COX, SPEIGHT, EDMONDSON REACTION
video interviews with Paul Cox and Jake Speight
video interview with Darren Edmondson
Darren Edmondson told BBC Radio Cumbria: "I'm devastated for the players. Unbelievable performance and workrate and desire, and I think overall we probably deserved to win the game. We knew that Mansfield would play a certain way, and we'd have to deal with that first. Obviously they've got good athletes, full time pros. If we could have just gone 1-0 up then maybe it would have been a different story."
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox happy to avoid FA Cup banana skin after 2-1 win at Workington
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas
PAUL Cox was happy and relieved to see his Mansfield Town side overcome a potential banana skin FA Cup tie at Workington 2-1 today to make the draw for the first round proper.
Jake Speight's brace had Stags all but home and dry until keeper Shane Redmond conceded a needless late penalty to leave a nervy finish.
Cox said: “I thought the game as a spectacle was horrendous. But it was what we expected. It was billed as their biggest game in 30 years and they had a group of players running on adrenalin from the first minute to the last.
“It was an horrendous pitch and looked like it could be a cup upset from the first minute.
“The last thing I said to the lads before the game was just to make sure we were in the draw for the next round tomorrow.
“We came here and did a job in difficult circumstances. It is a hard place to come and play.
“Credit to Workington. They threw the kitchen sink at us for 90 minutes. I don't know what their players had for pre-match but they were unbelievable.
“In the FA Cup you need things to bounce for you. We scored two goals and then it seemed we tried to commit suicide a bit and invited them onto us.”
Cox defended his goalkeeper, adding: “Shane is a bit down in there. But the penalty was just one of those things. It was a rush of blood and panic stations at the end. But I am not going to start picking holes when we have won a game. We should be celebrating and I think Shane has made one or two decent saves today and taken some good catches when they pumped the ball into our box.”
And on two-goal hero Speight, he said: “Jake's goal ratio is very good and he deserves all the accolades coming his way today. His work ethic is immense. He absolutely worked his backside off for us today.”
Speight said: “Before the game the gaffer said it wouldn't be a pretty game or a footballing game so being in the hat tomorrow was the most important thing.
“Workington had their chances and made it hard for us near the end. Take nothing away from them, they passed the ball well.
“They started on the front foot and it took us a while to settle down. I think my first goal settled us a bit
“I was pleased to get two. It's been hard for me since the start of the season but in the last three or four games I have felt back to myself.
“I scored 10 before Christmas last year and anything more than that this year would be a bonus.”
Jake Speight deserves all the accolades after FA Cup double, says Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox
PAUL Cox said striker Jake Speight deserves all the accolades after his double fired Mansfield Town into the first round of the FA Cup.
The 27-year-old made it eight goals in as many starts since re-joining the club in the summer as the Stags beat Workington 2-1 on Saturday.
Speight bagged a goal in either half in Cumbria to see off their opponents, from the Blue Square Bet North, and avoid an upset.
And manager Cox was full of praise for the prolific frontman, who scored 21 goals for Wrexham last season before heading back to north Notts for a second spell.
Cox said: "Jake Speight's goal ratio is excellent but his worth ethic is absolutely immense.
"He has worked his backside off and he sacrificed himself late on, making tackles in the left-back spot.
"Jake knows what I think about him and he deserves all the accolades that come his way at the moment."
Workington hit the woodwork three times and had one cleared off the line in the first half of the fourth qualifying round tie.
But Cox said the Stags should look at the positives, as they prepare for a first round match against either Slough or Gosport on November 3.
"We don't want to get into a situation where we keep picking pieces out of ourselves," he said.
"We have just won a football match so we need to enjoy that and look forward to the next round.
"I asked them to make sure we are in the next round and we came and did a job in difficult circumstances because it is a difficult place to come.
"I have been a giant-killer in the past and at some stage you need things to bounce for you.
"We came away, scored two goals and went through."
Speight is finding his best form at Mansfield Town
JAKE Speight believes he is now finding his best form after his double strike put Mansfield Town into the first round proper of the FA Cup.
The Stags striker re-joined the club from Wrexham in the summer but a pre-season injury hampered his fitness.
But now he feels he is back in tip-top shape and finding his form after making it eight goals for the season to see off Workington 2-1 in Cumbria at the weekend.
"I am feeling good now," said Speight. "I was playing catch-up at the start of the season and in the last three or four games I have felt back to my normal self, chasing the ball down and getting on the end of things.
"I said I wanted ten goals by Christmas and I had that last year at Wrexham, so anything more than that is a bonus for me."
Speight said the result was all that mattered on Saturday and was delighted to seal a place in the first round proper.
He said: "The gaffer said before the game it was not going to be pretty, it was not going to be a game with much football played, but as long as we were in the hat for the draw that was all that mattered.
"They started on the front foot and would not let us settle into the game. The goal helped us do that and we should have finished the game off in the second half."
Boss Paul Cox added: "I thought the game as a spectacle was horrendous, it was exactly what we expected though.
"We had a group of players against us just running on pure adrenaline from the first minute until the last. We played on a horrendous pitch and it had all the ingredients of a cup upset.
"At the end of the day, we won and are in the next round."
Mansfield boss praises unlucky Workington Reds
Times & Star
Workington Reds were desperately unlucky not to be in the first round of the FA Cup.
Adam Murray, Mansfield Town's assistant boss, said: “Workington were really good. Their work ethic and attitude were top class.
“They caused us a lot of problems, and created decent chances, but didn't put the ball in the net.”
The ex-Carlisle United midfielder, who scored the club's only goal during the defeat to Swansea in the 2006 Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, was suspended for the match, but added: “It was always going to be tough.
“We didn't come to Workington expecting to win. With out away record, it was a potential banana skin.
“Fortunately, we had a striker who put away his chances, and that was the difference.”
Jake Speight scored either side of the break to send the Stags through to round one.
Gareth Arnison netted a late penalty, with Jonny Wright and Will Vaulks missing last-gasp chances to level the tie.
“If Workington had taken their chances, they would have won,” said Murray.
“We had to battle, and earn the right to get a result.
“We are direct, and get the ball in the box. Our quality let us down at times, but Jake is a quality goal scorer, and was the difference.”
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