COX AND DANNY COWLEY REACTION
Cox: We must stick together
mansfieldtown.net, 18th November 2014
Boss' thoughts on draw with Vanarama South outfit.
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Manager Paul Cox believes our team should be proud of their efforts, despite tonight's 1-1 draw with non-league Concord Rangers at One Call Stadium.
An own goal by Danny Glozier put us ahead early in the first half, but a thunderous 30-yard strike by Jordan Chiedozie - undoubtedly a contender for Goal of the Season, earned the plucky visitors a replay next week.
Speaking after the game, our boss said: "I think we got nervous in possession, but I can’t ask much more of my players. Rakish has hit the target, Clem (Chris Clements) has hit the target, and I know many people will say by certain scenarios we should beat these teams 7-0 but it doesn’t always happen, this is the FA Cup.
"It was never going to be easy, but I thought we tried to be brave. We tried to move the ball and we created some half decent chances, and the three saves their 'keeper pulled off was probably the difference. Overall, the only thing I can complain about is for the wonder strike, we fell asleep straight after we scored.”
When asked about whether he was dreading a trip down Concord's tiny Aspect Arena next Tuesday, Cox insisted that he’s not fretting over adding another game to an already busy winter period.
“It’s another game," said our boss. "Two years ago we did exactly the same thing, we played Slough at home, had a same sort of result, then we went down there and won on penalties. There aren’t any easy games in football now.”
Cox heaped praise on both goalkeepers tonight, with special recognition for opposing 'keeper Josh Vickers.
He continued: “Their keeper has pulled off three world class saves, the last one being out of this world. You can see why he comes from Arsenal. I don’t even remember Sascha having much to do other than tipping that one effort over the bar.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s home game with Plymouth Argyle, Cox believes the game with the Pilgrims is just one of the difficult fixtures that we face over the winter.
The manager added: “We have always said we have that November and December will be a tough couple of months, but I think some people forget that since the beginning of the season and with the injuries we’ve had, the players just need some confidence and people to cheer them on. We’ll work hard to put three points on the board on Saturday.”
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Stags boss Cox praises Concord keeper but unhappy with boos for his young players
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox paid tribute to Concord Rangers keeper Josh Vickers but said he was upset with the booing of his young players as Stags were held 1-1 at home by the Conference South visitors in the FA Cup first round tonight.
Rangers thoroughly deserved their replay as Mansfield went a ninth game without a win and Stags were booed during the game and then at the end with fans shouting for Cox to go.
“I don’t know what people want sometimes,” he said.
“We created chances but we came up against a keeper in top form tonight and you can understand why he is Arsenal.
“Their keeper pulled off three world class saves, including Chris Clements’ free kick right at the end. The one Rakish Bingham hit you usually see them flying into the back of the net.
“It was 1-1 which was the same as two years ago when we played Slough here. We had to go there and win that on penalties.
“I don’t think we played badly. We tried to pass the ball, though we did look a bit anxious. But I couldn’t really ask any more of my players.
“I know people will say in some scenarios we should have beaten them 7-0. But that doesn’t happen. Look at Worcester beating Coventry and Warrington beating Exeter.
“It was frustrating but not as frustrating as if we had lost at home. We are still in the cup and we will dust ourselves down and try to win away from home.
“It was never going to be easy tonight and I thought we tried to be brave and do the right things.
“But their keeper made the difference tonight and they scored a wonder goal. My only complaint was we fell asleep straight after we scored.”
Cox was upset by some of the supporters’ booing directed at his young players during the game and said: “There are some aspects that were disappointing tonight.
“I had some young players out there learning their trade and they tried to do the right things tonight and I was disappointed with some of the responses they got from the sidelines. But there you go, that happens.
“The players are working hard to put things right.
“It is nine without a win, but I think it was 13 last year and we still finished joint 10th. People can make of it what they will. Statistics are there to be manipulated.
“It is sometimes hard to get out of a rut when you are low on confidence. You need people to get behind you and cheer you on.
“All we are concentrating on now is Saturday’s game with Plymouth.”
Cox felt no one was recognising just how hard-hit the club has been on the injury front lately while results have dropped off and said: “No one gives a monkey’s about the injuries we’ve had.
“I hear managers talk about having a centre forward missing and we had 11 players out at once. But you just have to get on with it as no one cares. It’s a waste of time harping on about it. We will come through this as a group.”
Concord Rangers boss Danny Cowley savoured one of the most famous nights in the club’s history after their first ever FA Cup first round tie saw Danny Glozier’s own goal put Stags ahead on 17 minutes before being wiped out by a 30 yard Jordan Chiedozie rocket shot within 45 seconds.
“Tonight is a special night for everyone,” said Cowley.
“I am proud of everyone. We have come a long way. Eight years ago we couldn’t have dreamt of being in the FA Cup first round, let alone holding a League club.
“There were some colossal performances tonight from players right at the top of their game. To come away to a Football League club you have got to have players at their best and that what we had tonight.
“Will, desire, determination, we have got them all in abundance in that dressing room.
“We had a tough league game against the leaders on Saturday on a really heavy pitch which took a lot out of us, but the players came through this tonight which was a testament to their fitness and will. I thought if anyone was going to go on and win it it was us.
“In these games you need everything to go for you. So when we scored an own goal you are concerned.
“But Jordan Chiedozie scored us a wonderful goal straight away. I am pleased for him as he is a special player who can have a very good career if he keeps working hard, which I am sure he will. We are very lucky to have him.
“Mansfield remain favourites but we will give it our very best shot, you can depend on that.”
Paul Cox: Mansfield Town manager defiant after FA Cup draw
Paul Cox has insisted he has no intention of quitting as manager of League Two strugglers Mansfield Town.
The Stags have gone nine games without a victory following Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Conference South club Concord Rangers in the FA Cup first round.
Pressure has been mounting on Cox and the team were booed off at the end.
"Every year I've produced for this football club but for some people that's not good enough," the 42-year-old told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"We went on an 11-game (winless) run last year. This is the same scenario, but we haven't got the budget.
"People are asking me to pull rabbits out the hat. We've had to cut the cloth accordingly."
Essex side Concord are 44 league places below Mansfield in English football's pyramid, but earned a replay when Jordan Chiedozie's stunning 30-yard strike cancelled out Danny Glozier's own goal.
The replay will take place on Tuesday, 25 November and Cox is confident he still has the support of chairman John Radford.
"The chairman has always backed me. We have a great relationship," Cox said.
"We've got to work hard with the youth. Just because we've had a bad run doesn't mean I'm a bad manager."
Cox's Mansfield record
FA Cup: Concord Rangers boss proud of 'colossal' players
Concord Rangers boss Danny Cowley hailed "some colossal performances" by his players after their 1-1 FA Cup first-round draw at Mansfield.
The Conference South team are 44 places below the League Two Stags in the English football pyramid.
"We had individuals who played right at the top of their game. I'm proud of them," Cowley told BBC Essex.
"If you're going to come to a Football League club, you have to have players at their best and they did that."
Jordan Chiedozie scored a superb 30-yard strike for Concord to level up Danny Glozier's own goal and force a replay back on Canvey Island on Tuesday.
Concord, nicknamed the Beach Boys, were playing in the Essex Senior League in 2008, the ninth tier of English football, but have been promoted three times in the last six years.
"We've come a long way. Eight years ago this club couldn't have dreamed of this moment - to be in the FA Cup first round, let alone hold a league club to a draw," said PE teacher Cowley.
"There are a lot of people who volunteer their time and are really selfless. It's for those people tonight, because it's their club."
Cowley was back at work at 07:30 GMT on Wednesday morning to teach pupils at FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh, only four hours after the team coach had arrived back in Essex.
"I think some of the boys were up earlier than me," he said.
"It's tough but that's the life of people who are involved in non-league football.
"Quite a lot of our children come and watch our games now. They'll be really pleased this morning."
Jordan Chiedozie delighted with superb FA Cup strike at Mansfield Town
echo-news.co.uk, by Luke Lambert
JORDAN Chiedozie says it was an “amazing feeling” to see his thunderbolt shot hit the net in Concord Rangers’ FA Cup draw at Mansfield Town.
The 20-year-old unleashed a fierce 30-yard drive with 17 minutes played at Field Mill to equalise for the Beachboys, only 45 seconds after a Danny Glozier own goal had put the League Two side ahead.
Chiedozie, son of former Tottenham Hotspur player John, was a menace all night, with his tireless display earning a rousing reception from the home supporters, while they rose as one to applaud his blockbuster leveler.
And Chiedozie, who came through the youth ranks at Bournemouth, said he was pleased he had his shooting boots on.
“It was nice to score a goal that wasn’t with my head,” laughed the striker.
“My last few have been headers, but this was a real goal and I am pleased it helped the team.
“I wasn’t going to hit it at first but the space opened up in front of me and I thought ‘why not?’ “When you hit a shot like that on a stage like this and it goes in it is an amazing feeling. It was one of my best goals.”
The goal was Chiedozie’s second in two matches since returning from injury, and he said his goal came at the right time, with Concord on the ropes in the First Round tie.
“We needed that goal when it came,” he said. “We conceded a really unfortunate goal and they were building up a head of steam at that point. If you let teams like this get on top it is hard to come back so it was important.
“I have played two 90 minute games now since coming back from injury so I feel a bit tired but I am scoring goals and the team is doing well.
“Now we need to get regroup and go again next week.”
Chiedozie could have won the tie on the night, only to be denied by a superb fingertip save from Stags stopper Sascha Studer.
“Their goalkeeper was excellent. He made some good saves and the one that stopped me scoring was a really good stop but saying that our keeper (Josh Vickers) was fantastic too.”
Chiedozie joined the club at the start of the season and has fast become a fans favourite, hitting seven goals for the club to date.
And he said he wanted to make his mark on the big stage, in front of 2,023 watching fans, and give something back to the 101 Beachboys fans that made the trip.
“This was a good chance to show what I am about,” said the striker. “When I first came here I didn’t know a lot about the club but I am really enjoying my football at the moment.
“I am getting out on the pitch and am enjoying playing. You can see the quality we have in the squad and we are proving that week after week.
“We can’t wait for the replay.”
Thx to the crowd for beeing Man of the Match! Think the Team tried everything to have a win! So lets have a win away next tuesday in the FA Cup! Abd hopefully on Saturday as well!!!
Adam Bishop @adambishop1998
Shame about the result, but happy to be on the bench!!
Matt Fry @M_Fry90
I've even slept on it and I can't believe how respectful the @mansfieldtownfc fans were.. Also massive credit to our fans..best support yet!
James White @J_White8
Very big thank you to the @mansfieldtownfc supporters for the standing ovation at the end. Shows great respect for @ConcordRangers. #class
ANT SMITH @ChairCon
bursting with pride rgt now, we took them all the way as I knew we would, great team performance &Thanks to stags fans for the ovation #Yamc
ANT SMITH @ChairCon
Did anyone tell Paul cox his keeper got MOM
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