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28th October 2014 10:15


StephenThirkill (@StephenThirkill) tweeted at 10:47 AM on Thu, Oct 23, 2014:
PC currently in discussions with chairman over getting more bodies in. One fresh face currently training with #Stags today.

Sarah Clapson @Sarah_Clapson
#MTFC boss Paul Cox set to speak to chairman and hopes to bolster his squad ahead of the weekend.
Injury update from #MTFC presser, Alex Fisher (shoulder) out for 'at least a month', Kieron Freeman (knee) 'one to two weeks'.

StephenThirkill @StephenThirkill
Kieron Freeman will be out for between 1-2 weeks after damaging medial ligaments, Alex Fisher will be out for 'at least a month' #stags

StephenThirkill @StephenThirkill
Boss Paul Cox is calling for his Mansfield players to show an 'improved mindset' against York after dip in body language at Tranmere. #stags
PC: Some of the body language at Tranmere was not what I have seen in previous games. It is not ok to feel sorry for ourselves' #stags
PC: I knew it was going to be a tough season, but not this tough.I have never seen anything like these injuries, We need to dig deep.'#stags


Freeman set for short absence
mansfieldtown.net, 23rd October 2014

Scan results reveal minor medial knee ligament injury.

Manager Paul Cox has revealed that on loan wing-back Kieron Freeman will be out of action for up to a fortnight, following scan results on the injury which forced him off in Tuesday’s draw at Tranmere Rovers.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/freeman-set-for-short-absence-2034718.aspx#7woMpQEmjOWm85Ou.99

The 22-year-old, who joined us on a three-month loan from Derby County earlier this month, sustained a knee injury just after the half-hour mark, and had to be replaced by Rob Taylor.

“He [Kieron] has tweaked his medial ligament and I think he’ll be one to two weeks,” said Cox.

Reflecting on our injury problems as a whole, our boss added: “I’ve never had a situation like this before - not even as a player.

“Even the other night, it becomes a little bit surreal when a player goes down and you get the call to make changes, you wonder what we’ve done.

“But it’s part and parcel of the game. It’s probably a one-off, because I’ve never been through it before, and we’ve just got to get on with things. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us.”


Cox: Loan signings could be made
mansfieldtown.net, 23rd October 2014

Boss hints that new faces could arrive to strengthen injury-hit squad.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/cox-loan-signings-could-be-made-2034910.aspx#grJwJlxQdd6vM1AI.99

Boss Paul Cox is meeting with chairman John Radford today to discuss the possibilities of bringing in some new faces - possibly in time for Saturday’s trip to York City.

Our injury woes went from bad to worse in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Tranmere Rovers, as striker Alex Fisher sustained a dislocated shoulder, whilst wing-back Kieron Freeman suffered minor knee ligament damage.

Fisher’s injury will keep him sidelined for at least a month, but scans have revealed that Freeman, on loan to us from Derby County until the New Year, will only be out for a couple of weeks.

As a result, our manager is expected to once again dip into the emergency loan market in order to strengthen our injury-hit squad.

He said: “I’m meeting the chairman today and hopefully we can bring some bodies in and get back onto a level playing field with the teams we’re competing against.

“We’re being pro-active in trying to bring bodies in. I’ve looked at lists and timescales of players being out and we’ve got to bring people in that are going to improve us.”

Reflecting on our injury problems as a whole, our boss said: “I’ve never had a situation like this before - not even as a player.

“Even the other night, it becomes a little bit surreal when a player goes down and you get the call to make changes. You wonder what we’ve done.

“But it’s part and parcel of the game. It’s probably a one-off, because I’ve never been through it before, and we’ve just got to get on with things.”

“I’ve gone home most nights being analytical of how we train and what we do and a lot of the injuries are just circumstances. The Luke Jones [injury] - he was just running for a football.

“It’s shocking at the minute. We thought we were coming through it and then you get two more.

“You hope that when you come in for training on a Thursday, you just have a few bumps and scratches, but the physio’s room is looking like a department from A&E at the minute.

“It’s not looking good, but we’ve just got to get on with it. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us.”

He continued: “It’s been a tough week for the players -, especially with the games that we’ve had to play and the injuries that they’ve seen sustained by quite popular members of the squad.

“But I thought our body language on Tuesday was a little bit submissive and as if we’d accepted that because we can’t fill the bench and have one or two playing with injections, that it’s okay to just accept a point.

“I’m not into that. I want to win football matches and it’s up to me to drag every little ounce that I can get out of the players. Hopefully, the cavalry will be around the corner and we’ll get one or two back.”

In team news for Saturday’s match at York City, skipper/midfielder Adam Murray is available for selection again following his three-match suspension.


Mansfield Town boss hopes to bring in new faces ahead of York City
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 23 October 2014

Boss Paul Cox aims to bring in new faces ahead of Saturday’s trip to York City as Mansfield Town’s injury crisis bites hard.


Stags lost Alex Fisher and Kieron Freeman during the 0-0 draw at Tranmere to add to the club’s crippling injury list.

Cox brought in loan striker Daniel Carr from Huddersfield Town on Tuesday and hopes to dip into loan market once again in the next 48 hours.

“Alex Fisher is going to be out for a substantial time, it be at least a month,” said Cox.

“We have better news on Kieron Freeman, who will be out for between one and two weeks with a medial ligament injury.

“The injuries seem to be endless at the moment, I have not seen anything like it as a manager.

“I have been analysing the situation and wondering if it is something we are doing in training, but it is just one of those things. The injuries are just circumstances.

“It is shocking at the moment, we thought we were coming through this period of injuries.

“But that is part and parcel of football and there is no point in feeling sorry for ourselves.

“We just have to get on with things. We need manage this situation with damage limitation to pick up as many points and as many wins as we can before Christmas and kick on when people return.”

“I will not be bringing back players until we know that they are 100 per cent fit.

“The chairman has been very good in helping us manage this situation. We need to bring bodies in, but we need to get the right players in who will improve us.”

Matt Rhead, Ollie Palmer and Liam Hearn are all currently on the treatment table, leaving Stags struggling in the striking department.

Luke Jones has also been ruled out for the rest of the season, while Chris Clements is still out injured.

Midfielders Simon Heslop and Fergus Bell have both had injections to help them play through the pain barrier in recent games.


Paul Cox calls on Mansfield Town players to improve their mindset
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 23 October 2014

Disappointed Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox has called on his players to improve their mindset.


Cox was left annoyed by some of his players appearing to be happy to settle for a point at rock-bottom Tranmere on Tuesday.

And Cox has vowed to give his players ‘a jolt’ as he looks for an instant reaction against York City.

“On Tuesday night I thought our body language was submissive and did not look like it has for other games,” said Cox.

“We have had a bad run of injuries, but we cannot feel sorry for ourselves.

“It has been a tough week for the boys, but it does not mean that it is ok to settle for a point because we have not been able to fill the bench.

“There will be managers who will be happy to come away with a point, I am never satisfied with a point.

“Tuesday was always going to be a tough game, they got relegated from League One and have just got a new manager.

“When you get a new manager you will get 25 per cent more from the players for the next two games.

“I was disappointed that we did not affect the game in the final third. To be fair, Tranmere has been the only game recently where we didn’t really create any chances.

“We defended well, but I wanted more from the game.

Mansfield are currently without a win in their last five games and have scored just once as the injury crisis continues to bite hard.

Daniel Carr joined the depleted Stags on Tuesday from Huddersfield Town and Cox is hopeful he can add more bodies to his squad over the next 48 hours.

Added Cox: “The boys have been running through walls for me, but they have got to work hard to stay in the team. There will be new players coming in and other players coming back from injury.

“I have been working 24/7 to bring new players in if the chairman gives permission.

“We cannot let our performances dip and must put pressure on the players to keep their places.

“We have been unlucky with nasty injuries to players, but we still have to deliver the results. I hope we get a better performance on Saturday. I won’t have players feeling sorry for themselves.

“I am going to give the boys a nice ‘jolt.’ The circumstances have been tough, but sometimes you have got to go above and beyond as a player.”


Carr keen to grab loan opportunity

Youngster eager to impress during one-month loan.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/carr-keen-to-grab-loan-opportunity-2037691.aspx#hyMQuv126ADE1xOI.99

Loanee winger/forward Daniel Carr is relishing the prospect of more first team football, following his emergency loan switch from Huddersfield Town.

The 20-year-old was unveiled as our latest loan signing on Tuesday and made his debut for us just a few hours later in the goalless draw with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

“Everything happened quite quickly,” reflected Carr. “I found out the day before and got told I would be on the bench, so it was good to get on and make my debut.

“It’s been about 10 months since I last actually played league football, so [going out on loan] was something I definitely wanted to do. I’m grateful that Mansfield have given me the opportunity and I just want to ‘kick on’ now.

“I don’t wish anyone to be injured, but I want to play and it’s unfortunate that other strikers being injured will give me more of an opportunity to start and get games.”

Describing his own style of play, Carr continued: “I’m not a target man, but I like to give an ‘all round’ bit of everything.

“Mainly, I want to get goals because as a striker that’s what I get judged on. Hopefully, the team can create chances and help me to get goals for Mansfield Town.”

Carr joined Huddersfield last year, following a blistering season in the Ryman League (Division One South), in which he scored 25 goals to help Dulwich Hamlet win the title.

He spent time on loan at Fleetwood Town, scoring once in four games, and already knows that Sky Bet League Two can be an unpredictable and closely-fought division.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game at York City, the ex-Reading trainee added: “In this league, anyone can beat anyone. It’s important that we go on a run now - winning games, scoring goals, keeping clean-sheets - and putting in good performances.

“The result will take care of itself if we just keep putting in good performances.”


Mansfield Town’s Daniel Carr aims to show Huddersfield Town what he can do
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 23 October 2014

Loan man Daniel Carr hopes to bang in the goals for Mansfield Town and show parent club Huddersfield what he can do.


London-born Carr joined Mansfield Town from the Championship side on Tuesday to plug the gap in Stags’ attacking options following the recent injuries to Ollie Palmer and Matt Rhead.

Carr has seen his chances limited at Huddersfield and has made just two appearances for the Yorkshire club.

But he is now hoping to kick-start his career by hitting the goal trail for Stags.

“Huddersfield are doing well in the league and they have got some good strikers like Grant Holt, so I know it will be hard for me to get into the team,” said Carr.

“It is 10 months since I played my last Football League game and I asked for a loan move.

“I understand the situation, but it is frustrating. I just want to play football.

“I am 20 and this is an important time in my career and I want to kick on now.

“I am thankful that Mansfield Town has given me this chance. I want to play football week in week out and show people what I can do.

“Obviously I do not want people to get injured, but the injury situation at the club means I will have more chance to play.

“I want to get goals because that is what I am judged on.”

The former Dulwich Hamlet striker spent part of last season on loan at Fleetwood Town and scored his first ever Football League goal in a 3-1 win against Accrington on 1st January.

Carr, who bagged 23 goals during 37 games for Dulwich, added: “Playing at Fleetwood was a great experience and I got my first goal there, hopefully I can have a similar experience with Mansfield.

“When I was at Dulwich I knew I would get a club if I kept scoring. I have a two year deal with Huddersfield, but I want to get some Football League experience now and get games under my belt.”


Sendles-White settling in well
mansfieldtown.net, 23rd October 2014

Defender looks ahead to next game and reflects on first fortnight in Mansfield.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/sendles-white-settling-in-well-2035548.aspx#cG1mH31cgIcmqvZ1.99

Loanee centre-back Jamie Sendles-White believes we have what it takes to pick up points, when we go head-to-head with York City at Bootham Crescent on Saturday.

Several players missed Tuesday’s goalless draw at Tranmere Rovers, due to an injury list which has affected manager Paul Cox’s selection plans in recent weeks.

However, our injury-hit squad will be boosted by the return of skipper Adam Murray for this weekend’s match. The 33-year-old is available again following a three-match ban.

Our team currently occupy 17th position in Sky Bet League Two, though a win in North Yorkshire could see us jump into the top half of the table.

Looking ahead to the match, Sendles-White said: “They’ve got a new manager, so they’ll have a lot to prove, but I think that we’ve got enough quality to go there and get a win.

In recent years, our team have been involved in some full-blooded, ferocious battles with the Minstermen.

After a gripping two-legged tussle in the Conference Premier Play-Offs in 2012, from which York emerged victorious, we gained revenge by taking all three points in a fiery contest at Bootham Crescent last term.

York were then winners in the next, and most recent, meeting, when they achieved a 1-0 success at One Call Stadium in March, courtesy of a hotly-disputed first half penalty by Ryan Bowman.

“As a player, that’s what you want,” continued the Northern Ireland youth international. “You want it to be physical and you want it to be a battle. I’m looking forward to it and I know the lads are as well.

Since Sendles-White joined us earlier this month, our side have been involved in three successive draws - including a stalemate with Tranmere Rovers at a windswept Prenton Park on Tuesday evening.

“It was disgusting really,” said the defender. “It was freezing and the rain and wind didn’t really make for a good game of football, but we dealt with it well.

“It was always going to be tough with their new manager coming in. They had a new loan signing who had something to prove, but I thought we did well to keep them out.”

The youngster also had complimentary words for Swiss shot-stopper Sascha Studer: “He’s been on top form. He’s made some great saves and he’s looking really confident at the minute, as is the whole back three.

“’Riles’ [Martin Riley] and ‘Sutts’ [Ritchie Sutton] are also doing well and putting a good shift in.”

Analysing his first few weeks with us, Sendles-White said: “From a personal point of view, it’s been good. Obviously, as a defender keeping clean-sheets and keeping the other team out is the most important thing.

“We’d like to be scoring more goals, but I’m sure that will come.

“We just need to turn these draws into wins, but we’ve got enough quality and with the players coming back, that will come and we’ll be fine.

“I get on with the lads, so settling in hasn’t been a problem. I haven’t heard anything or spoke to the gaffer [about extending my loan], but if the opportunity came up, I’d take it.”


QPR defender Jamie Sendles-White keen to extend Mansfield Town loan deal
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill

Defender Jamie Sendles-White says he would love to extend his loan spell with Mansfield Town.


The QPR centre-back has played a key role in a mean Mansfield defence, which has conceded just once in their last three matches.

And the Northern Irishman believes his game has also developed well since he made the journey north.

“Keeping clean sheets is important as a defender and gives us confidence,” said Sendles-White.

“League Two is a physical league where you need to battle. It is about winning your individual battles.

“I feel my game has come on well during my time here. I am growing in confidence and really enjoying the battle.

“Playing in this league has helped me learn how to play against many different types of players and has been a great experience.

“There is good banter and I am enjoying it here. It was great training with the players at QPR, but my chances there were limited and I just want to play football and get games under my belt.

“I want to be able to play football week in week out. I have not spoken to the boss, but would love to extend my loan if the chance arises.”

Despite their solid defence, Mansfield have not won in five games and have just scored once.

But the commanding centre-back believes Mansfield Town will not be far off where they need to be if they can turn draws into wins.

Added Sendles-White: “Sascha Studer has been on great form of late as have the back three. We are looking solid at the back.

“York City have got a new manager and they have got a lot to prove.

“It is going to be a battle on Saturday, but it is one that we are all looking forward to.

“We just need to turn the draws in to wins, we have the quality here to do that.”


Opposition view: York City prepare for a battle against Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, 24 October 2014

York City boss Russ Wilcox knows his side are in for a battle against Mansfield Town on Saturday.


Struggling City are currently third bottom in League Two and will be desperate to put one over on Stags.

But Wilcox knows that the Mistermen will need to battle all the way and match Mansfield’s physical approach if they are to be victorious.

“We know what to expect from Mansfield Town,” said Wilcox.

“There is no right or wrong way to play football, and the way Mansfield play is very effective for them.

“Mansfield are difficult to play against and we will have to combat the long ball and long throws.

“If we can do this and get in to our passing grove, we have a great opportunity to take three points.”

The Minstermen go into the game on the back of a hugely encouraging 1-1 draw at Morecambe, where they were only denied all three points by Jack Redshaw’s last ditch equaliser.

Stags are searching for their first win in six following a poor run of two defeats, three draws and just one goal in that time.

Mansfield are likely to come across former winger Lindon Meikle, who signed for York after leaving Stags in the summer.


York City winger Lindon Meikle keen to prove a point against former club Mansfield
yorkpress.co.uk, Friday 24 October 2014, by Dave Flett

LINDON MEIKLE will be out to silence his Mansfield Town critics when he faces his old club as a York City player.


The 26-year-old winger turned down a new contract at Field Mill over the summer to sign a two-year deal with the Minstermen having only started two Sky Bet League Two games for the Stags last season.

Meikle had earlier been a regular fixture in the Mansfield side that clinched the Conference Premier title during the previous campaign, having followed manager Paul Cox from part-timers Eastwood Town.

But Mansfield supporters turned against Meikle during his third year at the Nottinghamshire club and he will use that memory as an added incentive to impress in tomorrow’s contest.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the match and I’m glad I’m in the team to be starting as well.

“I owe a lot to the Mansfield manager in terms of the opportunities he gave me in football but I didn’t really get a chance during my first season in the Football League.

“I don’t really know if I’m out to prove a point to him, but there were a lot of people that doubted me at Mansfield, including a lot of the fans.

“Football’s all about proving people wrong and that’s how I like to live my life.

“I want to do that but, mainly, I am there to try to win three points for the team and, even if I’m having a bad game, I will be working hard to help get those points.”

Mansfield have become notorious for their long-ball game in recent years with Meikle previously citing the club’s style of play as a reason for his switch to Bootham Crescent.

He has now warned his City team-mates to be prepared for a “horrible” battle against his former employers, explaining: “They will be big, horrible, hard-working and direct.

“They’ve also got some good players that could hurt us as well.

“Matt Rhead is important for them because he’s a big presence and good with his head in the penalty box.

“Ollie Palmer is also a good player but it looks like both of them might be injured. Regardless of that, it’s all about us and how we perform.

“The gaffer has stressed that since coming in, even though he does his homework on the opposition.”

Meikle is also desperate to repay Russ Wilcox after his swift recall to the first team having been dropped for the new manager’s first game in charge.

The ex-England ‘C’ international added: “He has shown a lot of faith by putting me back in the team and I’m starting to feel more confident, especially with the way we are playing, which is based on keeping the ball.

“He keeps talking to me every day in training, which is always a good thing.”

Meikle pointed out, meanwhile, that City’s improved display during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Morecambe has given the third-bottom team renewed belief that they can climb up the division’s standings.

“The position we are in is massively false,” he argued. “We played Morecambe off the park before conceding that late goal.

“That’s something we’ve got to work on but some of their lads thought we were the best footballers they’ve played all season and they’d just been to Burton and beaten them, so hearing stuff like that is good.

“As a team, we’ve all got a lot of confidence after Tuesday’s performance, so we will be going for all three points.”


RUSS WILCOX believes there is enough quality in his inherited York City squad to propel the club up the Sky Bet League Two table.
yorkpress.co.uk, Friday 24 October 2014, by Dave Flett


The Minstermen chief, two games into his Bootham Crescent reign, does not intend to add to his ranks ahead of Saturday's home game against Mansfield, having been encouraged by the team's 1-1 midweek draw at Morecambe.

A stoppage-time equaliser by Jack Redshaw robbed the visitors of a deserved victory but the performance of his third-bottom side dissuaded Wilcox from entering the loan market this week.

He said: "I've had a look at the squad over two games now and a lot of things pleased me on Tuesday night. I think there are certain areas where we might need to strengthen and I'm not going to say where, because that would be unfair to the lads in the group at the moment.

"I can say we do need a bit of cover defensively though. You want to make your mark as a new manager, but when I look to bring anybody in is down to the group.

"If we can get results and good performances, then there might not be any need to bring anybody in and, from day one, looking in from the outside, I thought there was enough quality in the club to move us up the table."

Wilcox admitted, however, that he has identified targets to strengthen the team, adding: "I do have players in mind and that's part of my job as manager but the question is whether those lads are available and willing to come to the club because it's difficult sometimes when you're at the wrong end of the table."

Ryan Jarvis will serve the second game of a three-match suspension against the Stags with long-term absentee Josh Carson still unavailable, Dave Winfield (thigh) also ruled out and Wes Fletcher unlikely to recover from his hamstring problem.

On the latter's situation, Wilcox confessed: "Wes Fletcher is still a concern. He's not been on the training ground this week, which makes him a major doubt for the weekend.

"I was hoping he would be available for my first game but it looks like we will be without him for my third game now and he's a key player for this football club."

With the likes of Jake Hyde, Jarvis, Tom Platt, Michael Coulson and Michael Ingham having all been troubled with injury too this term, Wilcox has employed part-time fitness coach Darren Simpson with a view to keeping the treatment room as quiet as possible.

Outlining the Harrogate-based Simpson's duties, last seasons's League Two Manager of the Year explained: "Darren will work with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is a great addition.

"I had him at Scunthorpe but the personnel has changed there. He will be giving lads extra work to do if they are out of the team or suspended and he will help with rehab for the lads coming back from injury.

"He will also help out with warm-ups and core work, in terms of strengthening and conditioning and we've got bands on the players to activate their glutes in training. Injury prevention is also another massively key role for Daz because, when you have a small squad, if you lose one or two key players it affects everything massively.

"He will be an extra pair of hands and that will allow myself and Steve Torpey to concentrate a bit more on the 11 players who will be starting the game."

Wilcox stressed, meanwhile, that the players would not carry the disappointment of missing out on maximum points in the cruellest of circumstances at Morecambe into the Mansfield match, reasoning: "You have to quickly move on in football and I want to look at all the positives because it was a terrific performance and, if we can reproduce that every game or get close to it, we will win football matches."

The City boss has also been preparing his players for a direct approach from the Stags, pointing out: "We know what to expect from Mansfield.

"There's no right or wrong way to play football and the way Mansfield play is very effective and difficult to play against. You have to combat the balls coming into your box, including long throws from both sides.

"You have to deal with the ugly bits and, then, if we can move the ball around as well as we did at Morecambe, there's a great opportunity for us to get three points."

Wilcox went on to reveal that he has not yet thought about possible extensions to the loan stays of strikers Ryan Brunt and Diego De Girolamo, both recruited by his predecessor Nigel Worthington.

"They have both impressed me but no decision has been made on their futures," he said. "I will be leaving that until further down the line and I will just keep assessing the group on a regular basis."

But the City manager has given permission for first-year pro Cameron Murray to go out on loan, adding: "I've spoken to Cameron Murray's agent and we've agreed he needs to go out and play some football because he needs to develop as a player and he can't do that when he's not in the team."



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