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3rd October 2013 11:02

video interviews with Cox, Andrew and Tafazolli on StagsPlayer


post match audio interviews with Paul Cox and Paul Cook

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"When any team loses on a Saturday and you've worked hard all week, you're always disappointed, but we've had a lot of plaudits lately and a lot of people have spoken about us really well.
"We've all been winners lately. Unfortunately today it hasn't gone our way and we must show some manners and class.
"Mansfield have come and beaten us in a local derby and we must give them a pat on the back and say 'well done'."


twitter Gary Roberts @Robinho2288
Sorry people lost my head there stupid by me... Should of won the game easily fans terrific again!! GUTTED will come bk stronger next week

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Worst team we have played all season!
@alonelyincubus you's will do well to avoid relegation parking the bus every where you's go!


Cox hails derby day heroes

Manager Paul Cox has heaped praise on our team for a ‘magnificent defensive display’ in our stunning 1-0 win at arch-rivals Chesterfield this afternoon.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/cox-hails-derby-day-heroes-1083483.aspx#4WyvXbJLBqg34HJW.99

Calvin Andrew’s header shortly before half-time earned us maximum points against the table-topping Spireites, who were unbeaten ahead of the match.

It’s our first victory against The Spireites in over a decade, but more importantly the three points have propelled us to third position in the Sky Bet League Two table.

“Every player that entered that field for us gave their heart for our supporters today,” said Cox.

“It was a magnificent defensive display and I thought that we came up against probably the best team that I’ve seen at this level of football.

“It was a pulsating local derby, but my boys don’t know when to lie down. They surpassed everything that was expected of them.”

Our boss continued: “Near the end we could have had two or three more goals, and we also had two stone-wall penalties turned down.

“But heart, desire, application - we got it today. I’m so proud of them. The supporters were also magnificent and they knew we were hanging on at the end.”

Cox also had praise for Andrew, whose match-winning goal was his first in a Mansfield Town shirt.

He added: “Calvin works extremely hard for the club. He’s started to understand what is expected of him now, and he will grow and grow.”

Our side continue their Sky Bet League Two campaign next Saturday, as we host Hartlepool United at One Call Stadium (3.00pm).


Team work-ethic pleases Tafazolli

Defender Ryan Tafazolli was delighted with how we performed in our 1-0 win at fierce local rivals Chesterfield.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/team-work-ethic-pleases-tafazolli-1083236.aspx#1U2am2qPqPWkbIgL.99

Tafazolli, whose 22nd birthday is today, played a prominent role alongside John Dempster and Ritchie Sutton in defence, as we superbly kept The Spireites at bay.

“The lads put in a great shift today and I’m very proud,” said Tafazolli. “I was delighted with the way that we defended and how we picked up an important result.

“Chesterfield played well and have a lot of experience within their side, but we got our game-plan and tactics right, meaning we came out on top.

“We never stopped talking or communicating. We always knew it was going to be a battle - especially in the second-half, so credit to the lads.”

With our side leading 1-0 after 90 minutes, Tafazolli also admits that the six minutes of added time at the end of the match, felt much more.

“The six minutes at the end felt like another 20 minutes,” continued the defender. “A few of the lads were playing with cramp at the end, but we just kept battling.”

“It was an unbelievable feeling when we heard that whistle go. It was a great relief.”

Tafazolli added: “It’s very important we keep level-headed and not get too carried away.

“We worked hard this week and will take this into next week, where hopefully we will come out with another good result.”


Stags boss Paul Cox hails his derby day heroes after historic win at Chesterfield.

Paul Cox paid tribute to his Mansfield Town heroes after this afternoon’s historic 1-0 derby win at arch-rivals Chesterfield.


“Every player that entered that field for us gave their heart for our supporters today. It was a magnificent defensive display,” he said.

“I thought we came up against probably the best team I’ve seen at this level of football.

“Paul (Cook) has put a team together that are going to take some stopping this year. Credit to them - it was a pulsating local derby.

“But my boys don’t know when to lie down and surpassed everything that was expected of them.

“Near the end we could have had two or three more and we also had two stonewall penalties turned down.

“Heart, desire, application, all I expect of the lads we got it today.

“I am so proud of them, the supporters and the club tonight. It meant so much to the club.

“I think the occasion got to us a little as we can play better with the ball.

“But they all deserve a pat on the back and I have given them Monday off as they deserve a couple of days rest.”

The only goal of the game was bagged on 37 minutes by Calvin Andrew, picking the perfect time to get off the mark for the club.

Cox said: “Calvin works extremely hard for the club and he started to understand what is expected of him now and he will grow and grow.

“That was a proper team performance.

“And the supporters were magnificent. They knew we were hanging on at the end.

“You always wonder where referees get all that tome from. Players sometimes look across to you to see if you are panicking. But you just have to get through it. The lads threw their bodies on the line. The football club and the whole town should have a few beers tonight.”


Tafazolli delighted with derby day glory

Ryan Tafazolli was a happy man after his powerful display in another superb clean sheet for Stags helped them to this afternoon’s magnificent 1-0 win at unbeaten arch-rivals Chesterfield.


In only the defender’s second League outing he was immense and celebrated a second successive clean sheet on a backs-to-the-wall afternoon for Mansfield.

He said: “It was wave after wave of Chesterfield attacks. They are a good side with good players. So we are just delighted with our defending and the result.

“They had players with a lot of experience and we had a few young lads in our side. But all credit to the gaffer, he got his game plan right and his tactics right and we came out on top.

“We didn’t stop talking and communicating and battling.

“The six minutes at the end felt more like 20 minutes. But I didn’t really feel they were going to score. All their shots were in front of us.

“A few of our lads were suffering with cramp at the end. It was an unbelievable feeling when that final whistle went.

“It was the biggest crowd I have ever played in front of and they didn’t stop singing. I was so happy to be given another chance to play today and play well.

“We must now keep level headed and not get carried away. We must work hard and take that into next week’s game.”


Mansfield Town goal hero Calvin Andrew thanks fans for sticking by him

Derby hero Calvin Andrew thanked the Stags fans for sticking by him as he celebrated his belated first goal for the club with the winner at Chesterfield yesterday.


Stags spent the 1-0 win under the cosh, but he headed the 37th minute winner and smiled: “I had said I would get one and it turned out to be a most important one today.

“We could have had a couple from set pieces and I thought we were very organised and that was the key for us today.

“I scored the goal but all the boys deserve the glory.

“Chesterfield are no donkeys - they played some great football.”

Andrew celebrated the goal by racing all the way to the other end of the field where almost 2,000 Stags fans were celebrating.

“I was almost on auto pilot as I ran down the length of the pitch. I just wanted to thank them for their support for me,” he said.

“I now think we can achieve whatever we want to achieve with the ability and quality of the players we have here.


Cox so proud of Stags after derby-day glory
Nottingham Post

MANSFIELD boss Paul Cox put his side's local derby win down to pure heart and determination after Calvin Andrew's header ended Chesterfield's unbeaten start to the season in League Two.


The Stags had to ride their luck at times against the table toppers and Alan Marriott impressed in goal, making a number of key saves to maintain the visitors' lead.

Andrew's first goal for the club put Mansfield into lead just after the half-hour mark, but the Spireites certainly had their chances to draw level after the interval.

Cox's troops held firm, however, to extend their own unbeaten run to eight games and leave their manager grinning from ear to ear at the three points.

"I thought it was a magnificent defensive display against probably the best team at this level," he said.

"Our boys don't like to lie down, they have surpassed everything that's expected of them and near the end we had two or three more chances.

"We showed heart, desire and all the things that you expect of the players, I'm so proud of them and the support of the football club.

"This victory meant so much to this football club, you could see with the players the way they played. "However I don't think we were too good in possession, we could've played better with the ball but in terms of heart and desire they've given everything to the cause.

"I'm hoping every supporter that was here at the game and the ones that couldn't get a ticket are proud of the boys because I am.

"Calvin (Andrew) works extremely hard for the club and I think he is now understanding what's expected of him.

"He's growing into what we want of him, I don't want to highlight the individual because it was a proper team performance and by that I don't just mean the players but the whole club.

"The support at the end was great and the way we set up, we deserved to win the game. We clinched what was, overall, a pulsating derby."


Cook: "We Let Our Supporters Down."
Read more at http://www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk/news/article/20130929-cook-post-mansfield-1085116.aspx#P3Hkzb6Zjsx0RhjI.99

Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook, was extremely disappointed to lose his first League 2 game of the season against local rivals, Mansfield Town.
Calvin Andrew headed the only goal of the game in the first half and Gary Roberts later saw red as he was sent off for stamping on a Stags defender, ruling him out for the next three games.

Speaking about the defeat, Cook said: “We started the game ever so well. We were bright, we’ve had chances but we just couldn’t score. It’s easy to come and make excuses but I’ve got to give Mansfield some great credit.

“They came here with a game plan and it’s obviously worked for them. We’ve had a lot of plaudits in the last couple of months and today we should show a bit of class and manners and say well done to Mansfield.”

The game saw the biggest crowd of the season, with over 10,000 supporters packed into the Proact Stadium. The 46-year-old believes the fans are going to have to be patient.

He added: “Unfortunately we let our supporters down today, but I think over the last couple of months, our supporters couldn’t feel let down. I think they could see the lads doing their best but we might have to get used to a lot of teams getting men behind the ball and it’s frustrating for us all.”

Roberts was sent off in additional time and the gaffer had no complaints with the referee’s decision.

“Players like Gary come to our club and the thing is, they want to deliver,” commented Cook. “Sometimes when it’s not working, it leads to that. Gary is a great lad and that is totally out of character for him.”



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