COX, CLEMENTS, PRICE, KEITH HILL REACTION
video interviews with Cox, Clements and Price:
Mansfield manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I think we are playing well at the minute and without shouting from the roof tops, I think we can beat anyone when we are playing like this.
We've come up against a very good side who will get promotion.
"But its what we've been doing over the last couple of months and we are enjoying our football at the minute."
Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:
"We knew we were going to endure a direct style of play but they've got good players once they get the ball into that final third.
"I have to be able to forgive the players and I will do. We're in a great position and I'm really looking forward to the remainder of the season.
"Arguably the game was always going to hinge on the first goal, but when we concede one we shouldn't be conceding two more after that."
Cox coy on Play-Off chances
mansfieldtown.net, 12th April 2014
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox has remained coy about our Play-Off chances, but was delighted with our performance in today’s magnificent 3-0 victory over Rochdale.
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Our team exacted revenge on the Sky Bet League Two table-toppers for a Boxing Day defeat at Spotland in magnificent style as we cruised to our fourth straight league win.
Defender Martin Riley opened the scoring with a stooping low header on 71 minutes, before Matt Rhead and Ryan Tafazolli also netted in the final few minutes.
The victory in our 5,000th competitive match since we joined league football in 1902 lifts us up to 10th position in the Sky Bet League Two table - just six points shy of the Play-Offs.
“We’re enjoying our football at the minute and we don’t want the season to end,” said Cox. “This group of boys are working extremely hard, they’re playing some good stuff and they seem to be enjoying themselves.
“Without shouting it from the rooftops, the way we’re playing at the minute, I believe we are a match for anyone when we’re in this mindset.
“Today I thought we came up against a very good team that I believe will go on and get promoted quite comfortably. They’ve good players throughout the side and they’ve been very consistent.
“We just did what we have been doing the last couple of months. We’re in a nice rhythm and playing on the front-foot. The lads are enjoying their football at the minute.”
He continued: “All three goals came from set-pieces, which we work hard on, and the boys have put their heads on the line. I always enjoy the business end of the season. I really don’t want it to end right now.
“People are now talking about Play-Offs, when only a few games back we could mathematically have been relegated.
“All we can do is keep trying to win the next game. It’s in the lap of the gods. I want to finish the season as strongly as possible, in the highest position possible with as many points as possible.”
Our boss also gave a first professional appearance to teenage midfielder Jack Thomas in today’s win and believes the youngster could have a bright future ahead of him.
He added: “We’ve blooded a young kid today who is 17 years old and what he did when he came on was excellent. It just tells me that he’s not going to be over-awed and he’s going to be a good player if he keeps his feet on the ground.”
Stags boss Cox stays calm over play-off chances
Paul Cox continued to stay calm and not get over-excited about play-off possibilities as his in-form side stormed to a sparkling 3-0 humbling of league leaders Rochdale at One Call Stadium today.
The Stags’ 5,000th competitive game produced a fourth straight win which has catapulted them from the relegation battle to 10th, six points off the play-off zone with four games left to go.
However, the Stags boss said: “The way we are playing at the minute, without shouting it from the rooftops, I believe we are a match for anyone when we are in this mindset.
“Today we came up against a very good side that I believe will go on and get promoted quite comfortably. They have good players throughout the side and have been very consistent.
“We just did what we have been doing the last couple of months. We are in a nice rhythm and playing on the front foot. The lads are enjoying their football at the minute.
“Rochdale had the wind behind them in the first half. So when it dropped in the second half for us, you do start to wonder.
“All three goals came from set pieces which we work hard on and the boys have put their heads on the line.
“I always enjoy the business end of the season. I really don’t want it to end right now.
“People are now talking about play-offs when only a few games back we could mathematically have been relegated.
“All we can do is keep trying to win the next game. It’s in the lap of the gods. I want to finish the season as strongly as possible, in the highest position possible with as many points as possible.
“You always finish where you deserve to finish in the table.
“We have only lost three since Christmas which is testament to the lads. They have been superb.”
Dale manager Keith Hill was quick to write the game off and suggested it might be just the kick up the backside his team needed.
But he also said he was unhappy with referee Trevor Kettle, who booked five of his players but only one home player.
“It was just a game of football in which we’ve been beaten,” he said.
“Possibly we might have needed that. It might help us.
“Let’s not make it a crisis. Let’s just focus on the next game.
“Putting it behind us is the easiest thing to do as we can’t affect this game again. We have come a long way this season and it’s not finished yet.
“It is a difficult place to come against difficult opposition.
“You can’t deny there is a physical element to the opposition and the way they play. I thought we dealt with it well for most of the game.
“I don’t want to say too much but I don’t understand why our players got booked. I expect our players to be treated similar to the opposition with respect to decisions.
“We were beaten by three set pieces which we have been excellent at.
“We had chances in the first half and a better pass or a better finish and it could have been a different story.
“Mansfield had won their last three games and they grew in confidence after they scored the first goal as players do.”
Price impressed by Stags' quality
mansfieldtown.net, 12th April 2014
Goalkeeper Lewis Price says he has been impressed with the quality of the Mansfield Town squad following his arrival from Crystal Palace yesterday on an emergency seven-day loan.
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The 29-year-old shot-stopper made his debut in today’s 3-0 victory over Rochdale, as he seeks to play more first-team football.
“The quality of the squad hasn't surprised me,” said Price. “They're a good set of lads, which I recognised in training on Friday.
“I’ve looked at their recent results and obviously know about their promotion last year and you can tell what a good team it is here."
He continued: “I love playing football, but the last year has been tough because Julian (Speroni) has been in fantastic form helping Palace get promoted.
“You can’t argue that I haven’t played for Palace. He hasn’t got injured and it’s coming to the stage now where I could do with playing more so we will have to wait and see what happens.”
The Stags' 'keeper admitted he only found out a few days ago that he would be arriving at One Call Stadium, but is delighted to have quickly settled into the squad.
Price said: “I think I found out Thursday night. I had the chance to pop out on loan during the loan window, but that kind of fell through.
“I was sitting at home starting to think I was going to be watching Soccer Saturday each weekend with the kids, but I’m pleased to be here and get playing some football.
“I’ve settled in straight away and that says a lot about the club and the players. I turned up Friday and I already feel part of the team, which has made me feel really great.
“That’s a really big thing at a football club to come in and have one training session and fit in so credit to everyone.”
Clements: We can continue good form
mansfieldtown.net, 12th April 2014
Midfielder Chris Clements believes Mansfield Town can continue their fine run of form after this afternoon’s 3-0 victory over promotion-chasing Rochdale.
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Goals from Martin Riley, Matt Rhead and Ryan Tafazolli gave our side another vital win, as we now occupy 10th position in Sky Bet League Two, just six points off the all-important Play-Offs with four games to go.
Today’s win made it four wins in succession for Paul Cox’s men, and Clements has now urged the rest of his colleagues to fully concentrate on Friday’s game at Accrington Stanley.
“Our good run of form has come a bit later in the season,” said Clements. "However, we are going to keep on going and see how far we can go and aim to finish as high as possible in the league.
“We don’t want to get carried away. We have just got to go into every game and try our best, seeing how other teams get on. From there we will see where we finish in the league.
“We were in a relegation battle a couple of weeks ago, so it’s nice to now play without any pressure and start playing better football."
He added: “It’s another game on Friday against Accrington we need to tick off. It’s a difficult place to go, but we are full of confidence and I believe we can get another three points.”
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old was pleased with our side’s overall display against Dale, as he notched up two assists for Riley and Tafazolli respectively.
Clements continued: “Rochdale came out of the blocks very quickly in the first half, but we weathered the storm and I thought we had a good chance in the second half with the wind on our side. When that first goal went in we knew we could score more.
“They are a difficult side to play against, so we had to switch it up a bit today and we ended up playing some good stuff. The three goals showed we were better than them.
“They didn’t like out style of play today - they had a good moan, but teams should expect that when they visit to our place.”
Clements makes instant impact on recall for Stags
Chris Clements made an instant impact on his return to the Mansfield Town side yesterday as his accurate set pieces carved out two goals in the surprise 3-0 home win over table-topping Rochdale.
Clements had been out of favour, but was recalled due to suspensions.
This fourth win in a row edged Stags to within six points of the play-offs with four games to go to set up an exciting end to the season and Clements said: “It was very difficult in the first half as they came out of the blocks very quickly. But we weathered the storm.
“We thought we had a good chance with the wind behind us in the second half, and as soon as the first goal went in we knew we could score more.
“We do practice set pieces a lot and it was good to see them coming off.
“Rochdale are a difficult team to play against. You can’t really hit the front man all the time so we had to switch it up a bit. We got the ball down and played some good stuff, scoring three goals.
“I don’t think they liked our style of play and they had a good moan. But come here and you are going to get that.
“I came back in to do my job and help the team and did that today so I am happy.”
He added: “We need to keep going to the end of the season and try to win as many games as we can and see how high we can finish in the league.
“We were in a relegation battle for a while so it is nice now to play with no pressure and keep this winning run going.”
Stags boss Paul Cox said; “I am one of Chris’ biggest admirers.
“He is talented on the ball but I want to see him do some of the ugly stuff too. He know what he needs to do to progress not just as this level but at a higher level of football.”
Hill - We Must Move On From Mansfield
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Manager Keith Hill has said that nobody can make a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to the defeat to Mansfield Town on Saturday.
Speaking to the press at the full time whistle as Rochdale effectively crumbled to a three goal defeat in the final 20 minutes of the game despite it having been pretty level for the 70 minutes before then, Hill said we just had to put it behind us and move on and focus on the matches we now have left.
'It was just a game of football in which we've been beaten. Possibly we might have needed that. It might help us. Let's not make it a crisis, let's just focus on the next game.'
Hill goes on to say that in many ways putting the game behind us and not dwelling on it outside of those mistakes that we can learn from moving forward is the easiest thing to do because no amount of words or thought will affect the final score line and he feels our efforts in that regard will be better served by making sure we don't make the same mistakes again in the next match.
'We have come a long way this season and it's not finished yet.'
For the game itself, Hill pointed to their 'physical element' that comes into play and he felt for the vast majority of the game we dealt with that well, but he was curious as to why so many of our players ended up with yellow cards.
'I don't want to say too much but I don't understand why our players got booked. I expect our players to be treated similar to the opposition with respect to decisions.'
Moving on from that though, it would've been remiss of Hill not to mention the fact that we were ultimately beaten by three set pieces, and he feels we've been excellent at those all season long so for him it's an indication that it just wasn't our day, rather than anything to really worry about and that's how he's going to treat it as we prepare for the next match.
Of course we had a number of chances ourselves, especially in the first half, and he knows with slightly better passing and better finishing the final score could well have been different, and it's that aspect we have to ensure we get right as well in the next match.
Jack Thomas @JackThomas06
Couldn't of wished for a better debut!!! Thanks everyone for the messages it's appreciated
Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
What a day! 3-0, clean sheet, 1st goal of the season and Wolves get promoted! #playoffs #believe
chris clements @clemmo14
Good to be back in the mix today...only the 2 assists for me
chris clements @clemmo14
Congratulations to @JackThomas06 on his football league debut...nerves must of went away when you come on! #achievement
Darryl Westlake @DarrylWestlake
F*cking get in there, what a massive win that was. Fans were brilliant once again. 4 wins on the bounce, on to Friday!! #stags
Oliver Palmer @OliverJPalmer
What a great game, and what a win. The fans were unreal. Buzzing for @JackThomas06 making his debut at 17! Follow him
Ritchie Sutton @suttonra
Wow another clean sheet and beating top of the league 3-0! Were on fire
Sam Clucas @samclucas
Congrats @JackThomas06 on his debut today fully deserve mate
James Jennings @JamesJennings03
Get in there!! What a big win that was! Another clean sheet ?? Great atmosphere, fans were class! #Stags #Cleansheet
John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
What a win that was!!!! Fantastic effort by our boys, backed by a brilliant support #coys #ontheup
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