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3rd November 2011 21:30

video interview with Paul Cox


Mansfield Town boss says FA Cup pressure is on Fleetwood Town
chad.co.uk, Monday 31 October 2011

MANSFIELD TOWN boss Paul Cox says the pressure is on Fleetwood Town to progress through to the FA Cup with Budweiser First Round Proper.


Stags face the Cod Army at Highbury Stadium tomorrow night in their Fourth Qualifying Round Replay after a 1-1 draw at Field Mill on Saturday, with the victors playing Wycombe Wanderers at home on Saturday 12 November.

And Cox insists the pressure is now on Fleetwood, who currently sit six places above Mansfield in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

“We seem to perform better away from home but we know it'll be a tough game,” said Cox.

“This group of lads seem to relax a little bit more away from home and play their best stuff away. They're looking forward to it.

“The pressure is on Fleetwood now. Their fans are expecting them to win and they probably feel as though they have got the job done now. But the tie isn't over. We're a different animal away from home.”

Meanwhile, a friendly match has been arranged against Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday, which should see Rhys Day and John Thompson gain another 90 minutes.

Said Cox: “You miss players of their calibre but we have to make sure we don't rush either of them back too quickly.”


Spotlight on Fleetwood v Mansfield
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Fleetwood (from): Davies, Beeley, McNulty, Pond, Goodall, Vardy, Milligan, McGuire, Mangan, Clancy, Brodie, Vieira, Seddon, St Louis-Hamilton, Briggs, Cox, S Brown.


Team news: Fleetwood are set to be without defender Junior Brown, after he limped off at Field Mill after just 14 minutes on Saturday. He is set to be replaced by left-back Alan Goodall.

Loan players Glenn Wilson and Ryan Jackson have been asked not to play by their clubs and become cup-tied while Charlie Wassmer is out injured.

Mansfield (from): Marriott, Sutton, Riley, Futcher, O'Neill, Bolland, Moult, Murray, Howell, Dyer, Green, Meikle, Redmond, Connor, Bell, Todd, Day, Somes.

Team news: Mansfield boss Paul Cox has no fresh injury concerns and could name the same team that drew 1-1 with Fleetwood at the weekend.

One to watch: Jamie Vardy. The right winger has scored ten goals in 11 games and causes problem with his pace. Will look to get at Mansfield's rearguard at every opportunity


Cox and Mansfield out to upset the odds at Fleetwood
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, November 01, 2011

AFTER big-spending Fleetwood Town left Field Mill following a draw in the FA Cup on Saturday, Stags boss Paul Cox believes some of the Cod Army supporters might feel their job is already done.


The favourites to win promotion into League Two now host Mansfield Town tonight in the fourth qualifying round replay, as both teams fight it out to entertain Wycombe Wanderers in the first round proper.

Cox says with home advantage, Fleetwood might feel the tie is in the bag.

But he has other ideas and with his Stags side unbeaten on the road in their last seven matches, he feels his players are ready to cause an upset.

"We have been a different animal on the road this season," said Cox. "It is a massive challenge but sometimes these boys are at their best when nobody gives them a chance.

"The neutrals won't give us a chance but hopefully they will be in the right mindset.

"The pressure is on Fleetwood now. It is their home game, their fans will expect them to win and probably a lot of them feel they have already got the job done but I do not think the tie is over.

"It seems like we have been on the road for most of the season and we have had some long, long trips.

"But we seem to perform better away from home, although it is going to be tough.

"But these lads do relax more away and play their best stuff so we are really looking forward to it."

The Stags have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to the north-west tonight and could name an unchanged team to that which earned the 1-1 draw at Field Mill on Saturday.

It was a much-improved home performance and Cox was disappointed not to come away with victory.

But he is more than happy to have another crack tonight to set up a clash with League One Wycombe in the next round.

It was Wanderers who his Eastwood Town side knocked out of the famous competition in the second round proper back in 2008, during a stunning run under Cox's stewardship.

It would make for a great match and the Stags boss said: "I have great memories of that and it was a great day for Eastwood Town.

"Nobody gave us a chance and I think they were the only unbeaten team in the Football League at that stage. But we won 2-0, with a great goal from (Lindon) Meikle.

"But before we start looking at Wycombe, we have a tough game and we have to make sure the mindset is right, the same as when we went to Wrexham, Barrow, Darlington, Stockport. If we do that, we can give a good account of ourselves.

"If we don't, it is a place you can come back from after suffering a heavy defeat. They have a lot of good players but it is a football match and you look at our away form and at times we have been excellent away from home.

"So we are really looking forward to it – the tie is not over."


Stags will cope when Futcher returns to Bury, insists boss Cox
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, November 01, 2011

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox says his side will miss Ben Futcher when he returns to Bury from his loan spell.


The giant central defender has made a massive impact since joining from the League One side back in August.

The 30-year-old has been in superb form at the back and when he sat out games at Lincoln and against Alfreton through injury, he was missed.

He returned for the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup and will play again in tonight's replay in the north west.

But while he will be missed when he goes back to his parent club on November 12, Cox says Stags will cope without him before they get the chance to re-sign him in the new year.

He said: "It is great to have Futch back from injury and you know what you are going to get with him. It is not just his playing ability, it is his organisational qualities he gives us.

"When he goes back to Bury, we are going to miss him. It does not take a rocket scientist to work that out.

"But we have got Thommo (John Thompson) and Rhys Day coming back from injury and (Martin) Riley was outstanding on Saturday.

"We also have Ritchie Sutton, who played right-back at the weekend. So we have capable players to play in that position when he goes back."

Mansfield play a behind-closed-doors friendly against Crewe tomorrow, in which Thompson and Day will step up their returns.

"We have to make sure we do not rush them back too quickly but it will be another game and another step closer," said Cox



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