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Cox suffers double injury blow
mansfieldtown.net, 7pm 8th October 2012
Paul Cox has been dealt a blow by the news that both Anthony Howell and Chris Clements will miss tomorrow's clash at home to Lincoln City.
The midfielders clashed heads in an innocuous training ground incident this morning. Howell's injury required seven stitches while Clements received a deep cut to the nose.
It now takes the total number of injured players to nine, with the above duo now joining the following players in the physio's room: Alan Marriott, Ross Dyer, Jamie Hand. Nick Wright, Luke Jones, John Thompson, Exodus Geohaghon.
In better news, midfielder Gary Roberts has resumed light training
Positive news for defensive duo
video interview with Paul Cox
10:40am 8th October 2012
Paul Cox was pleased to confirm that injured defender John Thompson could be back for selection sooner than expected.
The experienced centre half was stretchered off towards the end of the first half during Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Cambridge United with a suspected broken leg.
However, Cox was boosted by news over the weekend that scans revealed only severe bruising on Thompson's right shin.
Fellow defender Exodus Geohaghon is also on the treatment table having picking up an ankle injury during the match and both players are likely to miss tomorrow's match at home to Lincoln City.
It is not yet known how long the duo will be out for, although Cox expects to learn more about the extent of their injuries later today.
Speaking at this morning's press meeting, Cox said: “We had a telephone call on late Saturday night and the good news with John Thompson is that it is just severe bruising. There is no cracked bones or broken leg, which is excellent,” said Cox.
“Exodus is in early for treatment and we should know [how long he'll be out for] at mid-day today."
Brighter news on injured duo for Mansfield Town ahead of Lincoln City visit
chad.co.uk, Monday 8 October 2012
THERE looks to be brighter news for Mansfield Town on injured defenders John Thompson and Exodus Geohaghon today ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Lincoln City.
The gloom over Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Cambridge United was exacerbated by the loss of both key defenders before the break, Thompson suffering a suspected broken leg and Geohaghon believed to have ankle ligament damage.
However, both have been examined and manager Paul Cox said today: “We should know more later but it seems the news is better then expected on both of them.
“Thommo has been looked at and it now looks more like it is just severe bruising and no cracked bones or a broken leg which is excellent.
“Exodus is in with the physio today but has improved and it may not be as bad as we thought.
“I still have to be looking at both of them missing out tomorrow, but we do have John Dempster back from his loan at Tamworth.
“With him joining us late in pre-season he needed some games under his belt so he was only ever going to Tamworth for a month to get himself match-fit.”
Ex-Stags boss David Holdsworth brings his struggling Lincoln to the One Call stadium tomorrow night in the relegation zone after Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Luton.
“Our way form concerns me and needs to improve quickly, but our home form has been pretty decent,” said Cox.
“I hope the supporters stick behind the players and stay positive. It's a long season and there are no easy games.”
Stags boss looks for his side to toughen up against Lincoln
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Nottingham Post
THERE is no shying away from the fact that the One Call Stadium is going to be a tense place tonight.
Despite four wins and one draw from six home league games, there has been an apparent fear factor in Mansfield's play, sometimes lacking confidence to get on the ball and make things happen.
That might stem from the fact away from home they have suffered some confidence-sapping defeats, shipping 19 goals in six outings on their travels.
On Saturday, they suffered another, losing 4-1 at Cambridge when once again, defending was the Achilles heel.
Tonight's game has added spice as it is former boss David Holdsworth bringing his stuggling Lincoln side to north Nottinghamshire.
How manager Paul Cox would love to see his side bag an early goal to settle the nerves.
But the one thing he is desperate for is a rearguard that looks watertight.
John Thompson's injury at Cambridge turned out to be severe bruising of the shin but while good news, he is set to miss tonight's encounter, while Exodus Geohaghon (ankle) is also struggling.
It means more changes at the back, with John Dempster set to start after a loan spell at Tamworth.
Cox knows tonight's encounter will be difficult but he is confident the Stags can continue their good run on home soil and in turn, regain some confidence.
"I won't change my philosophy and the way I look at games – they are all tough. Home, away, they are all tough," he said.
"We have a monkey on our back with our away form but at home we are decent.
"I just want a positive response to what happened on Saturday, a good result.
"I am pleased to get a game so close after Saturday because it left a bitter taste in my mouth.
"If you can't defend you do not give yourself a basis to win a football match and it has happened too many times away from home this season. Something has to be done about it."
Cox said he will be doing all he can to get his side consistently winning games and asked for all the supporters to get behind the players for tonight's match.
"The supporters have to stick by the players," he said. "It is a long season but we need to keep behind the lads and stay positive.
"I have got to keep (looking at things) until we get a side that defends properly and one thing that frightens me at the minute is this soft underbelly and something needs doing on that."
John Dempster still has a big part to play at Mansfield Town – Paul Cox
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Nottingham Post
JOHN Dempster still has a big future at Mansfield Town – despite his recent loan spell at Tamworth.
The central defender impressed on loan with Mansfield last season and was quickly snapped up by boss Paul Cox on a permanent deal in the summer.
But he was not first choice for the first two games of the new campaign, as George Pilkington and Luke Jones started in the heart of the Stags rearguard.
Dempster did join Jones in the centre of defence, playing in wins at Kidderminster and against Hyde – but he was dropped after the 4-1 defeat to Grimsby to make way for new signing Exodus Geohaghon.
And Dempster has not featured in the Stags starting line-up since.
It led to him joining Blue Square Bet Premier rivals, injury-hit Tamworth, on a month's loan but that ended at the weekend.
And with John Thompson and Geohaghon both injured, Dempster could be in line for an immediate return when struggling Lincoln City visit the One Call Stadium tonight.
Cox said: "With John Dempster it is one of those where he was always very much in my plans.
"But he is a very good professional and wants to play matches.
"He was not in the side but when he gets his opportunity, he wants to make sure he is prepared and match fit to play his part.
"I spoke to him about it, we had an honest discussion about getting him out for a month to get him playing.
"We felt that was beneficial to us as a football club and to the lad himself, to get him some matches.
"It has worked. He went there to get match fit and he is in contention to start tonight now that he has returned from his loan spell."
Spotlight on Mansfield Town v Lincoln City
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Nottingham Post
Stags: Redmond, Daniel, Sutton, Geohaghon, Tafazolli, Pilkington, Howell, Taiwo, Briscoe, Murray, Speight, Meikle, Green, Rhead, Clements, Hutchinson, Beevers, Dempster
Team news: Mansfield are set to be without John Thompson (shin) and Exodus Geohaghon (ankle) after they were injured in Saturday's defeat at Cambridge. Gary Roberts (ankle), Jamie Hand (knee) and Alan Marriott (shoulder) are all missing and Nick Wright did not train all last week. Liam Mitchell, on loan from Notts County, will be pushing Shane Redmond for a start in goal while Ben Hutchinson could come into the manager's plans after recovering from an Achilles problem. John Dempster is available after his loan at Tamworth ended.
Lincoln: Farman, Gilbert, Boyce, Miller, Sheridan, Fofana, Larkin, Morgan, Nicolau, Bore, Robinson, Gray, Smith, Taylor
Team news: David Holdsworth is likely to shuffle his pack following a home defeat to Luton at the weekend. Former Notts County midfielder Jake Sheridan and Stags striker Colin Larkin are both in his plans to start, after coming off the bench at the weekend.
Familiar face: Colin Larkin. The striker joined Lincoln from League One Hartlepool in the summer and has netted twice in five starts. He had three seasons at Mansfield between 2002 and 2005 and was part of the side that reached the Division Three play-off final, only to lose to Huddersfield on penalties in 2004
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