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19th September 2013 22:32

Clements suffers injury set back
mansfieldtown.net 17th September 2013

Midfielder Chris Clements could be sidelined for up to four months, first team physio Simon Murphy confirmed today.

The central midfielder strained a medial ligament (knee) during the first half in Saturday’s 2-1 win at York City.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/clements-suffers-injury-set-back-1058989.aspx?#gi3Rd5UvFYPFQYOW.99

Speaking to mansfieldtown.net this morning, Murphy said: “He had a scan yesterday to confirm that he severely strained his medial ligament and is starting his rehab today.

“He will see a specialist this week to get a proper time frame [as to how long he'll be sidelined], but we’re looking at a case of months rather than weeks.

For more on Chris Clements' injury, visit Stags Player later today, with more reaction from Paul Cox

“We will know later this week whether he needs an operation. Hopefully he won’t, and if he doesn’t then he’ll be back quicker than four months - we’re using that as a bench mark.”

Manager Paul Cox added: “It’s a big loss for us and I feel gutted for the kid. He’s been playing well and has been getting better and better each game.”


Chris Clements to miss up to four months of Mansfield Town’s season
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 17 September 2013

Chris Clements could miss up to four months of Mansfield Town’s season after damaging medial ligaments against York City.


The central midfielder hobbled off just before half-time in Mansfield’s 2-1 victory after straining his knee ligaments.

Clements is currently on crutches and will start rehab this week ahead of an agonising battle to regain his first-team place.

Boss Paul Cox said: “He is going to be out for two months best case scenario. That is the best, the worst case is that he will be out for between three to four months.

“It is going to be a big loss for us, I really feel for the lad, he was worked very hard and has been consistent this season.

“He is a big part of the side and any time team would miss a player who has played such a key role.

“The only positive is that we have got players who are playing well in the reserves and are chomping at the bit to get into the first team.

“It is a cliche, but as one door has closed another door as opened for someone else.”

The Birmingham-born player has notched up five appearances so far this season with his creativity proving influential in the Mansfield midfield.


twitter @StephenThirkill

Chris Clements has torn his medial ligaments and will be out for 2 months best case and between 3-4 months worst case #stags
PC: Im gutted for Chris Clements. He has been playing well and working hard. He is going to be a big loss for us.' #stags
PC: 'Any team will miss a player who has been playing so well and consistent. The only positive is the door is now open for someone else.


Cox set for milestone
mansfieldtown.net 17th September 2013

Manager Paul Cox says he will feel a sense of pride on Saturday, when he takes charge of his 100th league game for the club.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/cox-set-for-milestone-1059361.aspx?#jrc4D1C7Kcchhd6M.99

The landmark, however, will not detract from the main aim which is three points against Northampton Town, Cox said.

The opening 99 league games, 92 in the Conference and seven in the Football League, have seen Cox win 58, draw 22 and lose the other 19 matches. He has therefore won 59% of league matches, amassing an average of 1.9 points per game.

"It's nice that I have got to a milestone and I'm proud to do that, but I'll be more focussed on trying to win the football match [on Saturday]," said Cox.

For the full interview, visit Stags Player later today.

Reflecting on his time with us after landing the manager's job in May 2011, he said: "It's been a rollercoaster. I'm learning all the time. We've had some good times and bad times, but I'm in the game for the thrill of the chase. I have enjoyed every minute of it. Long may it continue."

He added: "There's a million and one things which I can get better at and you always look to improve. Hopefully during my time here I have improved in some areas, but I still look to improve in others."

In other news, the manager has said that the club are not appealing Martin Riley's red card from Saturday's match at York. The defender will now be out for three matches.

Hear more from Paul Cox later today on Stags Player.


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#stags cannot now appeal against Martin Riley's red card at York. The FA 'are taking no action' and the club is yet to get refs report.
Mansfield are now clarifying if Martin Riley is available for selection against Northampton following confusion over the paperwork. #stags


Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox to celebrate 100 league games in charge against Northampton Town on Saturday
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 17 September 2013

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox will notch up his 100th league game in charge of the club against Northampton on Saturday.


The former Eastwood Town manager took over at the helm in May 2011 and quickly won over a small section of the fans who were upset at Mansfield appointing an ‘unknown manager’.

But Cox quickly showed his expert knowledge of non-league football to get Stags promoted to the Football League at the second time of asking.

“It is nice to reach a landmark like this but it is just another game that I am looking to win,” said Cox.

“I am very proud to have made it to 100 games, it has been a real roller-coaster.

“There has been good times and bad times, but that is what I am in the game for. It is the thrill of the chase.

“I have learnt a lot about myself and a lot about the job.

“It is for other people to decide how well I have done at the club during this time.

“I want to keep seeing things improve and I will always try to get more out of the players.”

Mansfield, who are currently eighth in the early table, have three home games out of their next four games and know they have a real opportunity to continue their climb up the League Two table.

After Northampton, Stags travel to Chesterfield for the highly-anticipated derby before back-to-back home matches with struggling Hartlepool and Bristol Rovers.

“Northampton are a good side and I am expecting a tough game from them. There are no easy games at this level,” Cox said.

““At this stage of the season I am used to fans booing and players getting abuse so it is nice to have had a steady start.

“It is important we do not get carried away or look too far ahead.

“We have had a decent start so far, but that is all it is and there is a very long way to go.

“It is all about how you finish and where you finish not how you start and I would rather be in the play-offs at the end of the season.

“It is important that we maintain our standards, I still believe that we can get better.”


Mansfield Town monitoring Birmingham City striker Matt Green
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 17 September 2013

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox could be set to pounce for former goal king Matt Green.


Hot-shot Green banged in 25 goals to fire Mansfield to last season’s Blue Square Premier league title before sealing a summer move to Birmingham City.

Green has since failed to establish himself in Lee Clark’s starting eleven and has scored just one goal for the Championship side.

And with the loan window now open Cox could be gearing up for a shock loan raid.

“I would not be doing my job correctly if I did not monitor a striker who scores the amount of goals that Matt does,” said Cox.

“Matt is in the Birmingham reserves at the moment but, knowing him as I know him, he will see it as a challenge and work hard to get in their first team.

“Matt left here to improve himself and I cannot blame anyone for wanting to do that. He did not take the decision to leave Mansfield Town lightly.

“If anything was to happen, then we would be interested. At the moment he is a Birmingham City player and we have to respect both the club and the player.

“I keep in touch with Matt all the time and got to know him very well.

“He helped me out at times and I helped him out, we fed off each other and formed a special relationship.

“Matt has not forgotten his roots and really enjoyed his time at Mansfield Town.

“This is a situation we are monitoring, but that is all it is at the moment.”

Green scored 54 goals during his time at Mansfield and was crowned last year’s Blue Square Premier League’s Player of the Year.


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Paul Cox is monitoring the Matt Green situation at Birmingham and would be interested in bringing him back if he becomes available. #stags
PC: 'I would not be doing my job right if I didn't monitor Green,but he is a Birmingham player and we have to respect them and Matt. #stags
PC: 'Green was a great player for us.He left to improve himself. Knowing him he will work hard to get back into the Birmingham team. #stags
PC: 'I still keep in touch with Matt Green. We get on like a house on fire and built up a close relationship. We helped each other. #stags



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