COX AND DAVID FLITCROFT REACTION
It was a bad night - Cox
Manager Paul Cox believes our side had a ‘bad day at the office’ in tonight’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Bury in Sky Bet League Two.
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The Shakers took the lead through Danny Mayor’s effort in the first half, before Daniel Nardiello netted twice within the space of eight minutes after the break, racing the visitors into a three-goal lead.
Sam Clucas got the Stags on the score-sheet, but Jake Carroll wrapped up all three points for his side moments later as Bury leap-frogged us in the table
Cox had no complaints with tonight’s result and has now urged our players to bounce back on Saturday when we make the trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.
“I have no complaints whatsoever,” said Cox. “We got outplayed, outrun and out-fought. It was what it was - 4-1, so I’m not going to complain.
“It was very unlike us. Usually there’s that fresh impetus, but I don’t know if a lot of football has caught up with a few of the players.
“Hindsight is a great thing, maybe we could have freshened things up by starting a few more fresh faces.
“I’ve said to our players we have been on a decent run recently, picking up some good results. I’m going to put this down to a bad day at the office and we move on.
“We have 13 big games, so now we need to start fresh again. We’re going to come in and prepare for a big game on Saturday.”
He added: “All of a sudden you don’t become a bad side. I thought we tried to do the right things, passing the ball around, but if I’m honest I think we looked a yard off the pace.”
Despite tonight’s below-par display, Cox insists he will not panic about the result as he looks forward to our trip to the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium at the weekend as our team aim to regain their form.
“We’ve put in some consistent performances over a long period and some of the defeats we’ve had I don’t think were warranted and maybe some of the wins we’ve had could have gone the other way.
“It’s no use pressing the panic button now, we have 13 games to go and you don’t become a bad group overnight.
“Sometimes it is how you come back from it which shows and tells a story.
“I’m disappointed and so are the players, we need to get it out of our systems as quickly as possible. The quicker the game can come on Saturday, the better.”
Next game can’t come fast enough for Cox after Bury battering
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox admitted Saturday’s trip to Dagenham and Redbridge can’t come soon enough as shattered Stags look for an immediate chance to bounce back from tonight’s 4-1 home drubbing by relegation rivals Bury.
Lethargic Mansfield turned in their worst home showing of the season, chasing shadows, and Cox admitted he should, in hindsight, have freshened the side up for tonight instead of remaining unchanged.
“I need to pick them up now and work on their mindset for Saturday,” he said.
“The last time we put in a performance similar to that was Rochdale away back around Christmas time.
“I am disappointed and the lads are disappointed and we need to get it out of our systems as quickly as possible. So Saturday can’t come quickly enough for me.
“This is the league we are in this season and if I am honest I knew we wouldn’t get to the end of the season winning every game and playing fluid football. It doesn’t happen like that.
“I thought there were a few tired bodies out there, though that’s not an excuse as Bury played on Saturday too.
“Next time we play in midweek I may have to make some bigger and better decisions.
“Hindsight is brilliant, but maybe coming into tonight I should have probably made a few changes and freshened things up a bit.”
He added: “We didn’t deserve anything tonight. I would probably have booed that. You are going to have nights like tonight. Put in a bad display like that and you deserve the stick that comes your way.
“I have no complaints. We were beaten by a better side all round. We were a million miles off the pace and got what we deserved, which was a bit of a spanking.
“Everything that was right against Fleetwood on Saturday was wrong tonight. We let them play and when you do that at this level you will get hurt. We never got close.
“Usually when we lose the opposition know they’ve been in a game. I don’t believe Bury will think they’ve been in a game tonight. We stood back and admired them.”
Cox also issued a warning to any player believing Stags are now safe from relegation.
“I just hope one or two of my players don’t think the job is done after a decent run of results as once you think that, you get a short, sharp kick in the backside,” he said.
“We are in a relegation battle and they have all summer to rest their legs.”
Bury boss David Flitcroft said: “It has been getting better and better and I was pleased with the way we locked down the pitch tonight.
“Some of our football was unplayable and we showed a cutting edge and drive. Every aspect of tonight was A1.
“We have worn them down. After 20 minutes of possession football we de-energised them. When you do it well you also energise yourselves and we just grew and grew.”
He continued: “We have done so many miles on the training ground just to get here and the lads have been a credit to the club and myself. They represent everything I believe in football.
“We are a good team who play with pace, power and real quality. We caused them so many problems tonight down the sides and behind them.
“We have players out and tonight we were down to what we’d got. But every single player played a massive part, including those on the bench.”
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VERDICT: Mansfield Town 1 Bury 4
THE performances and results were already there, all that was missing was the goals and they duly arrived at the One Call Stadium.
While the Shakers’ defence has rightly been winning all the plaudits, when the attackers finally took their chance to shine on Tuesday night the proud Stags looked more like deer trapped in the headlights.
Saturday’s goal hero Danny Mayor was their tormentor behind the wheel - driving Bury forward on an emotional night for him personally.
The 24-yar-old midfielder started the classy demolition job with a well-placed drive in the 25th minute before laying on two second-half goals for striker Daniel Nardiello.
And while Sam Clucas gave the Stags faint hopes of a comeback 20 minutes from time, Huddersfield loanee Jake Carroll extinguished those with his first goal in Bury colours just a minute later.
“It’s a special performance from Danny Mayor,” said manager David Flitcroft after the match, despite being reluctant to pick out any individuals following a fantastic team performance.
“He had problems yesterday and I wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to play.
“So it was an emotional night for Danny, but he has represented his family and I’m proud to be his manager tonight.”
While Mayor took centre stage, it was the first time Bury as a whole had really hit top gear under Flitcroft.
Despite being in fine form since the turn of the year, with just one defeat in 10 matches, they had failed to score more than one goal in a game since New Year's Day and the Shakers boss was clearly delighted his side had finally clicked as an attacking force.
“We’ve been very professional about our business over the last eight weeks,” he said.
“I think that puts us on top of the form tables now and it gives me great pleasure the progress I have talked about is now down as a stat.
“We are plus one on goal difference, which is something we have been working towards.
“I’ve been vying for the team to get a couple more goals just so we could get into positive equity and we’ve done that tonight.
“So all round it has been a professional performance from Bury Football Club.”
Bury were made to work, however, before their attackers were able to fill their boots.
Captain Craig Jones was given a rude introduction, suffering a nasty cut above his right eye in the seventh minute following an accidental elbow from Colin Daniel.
The Shakers skipper was able to carry on, with the aid of some heavy strapping and half-time stitches, but after showing they could deal with the rough stuff, Bury slowly wrestled control of the match.
And it wasn’t long before Mayor underlined their dominance, cutting in from the left and rifling a low drive into the bottom corner.
It was the on-loan Sheffield Wednesday midfielder’s second goal in as many games, following his last-gasp winner at Wimbledon on Saturday.
Mansfield invariably took the direct approach whenever they could get hold of the ball, but were restricted to a couple of half chances, Clucas prodding a loose ball wide from close range before testing Bury stopper Brian Jensen with a hooked shot from 30 yards.
The Shakers should have taken a two-goal advantage into the break after Nardiello poked a wicked low ball from Mayor just over.
But they were two goals to the good by the 56th minute, Mayor popping up on the right to find Nardiello with another great low centre, although the Bury striker’s close-range effort only found the net via the inside of the back post.
The victory looked to have been sealed just six minutes later as Mayor put Nardiello through again and this time he crafted an exquisite lob from 30 yards for.
And while Clucas seized on a mistake from Jensen to tap into an empty net, Carroll’s stabbed shot into the turf looped over Alan Marriott in the Stags’ goal quickly restored their three goal advantage.
That saw Bury coast home to their second successive three points on the road, stretching their unbeaten run to six matches and moving them up five places to 15th in the League Two table.
MANSFIELD: Marriott; Sutton, Dempster, Tafazolli (Hutchinson 82); Westlake, Clements (Cain 66), Howell, Daniel; Stevenson; Rhead (Palmer 63), Clucas.
Not used: Dyer, Beevers, Meikle, McGuire.
BURY: Jensen 6; Veseli 7, Mills 8, McNulty 8; Jones 7, Sedgwick 7, Tutte 7, Carroll 7; Mayor 9 (Miller 72); Platt 6 (Forrester 68), Nardiello 8 (Dudley 90).
Not used: Charles-Cook, Hinds, Procter, Burke.
Goals: Mansfield Town 1 (Clucas 70) Bury 4 (Mayor 25, Nardiello 56 & 64, Carroll 71)
Yellow cards: Mansfield Town - Daniel 57. Bury - Carroll 75.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).
Attendance: 2,628 (220 visiting).
Star man: Danny Mayor - The 22-year-old winger promised to add more goals and assists to his game after popping up with a 94th-minute winner against Wimbledon on Saturday, and he duly delivered. It was touch and go if he would even play amid difficult family circumstances. But the Leyland-born midfielder opened the scoring and then laid on a brace for Daniel Nardiello to cap an emotional evening for him personally, as well as a rewarding one for a team that is growing in confidence with every match.
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