STAGS DRAW IN FRIENDLY AT SOLIHULL MOORS
Stags draw 1-1 at Solihull
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 11 Oct 2011
Paul Connor found the net for the second time in three days, with a strike on 30 minutes during a friendly at Solihull Moors last night.
The big front man levelled the game after we had fell behind in the third minute.
Meanwhile, defender Rhys Day, who last kicked a ball in anger in February, played a full ninety minutes.
Stags' starting 11: Redmond, Horsley, Kendrick, Riley, Day, Stevenson, Bolland, Briscoe, Bell, Connor, Howell
VIDEO interview with Paul Cox: Strong squad to play Solihull tonight
Mon 10 Oct 2011
A squad including Rhys Day, Louis Briscoe and Paul Connor will feature in a friendly match tonight at Solihull Moors.
Paul Cox has named tonight's squad as follows: Redmond, Kendrick, Day, Stevenson, Bolland, Bell, Briscoe, Connor, Howell along with youth team players Travis Munn, Matt Harris and Ben Horsley
Adam Murray on facebook, 9 Oct 2011
Cheers mate. Not too clever, ruptured a ligament but can't think of anything worse than sitting on the sides.
It's a tricky one mate I could hopefully carry on if I manage it right but my contracts up soon so obviously have to look at the bigger picture.
Cox backs chairman to deliver
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
PAUL Cox today urged fans to trust chairman John Radford in his bid to resolve Mansfield Town's ground issues.
The Stags are progressing steadily on the field, with Saturday's 2-1 win over Grimsby Town lifting them up to sixth in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
But if they are to be considered for the play-offs at the end of the season, they must have acquired Field Mill from Keith Haslam – or be using another ground that is up to Football League standard with a ten-year lease in place – by March 1.
Mansfield currently have only a one-year lease on their long-standing home but Radford is pursuing a court case questioning the validity of Haslam's ownership of the stadium.
The subject came under fresh scrutiny at the weekend when Radford revealed in his programme notes for the Grimsby game his long-awaited 'plan B'.
He said the Stags would be looking to build a new stadium in time to meet requirements set out in the rules – if they cannot secure Field Mill.
But confusion has arisen amid suggestions he no longer stands by those comments.
Cox said: "The chairman has told me he will sort the ground and I have no reason to distrust him.
"He's always been open and honest and I can't see why he would come and put money into the club if he wasn't going to resolve it.
"What I don't want is anything to affect our playing mindset. I don't want the lads to be worrying about whether the ground is going to be ready or not, I know I'm not.
"The players are not paid to think (about other things), they are paid to play, and there can be no excuses."
Tom Naylor is back at Mansfield after his trial at Burnley and will not be going anywhere else unless the club receive a successful bid
Stags boss Cox refusing to take his eye off the ball
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, October 12, 2011
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox is wary he must keep his finger on the pulse – underlined by the club's Blue Square Bet Premier history.
In 2008-09, Billy McEwan saw the Stags to six wins, three draws and five defeats in his first 14 games.
In 2009-10, under David Holdsworth, Mansfield won five, drew two and lost five to the same point. He had exactly the same record last season.
Cox has started slightly better with seven wins, five draws and two defeats.
But with those other Mansfield teams falling away, he is well aware that things could go quickly awry – meaning a new face may not be too far away.
"It might sound horrible, ruthless even, but we are 14 games in and we've done OK – only OK," said Cox.
"Sometimes if you keep a group of players together and everything is happy, it can almost become too happy.
"Football is a pressure business. Sometimes there is nothing better than a player coming in and others looking over their shoulder wondering if it is someone in their position."
Confusion continues to reign among Mansfield fans after Rainworth MW confirmed talks about using their Kirklington Road home as a possible site for a 'plan B' Stags stadium have taken place.
It comes after chief executive Carolyn Still issued a statement labelling a piece in the club's programme that said Mansfield were looking at a second option as 'inaccurate.'
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