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25th November 2013 21:34

video interview with Paul Cox, 18th November 2013


Cox boosted by returning players
mansfieldtown.net, 18th November 2013

Manager Paul Cox has revealed that up to five players could return from injury, in time for our Sky Bet League Two match at Fleetwood Town.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/cox-boosted-by-returning-players-1181654.aspx#x1xLzDmrJVxVSHQZ.99

Our side lock horns with the high-flying Cod Army on Saturday, having slipped to 15th position in the league table, following the 3-1 home reverse to Oxford United.

“We’ve got players coming back from injury now,” said Cox.

“Hopefully, this will be a big week for us in terms of getting a game under players’ belt and getting them right for the first team.”

He continued: “We’ve got (Martin) Riley, (Ryan) Tafazolli, (Chris) Clements, (Ollie) Palmer, and there might even be an outside chance for (Ben) Hutchinson [being fit for Saturday].

“You’re looking at roughly the spine of a side that started the season, so I think that what that will do [once they are fit again] is increase competition for places.

“We’ll see how those players come through this week, but if any football club at this level loses the spine of their side, like we have done, then it’s going to make it harder to win matches.

“All I want now is my full quota of players back and [we will] see where we go from there in terms of competition for places.”

Cox also confirmed that three of the aforementioned players will participate in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Huddersfield Town later this week.

“Three of them, (Martin) Riley, (Ryan) Tafazolli and (Chris) Clements, will definitely be playing in the game,” said our boss.

“(Ollie) Palmer wasn’t a million miles away from being in the squad on Saturday, so he [could play a part], but he’s got a little tear in his hamstring, so we’ve got to be careful.”

He added: “[There is] good news about (Ben) Hutchinson as well. He is a bit closer than first thought, so we’ve got our fingers crossed.”

Meanwhile, the club will not be appealing against the red card that was shown to Jamie McGuire in our match with Oxford on Saturday. For more on this story, click here.

Finally, youngster Jack Blake has returned to Nottingham Forest following the completion of his one-month loan with us. For more on this story, click here.


No appeal for Stags over McGuire red card
chad.co.uk, 18 November 2013

Mansfield Town will not be appealing over their latest red card, the sixth of the season and fourth in four League games, as Jamie McGuire’s early departure saw Stags end up losing 3-1 at home to Oxford United on Saturday.


The midfielder steamed into a 23rd minute tackle on Danny Rose which the referee deemed to be two-footed.

Manager Paul Cox has reviewed the DVD and said today: “The video is inconclusive, though it doesn’t look like a red card.

“You do need really good evidence to get someone off a red card and I don’t think we have the evidence to make that claim. So it doesn’t look like we will be appealing.

“The main thing is we shouldn’t be getting all these red cards. We should be a bit cuter out there. It is giving us a mountain to climb.

“It is a cause for concern. We give ourselves a better chance of winning a football match with 11 men out there.

“Taking away the John Dempster one at Bury, I think we have been a bit unlucky, though.

“You look at the James Alabi one at Southend and you think, wow, what is the game coming to? But the referee has a job to do.

“There are rules and we have go to learn to fit in with those rules. If the ball is not there to be won whole-heartedly then we have go to stand on our feet and make better decisions.

“What hurts me more then the red card was the sloppy way in which we conceded the three goals.”

McGuire will now miss the next three games, including this weekend’s return trip to his former club Fleetwood Town.


No appeal against McGuire's red card
mansfieldtown.net, 18th November 2013

Manager Paul Cox has revealed that the club won’t be launching an appeal against the red card, which midfielder Jamie McGuire received on Saturday.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/no-appeal-against-mcguires-red-card-1181134.aspx#eDLO4CzoochqWXGH.99

McGuire, 30, was shown a straight red card following a collision with Danny Rose in the 22nd minute of our 3-1 defeat to Oxford United at One Call Stadium.

It means that McGuire won’t be available for selection until our FA Cup with Budweiser Second Round clash at either Oldham Athletic or Wolverhampton Wanderers next month.

“The video was inconclusive,” said our boss. “In one part, the challenge doesn’t look like [it warranted] a red card, but [the situation] is like it is.

“We’ve been here time and time again this season, talking about red cards, but the main thing is that we shouldn’t be.

“Apart from [John Dempster’s red card] at Bury, where looking at it in the cold light of day, it was a red card, I think we’ve been a little bit unlucky.

“But we shouldn’t be getting these red cards and we’re giving ourselves a mountain to climb playing with 10 men.”

He added: “You do need really good evidence [to successfully appeal] against a red card, and I don’t personally think we’ve got the evidence to make that claim.”


Blake returns to Forest
mansfieldtown.net, 18th November 2013

Midfielder Jack Blake has returned to parent club Nottingham Forest after a one month loan spell with us.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/blake-returns-to-forest-1180589.aspx#o27vbjvk21DH7isy.99

The 19-year-old made three appearances for us in central midfield.

Speaking at this morning's news conference, manager Paul Cox said: "I spoke to Jack yesterday and Forest today. We have one or two bodies who are hopefully coming back from injury. Even though he has done really well for us, it would be unfair to keep him here when we have players [coming back from injury] who will be higher in the pecking order than him."


Stags let loanee Blake return to Forest
chad.co.uk, 18 November 2013

Mansfield Town have allowed youngster Jack Blake to return to Nottingham Forest after his month’s loan ended on Saturday.


Blake did not feature in Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Oxford United and only played in three of the six games played during his time at One Call Stadium.

“Jack is back at the City ground now,” said manager Paul Cox this morning.

“I spoke to the youngster yesterday and to Forest today. We have one or two bodies hopefully back from injury and it would be a bit unfair on the lad to extend the loan.

“The lad has done well for us and has lots of promise. But we have players here who are higher up the pecking order.”

Cox has still to make up his mind on Stoke loanee striker James Alabi, whose red card on his debut means he is spending his month on loan serving a three-game ban.

“James also has lots of promise. But I don’t want to bring someone in who is not going to be playing in the side week in, week out.

“We have brought Jake Speight back, who had scored five in six games for Alfreton, and Ross Dyer has scored three in four on his loan.

“I have to make sure I give contracted players the best opportunity I can to cement a place in the team before I go looking elsewhere.”



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