COX, PALMER, JENNINGS, GARETH AINSWORTH REACTION
post match audio interview with Paul Cox, Ollie Palmer and James Jennings from Mansfield 103.2 here
Cox: We deserved victory
Manager Paul Cox was delighted with our team’s performance in our 1-0 away victory at Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon.
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Substitute Ollie Palmer netted a late winner, which earned us a much-deserved first win in League Two this season.
“We deserved the victory. We created a number of chances and were unlucky not to have won by a bigger margin,” said Cox.
“This isn’t an easy place to come to and get a result, because Wycombe are a good side, so I’m very pleased that we won.
“We needed the result to give us a bit of belief. We’ve set the standard here today now, and the task is for us to maintain that.”
Palmer had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes when he reacted quickest to tap home from close-range, after Martin Riley’s header ricocheted off the post.
It was the first goal in Mansfield Town colours for the former Havant & Waterlooville man, and also his first strike in the Football League.
Cox added: “I don’t want to put too much pressure on the kid [Palmer]. He’s still got a lot to learn, but if he continues his learning curve, then he’ll have a very good future.”
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox delighted with Wycombe Wanderers win
chad.co.uk by Stephen Thirkill
Boss Paul Cox has praised Mansfield Town for their workrate and team spirit after watching his side claim their first win of the season.
Ollie Palmer pounced in the 78th minute to claim his first goal in professional football and earn Stags a well-deserved 1-0 win away at Wycombe.
It was Mansfield’s first win since their promotion back into the Football League and capped a fine team display, which saw the visitors dominate the second half with some fluid passing and solid defending.
Speaking after the game Cox said: “Today was a deserved win, I thought we looked resolute and solid and also created a lot of chances.
“We looked hungry, especially in the second half. I told the players to believe in themselves at half-time and when we do that we have got some good players.
“We defended very well and the three centre-backs in particular were excellent. We have looked strong defensively in the last two games.
“I thought we passed the ball about well and the team spirit is really coming together.
“It is great to have the three points, I am very pleased with today’s performance and result.”
Cox also paid tribute to Ollie Palmer after watching the former Havant and Waterlooville strike star bag his first goal in a Mansfield Town shirt.
“Ollie Palmer is a good kid who is going to improve a lot,” said Cox.
“He is a pleasure to work with and wants to work hard and improve. It was a big decision not to start him today, but he had a little ankle problem and is a young player who needs taking care of.
“I am sure he will get many more goals and will have a big future in the game.”
Ollie Palmer’s strike ended a goal drought of 348 minutes for Mansfield Town this season.
Mansfield face former Premier League side and FA Cup winners Portsmouth at the One Call Stadium on Saturday.
Mansfield Town striker Ollie Palmer fulfills life-long dream after scoring in Wycombe Wanderers win
chad.co.uk by Stephen Thirkill
Striker Ollie Palmer says he has fulfilled a life-long dream after scoring his first goal as a professional footballer.
The former Havant and Waterlooville goal machine bagged his first goal in a Mansfield Town shirt in yesterday’s 1-0 win away at Wycombe.
Palmer had been on the pitch for just nine minutes after he replaced Sam Clucas.
“It was great to score my first goal, it is something I have always dreamed of,” said Palmer. “I was just in the right place at the right time, it is hard to describe what I am feeling right now.
“I should have had two goals really, but it is not about me, it is about the team and it is great to have our first three points.
“As a team we defended really well, not just the defenders but as a whole team. We knew that the first goal would come eventually and we will work hard to keep this run going.
“This league is a step up for me, It is faster and more powerful and you don’t get as much time on the ball as you do in Conference South.”
Palmer celebrated the historic win with family members and his girlfriend who were watching the game from the stands.
“My girlfriend gives me wonderful support, she comes to all the games with me home and away and it is something I am very thankful for,” added Palmer.
The win was nothing more than impressive Mansfield deserved after they had bossed the entire second half with a strong showing.
James Jennings and Sam Clucas had both came close to firing Stags into the lead with four separate chances as Stags piled the pressure.
The win capped an excellent all round team display with Jennings, Clucas, Clements and McGuire all impressing.
Calvin Andrew and Ben Hutchinson also stood out with two hardworking displays which summed up the visitors determination take all three points back to the One Call Stadium.
The win was Stags first win in the Football League since they beat Shrewsbury 3-1 on 19th April 2008.
Mansfield Town: Ollie Palmer says winner was a 'dream goal'
Mansfield Town striker Ollie Palmer says he is relishing life in the Football League after scoring his first goal for the Stags.
The 21-year-old, who was top scorer in the Conference South with Havant & Waterlooville last season, netted the winner at Wycombe on Saturday.
It was Mansfield's first goal and first win since returning to League Two.
"It is something I've waited a long time for - it was a dream goal," Palmer told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"I'm cherishing being in the Football League, I feel like I'm thriving.
"Scoring that goal is a big achievement for me, and most importantly it is a fantastic three points for the boys."
Mansfield manager Paul Cox signed Palmer on the eve of the new season, with the striker starting two of their opening three games.
He came on as a second-half substitute against Wycombe, scoring less than 10 minutes after replacing Sam Clucas.
"The gaffer wanted me to sit back and take it all in, and when I came on I was relaxed and took one of my two chances," Palmer said.
Palmer began his career with Woking, where he progressed through from the youth ranks to the first team before joining Havant & Waterlooville in 2011.
He finished with 25 goals in the Conference South last term, after netting 15 times in the 2011-12 campaign.
Every time Palmer has scored he has celebrated with family and friends in the stands.
"My girlfriend, bless her, has travelled all around the county - she has been amazing," Palmer said.
"Also, my family come to as many games as they can and that means a lot to me because I really want to make them proud."
Stags aiming to kick on after getting 'monkey' off their backs with win
Nottingham Post by Matt Halfpenny
OLLIE Palmer says Mansfield Town will draw immense confidence for their League Two matches to come after registering their first win since returning to the Football League.
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The young striker came off the bench to grab a 78th minute winner as the Stags ran out 1-0 victors over Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.
?Off the mark: New Stags signing Ollie Palmer netted the winner for Paul Cox's side away to Wycombe.
Off the mark: New Stags signing Ollie Palmer netted the winner for Paul Cox's side away to Wycombe.
Paul Cox's men have shown signs of nerves back in the big time, but Palmer thinks that will no longer be a problem as he and his team-mates prepare to face League Two title favourites Portsmouth this weekend.
"It's a great personal achievement to get that first goal at a professional level, but it's more important from a team point of view," said the former Havant and Waterlooville man, who ran over to the away end to give his girlfriend a hug at full-time.
"The defensive performances have been fantastic in the last couple of games after a couple of slip-ups early on and we've been playing some good stuff, so we were just waiting for that lucky break in front of goal - and it fell to me.
"Hopefully, that's a good starting point for us now, getting that first three points, and we can try and kick on from here with the two home games we have to come."
Cox certainly hopes Palmer's assessment rings true after seeing his troops record a second successive shut-out.
He said: "I think it was deserved. We created some really good chances and the most important thing was that we were hungry - especially in the second half.
"You wondered if it was going to be another of those days with the chances we missed, but you saw what it meant to the players to get the goal and it is another monkey off our backs to get it, as well as get the first win."
Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"It was unrecognisable from the team we had against Morecambe or Leicester and there's no rhyme or reason to it.
"We were poor today, we were very poor and I won't let that happen again.
"There's not many positives I can take from that match.
"I need to get the belief back in them and get them playing football."
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