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23rd January 2013 18:56

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Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I've had the reaction that we wanted from the boys.

"We've come away to two really tough places - Stockport and Southport - we've worked extremely hard and come away with six points.

"Especially today, I think today was a big result. This place is hard enough to get a result at the best of times.

"With the uncertainty of the weather, the lads have been immense."


Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox hails his awayday heroes

MANAGER Paul Cox hailed his player's magnificent display in making it four successive away league victories with today's 2-1 win at Southport.


Mansfield are now only three points off the play-off spots with three games in hand and Cox said: “It was an excellent result and fully deserved.

“I thought the boys were excellent after the first 15 minutes when we started slowly again.

“After that we were totally in control for most of the game and with a bit more belief in the last third, we might have scored a few more goals.

“This is a really tough place to come. And there was a lot more anxiety today about what the weather conditions would be and would the game be on?

“Southport are also one of the form teams in the league at the minute.

“In the end one or two other results also went for us so it was a good day at the office.”

He added: “We are slowly looking like the team of last season, hard to beat but really effective going forward.

“I am not getting carried away. But this was a fantastic win today.

“We had two tough away games this week at Stockport and Southport and two points might have seemed decent. Instead we have taken the maximum six.”


Cox: It's been an excellent week

Manager Paul Cox believes our side can continue to go from strength to strength after yesterday's hard-fought victory over Southport at Haig Avenue.

Despite trailing due to Shaun Whalley's early strike, goals from Adam Murray and Lee Stevenson earned us our fourth consecutive away victory in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

“Southport have been in good form lately, so this is an excellent result and it was fully deserved, said Cox, who was speaking shortly after the full-time whistle.

He continued: “It [Haig Avenue] is a difficult place to come, so it's been a good day at the office. We controlled the game for large periods and I'm very happy with that.

“After the first 15 minutes, I always felt confident Southport would never break us down.

“We're not going to get carried away though. We've been to two really tough places this week and collected six points, and I feel that the lads are just starting to get into that mode now.

“The good thing is this group [of players] is getting stronger and the team spirit is getting stronger. Slowly, we are beginning to look like the team that we were last season.”

Our side host Nuneaton Town in the next league match, which takes place at One Call Stadium on Tuesday 22 January (kick-off 7.45pm).


Mansfield Town look to bolster squad this week

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox has a trio of top players on his radar as he looks to step up his hunt for new blood in the week.

His chase for Fleetwood defender Steve McNulty goes on while he is also after a League One and League Two player.

But the Stags manager is also keen not to disrupt his squad too much, after securing back-to-back away victories against Stockport and then Southport on Saturday.

Those matches have seen the likes of Lee Stevenson and Colin Daniel take their chance.

And Cox said: "We have irons in the fire, we are looking to add strength to the squad with some very good players. Steve McNulty is the one people keep talking about but there are other top, top players we are looking at bringing in.

"But there is a good feeling among the group, we are getting back to like last season and I also don't want to disrupt that for the sake of it. The players coming in need to have the right mind-set."

Despite the 2-1 win at Southport, the Stags started slowly and had to come from behind to seal victory.

"We started slowly against Kidderminster, we started slowly at Stockport and the same at Southport so it is something we have to look at," he said.

"But the good thing is this group is getting stronger and looking a very hard side to break down.

"It was an excellent result and thoroughly deserved. The lads are starting to understand what is required. We defended as a team and I never thought Southport were ever going to break us down after the first 15 minutes."


Mansfield Town boss delighted with his side's resolve
Nottingham Post

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox believes his side is getting back to the one that reached the play-offs last season.


The Stags secured a fourth consecutive away league victory by beating Southport 2-1 at the weekend.

And Cox said: "We are slowly looking like the team of last year, hard to beat and effective going forward.

"It is a really tough place to come and in the circumstances, wondering would the lads get there because of the weather, it was a great win because other results went for us as well.

"We started sloppy but after the first 15 minutes, we controlled it. With a bit more belief in the final third, we could have had more goals."

The slow start is one thing that does concern the Stags boss, but he is looking to put it right ahead of tomorrow night's home game with Nuneaton, which is already a doubt because of the snow.

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Enforced snow break will not stop in-form Mansfield Town
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Nottingham Post

GIVEN the snowfall of the last week and freezing temperatures, tonight's home game was always going to be a doubt, with several inches of snow on the One Call Stadium pitch.


So when another relentless downpour came down on Sunday night and yesterday morning, an early decision was taken to postpone the game with Nuneaton.

And with no game this Saturday because of Wrexham's participation in the FA Trophy, it means another enforced break for the Stags just as they hit their stride again.

Manager Paul Cox knew this was coming and that is why he felt it was vital his side produced at Stockport and Southport in their last two games.

Suddenly a nine-point gap to the play-offs became just three after two victories and, psychologically, he believes it sets his team up perfectly to now go on a charge and hunt down the leading pack.

While that will not be able to start until Hereford away next Tuesday night, Cox is confident they can pick up where they left off when the action resumes.

"Obviously we wanted to play, put another three points on the board," said the Stags manager "But before we came to Southport we knew there was already three or four inches of snow on the pitch.

"So the win at Southport was a massive thing for us. I said before the game it was massive, psychologically.

"And then you look at other results going our way and we still have games in hand, it is a mental thing now.

"We are getting closer and that is all we can do.

"We needed to win our games in hand to realistically get where we want to be and probably average two points a game.

"We are not getting carried away but it is a positive mind-set. Psychologically it is a boost. As soon as the lads grab the fact the chase is now and you have to enjoy the chase. This is where it starts to get exciting for me.

"If the lads understand that gap is closed now, it really gives us something to get our teeth into and that is what we have to do. We have to push on in the next two or three games and really lay down a marker and see if we can move into those play-offs."

The decision to call off tonight's game was sensibly taken at 11am yesterday.

The snow was not as bad in Southport at the weekend, but volunteers still had to clear the pitch prior to the game and parts of the journey to and from Merseyside were a little difficult due to the weather.

But that is why the 2-1 win and solid performance really pleased Cox.

"I thought the lads were excellent," said the Stags boss. "The first 15 minutes was like we had only just got off the bus and that is the third game we have started like that and we have to look at why that is.

"But after that we looked solid, resolute and looked more in control of the game in terms of when to go long, when to keep it short and when to get it wide and some of our decision making with the ball was excellent.

"I want to see more of that in the upcoming games."

The Nuneaton game has been quickly rearranged for Tuesday, March 26 (7.45pm) at the One Call Stadium


Junior Daniel can have the world at his feet, says Stags boss Paul Cox

JUNIOR Daniel turned in his best display in a Stags shirt in yesterday's 2-1 win at Southport to take the man of the match accolades.


He terrorised the Sandgrounders with power and pace down the left wing and afterwards manager Paul Cox said: “Junior was man of the match by a country mile.

“The first time I had him we sold him into the Football League and, knowing what he can do, if he carries on like that he could have the world at his feet.

“He will get better and stronger through playing games.”

Daniel said: “That was probably my best game in a Mansfield shirt.

“I worked hard and the whole team worked hard and everyone helped each other.

“This was a difficult place to come and everyone is happy to get three points.

“The fact that the manager believes in me so much is a big help with my confidence.”


Liam Watson told the Non-League Paper: "We started brightly but overall we were second best. With some key players out I can't criticise our lads at all. Our work rate was there but Mansfield had that extra bit of quality and it counts at this level."



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