COX AND MICKY MELLON REACTION
Cox rues McGuire red card
mansfieldtown.net, 15th November 2014
Boss believes sending off on the half-hour killed our chances of achieving a positive result.
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Manager Paul Cox was left feeling frustrated about Jamie McGuire’s red card as our 10 men went down 2-0 to high-flying Shrewsbury Town at the Greenhous Meadow.
The Stags, who slip down to 19th position in Sky Bet League Two as a result, were holding the hosts reasonably well until the half-hour mark when the incident occurred.
McGuire, who had already been cautioned after an incident involving ex-Stag Liam Lawrence, went in to win a tackle with James Collins, but was then sent-off for what the referee deemed to be a second bookable offence.
Shrewsbury then dominated proceedings with an extra man advantage and went on to win courtesy of second half strikes by Bobby Grant and Collins.
“I think the sending off killed the game as a spectacle for us,” said our boss.
“They had a lot of possession [early on] but I didn’t think there was any danger. They were not hurting us and the game was just starting to ebb and flow a little bit.
“It was a hard enough game to come into and to lose a man when we did and play the remainder of the game with 10 men, we were always chasing them.”
He continued: “We were playing against a side today who are good in possession and I think they’ll be in the top three come the end of the season, but the sending off killed us a little bit. It killed our shape - we had to re-organise personnel and it made it a tougher game.
“I can’t fault our work ethic today and the players are working hard, but as I’ve said a number of times now, we’ve got to work a little bit smarter.”
Reflecting on our team’s second half performance, Cox added: “We kept our shape well and were playing against a very good side. They made the extra man count. It was a tough game with 11 men and it becomes even tougher with 10, given the quality that they’ve got.
“The first goal was also a killer, because up until then I thought they had a lot of possession - went from right to left, but never really went through us. It was only after the first one went in that they really started to pop the ball about and play through the lines.”
Stags boss Cox unhappy with McGuire dismissal in Shrewsbury defeat
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox was disappointed with today’s red card for midfielder Jamie McGuire that left Stags facing an hour with 10 men as they lost 2-0 at in-form Shrewsbury Town.
McGuire went for two yellow cards in three minutes, but Cox was adamant that referee Darren Handley should not have booked McGuire for the first challenge and rather then should have sent off Bobby Grant for his retaliation.
Instead the Shrews went on to maintain their 100 per cent home League record with two second half goals.
“I think the sending-off killed the game as a spectacle for us,” said Cox.
“I didn’t think we were in any danger. They had a lot of possession but never really hurt us and I thought the game had just started to ebb and flow a bit.
“I can’t understand why Jamie McGuire was booked for the first card as it looked to me like a sending-off for their lad for a bit of retaliation.
“Jamie should probably have stayed out of it after that. But it is hard with a player like that who likes to get about the pitch and break things up and you can’t take that away from his game.
“It was a hard enough game to come into, so to lose a man made it even harder and once they scored we were always chasing it then.
“All I want is a bit of consistency from referees. I think our opinions will differ on that after this game.
“But I am not saying the sending-off was the only reason for the loss. But it didn’t help the boys at all.
“We were up against a very good side. I think Shrewsbury will be up there in the top three at the end of the season.”
He added: “I can’t blame our work ethic as the lads worked hard.
“But that extra man counts and they made it count very well. They kept the ball and ground us down.
“The first goal was the killer. It was only after that they started to pop the ball around.
“We have come through a tough period with injuries and we had players back today who need match fitness. They certainly got that today.
“Consistency of results will only come from consistency of players available and team selection. I think that’s just round the corner.”
Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:
"First half we knew it was going to be difficult to break down a well organised Mansfield side. Eventually we knew our athleticism would prove to be the difference.
"We had to keep patient, but sometimes you can be too patient. When we pass it we have to create chances and score goals. We upped the tempo and knew we would score goals.
"Bobby Grant is a terrific talent and we are delighted to see his shot hit the back of the net - that really helped open up the game. He hit it hard, and I am delighted for him.
"We have been consistently putting in performances all season, maybe not always getting results. But we have done nothing yet. We have to keep making ourselves strong and making the performance level high."
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"We knew this would be a tough game, I am disappointed with the sending off. I don't think Jamie was the aggressor.
"We have come up against a very good side who are flying high in the table. The sending off killed our game plan.
"The problem was when we went down to ten men the quality of the balls up field wasn't good enough."
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Micky Delighted With Win Over Mansfield
Sat 15 Nov 2014
Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon
I told them to keep patient but don't be too patient Micky Mellon, Sat 15 Nov 2014
Manager also staying grounded despite result
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Manager Micky Mellon was delighted after Shrewsbury Town secured a 2-0 win over Mansfield Town on Saturday - but reiterated his side will not be getting carried away.
Second-half goals from Bobby Grant - the winger's first for Town - and striker James Collins gave the Shrews another three points in the Sky Bet League 2 game at the Greenhous Meadow.
Micky's side moved up to second in the league table after seeing off the ten-man Stags, Jamie McGuire the man sent off for the visitors.
And the Town boss was pleased to earn a sixth-straight league win but remained grounded after full-time.
"I the end I was absolutely delighted and it was a fantastic three points for us," said Micky.
"I told them to keep patient but don't be too patient because if you keep on turning down those passes into frontmen, you've got to make sure that you still have one eye on trying to create chances and trying to score goals.
"We've done nothing yet, though, other than pick up another three points to add to the tally that we have.
"We won't be getting carried away. We know that there's an awful lot of work to be done.
"There's standards that we have to keep on continually meeting all the time."
The two sides went in at the break with the game being goalless, although Mansfield were down to ten man after two bookings for McGuire.
Micky said: "In the first half we knew it was always going to be difficult to break down a well-organised Mansfield side.
"We just knew that we had to hang in there because we know we've got good athletes and good footballers and eventually we believed that they would represent us and get us a result like we did.
"We went out in the second half and upped the tempo a little bit. We believed in the good players we have and the huge athletes we have that they would eventually make an impact, and they did."
On-loan Blackpool winger Grant fired in his first goal for the Club in the 59th minute with a blockbuster from just inside the box.
"We see him every day in training and he's capable of doing what he did (for his goal)," said Micky.
"He's a terrific talent, Bobby. We're delighted to have him here.
"We were delighted to see it hit the back of the net when it did because that really opened up the game and we gained a lot of control then."
Collins grabbed his eighth goal of the season to double Town's lead, and Micky was just as pleased for the striker who is beginning to get back among the goals again.
"I'm delighted for Collo. I like goalscorers, that's what they're all about - they want to score goals," said Micky.
"I was pleased to see him score a goal and a it was a good goal as well. We just keep on trying to churn out the results now.
"What I was pleased about is that we had to bring in Cameron Gayle and Mark Ellis at Walsall and I've spoken to them during the week and thanked them for making sure they were game-ready and keeping the group moving forward.
"It's great that we know we've got a group here that, when we call upon them, can come in and carry the level of performance from the team forward."
Micky also revealed he is hoping to have forward Andy Mangan back in time for Tuesday night's FA Cup First Round replay against Walsall after a recurring knee problem.
"He got injured on Thursday in training," said Micky.
"He's got a knee injury that keeps flaring up every now and again.
"We don't think there's any damage to it other than that now and again it flares up a little bit.
"We've had a look at it and it's just one of these things that we've known about it as a historic injury.
"Unfortunately for him he wasn't available to play against Mansfield.
"We'll monitor and work on him and try to get him available for a fantastic cup tie (against Walsall) on Tuesday."
Lawrence,"It's promotion form and that's what we're aiming for"
It's brilliant to be getting a run of matches Liam Lawrence,
Skipper pleased with Mansfield win but still has soft spot for his old club
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Shrewsbury Town captain Liam Lawrence says winning six league games in a row is a credit to everyone at the club. Saturday's 2-0 win over Mansfield at the Greenhous Meadow added to victories against Cheltenham, York, Bury, Portsmouth and Dagenham and Redbridge in recent weeks.
"It's a real achievement at any level to win that amount of games," he said. "It's promotion form and that's what we're aiming for. The squad is looking good, we've got a good manager, chairman and coaching staff. Mike Jackson is very tactically aware. I said when I came in during pre-season that we've got a great set of lads and that's what has given us a chance."
The win leaves Town second in the table, just a point off leaders Luton, and it maintained their excellent run of home form where Shrewsbury have won 10 out of 12 league and cup games this season.
For ex-Mansfield player Lawrence, the club where he began his career, it was a special afternoon.
"I'm just glad we won," he said. "Playing for Shrewsbury I want to win every game and go as far up the league as we can but unfortunately it was against Mansfield. Their fans were brilliant and the reception I received at the end was touching. The club still means a lot to me, they gave me a start and education in football. I'm very happy to be associated with them."
The Stags cause wasn't helped by the first half dismissal of Jamie McGuire and Shrewsbury had to be patient to make their extra man count when Bobby Grant rifled in a bullet of a goal just short of the hour mark. Top-scorer James Collins then netted his 8th of the season to seal a deserved three points.
"It was always going to be a difficult game with the way they came to play and match us up," said Lawrence. "We had to grind it out, keep going and hope our fans weren't going to get too discruntled after an hour. We had to be patient. As we proved against Dagenham when we went down to 10 men, sometimes it's not as easy as people think. They got men behind the ball and when I looked up there were 10 Mansfield players in front of me, it was hard work.
"Bobby's goal was fantastic. Jack Grimmer has done brilliantly to lay it back and he's had a fantastic game, he's a really exciting talent. It was a thunderbolt and Bobby has brought real quality to the squad.
"The finish from James was very good. It was a case of right place, right time like Andy Mangan against Chelsea. The strikers are in there for a reason and there was no messing - straight into the net. There's good competition in those areas with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Scott Vernon who is probably one of the best finishers at the club. As long as we keep it tight at the back, we know we can score."
After struggling to get a run of games at the start of the season, Lawrence has started the last 4 games for Town.
"It's brilliant to be getting a run of matches," he said. "I love football, I'm human and even at my age I just want to play and train every day. I'm glad to be back in the team and hopefully I can keep my place."
Attention now switches back to the FA Cup with Walsall the visitors on Tuesday evening after the two sides drew 2-2.
"People have said Walsall have beaten us too many times down the years so we want to beat them on Tuesday, that's for sure," he said.
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