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1st October 2011 21:22




Stags boss Cox looks for reaction at Wrexham
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 27 September 2011 11:25

MANAGER Paul Cox is looking for another reaction from his side at table-topping Wrexham tonight as the Stags lick their wounds following Saturday's second defeat of the season.


After Mansfield's previous defeat, 3-0 at Gateshead, Cox watched his side bounce back with a superb eight-game unbeaten run.

That came to an abrupt halt with a 3-0 home defeat by Kidderminster on Saturday and Cox said: “We know it's going to be a tough game tonight, but I am looking for a response.

“After Gateshead I got a response, now we need to pick ourselves up and not feel sorry for ourselves. This game doesn't feel sorry for you.

“We have only lost two all season and there are a lot of bigger clubs than us have lost more.”

Wrexham, despite massive financial problems and also losing manager Dean Saunders last week, won 3-1 at Grimsby on Saturday under caretaker boss Andy Morrell to regain top spot. And ex-Stags striker Jake Speight has already netted five times for the Welsh club.

Wrexham, like Kidderminster, play a 4-3-3 formation which means Cox must contemplate how best to combat that.

Cox had named an unchanged side for six successive games but has Tom Naylor, Martin Riley, Paul Bolland, and Jon Worthington banging the door down for a starting place too


Cox ready to shake things up at Wrexham
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, September 27, 2011

PAUL COX will tinker with his Mansfield Town starting line-up for the first time in seven games at Wrexham tonight.


With Louis Briscoe serving a three-match ban after his red card against Kidderminster on Saturday, the Stags boss will be forced to shuffle his pack.

?But after being irked by what he saw in the first 30 minutes of that clash, he has hinted more changes will be made for the trip to Wales.

"I'm not one to chalk a defeat off like that as a bad day at the office, I can't be dismissive of it," said Cox.

"I've wanted to keep the same team, but the shape wasn't very good and losing 3-0 at home is not good enough. I'm thinking about making one or two changes just to freshen things up.

"If you look at the journeys the fact we have played at a high tempo in the majority of games, now might be the right time."

Mansfield face a Wrexham team under the caretaker player-managership of Andy Morrell following Dean Saunders' exit to Doncaster.

Cox added: "You only have to look at their win at Grimsby to see how well they have responded. The reports we have had is that they are one of the best sides in the division."



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