EARLY POMPEY PREVIEWS
More to come from youngsters - Cox
mansfieldtown.net 20th August 2013
Paul Cox says there is more to come from his younger players, after seeing two of his young stars write their name in lights.
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The impressive Sam Clucas and Saturday's match winner Ollie Palmer, have both won early plaudits amongst the Stags' faithful.
"He's a good player, that's why we signed him," said Cox, when asked about Palmer. "He is young, and still has a great desire to improve and learn. It's my job to make sure we're not putting too much pressure on these young players; to make sure they're protected and their education is coming on at the right speed."
"We have people [in the squad] who haven't been playing, like Louis Briscoe and Lindon Meikle, who has been playing excellent of late and was probably unlucky not to be included in the 11 on the Saturday.
"It will come with these younger players, especially those who have made the step up from the Conference to the Football League. One thing I can say about the boys that have come up with me [from the Conference] is that sometimes it has taken a little time for them to learn, but they have come good.
"As the season unfolds, there will be a number of players who will come into their own," he added.
In other news, the manager has confirmed that ex-Notts County midfielder Hamza Bencherif is still on trial with us and will feature in tomorrow night's reserve game at home to Hull City (7pm) - a game which is free to watch for all supporters.
Paul Cox's interview from this morning's press meeting is available now on Stags Player
Paul Cox calls on Mansfield Town to keep up standards against Portsmouth
chad.co.uk by Stephen Thirkill 20 August 2013
Boss Paul Cox says his Mansfield Town players must maintain the high standards set during Saturday’s impressive 1-0 win at Wycombe.
Cox made the call for consistency as Stags prepare for the visit of fallen Premier League giants Portsmouth on Saturday.
Mansfield have already picked up four points in their first three games back in the Football League and sit 13th in the early table following two very encouraging performances against Exeter City and Wycombe.
Now the focused manager is challenging his side to maintain those standards and put a consistent run of form together.
“One or two players have set standards on Saturday and I will be pushing them to maintain those standards,” said Cox.
“Getting our first win, especially away, was important. The sooner you get your first win in the season the better.
“The way the players celebrated the goal just showed what it meant to them. Some of the lads ran 60 yards to celebrate, it was great to see.
“We have got some good young players at this club and the future is looking good. I will be looking for consistency on Saturday and for those that played well against Wycombe to do the same again.
“The players understand me and what I want and I understand them. As the season develops players will come into their own, but it is consistency that wins thing and that is what we need to try and achieve.
“It is nice to have Ollie, Clucas, Rheady and big Calvin battling it out for two places, it gives me plenty of food for thought.
“Football is about squads and how good your squad is. It was a big decision to leave out certain players on Saturday and have people like Louis Briscoe and Lindon Meikle on the bench.
“It is important that we do not put too much pressure on our young players and that we look after them.
“Players that are on our bench still have a big part to play and I have spoken to these players individually.”
Mansfield go in search of their first home goal and win on Saturday in front of what is likely to be a bumper crowd.
But Cox says that, despite the high-profile opposition, Stags will prepare for the game no differently.
“Portsmouth is a big game, but they are all big games in the Football League,” added Cox.
“They are a club with great history and a big fan-base, but we are going to treat it like any other game. Once this game is out of the way we will prepare for Dagenham in just the same way.
“Playing Portsmouth is a great game for the fans and only adds to the buzz around the place. Sometimes you have to pinch yourself to see how far we have progressed over the last two seasons.
Portsmouth lifted the FA Cup in 2008 after beating Cardiff City 1-0, before losing the 2010 final against Chelsea thanks to a single Didier Drogba goal.
It sparked the beginning of a downward spiral for big-spending Pompey, with the club being relegated from the Premier League to League Two after entering administration on a number of times.
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