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We're still the underdogs - Cox
Manager Paul Cox has maintained that we are still the underdogs ahead of tonight’s eagerly-awaited FA Cup with Budweiser showdown against Oldham Athletic.
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Despite a money-spinning trip to Liverpool awaiting tonight’s winners in Round Three, our boss wants our players to enjoy themselves against Lee Johnson’s team.
The Latics, who are 25 places above us in the football pyramid, were brought back to a replay at One Call Stadium after Sam Clucas’ equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Boundary Park ten days ago.
“The impetus will be on us to come out,” said Cox. “We want to try to make it a really good cup tie and I hope our supporters come down and roar us on.
“We are definitely still the underdogs and when you play a team from a division above it is always the case.
“When they drew us, most people would have put Oldham down to win the tie and most betting people will still have them down to win the replay.
“So there is no pressure on us whatsoever, apart from internal pressure here to try and win a football match. It’s a big game and we know the rewards for whoever wins it.
“I want my players to go out there and enjoy it.”
He added: “There will probably be some minor tweaks to the side, but we’ve had two good performances of late, so there is no need for wholesale changes.”
Cox has also stressed the importance of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match with Accrington Stanley.
“Your next game is always your biggest game, but without sounding boring, we also have Accrington on Saturday and these are two big games,” continued our boss.
“It’s a big week for us and if we can pick up four points from two league games, it would cap it off to get a good result against Oldham.”
Our manager has a near full-strength team available for selection for tonight’s match. The only definite absentee is Ritchie Sutton (thigh).
Paul Cox’s full pre-match interview ahead of tonight’s clash with Oldham Athletic can be seen on Stags Player. To subscribe, click here.
Stags still the FA Cup underdogs says boss Cox ahead of TV replay with Oldham
chad.co.uk, 16 December 2013
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox admits his side are still the underdogs tomorrow night and just wants his players to go out and enjoy their televised FA Cup second round replay with Oldham, despite the prize of a trip to Liverpool beckoning for the winners.
Stags drew a tight 1-1 encounter at Boundary Park in the first match, but Cox admits the onus will be on his side to take the game to the Latics tomorrow.
“The impetus will be on us to come out,” he said. “In the first game we were probably a bit cagey. We went there and were very structured and hard to beat. Saying that, we had come good chances in the first half.
“Everyone will be on the front foot. We want to try to make it a really good cup tie and I hope our supporters come down and roar us on.
“We are definitely still the underdogs. When you play a team from a division above it is always the case.
“When they drew us, most people would have put Oldham down to win it and most betting people will still have Oldham down to win the replay.
“There is no pressure on us whatsover apart from internal pressure here to win a football match.
“It is a big game and we know the rewards for whoever wins it. I want my players to go out there and enjoy it.
“There will probably be some minor tweaks to the side. But we have had two good performances of late so there is no need for wholesale changes.”
The cup may be the glamour part of the week, but Cox was keen to stress how important the bread and buttter League games are too.
He said: “Your next game is always your biggest game. Without sounding boring, we also have Accrington on Saturday and these are two big games.
“This is a big week for us and it we can pick up four points from two League games, it would cap it off to get a good result against Oldham.
“It is more to do with the week and the build-up to Christmas, more than just about a game.
“It would be an amazing feeling to be walking out at Anfield in front of a big crowd in such a prestigious competition. It’s what we are all in the game for.
“But I am keeping myself level as always and not getting carried away.
“We have just come through a sticky patch and I kept myself level through that.”
Clucas focussed on Oldham tie
mansfieldtown.net, 16th December 2013
Frontman Sam Clucas wants ‘dreams to come true’ tomorrow night as we bid to eliminate Oldham Athletic from the FA Cup with Budweiser and seal a Third Round date at Liverpool.
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The 23-year-old has been in red-hot form in recent weeks and netted the equaliser in our 1-1 draw at Boundary Park, ten days ago.
Clucas also scooped the prestigious ‘Player of the Round’ award with a devastating four-goal haul in a 17-minute spell during our First Round rout of St Albans City.
He said: “[This is a competition] what can make your dreams come true.
“I don’t think words can describe what playing at Anfield would mean. As a footballer, you always want to play in big stadiums against big teams.
“We’re one game away from doing that and, if we can beat Oldham, it’ll be unbelievable. It’s a big game and we’ve got a great incentive to get through. Everyone is buzzing and can’t wait to get out there."
After a closely-fought 1-1 draw at Boundary Park in the reverse fixture less than a fortnight ago, Clucas believes the margins will be just as close in tomorrow night’s replay.
“I don’t think [the game] will be too much different, but both teams will be nervous,” added the youngster.
“Oldham’s players are going to be up for it, just as much as we are, but we know what they’re about and we’ve been working towards this game."
More of this interview can be read in tomorrow night’s edition of ‘The Stag’ and will be available on Stags Player later today. To subscribe to Stags Player, click here.
FA Cup hero Clucas hoping to write another glorious chapter for Stags
Mansfield Town FA Cup hero Sam Clucas is hoping he can help the club write another chapter in their history tonight when a home replay against Oldham Athletic is all that stands in their way of a glamorous third round trip to Liverpool.
Stags know how hard it will be against the League One outfit tonight, but Clucas, who scored four times to win the national Player of Round One award and also grabbed the equaliser at Oldham, said: “It’s a big game and we have a great incentive to get through and beat Oldham. Everyone is buzzing and we can’t wait to get out there.
“If we can get through it would be great for the club and great for the supporters .
“To score tomorrow would be the greatest moment of my career and something I would never forget. I hope I can get another goal, but the most important thing is that the team wins.
“I have never played against a Premier League team before so it would be a dream come true. If we win tomorrow it will take some sinking in.
“Some of the lads here support Liverpool. Manchester United away would have been my dream tie. It’s been great on Sundays watching the draws come out.
“The fans are massive to us. They give us great support every home game so hopefully tonight will be the same and maybe we’ll see a few more come along.”
Scouse bound: Mansfield v Oldham preview
By Mike Keegan,16 Dec 2013
Oldham take on Mansfield in an FA Cup second round replay at Field Mill, with a meeting with Liverpool on offer.
Anfield is the prize when Oldham head to Mansfield for their FA Cup replay on Tuesday.
Lee Johnson's side will be hoping to set up a meeting with the Merseyside giants in the competition for the third year in a row.
The Latics boss admitted that his side will have to be at their best at Field Mill against their League Two hosts.
"We all want it, of course we do," he said. "You've got to really want it to get it. Unless you show that it will be difficult.
"We need to go into the game using everything we can to get the win."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, whose son Anton plays for Oldham, is a friend of Johnson's and the pair exchanged texts after their 5-0 win at Spurs on Sunday.
"I thought they were brilliant," he said. "Like the Red Arrows. I hope the lads saw that because that's what we need."
Johnson was full of praise for Mansfield, who drew 1-1 at Boundary Park in the first tie.
"They came here and defended well and earned their replay," he said.
"The lads will know it's going to be a tough game. We're excited and we're hoping to use that to our benefit.
"They have two or three really good players. They are big payers and have a bigger budget than us playing wise.
"That doesn't matter, however, they have got dangerous players."
Johnson has no injury worries and will welcome back recovered Northern Ireland striker Kirk Millar.
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