COX, WARREN HACKETT, DARREN CURRIE REACTION
Cox frustrated by defeat at Dagenham
Boss unhappy with display and Stags lose in East London.
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Manager Paul Cox was left frustrated as goals from Luke Howell and Abu Ogogo condemned us to a 2-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium.
Howell fired home just before the half-time interval to put the Daggers 1-0 up, before Ogogo made it 2-0 with a good finish on the hour mark.
"We had a good chat [in the dressing room] with the players," said Cox. "I don't think we got going today and it's my job to find out why."
“We just didn’t arrive at the party. In all three sections, defence, midfield and attack, we were a million miles off the pace. No one is going to feel sorry for us. It was a lacklustre performance.”
Our boss continued: “We probably passed the ball around the back three, or back four, more than anywhere else on the field and that’s not going to be effective.
“We can talk about all different facets of the game today, but I just thought with the ball we weren’t good enough, and without the ball we weren’t good either.”
With 25 minutes remaining, Cox opted to make a tactical ‘double’ substitution in an effort to change the course of the game as Fergus Bell and Sam Clucas were introduced as we switched to a 4-4-2 formation.
“We went [to a] 4-4-2 formation in the second half, but there were just too many gaps,” added Cox. “When Sam [Clucas] and Fergus [Bell] came on, they affected the game well, but they were just too many players that weren’t at the races today.”
One positive for Cox is that other than 'injured pride', our boss has no fresh injury worries following today's match.
Dagenham and Redbridge assistant manager Warren Hackett told BBC London 94.9:
"I'm very happy, I thought it was a great performance from the boys from start to finish really.
"We knew that Mansfield were going to be very big, very strong, very organised, I thought we dealt with all their threats aerially from start to finish.
"We were able to impose our passing game on them today, the first goal I thought was fantastic.
"Mansfield are a very direct team, so they're going to have a certain percentage in our final third, but again I thought we dealt with that fine, and when we had the opportunity to play the ball around we did."
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"We just did not turn up. I don't want to use anything as an excuse but there are factors that will add up for that kind of performance.
"If we are going to be totally honest there are players who are going to run out of steam.
"We now have a week to give the lads some fitness and give the lads, who have played a lot of football, a bit of a rest."
Match Reaction: Darren Currie
First Team Coach, Darren Currie hailed the team's performance against Mansfield Town, which secured the team's first three home points of the season.
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"The result is the most important thing, but I thought the performance was fantastic."
It was the Daggers' second clean sheet in as many games and Currie put it down to a team effort rather than individuals.
"We attack as a team and defend as a team, credit has to go to everyone for our clean sheets in the last two games.
"Keeping a clean sheet against a team like that against is great."
Mansfield travelled to the London Borough of Barking Stadium after a 1-0 win at home to Newport County and it's a team that Darren believes won't equal another in terms of their physicality.
"You have to stand up and be counted in games like that and we won't face another team quite as big as them again.
"They're a physical team, but we knew if we could combat that we knew we had enough good footballers out there to win the match."
With signings at the club having entered double figures, the First Team Coach felt the team is really starting to come together.
"We've tried to get in as many good players as we can that have the right attributes and attitude for our team.
"In pre-season we had a couple of niggles which means some are a bit stop start, but the boys out there today looked like they've been playing together for a very long time."
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