STRONG PERFORMANCE AGAINST STEVENAGE
Cox happy despite Stevenage loss
mansfieldtown.net 11th July 2013
Mansfield Town succumbed to a 5-2 defeat against League One side Stevenage in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Broadhall Way this afternoon.
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In boiling hot temperatures, The Stags were level for much of the match before a late surge from the hosts earned them a victory.
In the first period, Stevenage played what looks to be their strongest XI, including Ex-Stag Luke Jones, but scores were level at half-time.
After the break, it was 2-2 until the late exchanges when Stevenage took advantage of our players’ tired legs and added three further goals, one of which was a penalty.
Winger Nathan Arnold and midfielder Anthony Howell were our scorers.
Nevertheless, boss Paul Cox, who opted to field almost an entirely different XI to the one which played at Worksop Town last night, was pleased with what he saw.
He said: “A lot of good things came out of this match. I was really pleased with us against a strong side, who I think will be up there in the League One promotion race next season.
“It was about 26 degree heat and I think it just caught up with us in the end. We ran out of steam. But our fitness levels looked really good.”
He added: “I have mixed the sides up over and my next task now is to put together an XI that can play together and can take us forward.
“Last night hurt a bit, but today I was pleased. We bossed proceedings for an hour against really tough opposition.”
Our side began the match as follows: Marriott; Beevers, Tafazolli, McCombe, Jennings, McGuire, Howell, Clucas, Stevenson, Rhead, Daniel
Stags run out of steam after bossing friendly at Stevenage
chad.co.uk, 11 July 2013
Mansfield Town turned in a strong performance before ‘running out of steam’ and losing 5-2 away to a strong League One Stevenage Borough side in a behind-closed-doors friendly this afternoon.
Stags boss Paul Cox was furious with some of his players’ displays in last night’s 4-1 defeat at Worksop Town.
But, playing a completely different XI today, he was much much happier with what he saw.
Cox kept most of his side out there for most of the game while Stevenage changed their XI for the second half.
In the first half the home side played what looks to be their best XI, including ex-Stag Luke Jones, but Mansfield held on for 1-1 at half-time.
After the break it was 2-2 for a long time until Stags’ tiring legs allowed the fresher Stevenage players to add three goals, one from the spot.
Mansfield’s goals came from Nathan Arnold and Anthony Howell.
Cox said: “A lot of good things came out of that. I was really pleased with us against a strong side who I think will be up there among the promotion race next season.
“It was about 26 degree heat down there, I think it just caught up with us in the end. We ran out of steam. But our fitness levels looked really good.”
He added: “I have mixed the sides up over the two games and now have to put together an XI that can play together and can take us forward.
“Last night hurt a bit, but today I was pleased we bossed it for an hour against really tough opposition.”
Stags began the game with a line-up of: Marriott; Beevers, Tafazolli, McCombe, Jennings; Howell, McGuire, Clucas; Stevenson, Rhead, Daniel.
Tonight Stags send a youth side to Ollerton Town and on Saturday, Nottingham Forest are the visitors to the One Call Stadium.
Cox also today confirmed that Andy Todd had left the club to try to prolong his playing career.
Todd had been a player-coach but was only offered a coaching deal for next season.
“Andy is talking to a number of clubs about continuing his playing career,” said Cox.
“We have only offered him a coaching post so it’s in his best interests to look elsewhere now. But he did a good job for us while he was here and never let us down as a player.”
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