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29th October 2012 11:44

Cox After Success In All Three Competitions
mansfield103.co.uk, Tuesday 23rd October, 2012

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox says he is looking to do as well as he can in all three competitions this season.


The Stags are looking to go through to the Second Round in the FA Cup for the first time in five years when they take on either Slough Town or Gosport Borough at the One Call Stadium.

They are also currently tenth in the Blue Square Bet Prem and their FA Trophy campaign begins next month.

And, Cox says he's not going to take the foot off the pedal at any point, telling Mansfield 103.2: "I think you've got to be greedy in football and you've got to want a good FA Cup run, to get promoted and have a good FA Trophy run.

"You have to go into every football match wanting to win.

"Last season, people were asking me about resting players in the FA Trophy and I said that it was a competition I was trying to win.

"I don't want to turn around to someone who has paid their hard-earned money to come and watch us and say we put out a weakened side as that would be disrespectful to our supporters.

"I won't change my ethics and philosophy for anybody."


Hungry Hutchinson playing his way into a Stags starting berth
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Nottingham Post

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox believes Ben Hutchinson now has the hunger as well as the ability to resurrect his career with the Stags.


The 24-year-old was plucked from Arnold as a 19-year-old by Premier League Middlesbrough in 2007.

He then moved to Scottish giants Celtic in January 2008 and played in the Champions League.

But he is now back at non-league level, after initially joining Mansfield on loan earlier this year.

He signed a one-year deal in the summer but did not make his first appearance until Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup win at Workington, when he came off the bench to set up the second goal.

It comes after he starred in two reserve games, scoring three goals.

And Hutchinson, who Cox believes can still get back up to a top level in the game, is in his thinking to start away at Dartford on Friday.

Cox said: "Nobody questions his ability but his worth ethic had to improve.

"I have been keeping a real eye on him and his performances have been out of this world, he has been amazing, working so hard.

"And I felt when he came on last Saturday his ball for the second goal was a different level.

"I said to be him 'are you hungry now?' to which he replied 'I'm starving'.

"A hungry footballer with his ability is a massive asset for any football club and that is what I hope we are going to get from Hutch. He might have played his way into the starting line-up."



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