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19th July 2013 23:35

audio interviews with Paul Cox and Adam Murray here


Forest reaction: Cox & Murray

Manager Paul Cox has revealed that he has had a bid accepted for an unnamed striker at a League One club.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/forest-reaction-cox-murray-912453.aspx?#BSmI7XhAKOBMtO5C.99

Our boss, who was speaking after today’s clash against Nottingham Forest, now expects to hold talks with the player early next week.

Cox said: “I spoke to a League One player yesterday and we’ve put in a bid, which has been accepted by his club.

“I can’t say who he is at this stage, but we’ll now speak to the player next week and see if we can agree terms with him.”

In today’s clash with Forest, Radoslaw Majewski’s first-minute strike sealed a hard-fought win for the visitors, who named a 19-man squad for the match.

Our boss continued: What was pleasing today was at times our shape looked good, and we improved as the match went on.

“I’m not too concerned [about results] at this stage, but we’ve still got to be more clinical in front of goal when we create chances.

“I thought the match was very similar to the Liverpool FA Cup match. We sat off them too much in the first half, but improved after the break.

“There were some massive plus points. Matt Rhead read the game well and Jake Speight looked very hungry - which pleased me a lot.”

Skipper/Assistant Manager Adam Murray added: “It was a good test for us. We knew that it would be a game to work on our shape and fitness, because we wouldn’t have much of the ball.

“After the first few minutes I thought we did really well.

“It’s still early and there is still some rustiness, but now is the time where Pre-Season kicks in and we can get the football’s out again.”

Our next Pre-Season clash is at Chester on Tuesday (k/o 7.30pm)


Stags boss Paul Cox has striker replacement lined-up for Matt Green
by John Lomas, 13 July 2013

Mansfield Town look set to bring in a replacement for Matt Green this week.


Manager Paul Cox confirmed tonight that he had a League One striker lined-up and he could be signed early in the week.

“We have had an offer accepted by a League One club and we hope we can get him in early this week,” said Cox.

“He is in the Matt Green mould and fits our criteria. He scored goals in League One last season and we are confident he can score goals for us.”

Cox was pleased with his side’s display in this afternoon’s 1-0 home pre-season friendly defeat by Championship neighbours Nottingham Forest.

A first minute error by keeper Alan Marriott gifted Forest the only goal on a red hot afternoon.

Cox said: “I thought it was a bit like the Liverpool game.

“We have them too much respect in the first half. That’s not our game. We are all about getting into people’s faces, closing down, and not letting them dictate play.

“But we made more of a game of it in the second half.

“What was pleasing was our shape looked good, we worked their keeper and had a goal disallowed for offside by a very fine line.

“It must have been 100 degrees at pitch level so credit to both sides for an entertaining game that was competitive for a pre-season game.

“Forest are a good side with a very good experienced manager and we are grateful to Billy Davies for bringing down a really strong side.”


Stags 0 Forest 1 - Marriott mistake gifts Forest friendly win
chad.co.uk report by John Lomas

A rare gaff by keeper Alan Marriott after only 52 seconds saw Championship neighbours Nottingham Forest steal a 1-0 pre-season friendly win at Mansfield Town on a red-hot afternoon at the One Call Stadium.


Marriott failed to keep out Raddy Majewski’s speculative low shot at the start of a half in which Forest dominated possession, though Stags did have an effort ruled out for offside.

However, the Stags were much improved after the break, forcing the pace and making Forest keeper Karl Darlow produce two good saves while also hitting the bar.

Stags skipper and assistant boss Adam Murray said: “That was a good test for us.

“Playing Forest, we knew we wouldn’t have much of the ball, so today was all about working on our shape and fitness.

“The weather played a massive part too, making it twice as hard as it would have been anyway.

“But, once we had bedded in and stopped showing them too much respect, we gave a decent account of ourselves.

“It is early yet and players need to shake off their rustiness and switch their footballing brains back on.”?He added: “Alan Marriott only makes a mistake like that once in a blue moon and it’s better getting it out the way in pre-season.”

Mansfield, and a red-faced Marriott in particular, made the worst possible start as Forest were gifted a lead just 52 seconds into the game on a sweltering afternoon.

Majewski latched onto a Riley header 30 yards from goal, stepped forward and rifled in a low, hopeful shot which Marriott allowed to sneak under his body.

Derbyshire tried his luck on the turn on eight minutes but got right under the ball and ballooned it into the Quarry Lane stand.

However, the Reds almost doubled their lead on 13 minutes as McLaughlin picked out the head of Derbyshire five yards from goal where the striker brought a smart save out of Marriott, partially atoning for his early clanger.

Derbyshire fired straight at Marriott from 25 yards in the Reds’ next goal attempt.

Then Majewski’s superb far post volley from a long Derbyshire cross from the right, took a slight deflection for the first of two Reds’ corners, which the home side defended well.

Rhead’s lay-off on 27 minutes saw Clucas almost sent Stevenson clear, keeper Darlow there first to clear.

But Stags were finally having a little more of the game and thought they had drawn level on 33 minutes.

Meikle had a shot blocked by Cohen, but the ball was laid straight to Stevenson, who slotted home, the celebrations cut short by a raised offside flag.

On 38 minutes Clucas and Rhead chested the ball neatly to each other in turn before Clucas launched a low volley past the far post for Mansfield’s first real goal effort of the contest.

Derbyshire, under pressure from Riley, blazed well over as we entered the final five minutes of the half.

Two minutes later McCombe was inches wide with an acrobatic overhead kick from a half-cleared Jennings free kick as the half ended with just Marriott’s error proving the difference.

Buoyed by four half-time changes, Tafazolli, Howell, Speight and Briscoe on for Riley, McGuire, Meikle and Stevenson, Stags made a superb start to the second half, causing more problems in four minutes than they had all game.

Speight was just wide with a low shot and then Howell headed over in the first minute.

And on 49 minutes Speight’s low shot forced Darlow to parry one-handed - Stags’ first on-target effort.

Marriott then had to get down at his near post to smother a powerful low Blackstock drive.

Cohen was well over for Forest, then Speight was high and wide from an almost impossible angle as the game continued to open up.

McLaughlin was allowed to continue a break down the left, despite seeming to control with his hand, only to drill a low ball across the face of goal.

Darlow had to make another good save to preserve Forest’s lead on 65 minutes. Jennings floated the ball in from the left and Clucas met it with a great header that Darlow had to throw himself to his right to reach.

That forced a corner which was cleared to Briscoe over 20 yards from goal, and he zipped back in a shot that Darlow never saw until it almost hit him in the throat and bounced away.

Clucas dragged two Forest defenders towards the right hand corner before swapping passes with Speight, who cued him up for a curling effort over the far top corner.

The stifling heat of the afternoon was now being overshadowed by a dark cloud and thunder and lightning in the distance.

Tafazolli nodded wide from a Jennings free kick as the home side continued to hunt for an equaliser.

And Briscoe came so close eight minutes from time as he met Dyer’s nod-down with a rising right side-footed finish that cannoned back off the bar.

Gnahore curled harmlessly over for Forest in a rare threat to the home goal.

A long free kick by Black from the left reached Tafazolli in the box, but the defender could not get over the ball, and it skimmed the top of his head and sailed wide.

STAGS: Marriott; Beevers, Riley (Tafazolli ht), McCombe (Dempster 57), Jennings (Black 75); Murray (Clements 71), Stevenson (Speight ht), McGuire (Howell ht); Clucas, Rhead (Dyer 57), Meikle (Arnold ht). Subs not used: Deakin, Sutton, Hutchinson.

FOREST: Darlow, Licaj, Fenton (Wallace 82), Paterson (Gnahore 71), Cohen (Kamaneno 64), Blackstock (Morgan 79), Derbyshire (Devine 69), McLaughlin (Tounkara 79), Greening, Halford, Majewski. Subs not used: Polimos, Evtimov.

REFEREE: Andrew Haines of Tyne & Wea


That Winning Habit

Nottingham Forest’s Charlie McParland believes this afternoon’s win at Mansfield will help The Reds get into the habit of winning ahead of the new season.

Read more at http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/article/that-winning-habit-912885.aspx#DuZQlVp5HFOTWEmM.99

Forest’s Under 21s coach was tasked with leading the team, which comprised of a mixture of first team and Academy players, on a scorching afternoon at The One Call Stadium, leaving manager Billy Davies and his deputy Ned Kelly free to survey the action from a loftier position in the stands.

A solitary first-minute strike by Radoslaw Majewski was enough to tip the balance in Forest’s favour, and McParland was pleased with what unfolded in front of him.

He said: “It’s always nice to win with a clean sheet - it’s a bonus, and a good habit to get in to.

“It was a very positive day. We were completely on top for the first 25 minutes after getting our early goal. We just took our foot off the gas a little later on but we soon stepped it up again.

“The game opened up in the second half - they attacked us and started putting balls in our box. Mansfield play a direct game - they had about six lads over 6ft. They stick the ball in and you have to fight to win the headers.

“We were unlucky on the break a couple of times, on another day we could have had more goals.”

One of the men assisting McParland was interhim head of Academy Gary Brazil, who was thrilled to have been involved in procedings.

Brazil said: “From the day the manager stepped into the club it was his desire to bring everyone together as one. He is constantly in contact to talk about ways in which we can integrate further.

“He wants Academy players to pick from but the reality is they have to be good enough.

“As Academy staff, it’s our job to give him problems by putting players in front of him which give him a decision to make with his team selections. Some of the boys didn’t do themselves any harm today in that respect.

“It was a great experience for the younger boys - it will help them realise how much of a step up it is from playing at youth level to becoming involved with the first team.”


Red-hot Radi fires Forest to victory over Stags
Read more: http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-19520172-detail/story.html?#ixzz2Z6O8BShJ

by Paul Taylor, Nottingham Post

ON a day when the pitch-side temperature came something close to 100c, this was a clash that was always unlikely to reach boiling point.
But, while the searing conditions played a part in what was a pedestrian encounter peppered with bursts of action, there was still plenty to absorb for the managers of both sides.
?Paul Cox, perhaps, had the most to be pleased about, after seeing his Mansfield Town side edge a second half in which they steadily grew in both confidence and menace, with Forest's Karl Darlow having to make a number of saves to preserve Nottingham Forest's 1-0 winning margin.
The Stags boss, while overtly trying to keep expectation levels down, exudes a quiet confidence about his side's chances as they prepare to make the step up back into League Two.

And it was easy to see why, as three of his seven new signings produced solid performances against the Reds - and another, in Sam Clucas, positively shone amid the blazing sunshine at the One Call Stadium, with his pace, directness and willingness to test the opposition defence.
For Billy Davies, there can be no glossing over the fact that his goal is promotion; that his target this coming season is to steer the Reds into the Premier League.
For him, the afternoon will have been less of an accurate barometer when it comes to his squad's progression, with the dressing room split down the middle to take on two fixtures, with a Forest side also taking on Ilkeston FC.
We don't, unfortunately, know what the mood in the Forest camp is, as the media were refused the opportunity to speak to anybody from among the coaching staff or the players.
But Davies will have left Mansfield feeling some level of encouragement, not only because of promising performances from two of his own new signings, but also because of burgeoning displays from two young players.
Stephen McLaughlin, the 23-year-old who arrived from Derry City last January and had the first few months of his Forest career hampered by injury, had a few lively touches that provided evidence of why the club had been willing to risk £150,000 to bring him to England.
But it was Kieron Fenton, an integral figure of the Forest side that has flourished in the FA Youth Cup over the last few seasons, who supplied the kind of composed, intelligent performance that offered evidence that he may be ready to make the step-up.
For the 2,500 fans who made the short trip north, the biggest source of intrigue will have been Eric Lichaj and Jamie Paterson.
For the majority, this will have been the first chance to see two of the club's newest additions in action.
Lichaj arrived with a reputation for being a solid defender who is also capable of rampaging forward down either flank - and that was exactly what we saw. The American rarely put a foot wrong.
Paterson exuded similar qualities, but also had flair to match, with his pace and quick feet frequently coming to the fore, particularly during a first half in which Forest were largely on top.
He and McLaughlin swapped flanks to good effect, giving the Stags defence plenty to think about every time they were in possession. Matt Derbyshire, so often a forgotten man since his arrival under Steve McClaren, showed flashes of what he is capable of in the first half.
Dropping deep to collect possession or making darting runs into the box, Derbyshire had several moments of intelligent play - even if his final ball or finishing touch still often let him down.
It was Radi Majewski who provided the game's decisive moment within the first 60 seconds of play. Collecting the ball 30 yards from goal, the little Pole took a few quick strides before letting fly with a crisp low shot, fired towards the bottom corner of the net.
Alan Marriott, a hugely experienced keeper, will have been disappointed with what followed as, after positioning his body behind the ball, he somehow allowed it to squirm from his grasp and into the back of the net.
Still, by the final whistle, it was a harsh reflection on Mansfield that such a moment proved to be the defining moment of the match.
Marriott made amends for his mistake with a superb save to push away a close-range header from Derbyshire, while also pushing away a shot from McLaughlin at his near post.
But, come the final whistle, it was Darlow who has been the busier of the two keepers. We wait to discover if Darlow or new signing Dorus de Vries will start the season as first choice. But Darlow certainly put a good case forward, as he fought stubbornly for his clean sheet.
A fine reaction stop to deny Clucas and an acrobatic save to thwart Louis Briscoe were the highlights as Mansfield piled the pressure on. And, when Darlow was finally beaten, by another Briscoe effort, the ball bounced cruelly, from a Mansfield point of view, back off the crossbar.
Mansfield: Marriott, Beevers, Jennings, Riley, McCombe, McGuire, Meikle, Murray, Rhead, Stevenson, Clucas. Subs: Sutton, Dempter, Tafazolli, Howell, Clements, Briscoe, Arnold, Hutchinson, Dyer, Speight. Not used: Deakin.
Forest: Darlow, Lichaj, Halford, Fenton (Polimos), Cohen (Kamaneno), Paterson (Gnahore), Greening, Majewski (Morgan), McLaughlin (Wallace), Derbyshire (Devine), Blackstock (Tounkara).



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