COX, PALMER, NIGEL WORTHINGTON REACTION
audio interviews with Cox, Palmer and Beevers from Mansfield 103.2:
Cox: We showed character
Manager Paul Cox was delighted to see our side extend their unbeaten run to six games with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at York City yesterday.
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As a result of the traffic chaos caused by the Sky Ride cycling event in York city centre, our team didn’t arrive at Bootham Crescent until 2.20pm.
And we made the worst possible start as The Minstermen registered a lead within 60 seconds, thanks to Ryan Brobbel’s close-range finish.
Sam Clucas’ spot-kick and Ollie Palmer’s second half winner in the ultimately earned us maximum points, but the victory came at a cost.
Midfielder Chris Clements suffered suspected medial knee ligament damage, whilst Martin Riley was shown a straight red card late on.
Our boss said: “That was a good result.
“It was the first time that I’ve asked my players for character, and they’ve came back at me in abundance.
“I don’t think it was an entertaining match and I don’t think we played particularly well, which was down to certain aspects. But we ground out a very good win.”
He continued: “Arriving late did have a massive impact, I won’t lie to anyone.
“Footballers are human beings and very animalistic in what they do. Pre-match warm-ups are geared and everything has to be spot on. So that was hugely frustrating.
“We had to dig in deep at the end, but this group of players keep going the extra mile. Everyone can see we have heart and passion in abundance.”
On the injury to Clements, who was replaced by Anthony Howell just moments before half-time, Cox said: “Chris injured his knee and it’s not looking a good one.
“It could be a medial ligament. I feel sorry for the kid as he has been patient, worked hard and been playing well for us.
“We will know more by Monday. But, as one door closes, another opens, and we have a squad of players chomping at the bit to play.”
After Palmer’s strike put us on course for victory in the closing stages, both teams were then reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes.
York substitute Richard Cresswell, who had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes, was involved in an off the ball altercation with Riley.
Cox added: “I couldn’t see what happened with Riles (Martin Riley), but he says he didn’t raise his hands.
“We will look at the video and see if it’s worth appealing. If we can, brilliant, if not then we just have to get on with it.”
“He has been a colossus for us this season and any club at this level of football would miss a player like him."
Stags boss Cox delighted as his team overcome all the odds for win at York City
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas
Mansfield boss Paul Cox was delighted to see his side overcome all the odds to extend the club’s unbeaten run to six games with a hard-earned 2-1 win at York City today.
Stags’ coach did not arrive at the ground until 2.20pm due to heavy traffic, they went behind in 50 seconds and then lost Chris Clements to a possibly serious knee injury and Martin Riley to a red card when he and Richard Cresswell were sent-off near the end for violent conduct.
But they still won it with goals from Sam Clucas and Ollie Palmer and Cox said: “That was a good result.
“It was the first time today I have asked my players for character and they came at me in abundance. I don’t think it was an entertaining match and I don’t think we played particularly well which was down to certain aspects. But we ground out a very good win away from home.
“Arriving late did have a massive impact, I won’t lie to anyone. Footballers are human beings and very animalistic in what they do. Pre-match warm-ups are geared and everything has to be spot on. So that was hugely frustrating.
“If Sam Clucas had taken his chance in the second half that would have been game, set and match. We had to dig in deep at the end, but this group of players keep going the extra mile. Everyone can see we have heart and passion in abundance.”
On the loss of Clements and Riley, he said: “Chris injured his knee and it’s not looking a good one.
“It could be a medial ligament. I feel sorry for the kid as he has been patient and worked hard and been playing well for us.
“We will know more by Monday. But, as one door closes, another opens, and we have a squad of players champing at the bit.
“I couldn’t see what happened with Riles, but he says he didn’t raise his hands. We will look at the video and see if it’s worth appealing. If we can, brilliant, if not then we just have to get on with it.
“He has been a colossus for us this season and any club at this level of football would miss a player like him.”
York boss Nigel Worthington, now with just win in seven,said: “I honestly couldn’t fault my players today for their effort and commitment and, for a lot of the game, their quality. We just have to keep working hard as a team and keep producing performances like that and hope we can turn the corner. It is a fine line. We just need to fine-tune it.
“I can live with that today whereas I couldn’t live with the defeat last week.
“I was pleased with the overall effort and the shape of the team.
“We have got to keep plugging away. I have been in the game long enough to know you have to stick with it and keep doing the things you believe in.
“There were so many plusses today that the only thing I am disappointed with is the result.
“I thought the sendings-off looked harsh. If anything yellows would have sufficed.”
Mansfield have to shape up off the pitch, says boss Paul Cox
Nottingham Post by Matt Halfpenny
PAUL Cox insists Mansfield Town have to shape up off the pitch to match the progress they have made on it.
The Stags made it six games unbeaten in League Two as they recovered from the shock of conceding a 50-second opener to win 2-1 at York City.
But that was not before they had arrived at Bootham Crescent just 40 minutes before kick-off, forcing the Stags manager to name his team on the bus.
Cox felt the situation was unacceptable and said: "It was excellent result for us considering the preparation and the fact things were not right - but we can't keep doing that.
"It's happened before (with the bus), but they were the days when we were in the Evo-Stik Premier. It shouldn't happen at this level of football.
"As a club we are heading in the right direction, but there's also a lot of things we can improve on.
"We need to be more structured and organised to give the players the best possible chance to achieve.
"We can't keep making silly mistakes in our build-up.
"If we lose on a Saturday afternoon I want it to be because we weren't good enough, not because things haven't been done right."
After Ryan Brobbel's opener that came before some Mansfield players had touched the ball, Sam Clucas levelled from the penalty spot before Ollie Palmer's second of the campaign moved the Stags up to eighth in the table.
Cox added: "I don't think there's any doubt that what happened affected us a lot and contributed to the early goal.
"Players are animalistic and rely on their routines and preparations.
"But the good thing was we showed heart and character in abundance and it was a massive feather in our cap showing we can adapt and overcome something that was not our fault.
Palmer delighted after netting winner
Striker Ollie Palmer insists the goal which earned us a fantastic away victory at York City yesterday was intentional.
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With the score at 1-1, Sam Clucas unleashed a low drive in the 75th minute, which found the net after the ball diverted off Palmer.
It is the second time that Palmer has earned us all three points on the road this season, following his winner in our match at Wycombe Wanderers last month.
“Of course I meant it. Call it a Dennis Bergkamp finish if you like,” laughed Palmer, who joined us from Havant & Waterlooville six weeks ago.
“Clukes (Sam Clucas) got in a shot from about 25 yards, which came towards me, and I just stuck my foot out and tried to re-direct it. Fortunately it went in.”
He continued: “When the coach was delayed, the gaffer made it clear that wasn’t going to be used as an excuse.
“The boys still got a good warm-up, but maybe we didn’t start as sharp as we should have, and they (York City) got a goal early on.
“But we showed that we’ve got a team of winners. That shone through, as we took all three points away from home.”
Palmer, who won the prestigious ‘Player of the Year’ award in the Conference South last term, also stated that he is aiming to become one of the fittest players at our club.
“At my last club, I was used to being the fittest player on the pitch, which I was never going to be here straight away, coming to this level with full-time professionals,” added Palmer.
“Jumping up two divisions, I never expected to start each week. I am adapting from being part-time to full-time, and I’m about 90 - 95 per cent fit now.
“But I hope people are starting to believe in me a bit.
“If I come off the bench, I come off the bench, or if I start, I start, but the team getting three points is the most important thing.”
Mansfield Town matchwinner Ollie Palmer says winning goal was no fluke
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas
Mansfield Town striker Ollie Palmer assured everyone his match-winning finish in the 2-1 success at York City yesterday was meant and not just a deflection.
Palmer’s leg turned home a low Sam Clucas shot to win the day after he had come on as a half-time substitute.
Earlier, Stags had arrived late at the ground through heavy traffic and gone behind after only 50 seconds before Clucas levelled things up from the spot.
Then came Palmer’s winner and he said:“Of course I meant it! Call it a Dennis Bergkamp finish if you like.
“Clukes (Sam Clucas) got in a shot from about 25 yards which came towards me and I just stuck my foot out and tried to redirect it - and fortunately it went in.
“When the coach was delayed the gaffer made it clear that wasn’t going to be used as an excuse. The boys still got a good warm-up. But maybe we didn’t start as sharp today and they got a goal early on.
“But we showed we have a team of winners - that shone through as we took all three points away from home.”
The youngster has had limited opportunities to start games so far, but added: “Jumping up two divisions I never expected to start each week. I am adapting from being part-time to full-time.
“But I hope now people are starting to believe in me a bit.”
“If I come off the bench I come off the bench or if I start I start, the team getting three points is the most important thing.
“I am about 90-95 per cent fit now. But at my last club I was used to being the fittest player on the pitch which I was never going to be here straight away, coming to this level with full-time professionals.”
York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:
"Same old result and I think that's where we are at the moment so we have just got to keep going.
"Apart from the result I couldn't fault the players in any department, the commitment the effort the quality at times was very good.
"They're trying to do what we're asking them to, so more of the same next week and try and change the result because there was so many good things in the game today - the opposite to last week and still the same result.
"We've just got to keep plugging away, keep believing and trying to win."
York City chief salutes improved display despite falling into bottom two
By Steve Carroll, Sports reporter
NIGEL WORTHINGTON said the only thing he would change from York City's 2-1 loss to Mansfield Town was the result.
The Minstermen manager was disappointed to lose a fourth successive game - a result that dropped City into the bottom two in Sky Bet League Two - but added he “couldn’t fault the players for their effort and commitment”.
Ollie Palmer’s second-half deflected goal gave the Stags the spoils, after Ryan Brobbel had put City ahead in the first minute, but - following on from last weekend's desperately disappointing defeat against AFC Wimbledon - Worthington said he had got the reaction he was looking for from his players.
“For a lot of the game some of the quality was very good so we have just got to keep working hard in training, keep producing performances like that and hope we can turn the corner,” he said.
“We are disappointed to lose the game but I could live with that (performance). I couldn’t live with last week. It’s a marker of where we have to be.
“The overall effort, the shape of the team, individuals within the team, I was very pleased with.
“Young Brobbel did extremely well for a large part of the game, did exactly what I am looking for - to go and get at defenders. I thought (Elliott) Whitehouse had a very good debut.
“He was solid and wanted to take responsibility and the two centre-halves, I know they are experienced but they have been out, they came back in and they worked well together.
“There are loads of plusses. There is just that little bit that we need to fine-tune to find the win. In this game, you have got to keep plugging away.
“I have been in the game long enough to know there are turns and twists as you go along. You have got to stick with and keep doing what you believe in and make sure the players give us true performances like they did on Saturday.”
Worthington added he had not seen the entirety of the incident that saw Richard Cresswell, who been on the pitch less than five minutes, and Martin Riley both red-carded with ten minutes remaining following a brawl in the penalty area but felt referee Jeremy Simpson’s decision to dismiss the pair had been “harsh”.
“I couldn’t see anything in it to be honest,” he explained.
“I didn’t see the whole episode but, if anything, I think yellows would have been sensible.
“The downside is we have lost Richard for three games but the other side is we have got (Ryan) Bowman back in contention, which is good.”
Worthington continued: “I think we deserved something from the game, but we’ve got nothing. We have got to look to next week and go and produce the effort and commitment that was there on Saturday and go and play like we can.
“We are back in work first thing today and we will bounce in there and get on with the job. Wycombe is next and the focus is on that and it comes from me and the staff. We have got to not feel sorry for ourselves, we have got a job to do. This one is behind us and we look to the next one.”
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