COX, DEMPSTER AND MICKEY LEWIS REACTION
video interview with Cox and Dempster
Cox: Red card was turning point
Manager Paul Cox believes the dismissal of midfielder Jamie McGuire was the turning point in today’s match with Oxford United at One Call Stadium.
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McGuire was shown a straight red card by referee Charles Breakspear, following a strong tackle on Danny Rose in the 22nd minute.
“I think that the game changed with the dismissal,” said Cox.
“Both boys went in and it was a full-blooded tackle, and the referee has said that it was a two-footed tackle, so I’ll have to look on the DVD.”
Cox continued: “It’s hard against many teams, but when you’re playing against a team with a great away record that has been locked in the top three all season, [the red card] gave us a mountain to climb.
“But it even with 10 men, we kept our shape and the disappointing aspect is that we had probably the three best chances in the second half.
“At 2-1 down, I thought we still had a chance of getting back into the game, but the third goal killed us and left us chasing the game.
“It was only really in the last 15 minutes when we tired, that Oxford kept the ball a bit better.”
Our boss also admitted that he was disappointed with our defending in three goals which the visitors scored.
“I thought all three of their goals were really sloppy on our part,” said Cox.
“I’ve said to the boys that if we keep giving away soft goals, then it’s going to be a long season. We can’t keep defending [the way we did today] and hope to win matches.”
On Sean Rigg’s 12th minute opener, which put Oxford ahead, he added: “[Oxford] shouldn’t have been able to get the ball to where it got.
“[The move for] their goal was started near the corner flag, following our throw-in and these are little things, which, if we don’t get to grips with, we’ll be punished for.”
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Cox unsure if McGuire red card was deserved as Stags crumble to Oxford
Stags manager Paul Cox wants to look again at Jamie McGuire’s straight red card which proved so costly as Stags sank to a 3-1 home defeat by table-topping Oxford United this afternoon.
His first reaction was to disagree with referee Charles Breakspear that his midfielder deserved to go for the tackle with Sean Rigg, which saw the visiting players surround the official and try to influence the decision.
It was a sixth red card for Stags already this season by mid-November and McGuire now misses three tough games against top seven sides.
“The game changed with the dismissal,” said Cox. “It’s hard enough to play with 10 men against any team, let alone a team like Oxford, who have been in the top three all season and have a great away record.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb.
“I will have to see the red card again on DVD. I thought both boys went in for a full-blooded tackle.
“The referee said it was a two-footed tackle.
“With Jamie you are always going to get incidents like this as he wears his heart on his sleeve and gives his all for the club.
“We have to learn from this. Referees have a hard job and if you go in with two feet or any kind of foul play you are going to be shown a straight red.
“With 10 men we worked hard and kept our shape. And we probably created the three best chances in the second half.
“But all three of the goals we gave away were sloppy.”
He added: “We are missing some of our best players and the spine of a side, but I am not bleating about that. We are going through a bad patch as all sides do and the team I put out there today was good enough to win a football match.
“We have to be realistic and say the way we started the season was probably a rod for our own backs.
“Our supporters are not stupid and the vast majority are 100 per cent behind us. They know we are having bad luck with injuries and suspensions.
“We have no divine right to be in the top three. We have to earn the right to win any game and it helps if you keep 11 men on the pitch and don’t gave away sloppy goals.”
Oxford assistant manager Mickey Lewis said: “Some of our football today, especially going forward, was probably the best we’ve played this season. Everyone played a part.
“When teams go down to 10 men it’s never that easy and Mansfield still put us under pressure and got the ball forward early.
“Ryan Clarke in goal has still had to be at his best a couple of times, too.
“How many times have you seen 10 men go on on to win a game or get a draw? But we stayed disciplined.
“We said at half-time and 2-1 up, if we could score a third you would hope that would kill the game off.”
Dempster: We must improve
Defender John Dempster believes our team need to stop conceding sloppy goals, following our 3-1 loss to Oxford United this afternoon.
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After going behind courtesy of Sean Rigg’s strike on 12 minutes, our task was made even harder after Jamie McGuire received a red card for a strong challenge on Danny Rose.
Dempster had sympathy for McGuire and thought the midfielder was unlucky to see a straight red.
“I felt sorry for Jamie (McGuire). He’s 100% committed to this football club,” said the defender.
“There was a tackle to be won and both players went in for it. I think the reaction of the Oxford United players didn’t help.
“Jamie’s an honest player and at the end of the day, he wanted to win the tackle. Sometimes referees can be a bit too quick to produce red cards, without just giving a yellow.”
Dempster continued: “Earlier on in the season, we were receiving a lot of praise for keeping clean sheets and being strong defensively.
“That was the whole team doing that, but at the moment and especially today, we are conceding sloppy goals, which as a group is not good enough.
“We’re not going to pick a fault with the referee, blame the conditions or anything like that. It’s not good enough and we need to improve.”
Meanwhile, the defender, who believes the U’s will do well this term, has urged our players to ‘up their game’ as we face promotion-chasing Fleetwood Town next Saturday.
He added: “I think Oxford will be right up there. They have some good players and have a top young manager.
“They are an organised team and play some good football as shown today even though it was against 10 men.
“We do expect to compete against them like we have against the top sides this year. Today we felt like we have let them off lightly.
“You can’t panic - if you win two games in a row then you could potentially be in the play-offs.
“We will come in on Monday morning and look at putting things right because we are not where we should be at the moment and as a group we need to improve.”
Skipper Dempster sympathy for red-carded McGuire
Mansfield Town skipper John Dempster felt Oxford United players helped influence referee Charles Breakspear into showing Jamie McGuire a 23rd minute red card in yesterday’s 3-1 home defeat by leaders Oxford United.
It was a sixth red card of the season for a Stags side now without a win in seven league games.
Dempster said: “I felt sorry for Jamie. There was a tackle there to be won and both players went for it. I don’t think the reaction of the Oxford players helped.
“Sometimes referees are a bit too quick to dish out red cards. He could have shown Jamie a yellow and moved on. It was an uphill struggle after that.
“Defeat is very painful. Early this season we were getting a lot of praise for keeping clean sheets and being strong defensively. That was the whole team doing that.
“Now we are conceding sloppy goals and we know it’s not good enough. We can’t blame the referee or conditions for that. We need to improve.
“As a player you have to take responsibility once you cross that white line.”
The win put Oxford top and Dempster added: “I think Oxford will be right up there at the end of the season. They have some good players with bags of experience and a good, young manager. They are organised and played some good football today.
“But we expect to be up there with the likes of Oxford and today we have let them off lightly.
“We can’t panic, though, there is still loads of football to be played. At this stage of the season it doesn’t mean anything. We just need to improve.”
jamie mcguire @JAMIEMCGUIRE23
Never a sending off won the ball got to be carefull wot I say so I leave it as that!!
Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
So frustrating sitting in the stands! Looking to get a good weeks training in next week and put myself in the frame for next week
Oxford United assistant boss hails side's display
By David Pritchard, @oxfordmailoufc
MICKEY Lewis ranked Oxford United’s attacking football in the 3-1 victory at Mansfield Town as among the best they have produced all season.
The visitors exercised an impressive control on the match, and were on top even before the Stags were reduced to ten men midway through the first half.
While they were solid defensively, it was the impact in the final third which really caught the eye.
The U’s were classy for spells, particularly after half time when they repeatedly scythed through Mansfield’s defence.
Lewis, United’s assistant manager, said: “Going forward it was some of the best football we have played, definitely.
“The front men and everybody really played their part. Kits (Dave Kitson) was getting on it, while the two wide players and Constable caused them a lot of problems.
“When you play against ten men it’s never that easy and Mansfield still put you under pressure. They get the ball forward early and Ryan Clarke had to be at his best a couple of times.
“How many times have you seen ten men go on to win, not just get a draw? But we were disciplined and played some really good football.”
Sean Rigg and Ryan Williams were dangerous out wide all afternoon and both finished with a goal and an assist.
But it was Dave Kitson who ran the game for the visitors, providing exquisite passes to open up Mansfield for two of the goals.
“I thought Kits was outstanding, he showed his qualities,” Lewis said. “I think he has done some good things all season, but I think by far that was his best performance.
“He had a bit of a stop-start beginning with injury and illness, but now he is playing regularly hopefully we can get him playing like that every week. It was a super performance by him.”
Lewis also paid tribute to James Constable, who came off the bench to score United’s second goal and bring up his 100th for the club.
He said: “I have to give James full credit to get to 100 goals.
“To be fair to him he has never mentioned it and has just got on with his work.”
Williams revels in afternoon to savour for United
David Pritchard, @oxfordmailoufc
RYAN Williams said Oxford United were able to enjoy themselves on the way to a convincing victory at Mansfield Town.
The visitors ran out 3-1 winners and had chances to win even more comfortably.
With Mansfield reduced to ten men in the first half, United used the extra space intelligently and carved out a succession of openings.
Williams made the game safe by finishing off an incisive move on 66 minutes and admitted the side were keen after the break to go up a gear, He said: “We were all having fun as you could probably tell, so why stop at 2-1?
“I think it was because we were relaxed. Everyone was getting along and giving each other instructions.
“We are a really tight-knit team with good chemistry and hopefully we can carry it on.”
The winger played a key role in the victory, setting up James Constable for the second goal, in addition to scoring the third.
It was the Australian’s first full 90 minutes of his loan spell from Fulham and he had no hesitation in ranking it as his best for the U’s.
He said: “I’m glad to be a part of this team that’s doing so well and winning away from home quite easily.
“This has been my most influential game.
“That’s what you get marked on really, assists and goals, which is what I managed to do.”
The 20-year-old was a threat all afternoon and just about the only time he was not involved in the action came during the aftermath of Jamie McGuire’s tackle on Danny Rose.
It saw the Mansfield midfielder sent off and sparked plenty of pushing and shoving as several United players sprang to Rose’s defence.
Williams, though, preferred to watch from a distance.
He joked: “I just went and had a drink and relaxed while they’re all doing their manly thing. I just try to stay out of it.
“That’s not to say I’m not manly, but you know what I mean.”
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