COX, GEOGHAGHON, SMITH, MARCUS LAW REACTION
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Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I think all the accolades today have got to go to the players, they were amazing.
"The lads have come from a goal behind again and showed some real desire to not just get themselves back into it but to go and win it. The performance wasn't brilliant but the result was absolutely excellent.
"We've had to dig in, we've had to work hard and we've had to go the yard extra and against Tamworth who, for me, are a very good side."
Marcus Law told the Non-League Paper: "The game is decided by fine margins. At 1-0 up, Danny Thomas has missed a good chance and just before they scored the winner we have also missed another good opportunity and you've got to take these chances against good teams or they will be punished. We felt we put in a good performance and we are disappointed that we did not close the game out as we should have. But we have to take a lot of pride in what we are doing. We have made massive strides as a group of players and as a club this season and we are continuing to learn."
Stags boss Cox praises Mansfield Town's battlers after late victory
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox believes Stags can only get better after watching his side come from behind to beat battling Tamworth.
Stags closed the gap on York City in the final play-off place to just two points after a deflected strike from Adam Smith and an 87th minute goal by top scorer Matt Green overturned Jean-Paul Marna's thunderbolt effort for the visitors.
The vital win, Stags fifth in seven outings, also secured Mansfield's fourth home win on the trot - the first time that has happened since the 2003/04 season.
But delighted Cox believes Mansfield will grow even stronger as the BSP season reaches its exciting climax.
“The players should get full credit for showing the desire to get the win,” he said.
“There is an excellent unity and team spirit in the team at the moment and I think we have more to come and can get a lot better as the season goes on.
“The performance was not great today, but the result was there and that is what counts.
“To come from behind against Tamworth, who are a good side, is impressive. This was a massive result for us.
“We had two perfectly good goals ruled out by the referee which I was not happy with, but we did not feel sorry for ourselves and battled back well.
“We have set ourselves mini-goals throughout the season, and one of the targets is to still be in the pack.”
Cox was also full of praise for match-winner Matt Green, who bagged his 22nd goal of the season and his fourth goal in the last two games.
“Matt was a bit quiet for us overall today, but he bagged a real poacher's goal,” said Cox.
“For any team to be successful they need a big goalscorer and we have that in Matt Green.
“He is improving his game all the time and, like the team, is only going to get better as the season progresses.”
Stags face a mouth-watering local derby against former boss David Holdsworth's Lincoln City side next weekend, when they will be hoping to make it five home wins on the bounce
Stags boss delighted as players show their steel
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox is delighted his team are showing they can win when the going gets tough.
A 2-1 victory over Tamworth on Saturday – after trailing for much of the second half – carried the Stags to within two points of the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs.
Adam Smith and Matt Green struck to grab all three points after Jean-Paul Marna had put the Lambs in front.
It meant the difference between Mansfield dropping away from the group chasing a top-five place and putting themselves right in the mix.
"That was a massive psychological boost because we didn't play anywhere near what we are capable of," said Cox.
"We put so much effort into getting the win against Darlington in midweek after the defeat at Newport that I did think it would affect us.
"It would have been easy to have dropped points but we have come from a goal down again and you have to hand it to the players because they showed desire and application, even after having what we felt were two perfectly good goals disallowed.
"If we can start consistently winning ugly at this stage of the season it bodes well. I think that is a game we might have lost earlier in the season."
New-boys Exodus expects more Stags scraps
EXODUS Geohaghon was not surprised his first Mansfield Town game proved to be an almighty scrap – and expects more of the same between now and the end of the season.
The central defender – drafted in on loan until the end of the season having been released by Darlington – has previously played at this level with the Quakers and Kettering.
He is well aware of how much of a physical battle it can be and how closely matched the teams are.
But he is looking forward to meeting that challenge head on after making his debut in Saturday's hard-fought 2-1 win over Tamworth, where the Stags came back from 1-0 down.
"The Conference is probably the most difficult league to get out of and it makes it hard work," said Geohaghon.
"But if you have to win games like this 2-1 when you have been losing, then we will definitely take it.
"The gaffer said to us during half-time that we had to believe in ourselves in both boxes.
"Getting in 0-0 at half-time was no bad thing because the wind had been against us. In the second half it was more difficult for them to get out, we put the pressure on and that is how we got the result we wanted.
"We showed the mental strength we needed to and the boys all worked massively hard.
"If you can stay on top of teams as we did towards the end then you are always going to get opportunities to win the game.
"There is a great atmosphere now in the dressing room and if you look at the team that gets in the play-offs with a late run, they can often get promoted.
"That is what we are looking to do now and hopefully I can play my part."
twitter.com/MLgaffer (Marcus Law) We were robbed 2 one to Mansfield.. One nil up 10 mins to go missed 2 1v1s and a open goal !!! One of them days I think gutted
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