COX, GREEN, STEVENSON, DAVE BAYLISS REACTION
audio interviews with Cox, Green and Stevenson
Mansfield manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"Without the ball, I thought we were a different level today - the hunger to go and get the ball back against a side who've had some good results of late, when we're in that mood we're not bad.
"We're not getting carried away, it's just one result and we've got another 18 to go, but there's a good feeling in the camp at the minute.
"I'm not going to beat around the bush, to win any football match by that scoreline is immense."
Barrow boss Dave Bayliss told the Non-League Paper: "I am devastated. We cannot take any positives from the game but we can take positives from the fact we have taken six points from a possible nine in our last three matches."
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox refuses to get carried away after Barrow battering
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox says his players must keep their feet firmly on the ground after Saturday's 8-1 demolition job of Barrow.
Rampant Stags, who have claimed maximum points in their last four outings, blew away their Cumbrian opponents to equal the club's biggest ever home win in 116 years of football.
The impressive victory has moved on-song Stags to within three points of Newport County in the final play-off place, with Stags travelling to South Wales on Tuesday night knowing a win will move them into fifth-spot.
But, despite Mansfield hitting the points and goal trail in recent weeks, Cox says his players should not get carried away.
“I don't want to go overboard because of the amount of goals we have scored today,” said Cox. “There is a lot of football still to be played and a lot of things that can go for us or go against us.
“What pleases me most is the level of hunger the players are showing, both with and without the ball. We are working hard in training and in games.
“The lads were excellent today and fully deserved the win. The lads deserve great credit for the win, they just keep going.
“We have looked good in training and are on a good run.”
Cox also believes that his confident players can also improve as the season reaches the business end.
“There are still areas where we can get better and we will keep working to make sure that we improve,” he added.
“I don't want to get carried away today. We will enjoy the win and then get back to preparing for what is going to be another tough week ahead.
“We are all in football to win and the lads are enjoying winning right now. You have to enjoy winning, but it is important we do not get too carried away
Mansfield Town improvement is down to play-off desire, says Lee Stevenson
MIDFIELDER Lee Stevenson believes the strong desire of Mansfield Town's players to make the Blue Square Premier play-offs has been the key factor in the club's dramatic turn around in form, writes Stephen Thirkill.
Lively Stevenson was again instrumental as rampant Stags went goal crazy to thump Barrow 8-1 at the One Call Stadium and climb to sixth in the table.
The goal blitz follows on from last week's 5-0 hammering of Dartford and means Stags have now won their last four matches and scored 18 goals in the process.
Man-of-the-match Stevenson bagged his fifth goal in his last three outings after finding the back of the net in the 8th and 68th minutes of the rout.
Said Stevenson: “Barrow are a good team, make no mistake about that, we were just that good today. From the start of the match we were excellent.
“We all want to work hard for each other and we all want to stay in the team.
“We are all full of confidence at the moment. Things are clicking now because we knew we had to improve if we wanted to make the play-offs.”
And the former Eastwood Town midfielder, who has spent the vast majority of the season watching on from the stands, says he is thrilled to have finally been given a chance to show what he can do.
“It was a great win today and getting eight goals is obviously a bonus,” he said. “I really enjoyed it today and it is definately one of my best games for the club.
“No-one like sitting in the stands, I have played six games this season whereas the lads have played 30 plus.
“I knew I would get a chance because I believe in myself. I knew when I got that chance I had to take it, and I would like to think that is what I have done.”
Mansfield travel to fifth-placed Newport County on Tuesday night knowing victory will allow them to leapfrog their Welsh opponents and catapult them back into the play-off places
Confident Matt Green could prove to be Mansfield Town's big weapon in promotion push
MANSFIELD Town supporters are being spoilt with goals of late.
A 5-0 thumping of Dartford was followed by Saturday's 8-1 demolition of Barrow.
Lee Stevenson has five in his last four outings, Adam Murray three in three and Anthony Howell two in two.
But, it is the emergence to form in the last few months of striker Matt Green which could prove to be the key weapon in Mansfield's promotion ambitions.
The 26-year-old plundered 30 goals last season to fire the Stags to third in the Blue Square Bet Premier although it ended in play-off heartache.
But after a dip in form earlier in this campaign and a subsequent spell on the sidelines, he has returned better for the break.
And his hat-trick at the weekend took his tally to 14 for the season and made it ten in his last 13 outings in the amber and blue.
Seven wins in their last nine league outings also puts the sixth-placed Stags top of the form table and sets up tonight's trip to Newport perfectly.
Their Welsh opponents sit fifth, in that final play-off spot, three points ahead of Mansfield.
But victory tonight for the visitors will lift them above Newport on goal difference and with a game in hand. The Stags also have three games in hand on all of the top four, including leaders Grimsby who are 11 points in front of Paul Cox's men.
With 19 games remaining, it is a hectic period but one Green insists the in-form Mansfield squad are relishing as they look to win promotion.
But despite all the goalscoring heroics of late, Green would take a scrappy win tonight.
"If we win 1-0 at Newport away, we will be delighted, just as delighted as beating Barrow 8-1," said the former Oxford man. "We just need to keep getting those points on the board.
"I prefer the games coming thick and fast because you don't have time to think. You play, wake up and you are getting ready for a game again.
"It is enjoyable and we are all relishing them coming thick and fast.
"I am feeling very composed in front of goal at the minute and taking my time and it is paying off.
"We are looking like a team now for the first time in the season. We are looking solid and we believe we can do well and everyone is jumping on board to what the manager is saying.
"All you have to do is look at the league table to see where we are at and for me personally, until last year, every time I had been in the play-offs we had won them. So last season, to lose in them in the manner that we did was gut-wrenching but we have a chance to do it again this season.
"As for top spot, it is very tight in this league, anything can happen and if we can keep winning our games, we can get up there."
Green's treble at the weekend was the first time he had scored more than once in a game this season.
It included two well-taken penalties but his overall game caught the eye as he caused problems all afternoon and showed such composure with all his finishes.
Green said: "It was great to get a hat-trick but it was just a great performance from everyone. Our work ethic off the ball was great and I really enjoyed it.
"It will do me the world of good confidence wise. I have been getting a lot of the odd ones but I wanted a brace so to get a hat-trick is great. I stuck the ball in my bag to take home.
"Off the back of last season, it was great to show I can score goals and to do it consistently is what I have always wanted to do and with how we are playing at the minute, it is great.
"I am really enjoying my football at the moment.
"This is my best spell this season.
"After the Liverpool game, we have really started to believe in ourselves a lot more.
"It gives you a lot of strength and we just have to keep going now. We are playing great football.
"And if I can keep scoring in every game between now and the end of the season, I'll be happy!"
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Bayliss: Barrow AFC have to bounce back from 'humiliation'
DAVE Bayliss has urged his 'humiliated' Barrow AFC players to stick their chests out and come out fighting at Southport tomorrow night in a bid to bounce back from their worst defeat for almost 37 years.
Saturday's jaw-dropping 8-1 reverse at Mansfield Town saw the Bluebirds waste the opportunity to propel themselves out of the Blue Square Bet Premier drop zone.
It was also their biggest loss since going down 8-0 at former Northern Premier League rivals Boston United in April 1976.
But Bayliss's men will at least get the chance to put their Conference survival mission back on track quickly when they visit mid-table Southport (7.45pm).
“As a player, if I had been beaten 8-1 the first thing I would want to do on Tuesday is say 'right, I'm going to bounce right back',” said Bayliss, who is assisted by Ashley Hoskin.
“They've got to have the mentality that Ash and myself have got – I know some of them have and some of them haven't.
“But if I'd been beaten 8-1 there's no way on earth I would feel sorry for myself, and those players can't.
“They have got to get a pair and come out fighting on Tuesday.”
And after masterminding league victories against promotion contenders Newport and Luton prior to Saturday's clash, Bayliss added: “This can't turn into a bad run.
“I can take getting beat all day, and you can get used to it sometimes, but the players have got to make sure that they bounce back now.
“They've been humiliated at Mansfield, that's a fact, but they can put it right tomorrow night.”
Barrow were put to the sword for the second successive season at Mansfield, following last March's 7-0 defeat at Field Mill.
This time, the hosts were boosted by Matt Green's hat-trick, while Danny L Rowe grabbed the visitors' consolation from the penalty spot. The defeat leaves Barrow third-from-bottom in the table and plummets their goal difference down to -26, comfortably the worst record in the division.
Bayliss praised his players for collecting six points out of nine from their recent tough three-game sequence in the league.
But in casting an envious eye at money-bags Mansfield, he added: “It's hard because you're working with the same 15 players.
“If we had Mansfield's squad we could go into training and say 'right, you're not playing, and you're playing'.
“But we haven't got that so the lads have got to learn from it because they want to forge careers and I'm sure none of them want to experience what they did on Saturday.
“I certainly don't want to experience that again but we've got to draw a line under it.
“We've got to battle on manfully tomorrow, because, one thing is for certain – if we defend like that we'll get beaten.”
Meanwhile, Bayliss says he will continue to scour the market for fresh talent after new defensive duo Tom Eckersley and Sam Hibbert made their debuts in the Bluebirds squad on Saturday.
Eckersley arrived from League Two side Accrington on a month's loan making his full debut in Saturday's game, while Hibbert has joined on non-contract terms and was an unused substitute.
With number one goalkeeper Danny Hurst and centre-back Danny O'Donnell currently nursing shoulder injuries, Bayliss said: “I tried to get in a really top centre-half and tried to get a top goalkeeper last week but it never happened so we had to go with what we've got.
“I'll keep trying to strengthen the squad because it clearly showed on Saturday that we're not strong enough.”
Barrow inexperience was key to Mansfield loss - Dave Bayliss
Barrow manager Dave Bayliss has said inexperience was a crucial factor in Saturday's 8-1 thrashing at the hands of Mansfield Town on Saturday.
The Bluebirds started with eight players aged 23 or under at Field Mill, with Gavin Skelton the only player over 30 to feature in the defeat.
"You could see the age of some of our lads. They were scared, it was hard for them," Bayliss told BBC Radio Cumbria.
"We have to draw a line underneath it and move on."
Bayliss added: "They were a team of men, the size of them, and we knew before the game we were up against it.
"I felt a bit sorry for them - if I could have put my boots on again I would have."
The defeat leaves Barrow third from bottom in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, two points behind Gateshead but with the worst goal difference in the division of -26.
Barrow AFC striker collapses on team coach - but makes journey home
North West Evening Mail
DRAMATIC scenes were sparked on Barrow AFC's team coach this afternoon when striker Lee McEvilly collapsed with chest pains at Mansfield Town.
However, the 30-year-old felt fit enough to travel back with the rest of Dave Bayliss's squad, and is due to be assessed in hospital this evening.
McEvilly, who arrived at Holker Street to begin his third spell with the club only last week, came on as a second-half substitute in today's thumping 8-1 defeat at the home of the Stags.
After boarding the team coach he collapsed at around 5.30pm, while it is understood he complained of pain on the right side of his chest.
Initially, McEvilly was treated by paramedics who arrived at field Mill in a First Responder vehicle, before more paramedics arrived in an ambulance at around 6pm.
But, soon after, the former Northern Ireland international was able to walk out of the stadium and join his team-mates unaided, and appeared not to be in any danger.
As a precautionary measure, it is believed McEvilly will visit a walk-in hospital facility in the Liverpool area tonight to be assessed further
All still to play for despite drubbing / Lee McEvilly
After a drama packed day at Mansfield, Barrow's relegation battle is still very much alive ahead of Tuesday's trip to Southport.
Obviously everyone at Barrow AFC was disappointed with an 8-1 drubbing by high-flying Mansfield, but the results elsewhere did little to harm Barrow's chances of avoiding the drop.
It is important that everyone (Players and Fans alike) regroups for the Haig Avenue game, but more so for the two home games that follow with Nuneaton & Woking visiting Furness.
It is hoped that first choice 'keeper Danny Hurst will be fit to return between the sticks on Tuesday, but Sean Hessey is still suffering from the 'flu that ruled him out of the Field Mill game.
Lee McEvilly suffered some post-viral related chest pains after the game at Mansfield, meaning that an Ambulance was called before the Barrow team left the ground. After routine checks, he was allowed to travel home on the coach and was checked out again in Liverpool on Sunday. Barrow AFC would like to thanks Mansfield Town FC for their assistance.
McEvilly has been advised to rest until Tuesday afternoon on Antibiotics, but minor ECG abnormalities that also showed up on the tests at the ground are not considered serious and no follow up has been advised at this stage. Obviously Barrow Physio Sean Riley will monitor the striker closely
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