COX, MURRAY, HOLDSWORTH REACTION
Adam Murray post on Stagsnet:
Hi guys lets clear this up , by no means am I blaming u lot for where we are this season lets get that clear. U no me by now and I am the first to hold my hand up and say as players we have not performed no where near good enough totally agree with u. Last night my interview was done straight after the game an u no I'm a passionate bloke at the best of times and my anger was at individuals getting targeted again and a player got spat on .Which I no u agree is wrong because we were here this time last year when Ross had to wear ear plugs . I no how good u lot can be and trust me I feel ur frustration. What ever ur feelings are and I no some of u prob think I talk to much ( ur prob right),I'm asking you as a player that has an will give you everything he's got ,to come together. Lets all fight for that badge on our shirt because we can't do it with out u. We have to be better we no that but what ever ur feelings are please back the boys out there . Us clashing with u is a load of rubbish . We are all frustrated we want to win an this is not a bad thing but let's all channel it in the right place. We will be ok . You can be a massive force an I can't wait for Saturday.
P.s who ever said put him on the transfer list - there's a few takers for these old legs don't u worry about that hahaha.
See ya Saturday muz.
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Adam Murray says abuse is getting personal
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Mansfield Town captain and assistant manager Adam Murray says the abuse being directed at players is both personal and unacceptable.
The Stags have not won in their last four matches and slipped to 13th in the Blue Square Bet Premier table.
And sections of the crowd voiced their anger at the the final whistle of Tuesday's home draw with Lincoln.
Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We have gone into a siege mentality and have to as the abuse has got personal."
He added: "We were here last season and I'm past worrying about it. I'm focused on playing football and working for the boys out there who care.
"There is a lot of things at the club behind the scenes, a lot of politics where people are trying to stir up trouble and it's turning on the players now," said Murray.
Stags manager Paul Cox also suggested off-field matters were affecting the club, but refused to let his players be distracted by problems outside their control.
Cox, who signed a new contract in the summer, did not expand on the issues but added: "Me and the players know what is happening. We know some of the politics going on behind the scenes and we are not politicians we are footballers.
"It's definitely galvanising the players; it did last year. Whatever the scenario on that, we will try win football matches and leave the politics and all that stuff to those who wants to do that."
Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:
"We always come for three points and we set up very positively, but this is a tough place and I'm delighted with a clean sheet.
Play media"I thought we were very solid and I think that's been a long time coming.
"Individual errors have cost us quite a lot in games but tonight we stood firm against a high-profile front line, we were organised and in the right places at the right time.
"We showed intelligence in our defending and hopefully that's the start of a spell of clean sheets because we deserve more than we've had."
Stags boss Cox laments lack of finishing touch to kill off Lincoln.
WITH nine men out injured and the majority of the play, Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox believes his side's display was short of only a goal as they were held 0-0 by an unambitious Lincoln City at the One Call Stadium last night.
As it was a fourth game without a win which leaves the Stags 13th, seven points off the play-offs and 14 points off top spot, the boos inevitably rang around the ground at the end.
But Cox said: “I would like to see the shot count tonight as we put lots of balls into their box and had efforts on target. But you have to score goals and we couldn't manage that tonight.
“Their keeper was in great form and the save he made from Matt Rhead's header was absolutely out of this world.
“It was one of those nights when nothing seemed to fall for us in the opposition box but I feel we do need to be a little bit sharper.
“If we had scored it would have opened up the game. But the longer it went on at 0-0, the more resolute Lincoln became. No one could argue there was only one team trying to win the game tonight.
“If we had scored early in that second half it would probably have been a different game.
“I can't fault the way we played or the effort the boys put in. All we needed was to put the ball in the back of the net. They gave everything for the cause and we just needed that bit of luck in front of goal.
“I thought we played some good stuff. It was just that final ball, final shot or final header.”
Some fans complained Cox should have made a substitution to try to spark a winner. But he retorted: “With subs you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. We couldn't have gone more offensive than that with three centre forwards.
“I had two 25-goal-a-season strikers out there and I thought Matt Rhead was linking the play up well.
“People must remember we have a ton of injuries. Things like this happen in football and you have to sail through them. We are missing nine players and no club at this level of football can win football matches like that.
“I can't bring any more players in and I haven't got a magic wand. We are just going to have to go with what we've got.”
On the boos at the end, Cox cryptically added: “I expected it. There is a bit of politics involved here but the lads know what it's all about and we have a very tight-knit dressing room. Whatever the scenario, we will try to win football matches and leave the politics to the politicians.
“No one has a divine right to win this league. There are a lot of big clubs spending a lot of money.”
When asked to expand on what he meant by 'politics', he declined to answer.
Lincoln's former Stags boss David Holdsworth laughed of the boos he got from his old fans, too, saying: “I have always had a good rappore with the fans here.
“ There are different expectatuions here now than when I was here.
“A lot of money has been pumped in and John Radford has been very generous.
“Paul Cox is under a bit of pressure right now but I am sure he can turn things round for them.”
Cox expected backlash from some fans after Mansfield draw
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox said he expected a section of the crowd to turn on him and his players after the goalless draw with Lincoln tonight.
The Stags have now won four, drawn two and lost one of their seven home matches at the One Call Stadium.
But there were boos and criticism aimed at Cox as he left the pitch at the end of a frustrating draw.
It is understood Cox feels there is people outside the club trying to cause disruption and negativity.
Asked if he expected that kind of reaction, he said: "I expected it. There is a bit of politics involved, the lads know what it is about, I know what it is about and whatever the scenario, we will kick on as a side."
Asked if he wanted to elaborate, the Stags boss added: "No."
During the second half, Stags were denied a string of fine saves by Lincoln goalkeeper Paul Farman.
Cox added: "We had loads of balls in the box, shots on target but you have to score goals and we just couldn't quite manage that.
"The save from Rheady's header was out of this world but it was just one of those nights where we could not score. We need to be that little bit sharper.
"On another night we could have put a few in. If you score one goal, the game opens up but the longer it goes on 0-0, that's when it becomes a hard game.
"The one thing I cannot fault is the effort and we could not have gone more offensive than we did with three centre forwards. Sometimes you just have to put your hand up and say 'we needed a goal, just didn't get one'."
Mansfield must rise above negativity, says boss Cox
Thursday, October 11, 2012 Nottingham Post
MANAGER Paul Cox said Mansfield Town must stand tall and rise above any negativity that comes their way at the One Call Stadium this Saturday.
Mansfield take on second-placed Forest Green after a goalless draw in midweek to Lincoln, when the players were booed and Cox subjected to criticism from a vocal home crowd.
The Stags have only lost once in seven home matches, but their record away has been their downfall to leave them 13th in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Cox believes there are politics against him from outside the club, with people trying to create negativity. But he says they will all rise above it and plan to show that against Forest Green.
He said: "It is a politics thing. There are certain things going off that everyone is aware of and you just have to get on with it.
"If people want to pay money to boo, that's up to them.
"For me the whole club is not as one but that is not going to change my mind-set. I have been here 18 months and have lost just 12 league games.
"I am rising above it, we all are, and we will stay tight as a unit and try to win football matches.
"This is a small minority trying to get the majority to jump on board."
Meanwhile, Stags face the trek to Workington in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday, October 20, after they won their replay with Barwell 2-0
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