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5th November 2013 0:21

video interview with Paul Cox:



Cox: Our performance was poor

Manager Paul Cox was disappointed with our team’s performance in the 3-0 loss to Southend United at Roots Hall tonight.

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The Shrimpers took the lead midway through the first period when Antony Straker converted a right-wing cross by Kevan Hurst.

Jamie McGuire’s unfortunate own goal just before the break put the hosts in further control, before Hurst struck a third deep into stoppage-time.

It compounded a miserable night for our side, who finished the match with nine men, as both James Alabi and Lee Beevers were sent-off.

“From start to finish we were poor,” said our boss.

“I think we played poorly tonight, so that’s not a good thing to happen. I’m never going to be happy after losing the way we did.

“We had a few half chances second-half, but it never looked as though we were going to score a goal if I’m going to be honest.

“(Sam) Clucas and Lindon (Meikle) improved things, but not too much. There wasn’t too much improvement in the second-half display.”

On the dismissal of debutant Alabi, Cox added: I thought it was harsh, but I’m not going to comment until I’ve seen the incident on DVD.”

Our side are next in action on Saturday 09 November, when we face St Albans City in the First Round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.


Stags boss Cox seething over display as nine-men Mansfield crash at Southend

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox was left seething after a poor display from his side saw them lose 3-0 and finish with nine men at Southend United tonight.


The Stags had debutant loan striker James Alabi sent off after only 31 minutes, Lee Beevers shown a second yellow in the last minute while Southend had Conor Clifford dismissed on 40 minutes in a first half dominated by referee Darren Drysdale.

But it was a sixth game without a win for Stags and now 428 minutes without a goal, and the visitors were never really in the contest.

“We were poor from start to finish, simple as that,” snapped Cox.

“I will put it right, though there may be a few casualties along the way.

“I can take losing, but I just thought there was a lack of application. We were too easy to play against and we looked a soft touch tonight.

“Even with 11 men we looked off the pace tonight. We didn’t deserve anything from the game.

“I would like to apologise to the supporters who travelled down tonight.

“There are a lot of things frustrating me at the moment. A number of things are affecting performances at the moment.

“We have to come back into training and put it right. We have to dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.”

Cox was unhappy with the dismissal of Stoke loanee Alabi for his collision with Luke Prosser.

Cox said: “I thought it looked a bit harsh. I though the boy was looking in the air and it was body to body. I don’t think the lad has a malicious bone in his body to be honest so I am disappointed for him.”

Alan Marriott was adjudged to have caught Jamie McGuire’s header over his own goal line for the Shrimpers’ second goal, but Cox said: “Richard Cooper saw it and said the ball was a yard in play. It’s one of those things.”


Cox: Not good enough
Mansfield manager Paul Cox apologised to the club's fans after his side's 3-0 defeat at Southend.


Both teams had players sent off in the first half with on-loan Mansfield striker James Alabi, making his debut after signing from Stoke this week, and Southend midfielder Conor Clifford seeing red.

The Stags finished the game with nine men after midfielder Lee Beevers was dismissed in the closing stages after receiving a second yellow card.

In between the red cards there were also goals. Anthony Straker struck after 25 minutes and a Alan Marriott own goal a minute before half-time sent the Shrimpers into the break in control. Kevan Hurst, once of Chesterfield, completed the scoring in injury time.

"I can only apologise to our fans that have travelled because that just wasn't good enough," said Cox.

"We played poorly but things didn't go our way either.

"I thought the red card on first view looked harsh but I can't make a comment until I have seen the replay.

"I'm still confused by the second goal we conceded because we viewed it at half-time and I've been told he wasn't over the line, but these things happen.

"I can only reiterate how poorly we performed and I said a few words to the boys afterwards but I will keep that between me and the team."


Mansfield Town will come back strongly from recent slump, Cox
By Nottingham Post, by Matt Halfpenny

DEFIANT Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox is adamant his side will come back strongly from their recent slump - just as they have done in his previous two seasons at the helm.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/story-20029356-detail/story.html?#ixzz2jfnZHUaE

The Stags have now gone six games without a win, with the latest disappointment a 3-0 reverse at Southend on Friday night during which the visitors were reduced to nine men after red cards for debutant James Alabi and Lee Beevers.

Yet Cox says the rough trot the club is experiencing is nothing new and is similar to the early stages of last season, when the team hit back to win the Conference title, and at points during 2011-12, when they eventually finished third.

"I apologise to the supporters because we were poor at Southend from start to finish, even with 11 men and ten v ten we were a million miles off the pace all over the pitch," he said.

"I don't think it was attitude. There are a number of things that are affecting our performances at the minute.

"But I'm in the same place that I've been in during a number of seasons. There are certain things which need putting right and I will do. There might be a few casualties en route.

"I hate losing and I thought there was a lack of what we are normally good at and we were too easy to play against.

"Sometimes you try to evolve in the right way when you are winning games and end up back at square one. We go through this every season since I have been here.

"I want to see that desire and application and I just want to see us getting back winning, rather than trying to impress people. Yes, we have some players out injured, but that's not an excuse."

Stags fans were surprised to see top scorer Sam Clucas dropped to the bench, but Cox felt the time was right to rest the former Hereford man, who came on to show his threat in the second half at Roots Hall.

He said: "I just thought he'd been a little bit off the pace in the last couple of games and sometimes players need managing.

"Sometimes it's a kick up the back side and my job is to get consistent performances out of everyone and to do that you have to ensure no player is bigger than the team.

"I'm not saying Sam has been like that, but he look a yard off it against Plymouth and sometimes players need a breather. We know he's a good player, but he's only a human being."


twitter @JamesAlabi
Disappointing incident yesterday, apologies to the fans , but also thanks for the support and love, keeping my head up nd moving on!


Brown: Delighted for everyone
Author: @SUFCRootsHall

Phil Brown says he was ‘delighted for everyone’ after an excellent performance from his side saw them beat Mansfield Town 3-0 at Roots Hall on Friday night.

Brown was delighted with his side, in which he had to make two changes just before kick-off due to delays on the M25.

Read more at http://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/article/011113-brown-mansfield-1149891.aspx#aGehXrwH7VVfbgR1.99

Anthony Straker was one of the players to benefit from that and it paid off as he opened the scoring before an own goal and a Kevan Hurst strike sealed the win.

Brown said: “There were so many positives to take from the performance. I’m delighted for everyone.

“I’m very happy this evening because the players deserved that. They did really well and played some good football.

“We spent Wednesday and Thursday working on the team and low and behold we had to make two changes just before kick-off.

“John White was always going to come back in but we had to move Ryan Leonard to right back and Michael Timlin came in too.

“Anthony Straker also came in and he really drove us forward all game because he got us into their half.

“Kevan Hurst also did really well on the other wing so it’s great that they both got on the scoresheet.”

Brown was also pleased with Michael Timlin’s display as he came back into the side.

“In unusual circumstances he got his grab and my god did he grab the shirt,” he said.

“He looked back to his best and did really well, despite only getting the call late on. He was outstanding.

“Of course with Conor Clifford getting sent off it means he’ll miss a few games and Tims has certainly done enough tonight to suggest he’s back.

“Conor went in quite hard but that’s the type of player he is and you can’t take that away from him.

“It was a bit of weird game, but I was delighted with the all round display. We put Newport behind us and hopefully we’ve put a smile on the faces of the fans again.”



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