COX AND RONNIE MOORE REACTION
Post-Match Interview with Paul Cox from Mansfield 103.2
Cox: Standards need to be raised
Manager Paul Cox has called on his players to ‘raise their standards’ after our 2-0 defeat at Tranmere Rovers in the Capital One Cup tonight.
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Goals prior to half-time by Andy Robinson and Chris Atkinson sealed a comfortable win for the hosts, as we endured a frustrating night at Prenton Park.
“There were a few home truths told in the dressing room as we can’t start a match and give a team a 2-0 lead,” said Cox.
“Both goals that we conceded were really sloppy and the application, hunger and desire wasn’t there, and we’ve let ourselves down.
“We aren’t going to win many matches if we play like how we did tonight.”
“On the positive side, I thought that both Ollie Palmer and Sam Clucas were a handful throughout the game. Ritchie Sutton was also immaculate when he came on.”
Cox added: “Some people might say that I’m being a bit harsh, but we’ve lost two football matches now and it’s time that we ‘get real’.
“What we achieved last season is history, and I’m only bothered about the future. I want standards to be raised again.”
Mansfield manager Paul Cox slams players after ‘lacklustre’ cup defeat at Tranmere Rovers
Stags boss Paul Cox slammed his ‘lacklustre’ players for gifting Tranmere Rovers a first half two-goal lead and lacking ‘desire, hunger and application’ as they crashed out of the Capital One Cup 2-0 at Prenton Park tonight.
“I know people will think I am being a bit harsh as we were away to a good League One club, but I am not happy losing two football matches on the trot and some players need to quickly wake up and join the party,” he said.
“We can’t keep giving teams a two-goal lead before we start. We are not going to win many matches if we defend like that.
“Both were really sloppy goals again.
“I thought we had a better second half. But I am not accepting that first half.
“I don’t know if one or two of them are still subconsciously thinking about the championship medal around their necks. But that is history now. It’s chip paper. I am only concerned about what happens in the future and I will ring the changes if I have to.
“It sounds horrible but they have to start to understand what is ahead of us. We have to get real now if we want to be successful.
He added: “The shining light tonight was the two boys up front (Sam Clucas and Ollie Palmer) who did show the desire, hunger and application I am asking for.
“If they carry on like they are progressing both will make a living at a high standard of the game.
“Chances didn’t drop for them, but once they click they are going to be a real handful for opponents.
“I also thought Lindon (Meikle) worked his heart out tonight and it will have done him the world of good. And Ritchie Sutton was absolutely immaculate in the second half - the best defender on the pitch by a country mile.
“He takes a bit of stick from certain quarters at times but he did what I want defenders to do and gave me a clean sheet in the second half.”
Ronnie Moore wants a Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool or Everton
Aug 7 2013 by David Triggs, Liverpool Echo
RONNIE MOORE set his sights on a second-round tie with Liverpool or Everton after watching his Tranmere Rovers side beat Mansfield Town in the Capital One Cup last night.
A 2-0 victory at Prenton Park - secured thanks to first half goals by Andy Robinson and Chris Atkinson - saw Rovers book their place in tomorrow’s draw for round two.
Moore’s men were rewarded with a trip to Aston Villa last season after making it to this stage. Despite being outclassed on the night by Paul Lambert’s men, the Tranmere boss fancies another crack at a big-name Premier League side.
Asked whether he would be happy to face Liverpool or Everton, he said: “One of the local teams would be nice. We know what it’s like playing Premier League sides. We needed a ball at Aston Villa last season - they pass it and pass it and pass it. It would be nice to get one of the local ones, the players deserve it.”
Moore knew his team had to deliver a greatly improved display last night having gone down to a 3-1 loss at Walsall on Saturday in the league. He was satisfied with the first-half performance against the League Two Stags, but felt Rovers lost their way after the break.
Moore said: “First half, I thought we passed it well. We got the two goals, and could have had more, but I just felt second half we sat too deep and allowed them to come into the game a little bit. We got sloppy and causal with our passing. It wasn’t as crisp as it was in the first half, but the job was done in the first half.”
Moore praises superb Atkinson
Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore hailed summer signing Chris Atkinson following their 2-0 win over Mansfield in the Capital One Cup.
Rovers skipper Andy Robinson nodded his side in front before Atkinson, who arrived from Huddersfield in pre-season, made no mistake when he raced onto a through-ball to lash home.
The Stags improved after the break and Louis Briscoe and Lindon Meikle both had chances to pull one back, but Tranmere eased to victory, leaving Moore purring over his summer acquisition.
"I thought we were good in the first half and we were patient and built from there," he said.
"We got the two goals. I just thought in the second half we sat too deep and allowed them to come back into the game a little bit.
"We got sloppy with our passing and it wasn't as crisp as it was in the first half. But the job was done in the first half really.
"Chris Atkinson came in and I thought he showed what a player he can be. He sprayed it and passed it and will get goals, so I was pleased for him. It was a great finish at a good time for us.
"But I'm disappointed that we've allowed them into the game a little bit when we should be setting the tempo and it was disappointing we didn't go onto score more."
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