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20th October 2011 11:02

VIDEO: Cox looks to add fresh blood
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Mon 17 Oct 2011

Manager Paul Cox has said he will look to strengthen his squad over the forthcoming weeks.

The news was revealed at this morning's press meeting.

In team news, the manager will consult physio Jason Truscott over the fitness of Tom Naylor, who had to be substituted because of a hamstring problem.

Meanwhile, Ben Futcher and Jon Worthington are classed as doubts ahead of tomorrow's trip to Lincoln, after picking up knocks during Saturday's 3-1 loss at home to Southport.


Spotlight on Lincoln City v Mansfield Town
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lincoln (from): Anyon, Nutter, Watts, Hone, Nelson, Nicolau, McCallum, Power, Christophe, Fuseini, O'Keefe, Sinclair, Smith, Perry, Draper, Taylor


Team news: Lincoln are set to name the same side that lost to Fleetwood on Friday. Josh Gowling, the captain, is out injured, as are Francis Laurent and Andy Hutchinson. Tony Sinclair is pushing for a return to full-back.

Mansfield (from): Marriott, Sutton, O'Neill, Riley, Futcher, Worthington, Murray, Todd, Meikle, Briscoe, Connor, Green, Dyer, Redmond, Bolland, Kendrick.

Team news: Tom Naylor is set to miss tonight's clash after suffering a hamstring injury in the defeat to Southport on Saturday. Former Lincoln defender Ben Futcher is also a doubt but Jon Worthington is expected to recover from a knock he picked up at the weekend. The injuries could see Joe Kendrick come in at left-back, with Luke O'Neill switching to the right. Manager Paul Cox could also shake things up in midfield and up front after expressing his disappointed at the weekend's performance. Striker Paul Connor could come into the starting line-up against his old club.

Familiar face: Kyle Perry. The big, powerful striker scored nine league goals for the Stags during the 2009/10 season before leaving for Tamworth after 12 months at Field Mill. After a prolific spell there, he joined Lincoln and has made eight starts and seven appearances from the bench this season, scoring three goals.

Manager: Grant Brown. Following Steve Tilson's departure, head of youth Brown has been placed in caretaker charge. His second game on Friday night saw the Imps lose 3-1 at home to Fleetwood Town, after beating Alfreton Town a few days earlier. The former defender spent 13 years at Lincoln as a player, making more than 400 appearances


Marriott preparing for his Lincoln return
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MORE than three years have passed since Alan Marriott pulled on the Lincoln City goalkeeping jersey for the final time.


That came in April 2008 in a 2-1 victory away at Chester – his 395th appearance for the Imps.

But with boss Peter Jackson wanting to change, Marriott left for a short spell at Rushden and Diamonds before arriving at Field Mill in January 2009.

By his own admission, he never got to say a proper goodbye to those at Sincil Bank after a successful nine years in goal.

Marriott was a stalwart in the Keith Alexander era, when the club reached the play-offs on five successive occasions, reaching the final twice only to lose out on promotion.

So while they never went up, Marriott has fond memories and was a fans' favourite for almost a decade.

Add to the mix his wife and in-laws are Lincoln fans and still regulars at their games, it will make for an interesting night for the 33-year-old, who is four games away from reaching his century with the Stags.

Marriott said: "It is the first time I have been back, after leaving three years ago. It is going to be tough for me personally because I had nine years there and have great memories.

"I live there, my wife and her family have season tickets so it is a tough one.

"I have a lot of good friends there and never got to say a proper goodbye when I left the club.

"It will be nice to go back but equally I want to go back and win but if we do I will do it in a respectful way to the fans.

"My wife, her dad and brother go to the games. I would not say it is divided loyalties because they have all supported me through my footballing career.

"But they will be there in the Lincoln end, although my wife will sit in the neutral part."

Marriott said it is sad to see Lincoln struggling in the Blue Square Bet Premier, after dropping out of the Football League back in May.

But, just like at Mansfield, he believes the good days in the Football League can be brought back.

"It is sad to be fair because I experienced it when I first went there," he said. "They were a club with financial difficulties, had gates of under 2,000 and we turned it around and got to the play-offs five times, losing two finals.

"We had some good times, turned the club around financially and when you see it now, it has dropped down, the crowds have diminished and they are struggling again. It is a shame.

"But it can be turned around again and when you spend nine years somewhere it is not nice to see, especially when you know the people who work in the offices who lost their jobs as part of relegation."

After a strong start to the season, Mansfield faltered at home to Southport on Saturday, losing 3-1 in a disjointed performance.

Marriott is confident they can bounce back immediately.

With Ben Futcher also returning to Sincil Bank with the Stags, Marriott hopes for a good reception.

But despite his affection for the Imps, Marriott knows there is no room for sentiment when the whistle goes tonight.

Marriott said: "I would like to think I will get a good reception because it was nine good years, I made a lot of friends but when you cross that line you just concentrate on your football.

"I live in Lincoln so I have always looked out for their results and I know the guy in charge now, Grant Brown, as I have played with him.

"If we go there and win, I won't celebrate, I will be respectful, just as I would be if I left Mansfield and came back here.

"People have treated me well so you have to give them something back."

He joked: "Futch will go back too and I am sure he will take the brunt of the abuse because he has been back there a few times over the years."

Marriott is taking an electrician's course to learn a new trade for when he hangs up his gloves.

But, thankfully, his class is not full of Lincoln fans looking to have the bragging rights come tomorrow morning.

"I am doing a course in Newark, preparing for life after football and it is important most of us do something like that because football is a short career and none of his make mega money to be able to retire on," added Marriott.

"So I am looking to the future. But to be fair, it is mainly Forest fans on there so I just let them have their little moan about what is going off there!"


Briscoe: Stags must overcome 'new manager factor'
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LOUIS Briscoe insists Mansfield Town have to ignore the 'new manager factor' at Lincoln City tonight if they want to keep their play-off push on course.


The Stags go to Sincil Bank in the wake of Steve Tilson's sacking knowing his departure is likely to galvanise the Imps' players, with Grant Brown now in caretaker charge.

But the winger says Paul Cox's men cannot afford to let their focus slip.

Mansfield go into the game on the back of a poor 3-1 defeat against Southport at Field Mill on Saturday, with Cox threatening to ring the changes.

"I would imagine they will soon have a new manager in place," said Briscoe.

"Either way, their players are going to be out to impress, which will make it difficult.

"But we can't worry about that. If you are going to do well, you have to ignore those kind of things and keep winning games.

"We feel confident we can go and get a positive result anywhere and whatever the situation, which is how you have to be."

Lincoln are going through similar struggles in adjusting to life at non-league level following their relegation in the summer that Mansfield experienced.

Briscoe said: "It's not easy for a club who have been in the Football League, as Mansfield Town know – and it is getting tougher all the time.

"A lot of clubs would class themselves as Football League clubs with their history and fan bases.

"When teams first come down they find it difficult. I remember when I first came to Mansfield. They were 15th in the division in January and worrying about going down to the Conference North rather than getting promoted.

"A new manager can breathe new life into a club."



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