COX, TAFAZOLLI, CHRIS WILDER REACTION
video interviews with Cox and Tafazolli:
Cox unhappy with set-piece goal
Boss rues goal which saw us slip to defeat on opening day.
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Manager Paul Cox was unhappy with our defending in the build-up to Northampton Town’s goal in today’s 1-0 defeat at the Sixfields Stadium.
The Cobblers earned maximum points on the opening day of the new Sky Bet League Two season courtesy of Kaid Mohamed’s close-range header from Darren Carter’s corner-kick on 26 minutes.
“I’m disappointed to lose the game from a re-start,” said Cox. “It’s something that we work on in training and is usually one of our strengths. It was ultimately that goal that decided the game.”
When asked if shot-stopper Sascha Studer was fouled in the build-up to the goal, our boss continued: “No. We didn’t defend it properly and the lad had a free header.
“It’s unlike us because we’ve got our roles and responsibilities and we switched off. At that point I thought we were on top in the game and not under any pressure whatsoever.”
He added: “There’s a lot of food for thought. I thought we looked a little bit ‘leggy’ in the last third, but that’ll come with Liam Hearn getting more game-time and getting Matt Rhead back.
“We played some good stuff in the first half, but we became a little bit erratic near the end. It was that grey area in the final third which cost us.”
A miserable afternoon for us was made even worse shortly after the re-start when Ollie Palmer limped off with suspected ankle-ligament damage.
Cox has confirmed that the young striker is set to be out of action for approximately two to three weeks.
“It was a big shame to lose Ollie,” continued our boss. “I think [he injured] his ankle ligaments, so it looks like he’ll be out for two or three weeks, but it’s something that we’ve just got to get on with.”
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"We switched off from a restart that was it.
"I thought both teams were evenly matched but we switched off from the restart and have been done 1-0. I don't think there was much in it.
"We got a bit edgy second half, We got a bit anxious but I thought we played some decent stuff but our decision making needs to be better."
Paul Cox calls on Mansfield Town players to win individual battles after Northampton Town defeat
chad.co.uk report by Stephen Thirkill
Disappointed Paul Cox says his players must learn to win their individual battles if Mansfield Town are to be successful in League Two.
Cox was left fuming at the non-existent marking which allowed Kaid Mohamed to head past Sascha Studer in the 26th minute and seal a 1-0 win for Northampton.
“I am disappointed to have lost a game from a restart,” Cox said. “That is something that we work on in training and something that is normally our strength.
“It was that goal that undid us and something that we need to learn from. We did not defend the cross and allowed the lad to have a free header.
“I want the players to go out and play, but the reality is we have to win our individual battles and we did not do that for the goal.
“I thought up to that point we were playing some good stuff and on top in the game.
“Pre-season is very easy when teams are giving you time and space and are allowing you to play.
“We were a bit too erratic towards the end and need to make better choices as a team in the final third.
“It was in the final third where we lost this game today. We have to accept the score, it has brought the playing staff down to earth.”
Stags had come back strongly after falling behind and nearly drew level through a Ryan Tafazolli header and a thunderbolt from Rob Taylor in first half stoppage time.
And, with Northampton guilty of some very wasteful finishing, Mansfield also enjoyed a late flurry of half-chances through substitutes Liam Hearn and Sam Clucas in the dying minutes of the game.
But it was too little too late as Stags were left to reflect on a disappointing start to their League Two campaign
Stags were also dealt a blow after striker Ollie Palmer limped off after 55 minutes with ankle ligament damage, which is likely to keep him out for between two and three weeks.
That means Cox will have just Hearn and Fisher to select from as Matt Rhead continues to serve his suspension.
But, despite his disappointment, Cox said there were positives to be taken out of the game.
“I will not throw myself off the rooftop because we have lost one game,” said Cox.
“What we need to do now is improve on the little things that got the better of us.
“It is the first game of the season and we have got a lot of news players, I don’t expect us to be the finished article at this stage.
“There are positives to have come out of the game. We looked a bit leggy in the final third, but that will be sorted with more game time for Liam Hearn and getting Matt Rhead back.
“I thought Hearn and Clucas had an effect when they came on. If we can improve in both boxes then we can become a good team.”
Stags will look to get their first three points of the season when they play host to Oxford United on Saturday.
Tafazolli reflects on opening day defeat
Defender regrets missed chances in curtain-raiser to the new season.
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Defender Ryan Tafazolli believes we were unfortunate not to come away from the Sixfields Stadium with any points, following today’s narrow defeat to Northampton Town.
Our team lost the Sky Bet League Two season-opener 1-0 at the Sixfields Stadium courtesy of Kaid Mohamed’s free header from a set-piece just prior to the hour mark.
“A lot of people had a few chances today, including myself,” said Tafazolli. “I think I had two or three and we could have had a couple of goals, but it was one of those days where it just didn’t fall for us
“We’ll go into training on Monday and we’ll watch the DVD as a squad and break it down to have a look at the things we can improve and look at the positives.”
He continued: “I think we’ve got a lot more individual quality this year and a lot of players that can make things happen.
“There is a togetherness within the squad this year and everyone is a lot closer. We’re a lot more ‘matey’ off the pitch as well as on the pitch and I think that will help us.
“The squad is a lot smaller, so I think that will take us through the times.”
Tafazolli came agonisingly close to equalising for us deep into injury-time at the end of the first period when his bullet-header drew a fantastic reaction save from Cobblers’ ‘keeper Matt Duke.
“I wish I could have done better with it,” said the 22-year-old. “All you get told is to get your headers on target and that’s the best you can do.
“I headed it down, but the ‘keeper pulled off a ‘worldie’ save to be fair to him.”
On Mohamed’s match-winning goal, Tafazolli added: “We’re renowned for not conceding from set-pieces and to be honest, I couldn’t tell you the last time we did concede from one.
“We’ve just got to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”
CHRIS WILDER ON THE WIN OVER MANSFIELD
ntfc.co.uk, by Gareth Willsher
The views of the Cobblers boss on Northampton Town v Mansfield Town
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In the second half we opened up a bit more and with the chances we had we probably should have put the game beyond them"
Cobblers boss Chris Wilder reflecting on the opening day victory over Mansfield.
“That was a tough game for us today, Mansfield are a decent side and they will take points off lots of teams this season,” he said.
“It was a tight first half but we managed to get our noses in front. In the second half we opened up a bit more and with the chances we had we probably should have put the game beyond them.
“We are a little bit disappointed we didn't kill the game off but we've managed to get our season up and running with three points.
“Our finishing in and around the box needs to improve but we had some good build up play today and Marc and Ivan will score goals, there is no doubt about that.”
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