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Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance from the boys - they look as though they've looked after themselves over Christmas.
"Their work-ethic, mindset and, more importantly, the shape of our side looked excellent.
"On another day, we could have scored a few more goals, especially in the second half, where I thought we were excellent."
Stags boss Cox hails 'professional' display in win at Alfreton
STAGS boss Paul Cox hailed a 'thoroughly professional performance' from his side in today's impressive 3-0 away win at neighbours Alfreton Town.
Cox had demanded a response after Alfreton won 2-1 at the One Call Stadium on Boxing Day and got exactly that with a one-way traffic second half showing and a clean sheet.
“That was a thoroughly professional performance from the boys today at a very hard place to go and get a result,” said Cox.
“We defended well, kept out shape and looked sharp. And I though Daniel, Green and Meikle looked a constant threat up front.
“Credit to the players, it was New Year's Eve last night and one or two could have been unprofessional. But they obviously all looked after themselves and were very professional.
“This was a big game for us to win and I am not naïve enough not to think some might have an eye on the Liverpool game.
“ The first half was quite even. But in the second half I thought we could have probably scored seven or eight, we were so dominant.
“A move near the end saw about 10 passes and, if it had gone in, it might have been goal of the season.”
Now the January transfer window is open, Cox said he hoped to bring new faces in.
“I think our squad needs strengthening if we are going to be competitive near the top of this league with the schedule of games we have coming up,” he said.
“We need more strength in depth to cope with injuries, suspension and loss of form.”
Cox praises Mansfield Town's professionalism
PAUL Cox praised the professionalism of his Mansfield Town side after they started the new year by sweeping aside Alfreton 3-0.
And now he has told his troops to embrace the mouth-watering tie with Liverpool in the FA Cup this Sunday.
After the 2-1 defeat to Alfreton on Boxing Day, Stags bounced back in the return fixture at the Impact Arena yesterday.
Cox said: "Alfreton is a hard place to get a win and the lads were very professional.
"We kept our shape and, in the second half, we could have scored seven or eight, we were that dominant.
"I am very proud of the lads because at this time of year, when we have not had many games, they have kept themselves fit and sharp when it could have been easy to take their eye off the ball."
As for a selection problem against Liverpool, he said: "It is a nice headache but it will not be very nice for certain individuals if they do not play. The approach will be the same. We all want to embrace it and give it a good go. Anything can happen."
LAW DISAPPOINTED AT CHARACTER OF SIDE
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law called on his young side to show their character after seeing them go down 3-0 at home to Mansfield Town on New Year's Day.
The Reds had gone toe-to-toe with the Stags until just before half-time when the visitors took the lead, and after Law's side were denied what looked a stone-wall penalty appeal on 56 minutes, Mansfield took over and bossed the game.
"I think there was nothing in the first half. We were defending a difficult wind and we have done that. That's when you are looking for your players and the team to see you out to half time" reflected the Reds boss.
"And then we concede a poor goal just before half time. Clayton loses the first header, Quinny has lost Geohaghan for the second header and you go in 1-0 down when it could have been so much better
"What that does, it deflates you and gives them a massive lift. They have gone in 1-0 up in a game where they shouldn't have done.
"Nil-nil at half time would have been a fair result and then we come out second half and for me, we have not made our mark on the game. We have gone and tried to play the way that they do and unfortunately, they are better at it than us.
"We have got involved in a brawl and we have not been able to cope with it. It is disappointing but fair play to them.
"We have gone over there and won on Boxing Day and what we have done is stir up a hornet's nest. They have come here today with a reaction and too many [of our players] have not been able to stand up to that reaction and that is disappointing.
"I am not going to name names, but people you would think are in the team for that reason haven't stood up to it today."
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