Stags' starting XI for the Boxing Day defeat against Alfreton, where he picked up his fifth yellow card.
That triggered a one-match suspension which is likely to see John Thompson, the man he replaced in manager Paul Cox's line-up, recalled once more.
Cox was angry with the defeat to local rivals Alfreton and could opt for changes with midfielder Adam Murray back in contention after shaking off a viral infection.
Defender Ryan Tafazolli is also nearing a return but striker Ross Dyer (knee) is unlikely to feature again this season.
Jake Speight and Matt Rhead could also come into consideration should Cox consider changes in attack.
Grimsby could elect to field an unchanged line-up.
The Mariners continued their fine recent form by beating Lincoln 4-1 despite being without Scott Neilson and Ross Hannah, who returned to their parent clubs following loan spells.
Bradford striker Hannah's nine goals in 14 appearances propelled Grimsby to the summit, yet they still managed to score four against the Imps without him.
Although Grimsby are hopeful of acquiring Hannah again at some point, Greg Pearson will lead the line for the time being.
Ian Miller should continue instead of Shaun Pearson at the heart of the defence, even though the latter is back from illness.
The Mariners are in fine form lately having won seven of their last nine in all competitions.
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