COX AND GREG ABBOTT REACTION
Cox reflects on Notts County defeat
mansfieldtown.net, 2nd September 2014
Boss disappointed with errors that contributed to goals in 2-0 loss at Meadow Lane.
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Manager Paul Cox admits he was bitterly disappointed with the errors that contributed to our team’s 2-0 loss at Notts County tonight.
Goals from Ronan Murray and Jake Cassidy saw the Magpies progress to the Second Round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and thus eliminate our team.
“We were beaten by a better team - it’s as simple as that,” said Cox.
“They seemed to have an extra drive in them, worked extremely hard with the ball, worked extremely hard off the ball, and they thoroughly deserved the win.
He continued: “We need that bravely in the last third. We need to get hold of the ball, create opportunities and have a shot at goal.
“I thought we started well, but the longer the game went on they ground us down. Usually stuff we’re very good at as a unit I just thought they were better.”
Our boss’ biggest frustration was our defensive errors in the build up to both of Notts County’s goals, which were scored in either half.
“There’s another scenario today where we’ve just switched off for two goals and sort of let teams stroll through us without any sort of stubbornness,” said Cox.
“We’re usually a team that are really resolute and hard to break down, but it’s like we’re caught between a million and one things at the minute.”
On right-back Liam Marsden, who hobbled off in the closing stages, Cox added: “He got a bit of a knock, but I think we’ll know [the extent of any damage] in the next 24 hours.
“I thought the kid did alright. It’s his first game back from injury. It’s nice to see him back playing and it’s another body for us.”
Paul Cox’s full post-match interview will be available on Stags Player later tonight. To subscribe, click here.
Paul Cox: Mansfield Town boss defends Stags record
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has responded to calls for his sacking by arguing that he is one of the club's best-ever managers.
The Stags have lost three of their opening five games, including Tuesday's 2-0 loss at local rivals Notts County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham: "The win ratio of the team is unbelievable.
"I think I'm up there with the top managers in the club's history. I have an immense faith in my own ability."
He was appointed by chairman John Radford in May 2011 and led the club to the Conference title in the 2012-13 season.
Cox has the second-best win ratio of any Mansfield manager since World War II at just over 50%, but that figure was only 35% last season, Cox's first in the Football League.
He is not concerned that a small group of Stags fans chanted "Cox out" during the defeat against the Magpies.
"The only person's opinion that I've been bothered about is the man that owns the football club," said Cox.
"If Mr Radford turns round to me and says you're no longer manager of this football club, I'll accept that."
Stags boss Cox defends record and plans squad additions
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox defended his managerial record against a section of boos boys wanting him out and then confirmed he would be adding a couple of players to his squad next week.
It was a miserable return to his old club tonight as Cox watched his players succumb to a 2-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to League One neighbours Notts County.
His misery was complete as a section of the 1,386 away fans called for him to go.
“Of course it hurts, but it’s part and parcel of football,” he said. “It’s happened every season I’ve been here and happens to every manager in the game.
“So it doesn’t unduly worry me. Some of the supporters are frustrated and so am I. That’s football and if everyone thought the same the game would be quite boring.
“I can’t stop it hurting and it’s something I have to deal with.
“Some people have an opinion and I can’t change that opinion. The only opinion I am bothered about is the man who owns the club and makes the decisions.”
He added: “If I was to blow my own trumpet, I have one of the best managerial records in the club’s history. But everyone has his time and in football people get bored of people very quickly.
“Look at the Tony Pulis effect. He took Stoke into Europe but ultimately it was the supporters who got rid of him.
“I have immense faith in my own ability. My win ratio says I am a good manager.
“If Mr Radford tells me I am no longer manager of this football club then I would have to accept that and deal with it. Life is really short and you can’t spend it worrying.”
Cox said he had heard nothing about stories linking him with the vacant Carlisle job.
But, in the wake of Sam Clucas moving to Chesterfield, he did say he had been given the green light to bring in a couple more players as well as new striker Rakish Bingham with the money freed up.
They would be frees or loan signings and can come in when the loan window opens from Monday.
“That’s what we really need right now,” he said.
“With our small squad it becomes very easy for players to be laid-back. It’s just human nature. Players need to look over at the bench and see competition for their place.
“That’s a massive factor. Or they just end up with a cushion, a nice blanket.
“Just to see some new faces walk into the dressing room could raise the tempo again. It can have a massive effect.”
On the defeat, Cox said: “I am fuming as we have lost a local derby. There was a lot of pride at stake and I think tonight we just whimpered and didn’t lose a game in the manner I would want.
“You have to give the opposition massive credit. We were beaten by the better team who just seemed to have a bit of extra drive about them and deserved the win.
“People talk about us being too direct. But that’s where I need a bit more bravery from my players in the last third. We need to get hold of the ball and create opportunities.
“We are becoming a bit of a soft touch with the goals were are conceding. We are usually resolute and hard to break down. We switch off and get picked off.
“The players are working extremely hard but not working wise. It all looks a bit uncouth and we need to get our rhythm back.
“My main concern now is to put the package together to emulate the team that came round the bend after Christmas and the season before that won a championship.
“We looked anxious tonight and need to get back to the basics.”
Notts County win derby clash with Mansfield Town in Trophy
Nottingham Post by Leigh Curtis
NOTTS County assistant boss Greg Abbott saluted a superb team performance as the Magpies knocked local rivals Mansfield out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
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The Magpies secured a 2-0 win at Meadow Lane last night in a dominant performance as Paul Cox came under fire from a section of his own supporters during the first round clash.
Ronan Murray put the Magpies ahead with a clinical strike before Jake Cassidy wrapped up the win in the second half.
"I thought we were very good," said Abbott. "We passed it as well as we have done all season.
"It's difficult against Mansfield because they have got some big boys so you have to compete and battle away.
"We certainly did that and we managed to get our ball players on the ball especially Reece Brown who was excellent."
Mansfield boss Cox was angry with his side.
"They seemed to have an extra drive in them in the way they worked with the ball and without it. I'm fuming really," he said.
"We've lost a local derby and Notts thoroughly deserved the win. We need bravery in the last third of the pitch and to get on the ball, and have shots at goal. We started well, but as the game wore on they ground us down.
"I just thought they were better at what they did than what we were. I wouldn't say we paid them too much respect, but the boys need to understand when we do what we are good at we are hard to handle."
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