COX, STEVENSON, JENNINGS, TONY BURMAN REACTION
Paul Cox, Lee Stevenson, James Jennings reaction from Mansfield 103.2
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
We put in a good performance. Credit to the boys, we looked sluggish early on but second half we were excellent.
"We played some great stuff. The passing and moving for the fourth goal was of the highest level, so I'm pleased for the boys.
"The way that they moved the ball about and the desire to ram the words down my throat was evident. I thought it was an excellent second-half performance."
Dartford boss Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:
"They played very very well second half, but first half we bossed the game completely - we should have gone 1-0 up. We bossed the first half and thought we could get something out of the game.
"The story of the game was in the two boxes. They were better in our box than we were in their box, it's as simple as that.
"I'm disappointed we lost three points but when the scoreline says 5-0, that's this league.
"We had a go, we've been beaten by a strong side who do the basics well, but we had our chances at crucial times and they've got to go in."
Reaction following Dartford win
Manager Paul Cox was left delighted after a ruthless second half performance in our 5-0 victory over Dartford at One Call Stadium this afternoon.
video interview with Cox, Stevenson and Jennings
Skipper Adam Murray earned us a narrow half-time advantage, before goals from Anthony Howell, Luke Jones, Matt Green and a late penalty from Lee Stevenson earned us our biggest win of the season.
Speaking shortly after the final whistle, our boss said: “In the first half, I thought we were lucky not to be losing the game, never mind winning it.
“We looked off the pace all over the pitch and we rode our luck. I can't think of one person, apart from Adam Murray, who can come out of it with any credit.”
He continued: “They needed a little bit of a kick up the backside [at half-time] and it would've been enough for me if we'd ran out as scrappy 1-0 winners, having not played for a while.
“After the interval, we were excellent. The passing and movement for the fourth goal, which culminated in 'Greeny' scoring was of a high standard, but we'll take every goal as it comes.
“We got back to the standards that we've been setting of late [in the second half] and I'm just happy that we've got three points and improved our goal difference.
Our next fixture is against Barrow at One Call Stadium on Saturday 09 February (kick-off 3.00pm).
Manager Paul Cox's half-time talk does the trick in style as five-star Stags destroy Dartford
MANSFIELD town manager Paul Cox's half-time tongue-lashing of his players did the trick as they upped their game to smash home four second half goals and destroy Dartford 5-0 at the One Call Stadium this afternoon.
Stags had not played for two weeks and looked ring-rusty against an excellent Darts side until they kicked into life after the break and Cox said: “If I am honest we were lucky not to come off at half-time losing, let along winning it.
“We looked like we hadn't played for a while and were a million miles off the pace all over the park. No one, apart from Adam Murray, could come off with any credit.
“Dartford were excellent and my players needed a kick up the backside.
“A few honest words were said at half-time, not just by me, and I told them to go back out and ram those words back down my throat which they did.
“I thought we were excellent in that second half and could have scored a few more.
“We kind of reinvented ourselves and played some good stuff. The lads got back to the standard they have set of late and we got three points and also improved our goal difference which might be important at the end of the season.”
Darts boss Tony Burman said: “I am shocked by the 5-0 scoreline but that's what happens at this level. We have played well today, yet we've got beat 5-0.
“Our first half performance was outstanding, it was just a case of putting the ball in the net.
“That was the story of this game – in the two boxes. They were better in our box than we were in their box.
“We had chances at crucial times but didn't score them. That's the difference between part-time and full-time sides as, once we went two or three goals behind, heads started to drop a bit. It's hard.
“We have been beaten a strong side today that did the basics well.
“Our supporters were absolutely fantastic again. They don't mind getting beat as long as we've given our all. Today it was just about the two 18 yard boxes in the second half.”
Stags boss Cox is not getting too carried away
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox believes his players showed they now have the mentality to mount a promotion push this season.
The Stags hammered Dartford 5-0 at the One Call Stadium on Saturday to move to sixth in the Blue Square Bet Premier and three points off the play-offs with games in hand.
It was a third successive win but despite being 1-0 up at the break, they put in a poor performance and boss Cox said they were lucky not to be behind after 45 minutes.
It led to some harsh words from the manager at the interval and the players also expressed their views.
And it worked, as they came out in rampant mood and totally transformed as they motored to a convincing win.
Cox said: "We were lucky not to lose the game in the first half, we rode our luck.
"I had plenty to say in there at the break but we have some winners in that dressing room who were harsh on each other and that makes me smile sometimes because to be successful, you have to be hard on yourself and they were.
"They chucked my words down my throat and down each other's throats with a good second-half performance.
"It was a proper team performance in the second half and everybody was working for each other. There is a good spirit at the minute. It is positive."
The Stags entertain Barrow this Saturday before games come thick and fast, every Saturday and Tuesday.
Cox added: "Whether we scored five or one, I was happy with the lads for getting back to the standards they have been setting of late. But we can improve on a million and one things.
"We hit that kind of form last season and I talk about coming around the bend and hopefully we are hitting form at the right time, but we are not getting carried away."
New Mansfield Town signing James Jennings impresses on debut against Dartford
NEW Mansfield Town signing James Jennings was very impressed with his new team mates as he made a fine debut in yesterday's 5-0 hammering of Dartford.
Set piece specialist Jennings was signed on transfer deadline day on Thursday from Cambridge United and more than played his part in Saturday's clean sheet as well as taking all the set pieces and getting forward at every opportunity.
He said: “There are a lot of confident lads in the dressing room here and quite a few characters who have been about and played a lot of games. There are some big voices.
“Having that experience helps and I now want to add my experience to that. That was just the result we wanted today.
“It was great to get started and the gaffer asked me in the warm-up if I would take the corners which is fine as I usually have done in the past.
“We didn't play well in the first half. But we came out the second half blocks well and won all our battles all over the pitch and took our chances.
“That's what good teams do and it could be one of the key games of the season.
“We were strong and relentless in the second half and we managed to keep them quiet.”
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