COX, CLEMENTS, JUSTIN EDINBURGH REACTION
Boss praises players after gritty home win
mansfieldtown.net, 19th August 2014
Cox pleased with determination as Clements’ early strike sinks Newport County
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Manager Paul Cox has hailed his players for the grit and determination they showed to overcome Newport County and make it back-to-back wins at One Call Stadium.
Midfielder Chris Clements netted what turned out to be the match-winning goal in just the second minute and the victory has lifted us up to ninth position in Sky Bet League Two.
“It was an excellent victory,” said Cox. “They were some tired legs out there tonight and we called on a few [players] to go beyond what’s expected of them again, so the boys battled well, it was a tough game and it was nice to keep a clean-sheet.
“We could have probably done more in the final third and we made a few wrong decisions in trying to get the second goal, but it’s a good result against a good team.
“Newport are good at what they do. They’re effective, they’ve got good players and I can’t understand why they haven’t won a game this season, because the way they played tonight, they put us under the cosh.
“But I’m just really pleased with our boys. There were a few probably ‘running on empty’ late on, so it’s all credit to the boys - they’ve come through again.”
Our boss continued: “[Six points from three games] is an excellent return, but we’re not getting carried away.
“The bookmakers had us down for being relegation favourites at the beginning of the season and I think the boys have taken that personally and showed character a little bit of character and grit and determination.
“The boys have been absolutely tremendous and out of this world. The fans have done what I’ve called on them to do and they really got behind the boys tonight.
“There were some tired legs at the end of the game. It was physical, battling game and it didn’t have the most fluent football played, but it’s never easy when Newport and Mansfield come together.
“We showed loads of character, there was loads of plus points and the players are working hard for each other. Newport were a very different animal to Oxford, but we’ve came up trumps again - that’s all I can keep asking.”
Cox was also delighted for match-winning midfielder Chris Clements, who netted his first goal at One Call Stadium.
“It’s nice for him and he’s done well since he broke into the side,” said Cox. “He’s improving and developing consistency in his game and in his play and he’s taking that into 90 minutes plus in a game scenario.
“Now he needs to build on the game’s that he’s played, because I think there’s more to come from the kid.”
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Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox praises attitude of his players
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, firstname.lastname@example.org
Delighted boss Paul Cox has praised the attitude of his Mansfield Town players after they made it two wins on the bounce.
Stags rode their luck to defeat Newport County 1-0 last night thanks to Chris Clements’ second minute strike.
It means Mansfield have now won both their home games after they beat Oxford United 2-1 on Saturday,
And Cox was left delighted by the battling spirit shown by his injury hit squad.
“We have not played very well tonight, but we have grinded the result out,” said Cox.
“This was a tough test for us and like one we have not faced this season. It was a tough battle as we knew it was going to be.
“We had good breaks in the first and second half, but we did not take them and close the game out which is disappointing.
“Getting numbers out there is an issue right now with our injury situation and I am really pleased with the attitude of the players right now.
“What is pleasing is that we have got six points in our last two games against two very strong teams.”
Cox has also confirmed that there are no funds available for him to replace the injured Liam Hearn and the recalled Amari’i Bell.
Said Cox: “I have spoken to our chairman and we do not have any money to bring in new faces.
“It is what it is and we just have to make the best of things and soldier on. My players are up for the challenge.
“Our fans have been brilliant, they know what the scenario is and have been right behind us. We need them behind us every step of the way.”
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox can't sign any more new players, as Amari'i Bell returns to Birmingham
Nottingham Post by Matt Halfpenny
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox has been told he won't be able to bring in any more new faces in the immediate future - despite the return of Amari'i Bell to Birmingham City.
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The Stags boss has lost the left-back (pictured), who was recalled from a loan spell at the One Call Stadium by the Blues prior to the Stags' 1-0 home victory over Newport County.
Cox was given the green light to sign goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov on a six-month deal from Nottingham Forest ahead of the Exiles visit.
But after watching Chris Clements' goal make it two home wins from two at the start of the new League Two campaign, he confirmed that signing is likely to be his last for a while.
"There is no-one coming in - and that's in any position," said Cox, who has also lost summer striker signing Liam Hearn to injury until Christmas.
"We are a little bit low on numbers at the moment in terms of fully fit players, and we're trying to get everyone fit.
"You'd like to freshen it up every now and then, but I've spoken to the chairman and we have to soldier on with what we have at the minute.
"We have to cut our cloth accordingly and I've been given a wage bill I have to deal with."
Cox was pleased to see his side 'dig in' for the three points against Newport as they were made to hang on in the closing stages.
He said: "We played a side on Saturday (Oxford) that wanted to play on the floor and we knew it was going to be a different game against Newport.
"We stood up to the physical test, but I just want us to take a bit more responsibility in the last third because we broke away a couple of times and we just needed Chris Clements or Ollie Palmer to finish their chances for a second killer goal."
Evtimov has been signed to provide competition and back-up for No.1 Sascha Studer, with Cox adding: "At this level you need two keepers.
"We needed someone who could take on the mantle, so that whoever plays can do a good job."
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#stags manager Paul Cox says he's been told there's NO money to sign any more players despite losing Hearn to injury & Bell to Birmingham
Clements delighted with match-winning strike
mansfieldtown.net, 19th August 2014
Midfielder pleased to grab his first goal for us on home soil.
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Midfielder Chris Clements says advice from boss Paul Cox has helped him to become an established fixture in our starting xi in recent weeks.
The creative playmaker bagged his first goal at One Call Stadium in tonight’s 1-0 victory over Newport County - our second success on home soil in four days.
Speaking afterwards, Clements said: “[The gaffer] has told me exactly what I’ve got to do and I think I’m doing that. I think it’s helping the team to be fair, because I’m getting about, putting tackles in, tracking back and getting forward as well and obviously getting chances and scoring goals.”
“He’s challenged me with the off-the-ball work, which has been a downfall for me getting in the team the past two years, but I’m buying into it and it’s coming off for me, so I’ve got the goal and I’ve got a few good performances now.
The midfielder also stated that his determination was rewarded after battling with the Newport County’s Ismail Yakubu in the build-up to the winning goal: “He was struggling with Rheady’s [Matt Rhead’s] flick on and I just got in there in front of him and I should’ve finished it first time, but it still went over the line - that’s all that counts.”
Clements admitted that his first goal at One Call Stadium has been a long time coming: “I’ve waited a long time for my goal. Fleetwood Town away last year was my only goal for Mansfield, so playing [in] that hole I want to get forward and score more goals and I’m just glad I did that today.”
The 24-year-old believes the Stags knew what to expect from their Welsh counterparts and they dealt with it well.
He added: “We knew what we [were] going to get from Newport. It was always going to be a hard, battling game. That early goal settled us and I think we played some good stuff. They were very direct and I think we dealt with it and I’m just glad we got the three points again.”
“We’ve got a smaller squad this year, but obviously we’re closer, we’re close-knit and there are some good characters in there. We’re all pulling the same way which is good and obviously it’s showing on the pitch with the results we’re getting.”
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Justin Edinburgh tells Newport County to improve
Frustrated Newport boss Justin Edinburgh has challenged his players to turn their failing fortunes around following a 1-0 loss to Mansfield.
Chris Clements' second-minute goal leaves the Exiles still seeking their first point of the season after three games.
They fought back strongly from the setback and nearly equalised through Chris Zebroski's snapshot and Andy Sandell's curling free-kick.
But they blew a number of second-half chances to get a deserved reward for a dogged display. Former Stag Aaron O'Connor hit two fierce efforts wide in the closing stages, an indication that Newport knew it was not going to be their day.
However, Edinburgh says he has every confidence in his players.
"We are playing the right sort of football and creating chances. I have every confidence we can turn things around," he said.
"Our level of play is good, but when you are not winning matches you snatch at chances and are anxious which is what happened.
"I thought we were the better team for long parts of the game. We need to be more clinical when we create chances and to be tighter at the back.
"We have to regroup, but I am certain that our luck will change if we keep playing like this.
"People will make their judgement that we have lost the first three games but we have got to be positive.
"You make your own luck and that is what we have got to do. You get punished for your own errors and that happened.
"Only ourselves can change our fortunes. I have got every confidence in myself and the group."
Mansfield boss Paul Cox admitted he was delighted with the attitude of his players after they secured back-to-back wins.
Cox said: "We have not played very well, but we have ground the result out.
"This was a tough test for us and like one we have not faced this season. It was a tough battle, as we knew it was going to be.
"We had good breaks in the first and second half, but we did not take them and close the game out which is disappointing.
"Getting numbers out there is an issue right now with our injury situation and I am really pleased with the attitude of the players right now.
"I have spoken to our chairman and we do not have any money to bring in new faces. We just have to make the best of the situation and my players are up for the challenge.
"What is pleasing is that we have got six points in our last two games against two very strong teams."
Dempster: It was important to beat Newport
Skipper pleased to take three points in another ferocious battle with Newport.
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Skipper John Dempster was pleased with our resilient defensive display as we kept our first clean-sheet of the campaign in last night’s battling victory over Newport County.
The win - our second on home soil in just four days - has lifted us up to 9th position in Sky Bet League One ahead of Saturday’s long trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.
“It was a tough night at the office, because Newport are a big strong side and they certainly put the ball into some difficult areas,” said Dempster.
“We stood up to be counted and there were some good performances, even though it wasn’t a particularly good game to watch or pleasing on the eye, but the important thing was to come out with three points and we did that.
“They probably had two half-decent chances, but when you look at the full 90 minutes then we probably edged it and had some good chances towards the end to finish the game off.
“It’s always been the way [a battle] with Newport. We’ve had some right ‘ding dongs’ at Newport and some hard games here, and they’ve got some big, strong, powerful players.”
He continued: “Last year, we may have possibly conceded towards the end. We conceded a few late goals last year, which was disappointing and something the gaffer has highlighted and wants us to improve.
“Hopefully, [keeping a clean-sheet] is a sign of good things to come in the future.”
The 30-year-old added: “We’ve had a very good start [to the season] I’d say. When the fixtures first came out, if you’d have said we’d take six points from the first three games, most people would have taken that.”
Our team will now be hoping to make it three successive victories when they make the long journey south to face Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.
The Daggers have endured an indifferent start to the new campaign, but registered their first three points of the season with a 2-0 victory at Hartlepool United last night.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s match, Dempster said: “I know one or two of their players and they are good, technical players, so that’s something that we’ll have to be aware of.
“In the past I think they’ve been a big, strong, horrible side to play against, but they play a lot of football now so that’ll be a different test [compared] to Newport.”
Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh backs players to turn poor start around
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, email@example.com
Frustrated Newport boss Justin Edinburgh has challenged his players to turn their failing fortunes around.
Newport were beaten 1-0 by Mansfield Town thanks to Chris Clements’ second minute goal to leave County seeking their first point of the season.
The Exiles fought back strongly from the setback and nearly equalised through Chris Zebroski’s snapshot on 19 minutes and Andy Sandell’s curling free-kick on 31 minutes.
But they blew a number of second-half chances to get a deserved reward for a dogged display.
Former Stag Aaron O’Connor hit two fierce efforts wide in the closing stages as the game became stretched.
But disappointed Edinburgh says he has every confidence in his players.
“We are playing the right sort of football and creating chances. I have every confidence we can turn things around,” he said.
“Our level of play is good, but when you are not winning matches you snatch at chances and are anxious which is what happened tonight.
“I thought we were the better team for long parts of the game. We need to be more clinical when we create chances and to be tighter at the back.
“We have to regroup, but I am certain that our luck will change if we keep playing like this.
“People will make their judgement that we have lost the first three games, but we have got to be positive.
“You make your own luck and that is what we have got to do. You get punished for your own errors and that happened tonight.
“Only ourselves can change our fortunes. I have got every confidence in myself and the group.
”We just need a result so that we have a platform to build on.”
Newport face a stiff test on Saturday when they entertain promotion-chasing Burton Albion.
Justin Edinburgh confident Newport County can bounce back
Boss Justin Edinburgh believes Newport County can bounce back from a winless start to the League Two season.
A 1-0 league defeat at Mansfield was their third of the season following losses against Morecambe and Wycombe Wanderers.
"I have every confidence in the group, in myself and you make your own luck and that's what we've got to do," said Edinburgh.
"We've been really harshly punished for any errors in our own box."
Chris Clements' early strike was enough to give the Stags victory, but Edinburgh felt his side's efforts deserved more.
He added: "I can't fault the effort or commitment, but we've had enough chances to get something out of the game, but we haven't taken them.
"But that's what happens when you're not winning football matches and we're certainly not doing that at the minute.
"We've got to regroup and take positives out of it. For long periods I thought we were the better side."
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