COX, SPEIGHT, ANDY SINTON REACTION
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Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It's two points dropped. I think the disappointing thing for me was the way we conceded the two sloppy goals once we'd gone in front.
"But then I think second half we weren't brave - we changed the system, we went 4-4-2, put two wingers on - we made bad decisions.
"You can't have a go at the work ethic they put in today but our decision-making has got to be better."
Stags too anxious to take advantage against 10-men Telford, says boss Paul Cox
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox felt his side's anxiety and lack of 'bravery' in the second half cost them the chance to take all three points in today's 2-2 draw at 10-men AFC Telford.
Liam Chilvers was sent off as last man for bringing down Jake Speight near the end of a thrilling first half.
But the short-handed Bucks did well after the break to comfortably shut out the visitors and Cox said: “I have to see that as two points lost, though it could be a good point come the end of the season.
“We just needed to be braver in the second half.
“We have to be more professional when we go 1-0 up and we need to kill games for 10 minutes to give us a foothold.
“Then we let them score two sloppy goals. The penalty put us back in it.
“But in the second half, although the ball flashed across their goal a few times, we were not brave enough.
“I don't know what it is about us away from home right now but we look anxious and it's like the ball is a red hot potato and they want to get rid of it as soon as possible.
“We need to pick a pass and relax a bit. We need to just play a simple ball.
“In the end we more or less went 4-2-4 and let Lindon Meikle and Louis Briscoe off the leash. But we made too many bad decisions. Ultimately Telford parked their own coach in front of their goal.”
Home boss Andy Sinton was incensed by the crucial decision that saw Chilvers sent-off and said: “Liam Chilvers is an honest lad and I asked him what he did and he said he did leave an arm out but there was minimal contact and Speight went down.
“I saw minimal contact too. I am getting a bit fed up as it seems to be almost every week that decisions are proving costly to us.
“When it's small teams against big teams, the big teams always get the decisions. It is hard enough to play against full-time big-spending clubs when it's 11 on 11.
“But credit to my players today. They were brilliant and I believed, that even with 10 men, we could win it.”
Jake Speight added: “There was definitely contact or I wouldn't have gone down. But I didn't think it was a red card as I was wide of goal. It wasn't like I was in on the keeper.
“The referee made a few bad decisions both ways today and that (the red card) was one of them.
“But we didn't take advantage of having the extra man.
“Ten men always seem to be a lot harder to break down. I don't know why it is. They got men behind the ball and we just couldn't break them down.”
Cox: We lacked bravery
Manager Paul Cox believes our team 'lacked bravery' in our 2-2 draw at AFC Telford United.
Lee Beevers fired us ahead with a freak goal after 11 minutes, before an own-goal from centre-back Ryan Tafazolli and a strike from Richard Davies helped the hosts gain a narrow lead.
Jake Speight levelled from the penalty spot before the interval, but we were unable to find a winning goal despite playing against ten men for the entire second half, after Liam Chilvers was sent-off on his home debut.
“I think we have to look at today as two points lost,” admitted Cox, who was speaking shortly after the final whistle.
“We looked very anxious at times and I've told the players that they need to relax a bit more. It's like the ball is a potato and the players want to get rid of it as quickly as possible.
“You can't have a go at our work ethic today, but ultimately it was one of those games where we needed to be a bit braver with our decision making.”
After an eventful first 45 minutes, our boss opted to change from a 3-4-1-2 formation and instead deploy a 4-4-2 formation in the second period, a tactical decision that Cox explained was intended to help us find a winner.
He continued: “We wanted to get the ball wide more in the second period, which is why we brought on Lindon Meikle and Louis Briscoe.”
“I thought we had the ball in some good areas in and around their box, but our decision making was a massive decider on the final result. We just need to learn to relax.”
One of the major talking points of the game arose only minutes prior to half-time when Chilvers received a straight red card after he was judged to have fouled Speight inside the area.
The decision from referee Brett Huxtable left Bucks boss Andy Sinton seething, though Cox believes the decision to award a spot-kick was the correct one.
“I'd like to look at the DVD to see the incident again, but I believe there was contact,” said Cox.
“Jake Speight was in a good goal scoring position and I thought he would go on and finish it off anyway. Referees have a tough job and ultimately their decisions are the only ones that matter.”
Our next game in the Blue Square Bet Premier is on Tuesday night when we travel to Moss Rose to lock horns with Macclesfield Town (kick-off 7.45pm).
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox: "We have to relax more"
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox has told his side to relax after throwing away two points in a draw against ten-man AFC Telford.
The Stags had a man advantage after Liam Chilvers was sent off in the first half, leading to Jake Speight making it 2-2 from the penalty spot.
But Mansfield failed to capitalise in the second period and the game ended all square – their first draw of the season.
They now face another away encounter, this time at Macclesfield tomorrow night at Moss Rose.
And Cox said: "We looked very anxious at times and I've told the players that they need to relax a bit more.
"It's like the ball is a potato and the players want to get rid of it as quickly as possible.
"You can't have a go at our work ethic, but ultimately it was one of those games where we needed to be a bit braver with our decision making.
"I think we have to look at this as two points lost."
The Stags switched tactics in the second half, going 4-4-2 in search of a winning goal.
He continued: "I thought we had the ball in some good areas in and around their box.
"But our decision making was a massive decider on the final result. We just need to learn to relax."
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