Cox to consider signings after training
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Paul Cox is speaking to Jason Harrison (Mansfield 103.2) & John Lomas (Chad)
21st March 2013
Paul Cox will decide if he needs new additions to his squad after today's 'intense' training session, the manager told the local media today.
Cox is mindful that he has just a week left to add fresh faces before the emergency loan window closes next Thursday at 5pm.
His decision to add new bodies may rest on whether he he continues to see the 'hunger' from the players in the reserve side, who he was quick to praise after a 4-0 win win against Grimsby yesterday
“It's like we have a carbon copy [of the first team] in reserve,” said Cox.
“I will see training today, and see how one or two react to training because today's session will be intense. What I am more aware of is the mindset of the group, and that's more important than me bringing an individual in.
“Yesterday, I was very pleased. You can't coach that [hunger] or try and instil then into players. What I am hoping is that the players who played yesterday understand that they could be in the side in two or three games and finish the season and be a success.
“It'll be a case of what I see this morning will ultimately tell me how hard I need to push to bring a fresh body or two in.
“With a few aches and pains which we've had of late I was thinking of dipping into the loan market again. The one thing it [the reserve match] has done for me has told me that a few people want to step up to the mark again.”
Meanwhile, Cox has no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday's visit by Macclesfield Town
Stags get the covers on as Arctic blast threatens home games
chad.co.uk Thursday 21 March 2013 11:53
The One Call Stadium pitch had the covers on today as Stags braced themselves for a fresh Arctic blast of weather that is threatening their two crucial home games in four days this week.
Title-chasing Mansfield's hopes of extending their new club record winning streak into double figures were thwarted by heavy rain on Tuesday which saw them having to turn back halfway en route to their big showdown at Wrexham.
Now heavy snow and zero degree temperatures are forecast in Mansfield tomorrow with light snow and minus one degree on Saturday, when play-off chasers Macclesfield Town are due at the One Call. Struggling Nuneaton Town are then due to be the visitors on Tuesday.
“We have to get on with it and prepare as if the games will be on,” said boss Paul Cox.
“The covers are already on and we need these games on. They have forecast a lot of snow in the next couple of days so I think our supporters will be called into play (to clear the pitch).
“Macclesfield will still believe they can make the play-offs and are a big club at this level of football. So we will have to be on our mettle.
“We looked tired near the end of the Forest Green game on Friday so the only good thing to come out of Tuesday's postponement was that I have been able to give the players a couple of days off to spend some time with their families.
“Hopefully that mini break will give us fresh impetus. We are now going to train very hard Thursday and Friday.”
Stags travelled to Nottingham today to make use of the Forest Academy facilities in West Bridgford
Mansfield Town hoping on double striker injury boost
chad.co.uk Friday 22 March 2013
Mansfield Town are still hoping they may get a double boost on the striker front for their promotion run-in – but boss Paul Cox admits he won't be pushing Jake Speight or Ross Dyer too hard.
Dyer has been out since the first game of the season with a bad knee ligament injury, while Speight's comeback from a knee injury has seen him suffer a setback and had to go back to see a specialist.
“”Jake has been back to see the specialist and we are now waiting for things to settle down,” said manager Paul Cox. “It is a bit frustrating at the minute, but we have got to be patient. It's his knees and his career we are talking about and we need to make sure that, if he needs wrapping up, then we will wrap him up.
“Ross is now running around like a madman and smashing a ball. What a positive it would be if he comes back in before the end of the season.
“But we won't push him back in too early. We want him right for next season.”
Cox is in talks with a striker with a good pedigree, who could provide cover if needed
Green praises goalscoring support
video interview: Matt Green is speaking to Jason Harrison (Mansfield 103.2)
22nd March 2013
Deadly marksman Matt Green has praised his team-mates for helping add to our goals tally.
Our team currently boast the best goalscoring record in the league, having found the net on 74 occasions this season, of which Green has bagged 16.
"I am just relishing playing with the players around me just now," said Green. "Everyone is playing with a smile on their face so it's great.
"Teams look at ours [players] and cannot pick out individuals. The goals are coming from everywhere. Defensively we've been really tight as well which is a massive help for us. We know there is nine games left and you can see light at the end of the tunnel."
Mansfield Town's Matt Green is not worried about being a marked man
chad.co.uk Friday 22 March 2013
Matt Green is hoping that being a marked man right now will open up goalscoring opportunities for the rest of the side as they prepare for the visit of Macclesfield Town tomorrow.
Last season's 30-goal hero has moved onto 18 for this season with nine games to go and said: “Speaking to players I've played against this season, they've told me they have tried to give me as little space as possible. So I have had to add a few strings to my bow when teams come to frustrate us.
“But there are other players here that can score goals from all over the park and no one can come and just mark one person. If they want to come and concentrate on me then that's up to them as long as we keep scoring and putting points on the table.
“I am two off getting 20 this season with nine games left. I want to score in every game and there is still a chance for me to get as many as last year. We'll just have to see what I've got at the end.”
One player enjoying the space that Green's running creates is his former Oxford United team mate Adam Chapman, who hit four goals in two games last week.
“I was at Oxford with him and he is a quality player and a quality addition to the team,” said Green.
“He has always had goals in his locker but probably couldn't get forward as much for Oxford.”
Green added: “With nine games left you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, it's not 45 games to go any more. We are in a good position. If we do the business now, the rest takes care of itself.
“We have two home games this week and, if we are serious, we have got to be looking to win both games.”
Match Preview - Mansfield Town
Posted: Fri 22 Mar 2013
Author: Macclesfield Town
The Silkmen are in action again this weekend in the battle of the MTFCs as they travel to Mansfield's Field Mill.
With the Silkmen having closed the gap on Grimsby to six points and in a run which has seen only two defeats since the turn of the year, they can approach the game knowing that any positive result will narrow that gap further. The Mariners are not in League action as they travel to Wembley for the FA Trophy final.
But they face a Mansfield side who are the form team in the division, if not the country. Nine straight victories had catapulted the Stags from outside the play-offs to top of the division before their game at Wrexham on Tuesday was postponed, allowing Kidderminster to climb back to the pinnacle. Mansfield, however, have two games in hand.
there has been snow over the midlands and north, so check back for the latest information, which we will bring you as soon as we receive it
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