THOMPSON LEG NOT BROKEN; COX AND R.MONEY REACTION
Good news for Mansfield Town defender Thompson over broken leg scare
STAGS defender John Thompson did not break his leg during Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Cambridge, as was first feared.
Thompson missed most of last season after suffering a horrific facial injury in a pre-season friendly.
Fans and the club feared the worst when he was stetchered off on Saturday, with a probable broken leg the initial thoughts.
But late on Saturday night the Mansfield Town defender revealed on his Twitter account that his shin pad had saved him from a more serious injury and that he had suffered severe bruising.
He wrote: “Leg not broken, just heavy bone bruising! My shin pad saved me, buzzing!”
Cambridge United manager Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:
"There is a good group of players here, we just need to find a level of performance that can get the results consistently.
"You lead from the front whatever you do in this league and I thought ours were dominant today.
"Fourteen players have done terrific today. It's up to me to find out what those 14 and a few more can do."
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I expect defending to be better. Defenders need to defend and, if you look at the second goal, we've tried to play football out of our area.
"I want the lads to be mentally strong and to just do the job they're paid to do."
On the injury to defender John Thompson: "It doesn't look good at the minute. It's a suspected broken leg."
audio interview with Paul Cox
Mansfield Town rocked by 4-1 defeat and injuries to Thompson and Geohagon
MANSFIELD Town are waiting anxiously on news of injuries suffered by defensive pair John Thompson and Exodus Geohaghon in the first half of a 4-1 defeat at Cambridge United this afternoon.
Initial fears are that Thompson may have suffered a broken leg and Geohaghon damaged ankle ligaments, but manager Paul Cox will be hoping for better news.
“We lost two experienced defenders with possible long term injuries today, but that's no excuse for our defending in the second half,” said Cox.
“Although we conceded a sloppy goal in the first half I thought we kept out shape and looked quite dangerous on the counter.
“Straight away after the break we gave ourselves a mountain to climb and we keep letting in 'nothing goals'.
“Our defending away from home has been our Achilles heel. You are never going to be successful if you have a soft underbelly.
“I don't beat about the bush and our away record is horrendous. We can't keep going away and capitulating like we do.
“Last season we went away and we were horrible, hard to beat and unsophisticated, but we kept getting results.
“This season we feel we have to entertain away from home and kick the back of the net down, scoring an incredible amount of goals which leaves us open. Sometimes you have got to come away and be ugly and grind out horrible results.”
With Thompson and Geohaghon out, another defender, Ryan Tafazolli, felt his hamstring, too, near the end as the injury toll mounts.
John Dempster's loan spell a Tamworth ended today so he will be recalled for Tuesday's home clash with Lincoln City
Cox: Basic defending was the problem
Manager Paul Cox has said that basic defending was the major problem in our defeat at Cambridge United this afternoon.
Michael Gash opened the scoring for the hosts after only nine minutes, before strikes from Luke Berry, Tom Elliott and Rossi Jarvis sealed the win for the U's.
Cox said: “Basic defending was what went wrong for us today. We're conceding sloppy goals at the moment and you'll never be successful if you have a soft underbelly.”
“We still need to become mentally stronger because we keep coming away from home and capitulating and it isn't good enough.”
Our boss also confirmed in his post-match interview that left-back John Thompson has suffered a suspected broken leg, whilst Exodus Geohaghon is now also a major injury worry.
Cox continued: “It looks as though we've lost at least another two defenders on a long term basis, today.”
“John Thompson has a suspected broken leg and it appears Exodus Geohaghon has done his ankle ligaments.”
“To make matters worse, Ryan Tafazolli has also said he felt his hamstring at the end of the game too, so we're probably going to have to recall John Dempster from Tamworth.”
After our clash against David Holdsworth's Lincoln City on Tuesday night, we also face Forest Green Rovers at One Call Stadium next Saturday.
Our next Blue Square Bet Premier away trip is on October 26 when we face Dartford at Princes Park for the very first time
More misery for Mansfield Town
PAUL Cox has warned his Mansfield Town troops that winning promotion is out of the question unless they toughen up.
The Stags looked poor as they went down 4-1 at Cambridge United on Saturday in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
It was a fourth defeat in six away games and Mansfield have now conceded 19 goals on their travels this season. It is in stark contrast to at home, where they have won four and drawn one of their six matches.
But Cox said unless the mind-set changes, they will never challenge for the promotion this season.
He said: "We conceded nothing goals and you are never going to succeed if you have a soft underbelly like that.
"It is not just as a back four, it is as a team and you have to look at why we are not defending properly. If we want to be successful things have to be done very, very quickly.
"We cannot keep coming away from home and capitulating in the way we do.
"I look at mind-set and that is what wins championships, that is what gets you into the play-offs and makes you successful and at the minute we have to become mentally stronger.
"We all have to look at ourselves but we have to get better away from home.
"Our home record is decent but away we keep coming undone."
Defender John Thompson was carried off on a stretcher shortly before half-time with a suspected broken leg.
Luckily, it turned out to be severe bone bruising but fellow defender Exodus Geohaghon also went off injured at the break and is now set for a lay-off.
But John Dempster returns from his loan with Tamworth in time for tomorrow's home game with Lincoln City to bolster the rearguard
Stags' new signing can make a big impact
PAUL Cox is backing new signing Soloman Taiwo to make a major impact at Mansfield Town.
The former Cardiff midfielder has impressed on trial for the Stags and his signing was confirmed on the morning of the game with Cambridge.
And the 27-year-old was thrown straight into the starting line-up at the Abbey Stadium, although he was substituted as Mansfield crumbled to a 4-1 defeat.
With Gary Roberts out injured and Jamie Hand out for two months following knee surgery on Friday night to clear up a problem, Cox felt the need to add to his central midfield options.
And the Stags boss is clear as to what Taiwo will bring, adding: "He's played at a really good level and we have looked at him for a number of weeks.
"He is a good footballer but not only that, he gets around the field well and is genetically strong.
"He is box-to-box player, likes to get on the ball and dictate the play. He can make good decisions from midfield."
Cox is hoping his Mansfield side can get back to winning ways against struggling Lincoln City at home tomorrow night.
At the One Call Stadium, they have won four and drawn one of their last five games, following the opening-day defeat to Newport.
It is a stark contrast to away, after the weekend's defeat made it four losses in six matches on their travels.
Cox said: "Sometimes you have to come away from home and be ugly and grind out results. We have to pick the boys up. It has been a strange start because our home form is one of the best in the league but we come away from there and don't seem to show the same mind-set.
"All games are important and as quickly as we can get a settled side, then the better.
"We gave away a sloppy goal early on but to lose your right-back and centre-half through injury, with those kind of abilities, is not going to help. But that is not an excuse for the way we defended.
"We just did not defend. Our defending away from home is our Achilles heel. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb."
Money: "A good start"
New boss "blown away" by warm welcome
I have to say I've been absolutely blown away by the welcome I've had from everybody"
U's Head Coach Richard Money
Reflecting on his first match as Cambridge United head coach, a 4-1 win over Mansfield Town, Richard Money was full of praise for his players.
Goals from Michael Gash, Luke Berry, Tom Elliott, and Rossi Jarvis saw the U's claim a second successive victory in the Blue Square Bet Premier. Money, who was appointed on Thursday, was pleased with what he saw during his first 90 minutes in the R Costings Abbey Stadium dug-out.
He said: "What's never been in doubt is that there's a good group of players here. It's just a case of finding a level of performance that can get them results consistently.
"I have to say I've been absolutely blown away by the welcome I've had from everybody - players, staff, media, supporters; it's been incredible and it's made me quite emotional. All we need to do to put the stamp on that is to win a few football games, and today's a good start."
Gash's goal got things up and running in the first half, and Money was pleased with the way he and fellow striker Tom Elliott kept the Mansfield defence occupied.
"We might've come in more than one in front, but the reality is that you're never going to score from all your chances," said Money.
"If there was ever a leader's performance from a centre-forward that was it from Michael Gash, and his partner [Elliott] was a bit useful as well. Whatever you do, especially in this league, you have to lead from the front and you need your front players to be really strong and dominant, and they were both really at it today.
"It happens like that somedays, you get the second, third and fourth, and everything flies in. I was never comfortable, and I didn't like them scoring I have to say, and we just needed to regain a little bit of control. I would've liked to get the three subs on a bit earlier, but I was also mindful that we needed to win the first game to get everyone to buy in to what we were trying to do, so I left it for a bit longer."
With two difficult away games coming up this week, at Woking and Gateshead, the new boss was able to report some positive news from the treatment room.
He said: "The 14 players were terrific today, and it's up to me to find out more about those 14 and a few more: James Jennings will be training on Monday, he doesn't need an operation on his cartilege which is a big bonus. Harrison Dunk will be training middle of the week, and Scott Garner will train on Monday - it's amazing what a new coach does to the injuries isn't it! But it will give us more strength for what is already a difficult eleven to pick."
Money concluded with praise for his predecessor, Jez George, who has returned to his primary role as United's Director of Football.
"I should finish by saying that, while I put the team out to perform today, they're Jez George's players," he said. "The work that Jez, Nolan, and the rest of the staff have done to get them this far has been outstanding, and I feel pretty lucky that I've got such a good group, and a young group, to work with.
"If they listen as well as they have in the first three days, and apply it as well as they have done today, then who knows what we can achieve from here."
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