COX, SUTTON AND PAUL TISDALE REACTION
audio interviews with Paul Cox, Calvin Andrew and Ritchie Sutton
video interviews with Paul Cox and Ritchie Sutton
Cox pleased with Exeter point
mansfieldtown.net 10th August 2013
Manager Paul Cox hopes that the clean-sheet we kept in our draw with Exeter City can be used as a ‘stepping stone’ in the coming weeks.
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We collected the first point of our League Two campaign, following an enthralling match with The Grecians at One Call Stadium.
In total, there were 31 chances during the clash, the best of which for us fell to Calvin Andrew, Sam Clucas and Jamie McGuire respectively.
However, we were unable to find a way past Exeter shot-stopper Artur Krysiak, who pulled off a string of fine saves to earn The Grecians a point.
“We needed that clean sheet to use as a base and I was delighted with how we defended,” said our boss, who was speaking during his post-match interview.
He continued: “We tweaked things in terms of our team selection and I thought we were a handful going forwards too.
“You have to score goals in order to win matches, and we still need to find that extra bit of a cutting-edge now we have stepped up a division.”
“But the lads worked extremely hard and for the first 60 to 70 minutes, we always looked positive.”
Paul Cox calls on Mansfield Town to build on the foundations after draw with Exeter City
chad.co.uk by Stephen Thirkill
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox says his players must use today’s 0-0 draw with Exeter City as a springboard for the rest of the season.
Stags picked up their first point since returning to the Football League following relegation in April 2008 in an entertaining encounter.
Speaking after the game Cox praised the work-rate of his players and said the point gave the team something to build upon.
““We had our chances to win the game. Their goalkeeper made two excellent saves and we had one cleared off the line,” he said.
“On another day this could have been a win. We defended well and we now need to use this to build upon.
“We need to believe in ourselves more and if we do that we will not be a bad side.
“The boys have worked very hard and it was a good performance today. It is a point and a clean sheet and there are plenty of positives out of the game.”
Cox was also fell of praise for his new look strike-force following an encouraging start.
“It is the first time Ollie Palmer and Calvin Andrew have played together today and I thought they were a handful,” added Cox,
“Once the ball falls to Ollie I have no doubt he will score. There is lots more to come from both of them.”
Stags travel to Wycombe Wanders on Saturday looking for their first goal of the season.
It would be Mansfield’s first win in the football league since they beat Shrewsbury on 19th April 2008.
Paul looks back on draw in Mansfield
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Following a goalless draw against Mansfield Town, Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale gave his verdict of the meeting.
While there was nothing lacking in effort and desire from the City players, Paul left Field Mill feeling as though the team were sometimes trying to strike before the iron was hot. The Grecians played with plenty of vigour but decisions weren’t given enough consideration and saw the play break down before a clear-cut chance was forged.
“I think we’ll travel back on the coach thinking that it’s a good point and a clean-sheet away from home, and I’m sure we’ll be able to spin the positives in our minds,” said Tis.
“But I think we’re a bit disappointed that the three points were there if we had played better. I don’t think we deserved it over the course of the game.
“Perhaps if we had done ten per cent better - not in terms of energy, effort or commitment, but if we’d just put a few more passes together and had more of a flow to our play. I think three or four more passes would have opened them up; we forced the ball too often and ended up giving it away.”
Often the appeal of using striker Sam Parkin as the focal point of the attack was a touch too prevalent, as his teammates often sought him too soon rather than circulating the ball and building the play.
“All the players did well, but we forced the ball on Sam a little bit too often, when we could have maybe taken responsibility in midfield,” he continued.
“Each side can look at it and think there were a couple of chances missed. We had a terrific ball across the face of goal which their defender made a brilliant stop to, and their ‘keeper did terrifically well on set-pieces and showed real athleticism to get a hand on the ball a number of times.
“It was a game full of energy and forceful play, but we could have made a few more considered decisions with the ball.”
Ultimately though, Tis wasn’t displeased with a second unbeaten fixture to begin the League 2 campaign, following on from last week’s victory against Bristol Rovers at St James Park.
Tis said: “We’ve had a 2-1 win away from home, a solid 0-0 away from home - it’s not a bad start.”
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