COX AND NIGEL WORTHINGTON REACTION
Cox disappointed with defeat
Manager Paul Cox expressed his disappointment at our 1-0 defeat to York City at One Call Stadium tonight.
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The Stags felt hard done by when the visitors were awarded a penalty in the first half after John Dempster was judged to have brought down Josh Carson inside the area.
Ryan Bowman stepped up and sent Alan Marriott the wrong way with the subsequent spot-kick, which proved to be the decisive winner.
Referee Darren Drysdale awarded York another penalty late on, but this time Marriott dived to his left to deny Wes Fletcher.
Cox was disheartened with the referee's performance tonight, but was encouraged with his team’s desire throughout the 90 minutes.
“The boys gave everything, especially in the second-half,” said Cox. “I thought there was one team trying to win it.
“We lacked quality going into the box, but saying that I don’t think we got a lot of help if I’m totally honest.
“I think our final ball tonight was poor. I’ve just said to the boys we played with our hearts tonight but we should have played with our heads.
“We swapped it around early on playing two wingers and got two centre-forwards up there, but the final ball into the box and anticipation of balls dropping into the box wasn’t good enough.
“Saying that, I believe realistically the game should have been 0-0, because once again, both teams were scratching their heads at the penalty which was given.”
He added: “I’m disappointed for the boys that have worked really hard tonight. We have huffed and puffed in the last third and on other days we would have done enough to win the game.
“I felt a point was the least we deserved tonight.
“I thought we played on the front foot. The second-half was one-way traffic apart from the penalty late on. Once again, everyone was bemused by why and how.”
Despite tonight’s defeat, our side remain five points above the relegation-zone and only four points off Hartlepool United in 10th position.
Cox believes our 10 remaining games are all important, as he urges his players to get back to winning ways against relegation-threatened Northampton Town on Saturday.
He continued: “They are all massive games; we never thought we would be sailing into the sunset. We always knew there would be up's and down's and I’ve said before that the table will turn on a week to week basis.
“We have got to be resolute now and comeback from the disappointment of tonight and back to winning ways.
“I thought we worked hard tonight and were on the front-foot. That’s what we like to see at home, but that final ball and pass needs to improve.”
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Mansfield manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I think frustration is an understatement. I don't usually mention referees but I think he needs a mention tonight.
"When managers and players come off they analyse their performance and it would be interesting to know the referee's thoughts on his own performance tonight.
"To say some of the decisions were bemusing is an understatement.
"I feel the lads have worked really hard. The least we should have come out with was a draw. The referee should probably look at himself and the DVD and probably put his hand up and say he's had another bad day at the office."
York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:
"To be fair, we came though it in fantastic style and we stood up to the challenge.
"You know what's coming when you play Mansfield, it's coming in the box no matter where it is and that's their style.
"You've got to stand up to it and we, as a group of players, did that in magnificent style.
"We've got a huge three points."
Cox fury as referee Drysdale takes centre stage again
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox could barely contain his anger after referee Darren Drysdale turned in another controversial display in tonight’s 1-0 home defeat by York City.
Drysdale, who has fallen foul of the Stags’ faithful in the past, had already angered Mansfield when he sent off James Alabi for next to nothing as Stags finished with nine men in a 3-0 defeat at Southend earlier in the season.
Tonight he gave York both penalty decisions while denying Stags two of their own that looked blatant as well as deciding not to show Ryan Bowman a red card for what Stags felt was a flailing elbow in the face of John Dempster.
City put away the first of the two penalties to seal a fourth successive away win, Alan Marriott saving the second, and Cox raged: “I am not usually scathing of referees as I think they have the hardest job in football.
“But I think something has to be done at the FA with people who are consistently poor.
“The referee should have a good look in his mirror tonight and analyse his performance.
“He missed so much stuff in their box, including two blatant penalties.
“When you see Matt Rhead’s shirt being pulled above his chest in the box you expect something to be done about it.
“Rheady was also kicked in the head in the first half but nothing was done about it.
“All you want is consistency and I thought he was consistent tonight but not in the right way. He saw things that no else could see.
“Once again both teams were scratching their heads for the second penalty. Everyone was bemused why or how.
“He wouldn’t give us penalties, yet he was brave enough to say to me at half-time that he was unsighted for their first penalty and blamed his lineswomen for giving it, yet she never raised her flag or put it across her chest.”
He went on: “I am feeling a bit cheated to be honest and I feel sorry for the fans as they were cheated too tonight.
“They are not stupid. They could see things happen.
“You want referees to be honest with you and I don’t think he was honest with us tonight.
“We worked extremely hard tonight. We huffed and puffed, though there was not a lot of quality in the final third. The boys gave everything.
“The game should definitely have finished 0-0.
“We have got to be resolute now and come back from the disappointment tonight and get back to winning games.”
However, York boss Nigel Worthington said: “I though the officials stood up well to the situation tonight.
“It was a very hostile crowd for them to deal with and, in fairness, I think they got most of their decisions right and the two penalties for us were spot on. No one likes having penalties given against them.
“The pressure on us is part and parcel of football. Probably last year coming here we wouldn’t have dealt with it. But we have got some fresh faces in now and a new mentality and we have come away with the three points.
“You have got to deal with it or Mansfield will overpower you and go on to win it. We were absolutely fantastic tonight and deserved to win through our endeavour.
“We are still playing catch-up this season and one or two sides around us have games in hand. So there is nothing to get excited about. We will just keep going, see what points we get and go from there.
“Wes (Fletcher) missed the penalty at the end, which I think is the first one he’s missed for us, but thankfully we slotted the first one away and that gave us the three points.”
York City striker's penalty 'courage'
York Press,By Dave Flett, http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/sport/11071203._/?
RYAN Bowman’s “courage” was heralded by York City manager Nigel Worthington after he ended a nine-game run without a goal from the penalty spot at Mansfield Town.
The 22-year-old striker’s 32nd minute spot kick proved the only goal of the Sky Bet League Two game as the Minstermen racked up a third consecutive win despite sub Wes Fletcher seeing a second penalty saved in stoppage time.
Bowman’s match-winning night will have also proven a timely fillip after he shot wide of an open goal at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
The City chief said: “It took courage for Bowey to take the penalty and he slotted it away well, so that’s all credit to him.
“It gave him a goal and that will give him some confidence, not that I thought he was short of that anyway.”
Bowman converted from 12 yards after Josh Carson tumbled over a John Dempster challenge with referee Darren Drysdale’s decision incensing the home crowd and players, who accused the City winger of simulation.
But the Minstermen chief preferred to concentrate on Carson’s positive charge into the box that led to the game’s pivotal moment.
“With energy and guile, you can go a long way and Josh gives us that week in, week out,” Worthington pointed out. “He helps take the team up the pitch.”
The City boss went on to hail another excellent rearguard battle from his players, adding: “I am delighted with the three points. We dealt with their long balls and, if you compete with Mansfield, then you have a chance of winning.
“We stood up to them as a team and as individuals and got our just rewards although it was disappointing that Wes couldn’t kill the game off with a second penalty.”
Seventh-placed Southend drew 2-2 at Scunthorpe, meaning City are now only two points off the play-offs.
Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
Absolutely gutted for the lads tonight! Seriously where do they get these clowns from
The boys gave everything tonight! Just didnt have that bit of qulaity in the final third
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