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full post-match interview with Paul Cox: video


Cox pleased with pre-season progress
mansfieldtown.net, 12th July 2014

Boss reflects on win over Notts County and is pleased with how his squad is shaping up for the season-opener at Northampton Town next month.

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Manager Paul Cox was thrilled with the way that our players applied themselves in a 3-1 win over higher-division Notts County at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

Despite going behind to an early strike by Brad McGowan, our team responded magnificently with Alex Fisher drawing us level with a spot-kick, before Martin Riley headed us into a half-time lead.

Both teams made wholesale changes at the interval and the scoring was completed late on when Ollie Palmer guided the ball home following Liam Marsden’s long-throw.

“It was exceptional and what we need,” said Cox. “We had a very good game on Thursday [where] the boys got 45 minutes under their belts and it was another competitive 45 minutes today.

“I’m happy with fitness levels and the sharpness will ultimately come with the more minutes the boys play. There were some good performances today in what was only our second game.”

The Stags also used four trialists in today’s match, all of whom weren’t named on the team-sheet, and our boss has stated that there will be more coming to the club over the next week.

He continued: “It’s nothing personal [not naming any trialists] it’s just that in a game where everyone is looking for something special we just want to keep them under wraps until we’ve made a decision.

“In all we used four trialists,” continued Cox. “There’ll be more coming in next week and probably more on show against Aston Villa and Birmingham City, but we’re hopeful to get another behind-closed-doors to help us out, and where we can have a look at the group of trialists at the club at the moment.”

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Stags give trial to Forest keeper Evtimov

Mansfield Town gave Nottingham Forest’s Bulgarian keeper Dimitar Evtimov 90 minutes of action in today’s 3-1 friendly win over Notts County.


But manager Paul Cox, while impressed, will cast an eye over two or three other keepers before committing himself to a loan deal.

Uncharacteristically, Cox also declined to name the other trialists who took part in the game.

“It’s nothing personal. But everyone is looking for something special and I just want to keep names under wraps at the moment,” he said.

“There were some good performances today. But there are massive question marks for me. I have to bring in the right players and they have now all had 90 minutes over two games for us.

“We will have more trialists in later in the week.

“With Fergus Bell coming in, who I thought had a very good second half, we are up to 18 players and that means just two to four maximum to come.

“I may go with one keeper and just rely on loans.

“I thought Dimitar was excellent today apart from that early lapse of concentration. Forest regard the boy very highly.

“We had a boy in from Wolves against Huddersfield. You will see another keeper against Villa and another against Birmingham, a Swiss lad who we have had to wait for coming in.

“We do have a number of irons in the fire.”

Stags had hopes they might be able to get last season’s Palace loanee Lewis Price back in with Palace paying the bulk of his wages, but Cox said: “The Lewis Price thing looks dead in the water to be honest. It’s finance.

“I know some people are throwing themselves off bridges because we don’t have a keeper, but the situation is under control.

“I will leave the panicking to everyone else. I know supporters are anxious and want everything yesterday and I understand and appreciate that. But I have to stay patient and make 100 per cent sure it is the right keeper I bring in.

On the game and result overall, he summed up: “It was exceptional and it was what we needed.

“I was happy with fitness levels and sharpness will ultimately come the more minutes the boys play.

“It was a competitive game which is what we wanted. I go back a way with Shaun Derry and know his teams are nothing less then competitive.

“To be fair, results pre-season don’t ultimately matter. But we went out there today to win a football match like we always do.

“I am contradicting myself but winning is always important as it becomes a habit. Today I wanted to see the sharpness coming on and see the new boys fitting into a structure and organisation.”

Lee Beevers and Liam Hearn will sit out the games until the visit of Leeds United to give them a little extra time to recover from their serious injuries.

Luke Jones was rested as a precaution on a slight Achilles injury.


D-Day looming for Howell

Paul Cox is hoping he can still persuade midfielder Anthony Howell to stay with the Stags.


Howell, out of contract and unable to agree a new reduced deal following Cox’s budget cut, played the second half of yesterday’s 3-1 friendly win over Notts County.

Cox is adamant that much of the problem with keeping Howell and Lindon Meikle, who has moved on to York, was down to their agent.

“I need to sit down with Anthony, the board and the chairman to see if we can finalise this one way or the other where we are going,” said Cox.

“I don’t mind people giving me stick, but I won’t close the door on a boy who has done so well for us over the past three seasons.

“I want to give him every opportunity to get a contract if we can agree something we can afford.

“It would be very easy to slam the door. But I don’t think it was 100 per cent Lindon Meikle and Anthony Howell’s fault this summer. I think there have been a few crossed wires.

“It’s not favouritism, though I know some people have their opinions about my personality. You just need a bit of empathy in life. You need to give people opportunities.

“I was given one here and I want to pass that on. But we need to know one way or another, and the sooner the better.”


Some players 'aren't ready' for League One, says Notts County boss Shaun Derry
Nottingham Post by Sarah Clapson

DEFEAT to Mansfield Town proved some of his Notts County players 'aren't ready' for the rigours of League One football, according to boss Shaun Derry.

Read more at http://www.nottinghampost.com/players-aren-t-ready-League-says-Notts-County/story-21460159-detail/story.html#Mt7uujegp3gyFRYD.99

After Brad McGowan handed the visitors the lead inside the first ten minutes, the Magpies 'switched off' and allowed their opponents to claim a 3-1 win.

Derry admitted to being disappointed at some individual performances and said lessons must be learnt before the real action gets underway next month.

"Obviously it was a pretty important game in terms of our pre-season," he said.

"But I always thought about these opening three or four games to give absolutely everybody a chance to prove to me if they're ready for League One football - I think we got a few answers. Perhaps a few of our lads aren't ready yet.

"I felt certain players came to the front and other players disappointed.

"I'd rather see that now than when the season starts.

"I'm pleased for Brad that he's got his first senior goal for us.

"Then I felt we committed the cardinal sin of switching off and resting on our laurels, so I was disappointed with the goals we conceded.

"You don't want to concede them at any level, never mind at League One level.

"There are lessons to be learnt and we'll be looking forward to tomorrow night (at Nuneaton Town) because that's going to be a difficult game as well."

Having rung the changes over the summer, and with three trialists featuring in the second half at the One Call Stadium, Derry acknowledged it was always going to take time for his side to gel.

"When you throw into the equation, the best part of six under 20 lads, then you know where we're at at the minute," he said.

"I decided to mix and match the teams (in each half) quite spread-evenly in terms of old and young.

"I've told the players, it's pointless getting beat 3-1 if you're going to go back home and feel everything's fine, because people have to look at their own individual performances, and collectively, and say, 'we were short'."



Fergus @fergus_bell
Looking forward to a successful season with @mansfieldtownfc. Today was a real positive and something we will build on. Future is bright.

Oliver Palmer @OliverJPalmer
Good way to start our preseason! Early days yet but it's all stepping stones

Alex Fisher @AlexFisher37
Nice to have a solid start to pre season with @mansfieldtownfc! Looking forward to the up coming fixtures. #stags



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