COX, JACK BLAKE, RONNIE JEPSON REACTION
post match audio interview with BBC Radio Nottingham
Cox's verdict on draw at Bury
Manager Paul Cox has praised the battling spirit within our squad, following our 0-0 draw with Bury at Gigg Lane.
It was a night of mixed emotions for our team, as a hard-fought point and our seventh clean-sheet of the campaign came at a cost.
John Dempster received a straight red card for a foul on Shaun Harrad, whilst James Jennings picked up his fifth caution of the campaign.
Martin Riley also limped off with suspected Achilles damage, which resulted in Ritchie Sutton and Lee Beevers having to form a makeshift central defensive partnership.
Cox said: “It’s a point gained when you have a man sent-off so early in the second half and I can’t give enough credit to my boys for working hard.
“We’ve got to start being a bit more ruthless, but tonight, the boys’ heart and desire to get something out of this game was immense.
“It’s hard when you have 10 men and a side are battling away and putting you under severe pressure, so it’s a massive ‘pat on the back’ to the players and supporters.”
On Dempster’s red card, our boss continued: “I’ll have to look at it again [on the DVD], but it looked as though he won the full ball. It was hard, but fair.
“If John Dempster has gone through the player at knee height, then it’s fair enough. You would have no complaints by me.
“But I thought he made full contact with the ball and not with the player. We’ll be looking to appeal the red card.”
Cox also had kind words for youngster Jack Blake, who made a fine debut in central midfield.
He added: “I thought he was excellent. For a boy of such a young age, I thought in the first half, some of the passing moves that came through him were immense.
“The kid is going to have a good future if he carries that mindset with him.”
Stags boss Cox seething over officials on night of controversy at Bury
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox was seething over referee Andy Haines and his assistants as 10-men Stags clung on for a hard-earned 0-0 draw at Bury tonight.
Cox was sent to the stand at the end of an incredible 10th minute added on after seeing the referee turn down a certain penalty for Stags and send off John Dempster for his thunderous 62nd minute challenge on Shaun Harrad.
To make matters worse, Stags look set to be without Martin Riley with a long term injury and will also lose fellow defenders Dempster and, after a fifth booking, James Jennings for Saturday’s home game with Plymouth.
Cox was left sat between two Stags fans in the stand at the end, taking a tirade of abuse from home fans.
“The fourth official said I called him a cheat, which I didn’t,” said Cox. “The referee came across and, as usual, takes their side of the argument.
“I was sent to the stands. But in those situations I am always going to back my team and back my players.
“I thought it was a very very poor refeereing performance. Sometimes people have to put their egos away and understand this is a passionate business. You come across some people who are egotistical and they can’t accept your opinion.
“Things were getting heated on both benches, not just ours.
“It got a bit heated with one of their fans on the way up. He was passionate about his club too and a few words were exchanged. A couple of Stags fans told me to sit between them as things were getting a bit heated in that part of the stand.”
On Dempster’s dismissal, he said he would be looking at an appeal.
He said: “I don’t think it was a sending-off. I thought it was a good tackle. If we can’t make those sort of tackles we won’t have a game.
“It looked to me like he won the ball. It was hard but fair. If he’d gone through him at knee-high level you’d have no complaints from me. He cleanly went through the ball and we will appeal.
“Demps is not a nasty player. He is an honest, full-blooded player. If I look back at it and have got it wrong I will be the first to apologise.
“There were some unsavoury moments near the end and some cheap shots at us out there.”
Ollie Palmer looked to be clearly brought down in the box in the first half but a free kick was given outside.
“The penalty decision was just another bad decision in a bad 90 minutes,” said Cox.
“It was a battling performance. So credit to the boys for working hard and a pat on the back, too, for our supporters for the way they got behind us.
“Before the sending-off we had some good chances and need to be more ruthless. I never thought we looked like conceding and we were probably the only side that were going to go on and score.
Just to crown a night of woe, Stags lost central defender Martin Riley to injury and Cox said: “It looks quite a serious one. Something popped in his Achilles and he could be out for a while.”
Blake happy with senior debut
Midfielder Jack Blake says he enjoyed his senior debut as our side extended their unbeaten away run to six matches, following a 0-0 draw with Bury at Gigg Lane.
Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/blake-happy-with-senior-debut-1129531.aspx#bzQjRYQlt5HJsf21.99
The 19-year-old, who joined us on a one-month loan from Nottingham Forest last week, believes we put in a good performance, but were unlucky not to be awarded a spot-kick when Ollie Palmer appeared to be brought down inside the area in the first half.
“I certainly enjoyed the game,” said Blake. “It was a very feisty game with a lot of things going on but I fully enjoyed it.
“We all worked hard and in the first 10 minutes. We made sure that we stayed positive and started the game brightly with a good tempo.
“The team put in a really good first-half performance and should have finished some of our chances. We could have been one or two goals up.”
Commenting on the incident, which saw Palmer go to ground inside the area, he said: “From where I was, it looked as though it was clearly inside the box, but at the time the referee has made a decision and stuck to it.
“From where I was standing it looked like a penalty and a lot of the lads thought the same from talking about it after the game.
“He’s given a free-kick and unfortunately there’s nothing you can do about it, once the referee has given a decision.”
Meanwhile the youngster also believes skipper John Dempster was unfortunate to receive a red card following his challenge on Shaun Harrad.
Blake added: “From where I was, I didn’t think it was a sending off. There was a tackle just before and that was feisty as well. John has gone in hard but I didn’t think it deserved a red card.
“Overall I think possession wise it may have been a fair result but if you had to say anyone deserved it more, then I would say Mansfield because we had the better chances including a one-on-one opportunity.
“I’ve watched a lot of football growing up and I fully expected this. I loved every minute of it.”
Ollie Palmer @OliverJPalmer
Have to be careful what I say.. He goes by a name that begins with R and ends with F and it's three letters! #wasfouledclosertothe6yardbox ??
Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
7 clean sheets in 13!!!! Decent going. Will find out tomorrow how bad my injury is. Great support again #stags
Lee Beevers @Beeleevers
A point away from home is a good point Even more so with 10 men and another clean sheet Lads worked their socks off #stags #keeptherungoing
James Jennings @JamesJennings03
Very Ugly game tonight but another clean sheet and back in the play offs! #stags
Bury caretaker manager Jepson :
"It was ugly. We had a great game of football on Saturday and today was just ugly"
"There were 7 minutes added on, and you could've added 3 more minutes within that, there was so much time wasting going on"
"I feel for the lads and the punters - everyone wants a result. We can't fault the effort"
"They're a good group of lads - they just need a win to boost their confidence"
"Miller got a stud in his shoulder - he'll be sore tomorrow"
Bury midfielder Andy Proctor
"We seem to saying the same things week in, week out"
"After Saturday's performance, I thought we'd turned a corner"
"The way they played it, and it way it was refereed... it just killed it as a spectacle"
"It's frustrating as a player so I'm sure it's even worse for the fans"
"Danny and Shaun showed they can trouble defences in this league"
"Jeppo's just tried to be positive - he's cut the squad down in terms of who's training"
"It's easy to say it but I think if we get one goal, I think you'll see a different Bury"
"The lads would like to see things sorted. I can only speak for the work that Jeppo's done with us this week"
"The league table doesn't lie and we need to turn things round quickly - we don't want to be down there at Christmas"
Jepson slams Stags tactics
Bury caretaker boss Ronnie Jepson accused Mansfield of time-wasting tactics following the goalless draw at Gigg Lane.
A point saw the Stags move up to seventh place in League Two but they had to survive John Dempster's red card in the 64th minute.
Jepson felt the visitors came for just a point and called the performance of Paul Cox's team "ridiculous".
He said: "We had a great game of football on Saturday against Portsmouth and then Mansfield just wanted to look for set-pieces and slow the game down.
"It was like a testimonial at times because of the pace they were going at. It's ridiculous and everybody gets frustrated.
"Seven minutes were added on but you could've added another three minutes from within that seven minutes for the amount of time-wasting that went on. It was incredible.
"It's not a great spectacle. I don't mind if it's at the end of the game but it was throughout the game.
"We just couldn't get in our stride. The lads are frustrated but they just have to keep doing what they're trying to do.
"We had opportunities and got enough ball in the box. I'd just like to see something come off somebody's knee or an own goal.
"We just need anything. Everyone at the football club, from the chairman to the supporters, wants a result."
Latest | October 2013