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26 Sep 2012

twitter.com/Mazza_78 (Alan Marriott)
Yes it's true I have bust my shoulder!! #unbelievablepain http://lockerz.com/s/247932064



27 Sep 2012

twitter.com/jasonpharrison (Mansfield 103.2)
At today's #stags conference, Paul Cox says extent of Marriott injury not yet known - he's seeing a specialist today...

...And, there's a slight doubt over no. 2 keeper Shane Redmond as well who also injured his elbow in training yesterday...

...So, more than likely a keeper will come in on loan over the next day or so ahead of the Hereford game. #stags


Cox in hunt for new keeper

video interview with Paul Cox
WARNING: This video contains an image of Alan Marriott's injured shoulder, which some viewers may find disturbing.
Jason Harrison (Mansfield 103.2) & John Lomas (Chad) are asking the questions

27th September 2012

Manager Paul Cox has confirmed that he is in the hunt for a new goalkeeper after Alan Marriott was injured in a freak training ground accident on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old shot-stopper collided with striker Matt Green during a training session and was later taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

Marriott's understudy, Shane Redmond, also sustained a separate injury in the same session and is now also a doubt for Saturday's home clash with Hereford United.

Cox said: “It was pretty innocuous how Alan Marriott got injured.”

“Him and Greeny were coming for the same ball and they mildly collided. It looked pretty innocuous at first when he went down, but with the shape of his shoulder you knew there was something wrong straight away.

“He was taken to hospital and wanted to see a specialist once he got there. We're probably looking at between a month and three months before he'll be back.

“Believe it or not, Shane Redmond also took a nasty knock yesterday as well. He did something to his elbow and we'll have to monitor him over the next few days.”

The injury crisis within our goalkeeping department completes a frustrating few days for the club.

On Tuesday night, the team had travelled to within a few miles of Macclesfield Town's Moss Rose Stadium before they heard that the game against Steve King's Silkmen had been postponed.

Cox cannot understand why the decision to call off the game wasn't made sooner.

Our boss continued: “Everyone in and around that part of the country knew there wasn't going to be any football played in the local area that night.”

“I was there at 4.00pm and the game shouldn't have been played then, as the pitch was already an inch or two under water at that point.

“It has been one of those weeks, but the best thing we can do is put it behind us now.”

As a result of the Macclesfield game being postponed, striker Matt Green will now serve the third game of his three-match suspension when we lock horns with Hereford this weekend.

However, there is some brighter news to emerge from One Call Stadium today.

Our boss has confirmed that Andy Owens, Ben Hutchinson, Nick Wright and Andy Todd have all overcome recent injuries and are all back in contention for a place in the team


Keeper crisis at Mansfield Town as Marriott dislocates shoulder
chad.co.uk, Thursday 27 September 2012

MANSFIELD Town have been plunged into a keeper crisis ahead of Saturday's home clash with Hereford United (3pm).


First choice Alan Marriott tweeted a gruesome photo of what looks to be a dislocated shoulder from a training accident last night with back-up keeper Shane Redmond also nursing a sore elbow from training too.

That leaves manager Paul Cox desperately looking for a keeper to bring in before the visit of the Bulls.

“It looked the most innocuous of incidents at the time, “ said Cox. “He and Matt Green were running for the same ball and both mildly collided. It looked totally nothing.

“But the lads quickly realised we were looking at something serious and Mazza had to go to hospital.

“With Ross Dyer, Gary Roberts and Matt Green missing for Saturday as well as Mazza, it's like the whole spine of the side that is taking the hits. But we just have to get on with it.”

He added: “I feel for Mazza as he has been a massive part of what we are doing here. He now needs to see a specialist, be he could be out for between a month to three months and we will miss him.

“He is one of the better goalkeepers at this level of football.

“Believe it or not, Shane also took a bang on his arm yesterday too and he has a lot of pain in the elbow area.”

It hasn't been a good week for Mansfield as, after failing to beat 10-men AFC Telford, they saw their away game at Macclesfield postponed at the last minute on Tuesday after arriving at the Moss Rose in horrendous travelling conditions before losing both keepers injured the next day.

“We must just make sure we don't lose any focus for Saturday,” said Cox. “We have to go out there and earn the right to win a football match. Our home form has been good and must keep that going.”

At least Cox has a few injuries clearing up now with Nick Wright, Andy Owens, Ben Hutchinson and Andy Todd all back in training this week


Mansfield Town's Alan Marriott could miss up to three months

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox fears he could be without goalkeeper Alan Marriott for up to three months because of a dislocated shoulder.

Marriott was hurt in a challenge with striker Matt Green in training on Wednesday and Cox is already looking to sign a replacement on a loan deal.

Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We are keeping our fingers crossed but fear the worst. It could be three months.

"It will be a massive loss. He's one of the better keepers at this level."

The 34-year-old former Lincoln goalkeeper tweeted: "Yes it's true I have bust my shoulder!! #unbelievablepain."

Back-up keeper Shane Redmond also suffered an elbow injury during training, and although that is not not expected to be serious Cox said they have to bring in another keeper.

"We don't know how bad Shane's injury is," Cox added. "He was really sore but we have to sign another keeper anyway. We can't go on with just one goalkeeper at the club.

"We hope to get someone in asap. There are one or two we have been keeping an eye on anyway."


Cox calls for focus after 'nightmare' week for Mansfield Town
Friday, September 28, 2012 Nottingham Post

PAUL Cox has called on his Mansfield Town side to stay focused after what he described as a 'nightmare' week for the club.


The Stags travelled to Macclesfield on Tuesday night only for the game to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch after they had arrived.

And then in training on Wednesday, goalkeeper Alan Marriott dislocated his shoulder in an accidental collision with striker Matt Green.

With back-up stopper Shane Redmond also nursing a bruised arm, the hunt is on to bring in another goalkeeper before tomorrow's home match with Hereford.

And Cox said: "We are working hard to get a goalkeeper in and we have to do it quickly.

"We knew we would get injuries and suspensions and Tuesday was a nightmare because everybody knew in that area no football was going to be played.

"Football has its ups and downs, its been one of those nightmare weeks, and we have to make sure we do not lose any focus.

"We have to get on with it and put this week behind us."

As for Marriott, Cox believes he could be out for up to three months.

"He went to hospital and they want it looked at by a specialist," said Cox. "It seems to be the spine of the side that is taking these hits.

"I just feel for Mazza because he has been a massive part of what we are trying to do here and we will miss him.

"He's an experienced footballer and he had a blip early on but we all did and I knew he would come good, which he did, and he is one of better goalkeepers at this level of football."

Striker Ross Dyer, who ruptured knee ligaments on the opening day of the season, has undergone successful surgery but will be out for the rest of the campaign


Mansfield Town look to make it pay at home
Friday, September 28, 2012 Nottingham Post

TO SAY this season has been stop-start for Mansfield Town is something of an understatement.


Five wins but four defeats with only one draw shows they have struggled for any kind of consistency.

And when they arrived in Macclesfield on Tuesday night only to be informed the game was off due to a waterlogged pitch, the frustration was understandable.

Alan Marriott's serious shoulder injury in training the following day only rubbed sale into the already open wounds but now, as Hereford arrive tomorrow, boss Paul Cox has called for calm and focus.

After a disappointing 2-2 draw against ten-man AFC Telford last Saturday, he is welcoming a home game where the Stags have produced the goods this season.

In fact, after the opening 4-3 defeat to Newport at the One Call Stadium, the Stags have won all four league matches on home soil, conceding just once.

So there is every reason to be confident against the Bulls, who dropped out of the Football League last season. In fact, their opponents have lost three of their last four.

Cox knows it will be anything but easy, especially as the Stags go again without star striker Matt Green, as he serves the final game of his three-match ban.

"The home run is excellent," said Cox. "I know we had one or two grumbles after Saturday but if we keep our home form going and pick up points away then that is promotion form. But that is easier said than done.

"We have to earn the right to win a football match and we have some more tough games coming up afterwards as well.

"Our mind-set is erratic at the moment. I want to get these lads enjoying their football and getting back to last season's standards.

"We have just started setting targets for blocks of games, targets of what we think is achievable.

"Last season coming round the bench at York in the league, we felt it was two points dropped in a draw when it was a really good point.

"We cannot let a negative mentality creep into the camp. We have to stay positive and focused on what we want to achieve.

"Ten games in, there is a hell of a way to go and if we stay focused, we can push on."

Cox says he is still looking to strengthen his side through loans or free transfers.

And he insists that will never stop being the case as he looks to win promotion this season after missing out in the play-off semi-finals last time out.

"We need to keep looking, keep improving and it is one of those scenarios where I never want to stand still," he said.

"The season has been up and down but it is early days and we are still in the pack that is chasing.

"If we can bring in a player to make us better and help us be successful, then I will do that."


Spotlight on Mansfield Town v Hereford United
Friday, September 28, 2012 Nottingham Post

Stags: Redmond; Sutton, Briscoe, Geohaghon, Tafazolli, Beevers, Murray, Clements, Daniel, Stevenson, Meikle, Rhead, Howell, Speight, Thompson, Jones, Hutchinson.


Team news: Mansfield Town have been rocked by a shoulder injury to goalkeeper Alan Marriott, which will rule him out for a number of months. His deputy Shane Redmond is also struggling and manager Paul Cox is looking to bring in another goalkeeper on loan. Striker Matt Green should have been available but because the midweek game with Macclesfield was postponed, he will now serve the final game of a three-match ban while midfielder Gary Roberts is also a couple of weeks away from fitness and Jamie Hand (knee) is also a doubt. But Nick Wright, Andy Owens, Andy Todd and Ben Hutchinson are all back in training after injury and available for the weekend.

Hereford: Bittner, Carruthers, Gallinagh, Graham, Stam, Watkins, Sammons, O'Keefe, Clucas, Pell, Jackson, Bowman, Smikle, Heath, McQuilkin, Canham

Team news: After three defeats in four games, including the midweek reverse to Forest Green, Hereford might make changes with former Notts County striker Sean Canham hoping for a start. He netted three times in his first four games of the season but has not scored since. Canham was an unused substitute in midweek. Defender Byron Anthony, who was on non-contract terms, was released from the club following his red card in Saturday's 4-2 home win over Cambridge.

One to watch: Marlon Jackson. Had an eventful start to the season, scoring three times in four appearances, a spell split up by a ban for a red card. The 21-year-old left Bristol City in the summer, where he came through as a trainee and joined Hereford on a permanent deal. During his time at Ashton Gate, he had loan spells at five clubs, including Hereford. He made five substitute appearances for City without finding the back of the net but has found his goalscoring form early at Edgar Street. Ex-Lincoln midfielder Josh O'Keefe will be looking to start after making his debut on Tuesday as a second-half substitute. He only joined on Monday


Settled Geohaghon out to extend Mansfield Town's winning home run
Saturday, September 29, 2012 Nottingham Post

EXODUS Geohaghon is finally feeling settled, after a difficult few months.


He enjoyed a superb three months on loan at the One Call Stadium at the end of last season, as Mansfield reached the play-offs, before finding himself out of contract in the summer, having left crisis-hit Darlington.

First he joined League Two Aldershot but that went wrong and he was left with a dilemma.

In the end, he felt a deal with Kidderminster closer to home suited better than the one still on the table from the Stags and joined Steve Burr's men.

However, boss Paul Cox soon realised how much he needed the giant defender after Mansfield started the season shipping goals for fun and put a much-improved deal on the table, also agreeing a fee with Kidderminster Harriers.

Now feeling wanted, Geohaghon is back and despite results being inconsistent so far since he arrived at the end of August, the central defender believes the Stags will soon be flying.

In fact, victory at home to Hereford today would mark a fifth consecutive win at the One Call Stadium. And Geohaghon is optimistic about today – and the rest of the campaign.

"I have signed for three clubs (since last season)," said Geohaghon. "I signed for Aldershot, which did not work out which meant I signed for Kidderminster because there was not much on the table.

"The gaffer here then reassessed the situation and decided he wanted to bring me up here and I am delighted. Having a club and manager that wants you helps a lot.

"Last season we had that amazing run through the three months I was here. But at the start of that season, it was pretty similar to this.

"If we pick up that form we had towards the back end of last season we will be up there. You cannot pick anything before Christmas time. It is about staying in among the teams.

"We have to make the One Call a fortress and we have to take that onto the road and if we do, we will soon be up the table."

The former Peterborough man was as frustrated as anybody when the midweek game at Macclesfield was postponed late on, having already arrived for the match.

And he knows Hereford, who like Macclesfield were relegated from the Football League last season, will provide another stern test today.

"Having just dropped out of the League they will have a good budget and you can see they have adapted themselves to this league," he said. "There are a lot of ex-League clubs and you have to go out and keep a level of consistency.

"It looks like nobody is going to run away with it but once somebody hits a level of form and go ten games unbeaten, we will see what occurs.

"Hereford know they have to come here and be strong because we have been unbeaten at home since (the opening day)."



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