Step up to the mantle urges Cox
5th November 2012
Paul Cox has today called on his players to resurrect the team's poor away form.
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We head into tomorrow night's match at Nuneaton Town with the joint-poorest away record in the division.
And Cox urged his players to take responsibility for their away performances at this morning's press meeting.
“Players have to step up to the mark,” said Cox. “There's still a good 90 points to play for. We've had an up and down start to the season and we need to start stepping up to the mantle now.”
Looking ahead to the match, he added: “It's an away game and we want to put that away form right as soon as possible. If we show the same effort, performance and desire [tomorrow night] then we did in the second half on Saturday then we'll win more games than we lose.”
In team news, Adam Murray may return to the fold after missing the last two games with injury. But the match will come too soon for Ryan Tafazolli and Jamie Hand, however, who remain injured
Boss Cox tells Stags players to lose egos and step up to the mark for Nuneaton trip
chad.co.uk, Monday 5 November 2012
PAUL Cox urged his players to lose any 'egos', step up to the mark and get their feet back on the ground for tomorrow night's testing away game at Nuneaton Town.
Boro are bottom of the table but almost pulled off a shock FA Cup win at Luton Town on Saturday to show they will be no pushovers for a Stags side that hasn't won away in the league since 18th August and failed to beat minnows Slough Town in the FA Cup on Saturday.
“Hopefully we can take our second half performance from Saturday into tomorrow night's game,” said Cox. “Players have to step up to the mark as there are still 90 points to play for.
“We have had an up and won start to the season. Perhaps we need to lose a bit of the ego and then we can start winning away from home.
“The expectation at this football club has rubbed off on everyone and the sooner it gets its feet back on the ground and players start to realise the league we are in and who we are, we might start winning games consistently.
“Nuneaton were minutes away from winning at Luton on Saturday which tells you the strength of this league from top to bottom. We need to go there and earn the right to bring home a positive result.”
Assistant-manager Adam Murray's ankle is improving and he could find himself on the bench for the trip to Liberty Way
No hard feelings as Moore targets Stags do
by MATT DAVIES
MICKY Moore goes toe-to-toe with former employers Mansfield Town tonight — but the Nuneaton Town assistant manager says his sole focus is on helping to drag Boro off the bottom of the table.
Moore left Field Mill in the summer after he was only offered a one-year contract despite boss Paul Cox having a two-year deal on the table.
However, he insists there are no hard feelings and says the game is all about Boro trying to end a nine game winless streak in Blue Square Bet Premier with a second home victory of the season.
He said: “I had a fantastic 12 months there. I decided to leave on my own terms. It's not Micky Moore versus Paul Cox.
“It's Nuneaton versus Mansfield. I'll chat to Paul and their players before the game, but during the game I'll be doing all I can to get Nuneaton a win.
“We've only lost twice at home, but we've drawn five. That said, we've drawn with some big clubs like Wrexham and Hereford.
“It's nine league games without a win and we need to change that.
“We need a win. We are a little bit adrift,
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but one win brings us right back into it.”
The Stags were expected to be competing at the top of the table, but poor away form means they arrive in Warwickshire down in 13th.
Former Telford United striker Moore says Mansfield will come good as the season goes on.
“They're only eight points off the play-offs with a game in hand. It's a very tight league.
“I always thought they'd be up there and maybe they would expect to be a little higher, but there are only 15 games gone.
“If you look at Paul's record they tend to come into it late in the season.
“When he was at Eastwood I think I'm right in saying they were in the bottom five after they lost to Nuneaton and then they ended up finishing fourth.
“Last season we were about 10th at this stage in the season and then ended up third. Their away form is a problem, but they've got some fantastic players,” he said.
Moore's comments suggest now is the time to play to the Nottinghamshire side, but he says it does not matter when Boro play them, so long as they put in their best possible performance.
“I don't think it's about Mansfield. It's about us.
“If we play to our maximum we can win. We are drawing too many games and we need to turn them into wins,” he said.
After putting in so much effort to draw with Luton Town in the FA Cup on Saturday it may be that the team will be tired. However, Moore says that will not be an issue on this occasion.
“Normally it would be a problem but the fact we are playing a big club that's well supported will get the adrenalin going,” he said.
Boro will be without midfielder Jon Adams due to a virus which kept him out of the draw at Kenilworth Road. Former Scotland international David McNamee (calf) is rated 50/50, but forward Wes York is likely to overcome a knee injury.
Goalkeeper Adam Smith is hoping to return to the squad after being cup-tied for Saturday's game.
The Leicester City loan signing has been struggling with a knee injury, but will be hoping to replace Ben McNamara.
BORO FROM: Smith, McNamara, Gordon, Malaga, Dean, Cowan, Forsdick, James, O'Halloran, Walker, Sleath, McNamee, Armson, Brown, York, Thompson-Brown, Waite, Taylor
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