COX REACTION TO WORKSOP GAME
Stags boss Paul Cox slams side after 4-1 friendly defeat at Worksop Town
chad.co.uk report by John Lomas
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox was furious as his side capitulated to a 4-1 pre-season friendly defeat at Evo-Stik NPL Premier neighbours Worksop Town tonight.
Two late goals flattered the Tigers, but Cox, who will play a different XI in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Stevenage tomorrow (1pm), was unimpressed by some of the displays at Sandy Lane.
“One or two haven’t done themselves any favours tonight,” he said. “I have mixed the players up into two teams and it’s my job to put the jigsaw together from those.
“Tonight there was no heart, no desire and no application. We are talking about doing the basics right.
“There are standards that need to be met and there were probably one or two players out there tonight who don’t know what we are about yet. Our standards tonight were atrocious.
“We had enough chances of our own, the ball was around the box that many times.
“But our basic defending was poor. I don’t think Ian Deakin did that much wrong in goal tonight. But the defending in front of him was poor.
“We won the championship last year by being rock solid at the back, yet tonight we looked vulnerable. But I would rather these situations happened pre-season than when the league starts.”
. . . Deakin has now signed for the season as back-up keeper and will not remember his ‘debut’ with much affection.
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