Cox aims for string of away wins
mansfieldtown.net 18th February 2013
Paul Cox is looking for three successive away victories, he stated this morning.
Our first team face Hyde tomorrow night, followed by a trip to Luton on Saturday and Lincoln City three days later.
“We want three wins, it's as simple as that,” said Cox. “Whether we get them or not is a different matter. If we were to get three positive results from the three away games then it would put us in a brilliant position."
The manager revealed that his players have begun to set points targets prior to each match, similar to last season.
“We've sat down with the lads and we've looked at our opponents and put together a points tally like that, similar to what we did last year after York [in January].”
Looking towards the top end of the table, he added: “Whoever wins the title will probably win it with the lowest points margin for a number of years.
“I think there is now a small number of clubs down to Macclesfield who have a realistic chance of making the play-offs. It just depends now on who puts a run of form together. There is always one that comes out of the pack who has a little run.
“Whoever wins it [the title] will probably win it with a mid-eighties to late eighties [points total].”
We head to Hyde tomorrow night with just Jake Speight and Ross Dyer out injured
Stags begin tough spell of three away games in eight days at Hyde
chad.co.uk Monday 18 February 2013
MANSFIELD Town begin a tough spell of three away games in eight days tomorrow night when they head for struggling Hyde.
Stags had won four away games on the bounce before last week's disappointing 2-0 loss at Newport, which was wiped away by a much better display to beat Cambridge 3-1 at home on Saturday to keep themselves in the play-offs hunt.
Manager Paul Cox said: “We are quite high in the table in the current away form guide and, if we are going to be successful we realistically need to be winning at home and picking up at least a point away.
“We have three away games on the trot now, but there is no panic. We are quite capable of grinding out some results away from home.
“I want three wins – it's as simple as that. Getting them is another matter. If we got three draws – it's only equivalent to one win. But if we can get three positive results from them, it would put us in a brilliant position.”
Although they have only won once and drawn once in their seven league games since the turn of the year, Hyde's form has been better and they are 17th, five points clear of the drop zone.
On Saturday they were thumped 4-0 at home to Kidderminster, but Cox added: “Hyde had some great results before the weekend. We had them watched and apparently Saturday was a one-off.
“They have a very good home record and we must go there with a strong mindset.”
Hyde vs Mansfield: Changes in the offing for McNiven
Nottingham Post, Monday, February 18, 2013
Scott McNiven is expected to wield the axe when Hyde play host to play-off hopefuls Mansfield.
The Tigers appeared to have turned a corner after sealing their first win of 2013 against Telford recently.
However, Saturday's 4-0 thrashing at home to Kidderminster leaves them with only one win from their last seven as they sit just five points above the relegation zone.
Midfielders Alex Brown and Grant Spencer and defender Tom Anderson all came off the bench against the Harriers and are now pushing for a starting place.
Striker Matt Blinkhorn could also return to the squad having narrowly failed a late fitness test at the weekend, while David Poole and Scott Spencer also face a late check.
Matty Harris and Ashley Frith are unavailable after joining Marine FC and AFC Fylde respectively on loan. Stefan Cox has also left the club by mutual consent.
Mansfield boss Paul Cox could name an unchanged side for the third successive match.
Cox fielded the same side beaten by Newport when they met Cambridge on Saturday, and having demanded a response was rewarded with a 3-1 win.
However, he also admitted he was looking to speak to chairman John Radford about bolstering his squad in an attempt to avoid fatigue in the run-in.
"What I want to do is make sure we are not running on empty at any stage. We are going to be playing Saturday and Tuesday from now on and pitches are going to be heavy," he told the Nottingham Post.
"I don't want to miss out because fatigue and the games have caught up with us. I want to make sure we plan for every eventuality."
The Stags chief has a near fully-fit squad to choose from should he opt to make changes with injured duo Ross Dyer and Jake Speight (both knee) remaining the only absentees
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