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8th October 2014 15:06

Cox: Players must learn quickly
mansfieldtown.net, 4th October 2014

Boss disappointed by players’ display in first 45 minutes of loss to Accrington Stanley.

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Boss Paul Cox insists our players must learn quickly from a school of hard knocks following today’s bitterly disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Accrington Stanley.

Luke Joyce converted a tenth-minute penalty, awarded after Sascha Studer had clattered into an opponent, to earn the visitors the points, but Stanley squandered several good chances to enhance their lead before the break.

The Stags were much-improved after the re-start, but couldn’t unlock Stanley’s resolute defence and take anything from the game - leaving our boss feeling frustrated.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that we were poor in the first half,” said Cox.

“It’s probably the first time this season that there were a few harsh words said in the dressing room - there were at half-time and there were at full-time.

“The first 45 minutes won’t be tolerated. We looked lethargic, poor and that’s not us as a team.

“I thought we improved in the second half and felt like we were camped in there half for the full 45 minutes, but without putting Accrington under any real stress or pressure.”

“Sometimes there are a multitude of reasons why [you start a game slowly]. I think there are probably one or two [players] think there is a place in the side for them every week and there is probably a little bit of complacency.

“We build success on a desire and application and the way we go about it and today, it just wasn’t there in the first half.

He added: “The very least that I’ve said since I’ve been here is that we’ll work hard and try to put teams under stress and there was none of that in the first half.”

Reflecting on referee Scott Mathieson’s decision to award the visitors an early spot-kick, Cox continued: “I wasn’t surprised with the penalty. The warning signs were there two or three times before that happened, so I’m not going to blame a referee for doing his job and giving a penalty.

“I’d rather see us defend properly like we’ve done for the majority of this season.”

A contentious moment in the game came on 82 minutes when skipper Adam Murray received a straight red card following an innocuous challenge on Stanley defender Rob Atkinson.

Our manager added: “It seemed a bit harsh [to send him off] when you look at the greater scheme of things and other tackles in the game. We’ll have a look at the DVD before deciding [whether to appeal].”


Angry Stags boss Cox warns players over complacency
chad.co.uk, 04/10/2014

Angry Stags boss Paul Cox warned his players they are in for a tough week after he felt some may have shown complacency in today’s 1-0 home defeat by Accrington Stanley.


Mansfield were booed off at half-time and full-time after yet another poor result against in-form Stanley, with skipper Adam Murray unlucky to be sent-off near the end, and Cox said: “That first half will not be tolerated.

“I thought we improved second half and camped in their half without really putting Stanley under any real stress and pressure.

“Maybe one or two players think there is a place in the side for them every week and there is perhaps a bit of complacency.

“We’ve built our success on our desire and application and the way we go about things. So that wasn’t us first half.

“We’ve had a half-decent start and it’s easy to get carried away with that. If I need to talk to individuals and set them straight to put them back on the path, I will do.”

He added: “You can’t expect to start games after 20 minutes or 45 minutes and win a game of football. You have got to earn the right and we seem to want to do all the nice things right now but none of the ugly things that win matches.

“Some of our recent results have masked that up. So if I now need to wheel and deal to bring players in with heat and desire, willing to scrap out a game I will do that.

“It is back to the school of hard knocks for them this week. We can’t have a holiday period and rest on our laurels.

“We can’t afford to go about our business in an average manner as, at this level, you get stung.

“If I have to be ruthless and people have to see the other side of me, so be it. There were harsh words in there at half-time and full-time. If players go home tonight sulking they can sulk all they want - it’s back to basics this week.”

On the big refereeing decisions, Cox said: “It was a penalty but there were some strange decisions later on. I will have a look at the red card on DVD to see if we will appeal but it seemed a bit harsh to me looking at the other tackles in the game.”

That makes it five wins out of six for Stanley and three out of three for returning manager John Coleman, who had some words of support for Cox.

He said: “Their manager took abuse from sections of their fans which he doesn’t deserve as he has done a terrific job there. Football can be a cruel mistress.

“Mansfield are a very good side who had won four of their five home games, so to come here and win is a great achievement.

“That’s back to back away wins and I can’t remember the last time I experienced that.?“I am delighted with the players and the effort they put into that.

“There was a swagger about us and a belief. Give Mansfield their due, they reacted to that and made it more of a game for the last hour.

“We rode our luck at times towards the end which is still something to work on. We are a work in progress and we have to learn from this experience.

“I thought our back four and keeper were superb. There is an old saying that 1-0s win leagues and we have a great bunch with a great spirit and great characters. But we also have a work ethic.”

He added: “We are in the top half now but we won’t get carried away as we are not yet a quarter through the season and there is a lot of football still to be played. All we’ve got to do is give ourselves a fighting chance to be competing in the top half.”


Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"There was a few raised voices in the dressing room, That first-half performance won't be tolerated at this football club; I'm not accepting that.
"Everything we have worked for at this football club has been about hard work and desire and we never grafted today.
"When you don't do the basics and the simple things well, how are you meant to win football matches?"


Defender reflects on debut defeat
mansfieldtown.net, 4th October 2014

Young defender believes we could have snatched points in defeat to Stanley.

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Defender Kieron Freeman believes our team created enough chances to take something from today’s game with Accrington Stanley at One Call Stadium.

The Reds continued their 100% record under new boss John Coleman with a 1-0 victory courtesy of an early spot-kick from Luke Joyce - awarded after Sascha Studer brought down an opponent.

Speaking afterwards, the 22-year-old said: “We started slowly and gradually got into the game. We had the most chances in the second half and it was just one of those days.

“I don’t know why [we started slowly]. It’s just football and it happens sometimes.”

Freeman, who joined us on loan from Derby County yesterday, felt he should have been awarded a penalty early in the first half, before Stanley were given one.

“From where I was I didn’t think it was a penalty [for Accrington]. I’d have to see it again,” said the youngster.

“I’d originally gone down for a penalty [at the other end]. I got the ball in front of [their player] and as I’ve gone to get the ball across, he’s taken me and then took the ball as well.

“But the referee didn’t think that one was a penalty and that’s what matters.”

Reflecting on what he hopes to achieve between now and the New Year, when his loan with us expires, Freeman added: “It’s nice to be back here and there are a few faces that I remember.

“Today was my first league game in about four months and I’ve only played two or three 90 minutes in the last four or five months, so it was tiring, but it’s nice to get some game-time.”


Freeman happy to be back

Keiron Freeman admitted that he desperately needs matches to get up to speed as he began his second loan spell with Mansfield Town on a losing note.


Freeman impressed hugely three years ago as a 19-year-old on the way up, but three years later he has fallen out of favour at Derby County and was grateful to return to the Stags until the New Year.

“It’s nice to be back and there are a few faces I remember here still,” he said.

“That was my first League game in about four months and I have only played two 90 minutes in that time, so I am looking forward to getting some games.

“I’ve not played for three weeks so I need games.”

Unfortunately for Freeman, Stags suffered a 1-0 home defeat by Accrington Stanley on his return yesterday.

“I thought we were unlucky,” he said. “We had chances in the second half but couldn’t score and had a man sent off - it was one of those days.”

Freeman went gone down in the box under a tackle but failed to get the penalty decision as Accrington converted the only goal of the game from the spot at the other end.

Stags were poor in the first half and, despite a much-improved second half, failed to find an equaliser.

“It happens sometimes in football. Sometimes you are quick out the blocks and sometimes slow,” he said.

“I thought I had won a penalty earlier. I got in front of the man with the ball and he took me and the ball as well. But the referee didn’t give it.”


Kieron Freeman rues lack of chances under Steve McClaren

Defender Kieron Freeman says he has not had the opportunity to prove himself under Derby County boss Steve McClaren.
The 22-year-old has joined League Two side Mansfield Town on a 93-day emergency loan and played in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Accrington Stanley.
Freeman moved to the Rams in 2012, but has spent much of his time out on loan.
"I've played about 30 games for Derby and after the change of managers I've never been given a chance," Freeman told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"I haven't played in the last year-and-a-half. I haven't been in the team. I don't know how I'm meant to prove myself."
The former Wales Under-21 international has not made a first-team appearance for Derby since McClaren took over from Nigel Clough in September 2013.
Freeman joined Notts County on loan in November and then had a spell under Clough at Sheffield United in March
And he is grateful to have now been given the chance to play regularly with the Stags.
Freeman played nine games for Mansfield on loan in 2011-12 and said that boss Paul Cox played a "massive" role in bringing him back to the club.
"It's so much easier to know him than to come to a manager I don't know, so I owe a lot to him," he said.
"It's a good club, a big club, with a big fan base, and a good manager and staff. I know a few of the boys, so it's nice for me to settle in."


Coley Delighted With Away Win 04/10/2014
Sam Robinson, http://accringtonstanley.co.uk/2014/10/coley-delighted-away-win/?

STANLEY boss John Coleman was full of praise for his players after Luke Joyce’s penalty earned the Reds a third successive win since his return as manager.

“I’m delighted for the players, they put a hell of a lot of effort into it,” he said. “Mansfield are a very good side at home so to come here and win is a great achievement for the players.

“I thought we were absolutely magnificent in the first half hour. We were playing like a team that was top of the league; we had a swagger and a belief about us.

“Whilst we were always dangerous on the counter we’ve rode our luck a little towards the end which is something that we have to work on.”

The Stags were resurgent in the second half and a stubborn defensive performance was crucial in coming away from the One Call Stadium with a narrow victory.

“The back four have put a great shift in today. Poor Tom [Aldred] has come off having lost a tooth and I know how vain these young boys get! Hopefully he has a good career and ends up with a nose like mine!

“If someone had told me after Northampton that we’d have back-to-back clean sheets you’d have bitten their hand off for that,” Coleman added.


Ryan Tafazolli @RyanTafazolli
Perfect preparation all week, then pull my hamstring 30 minutes in

Sascha Studer
i am just a human and i make mistakes like everyone else!I know that was not good but i cant change it anymore..I have to learn from it and try to play good with the lads in portsmouth, if the gaffer want me to have in the net!



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