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28th January 2013 18:11

Rhead bags brace in friendly

Goals from Matt Rhead (2), Nick Wright and Lee Stevenson earned us a fine 4-0 victory over Notts County in a behind closed doors friendly at St George's Park earlier today.


Manager Paul Cox named two different teams for the game, with Exodus Geohaghon, who has missed our last two league games due to a hamstring problem, and Jamie Tolley amongst those involved.

Speaking shortly afterwards, our boss said: “We've been training on 3G for the last few days, so we wanted a run out to avoid becoming rusty.

“Although the scoreline would suggest otherwise, it was a good, physical workout and a competitive game.”

Cox continued: “Exodus [Geohaghon] got through 45 minutes and we're really pleased with that. Jamie Tolley also played and did well.

“He [Tolley] has still got to get a bit fitter and sharper, but with potentially another [behind closed doors] game on Saturday, and a reserve game next week, he'll have that chance.

“He's shown a lot of desire and hunger over the last few weeks and I'll never close the door on anyone.”

Despite only a week to go until the transfer window closes, our boss has also confirmed that he is no closer to agreeing deals to sign any new players than he was before.

“I expected players to be departing and arriving at clubs, here, there, and everywhere,” stated Cox.

“I'm in talks with representatives from a few clubs, so there may still be one or two [players] coming in, but we have some competition from other clubs too.”


Jamie Tolley could still have future with Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk Friday 25 January 2013

JAMIE Tolley could still have a future with Mansfield Town, says manager Paul Cox.


Tolley has been unable to win a first team place since signing last summer, but the midfielder impressed in yesterday's 4-0 behind-closed-doors friendly win over Notts County.

Cox said: “Jamie Tolley played very well and that gives me a headache.

“He probably needs to get a bit fitter and sharper, but if we get another friendly in on Saturday and then play a reserve game next week, they will sharpen him up.

“If a player is hungry, shows desire and wants to hang around and be positive, then I won't show the door to anyone. I have showed that with Lee Stevenson and Luke Jones, who are back in the side.

“They just have to have the desire to be successful.

“For whatever reason things didn't work out with Jamie in the early part of the season.

“But, of late, he has shown a bit of hunger to get back in the side and I embrace that. I don't hold grudges against anyone.”


Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox happy to play waiting game on signings
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Nottingham Post

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox insists he will stay patient over potential signings – and not be forced into any rash decisions.


The Stags boss is chasing Fleetwood defender Steve McNulty, as well as a midfielder and striker who both play in the Football League.

He says his targets are in high demand and understands he has to play a waiting game.

The Stags have no game today, as scheduled opponents Wrexham are in FA Trophy action but he says there is a chance something could happen before Tuesday's trip to Hereford.

But he added: "I am speaking to players and we are not a million miles away but these lads have a lot of clubs trying to sign them.

"You have to be patient and I'll be honest, if I cannot get the right people who I want, I won't just go out signing others for the sake of it.

"I have a squad showing hunger and desire at the minute, wanting to break into the first team, and I am not going to affect that by bringing in players for the sake of it.

"But those I want to make the squad stronger I will keep talking to and hope to bring them to Mansfield Town."


Stags beat the weather and Notts County in friendly
chad.co.uk Thursday 24 January 2013

MANSFIELD Town again beat the weather with a 4-0 behind-closed-doors friendly win over neighbours Notts County in the plush surroundings of England's St George's Park facilities in Burton today.


Stags, who had already twice played this week to chalk up two away wins at Stockport and Southport when many other games fell to the snow and ice, arranged to face the Magpies on an superb undersoil heated surface.

The Notts side contained one or two first team names, but they were blown away by three second half goals as Mansfield played two different 11s in each half.

Matt Rhead (2), Lee Stevenson and Nick Wright all found the net and manager Paul Cox said: “Both 11s did really well in their respective halves. It was a really good run-out for the boys and important to stop us going rusty.

“Credit to us and Notts County to get this game on with so many frozen pitches with snow on them around the country. It was a good, physical game which is important as losing fitness and sharpness can quickly catch up on you.

“The facilities down there are on a different level. They are second to none. We have been training on rubbercrumb at Derby which is quite hard on the joints, so it was nice to get out on a grass pitch.

“Some clubs will not have played for 10-14 days so were are quite lucky to have been able to play those two away games this week.”

More good news for Stags was that centre half Exodus Geohaghon came through his 45 minutes without problem after his recent hamstring injury lay-off.

With no game scheduled for Saturday, Cox is now hoping to play, possibly against a League One club, away on Saturday behind-closed-doors to keep those fitness levels topped up for Tuesday's planned away league game at Hereford United


Another frustrating weekend lies ahead for Mansfield Town
Friday, January 25, 2013 Nottingham Post

DESPITE the backlog of fixtures, Mansfield Town will endure a frustrating weekend away from competitive action.


With scheduled opponents Wrexham in FA Trophy action, there will be no trip to Wales for the Stags tomorrow.

And with no game able to be pulled in, Paul Cox and his men face a blank weekend before travelling to Hereford on Tuesday night.

The wait is all the more galling as Mansfield clocked up back-to-back away wins at Stockport and Southport to cut the gap to the play-offs from nine points to just three, with games still in hand. But tomorrow their rivals get a chance to increase that gap once again.

However, it is not all bad news for Mansfield who had been training in Derby because of the snow.

Along with volunteers, the training pitch at the side of the One Call Stadium was cleared of snow to allow players to get back training on grass.

And they then travelled to the Football Association's state-of-the-art St George's Park yesterday to play a behind-closed-doors friendly with a Notts County development side, to keep them match sharp.

And they responded with a 4-0 victory, Matt Rhead scoring twice and Lee Stevenson and Nick Wright also finding the target.

And with no league game this weekend, the Stags could potentially pull in another behind-closed-doors friendly tomorrow in order keep the players on song before heading to Hereford.

Mansfield have slashed admission prices ahead of their next home game on Saturday February 2 against promotion-rivals Dartford.

Tickets are £10 adults and concessions (U16s, students and senior citizens aged 65 or above) are only £5


Stags take on Magpies behind closed doors at St George's
chad.co.uk Wednesday 23 January 2013

WITH no game this coming weekend, Mansfield Town will keep themselves ticking over with a behind-closed-doors friendly against League neighbours Notts County at the St George's Park National Football Centre tomorrow (11am).


Said manager Paul Cox: “We will play on an under-soil heated pitch. We don't want players getting rusty, so I decided to fix this game up.

“I will probably give everyone part of the game and may play three lots of 30 minutes.

“The weather is frustrating, but it is something you've got to deal with. You can't do anything about it and I don't think there will be many other games going ahead this week.”

Stags' game at Wrexham was called off due to the Red Dragons' continued involvement in the FA Trophy and Cox was unable to move any other game into the vacant slot. However, weather forecasts suggest it may have been a waste of time anyway with all eyes now on forecasts for the Hereford area for when Mansfield are due to visit Edgar Street on Tuesday night.

Cox was at least cheered by some better news on the injury front. Defender Exodus Geohaghon is back in training while striker Jake Speight did not need any cartilage removed in his operation this week and could be playing back inside five weeks instead of missing the rest of the season as expected


Weekend Off For Bulls
Tue 22 Jan 2013, Author: Jamie Griffiths

Despite numerous attempts by the Bulls to arrange a game on Saturday, no match will take place this weekend.
Hopes of playing the scheduled game against Gateshead on Saturday were crushed with the news that the Heed's FA Trophy game against Barrow, due to be played on Tuesday, had been postponed.

Gateshead are now set to meet Barrow on Saturday, meaning United's league match in the north-east must be postponed.

The Bulls had lined several alternative options, including bringing a home or away game forward to this Saturday in the hope that the increasing fixture backlog would be eased.

However, numerous attempts to arrange a game for this Saturday have all failed to materialise, and United will now have the weekend off.

The next scheduled game for the Bulls is Tuesday's encounter against Mansfield Town at Edgar Street



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