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5th November 2014 22:48

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Paul Cox vows to shake things up after struggling Mansfield Town are beaten by Southend United
mansfieldtown.net, 1st November 2014

Boss reflects on defeat to Southend United and says key decisions have been made about the future.

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Manager Paul Cox says he has made big decisions concerning our team’s immediate future, following today’s 2-1 home defeat to Southend United.

The Shrimpers took the lead courtesy of Ryan Leonard’s thunderbolt early in the first half and, despite squandering some good chances, made it 2-0 as David Worrall scored with 20 minutes remaining.

Our team then set up a grandstand finale courtesy of a late strike by substitute Ollie Palmer, but despite a brave effort in the dying stages, we were unable to salvage a draw.

“Realistically, we should have got something out of it in the last 20 minutes, but you can’t not play for 75 minutes and hope to win a football match,” said our boss, who was speaking in his post-match interview.

“[There was] nothing - nothing at all, but I’ve learned a few things and decisions have been in my head about a few things.”

He continued: “I know judging on how Southend played today, what we’ve been doing is quite correct as when we went to a three, we looked a little bit more dynamic and created more chances.

“Sometimes things are taken out of your hands in terms of bodies and personnel and sometimes you have to try things out, but, like I say, it’s a funny old game and some massive decisions have been made - not just today, but over previous performances as well.

“If you think of the stuff that can affect performances - fatigue, knocks and stuff like that, it should have been a performance over 90 minutes - not just in the last 20 minutes, where we had a good go at it.

“I said in interviews before the game that there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel in terms of personnel. We need to get to the over-riding standards we’ve set over the previous three years I’ve been at the club.

“I’ve had good chats with the chairman and we know what we’re going to do in terms of going forward and that’s a positive thing for me. It means changes in everything and a consistency in what we do.

“Some people aren’t going to like it, but I’m not too concerned. I want to get back to winning consistently - not winning one, drawing one and losing one, or drawing four on the bounce.”

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Paul Cox vows to shake things up after struggling Mansfield Town are beaten by Southend United
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox says a major shake-up is on the way after Stags’ woeful 2-1 defeat at home to Southend United.


Stags looked flat throughout and defensively fragile as their miserable winless run was extended to seven games.

Southend bossed virtually all the match and took a deserved lead on 16 minutes through Ryan Leonard, before David Worrall put United firmly in charge on 70 minutes.

Substitute Ollie Palmer gave Mansfield brief hope with a 77th minute goal, but it was far too little too late for toothless Stags.

Speaking after the game a disappointed Paul Cox said: “You cannot fail to pay for 75 minutes and expect to win a game of football.

““It was very frustrating and we need to get our standards back to what they have been over the last three years.

“We have had chances at the end and looked more dynamic when we started to get the ball in the box.

“We looked much better when we switched to three at the back.

“We could have got something out of the game in the last 20 minutes, but we need to start playing much sooner than that.

“Today has made my mind up over a number of decisions. There will be decisions that upset a few people, but I am not bothered about that.

“I could sit here feeling sorry for myself, but that is not my way. A shake-up is needed and I have had discussions with the chairman.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel in terms of players, We will have players coming back with heart and desire.

“We need to return to consistency and not just win one and lose one.”

The defeat leaves Stags sitting in 18th spot, seven points above the relegation places.


Mansfield Town: Paul Cox says things must change

Manager Paul Cox has indicated he may bring in new faces to halt Mansfield Town's slide down League Two in the wake of their 2-1 loss to Southend.


The Stags have dropped to 18th after a seven-game winless run and Cox has questioned the team's commitment.
"The character and desire and the way we applied ourselves for 70 minutes on Saturday won't be tolerated," 42-year-old Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"There might be some coming in and some going out."
Mansfield had drawn their previous four games before losing to Southend, but their last league win came on 20 September against Carlisle United.
Cox, who has been in charge since May 2011, said: "I am all for evolving but we must be good at what we do. Southend dominated us and bullied us and that doesn't happen to my sides. We need to be fit, strong and mentally tough - and then play.
"We can't turn up after 75 minutes and try to win a football match. We had great chances at the end to get something from the game but I would have been embarrassed.
"I will go with my sixth sense. I am going to have be ruthless and hard on people at this football club."
Cox said a lengthy injury list - which includes strikers Liam Hearn, Alex Fisher and saw nine first-team players sidelined for the recent game against York - had not helped their cause
"It's been frustrating because we have had so many people on the treatment table but we have got some players coming back," Cox added.
"This league is tough and if we don't wake up - and I don't wake up - then we are not doing our jobs properly."


Phil Brown challenges Southend United to match laast season’s defensive standards after Mansfield Town win
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill

Boss Phil Brown has challenged his Southend players to return to last year’s defensive standards after their 2-1 win at Mansfield Town.


Southend ended a run of five games without a win thanks to goals from Ryan Leonard and David Worrall.

The visitors bossed the vast majority of the game and could have been out of sight at break but for two excellent saves from Sascha Studer to deny Barry Corr.

But the United boss was left frustrated by his side’s failure to keep a clean sheet after Ollie Palmer pulled a goal back late on to set up a tense finish.

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Said Brown: “We need to get back to doing what we did last year. We had 21/22 clean sheets last season.

“It is not about individuals it is about defending as a team. It would have been nice to get a clean sheet today.

“Clean sheets are important and give us the foundation to push on.

“We looked comfortable in the first half

“I thought the first half was the best we have played this season. We got our goal from a well worked set piece and we need to be scoring more goals now from set-pieces.

“Barry Corr could have had a hat-trick.

“We knew how Mansfield would play and that they would ask questions of us. We answered those questions well for 75 more minutes or so, but then put pressure on ourselves by letting them back in the game.

“It set up an exciting finish from a Mansfield point of view, but the game should have been out of sight before then.

“October has been a terrible month for us for many reasons, not just results but because of the luck we have had.”

The victory moves Southend up in to seventh place.


Match Reaction: Phil Brown delighted to get back to winning ways

Boss delighted to pick up the valuable three points against the Stags
Southend United manager Phil Brown was delighted with the performance of his team as Blues got back to winning ways with an excellent 2-1 victory away at Mansfield Town.

Read more at http://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/article/011114-brown-on-mansfield-2056534.aspx#rROgDqS18Ka4zOVs.99

Blues had previously gone five games without a win but a stunning strike from Ryan Leonard and a second half strike by David Worrall sealed the points for the Essex side.

“The first half was quite close to being the best I've seen us play,” Brown reflected happily.

“Barry Corr was excellent and was unlucky not to score. That's the best I've seen Barry play today. He worked so hard for the team. The front two led the line really well today.

“We dropped ourselves in it in the end and they scored a goal to make it an exciting end to the game. We answered their questions and the one time we didn't we were punished. We should have been out of sight, to be honest.”

Brown was delighted to see Worrall - who ended up bagging the match winner - score for the second time in his last three games, and is backing his defenders to get back to keeping shut outs in Sky Bet League Two.

“I was pleased for David Worrall. I think it shows exactly what he's about - he's someone that has played the majority of his career at a higher level and he was very good today, and got his goal.

“We got 20-odd clean sheets last year and that's the mentality we have to get back for this season.

“We have some good defenders in the squad. I look on the bench and see the quality of Adam Thompson and Cian Bolger on the bench, whilst both Mads Ibenfeldt and Ben Coker are injured. We have to get back to that mentality.

“The players have been under the cosh and the anxiety levels were about. The confidence is back now with the win.”


Match Reaction: Michael Timlin on a good day at the office for Blues

Michael Timlin reflects on a positive performance and result against Mansfield Town
Southend United's Michael Timlin continued in the Blues midfield as Phil Brown's side returned to winning ways with an excellent victory against Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two.

Read more at http://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/article/021114-timlin-on-mansfield-2057013.aspx#0O2Gkz86As4ses2p.99

Timlin - who missed a large chunk of the early season due to an elbow injury picked up in pre-season - has now been a regular in the lineup over the last few weeks and was delighted to help Blues pick up the points at the One Call Stadium.

“I'm feeling stronger and fitter. Maybe there was a reason for me to get that injury because I've come back stronger,” Tims said.

“It's the fittest I've ever been since I've been at the Club. It's a big relief in the end. It's just good to get a win today after a disappointing last couple of weeks.

“Today's a massive result for us. We know it's not been good enough for the fans and as long as they stick with us, they'll hopefully see we're turning a corner.

“It was a disappointing October for us and hopefully this is a fresh start. We need to get back to not conceding goals and putting the ball in the back of the net at the other end.

“We felt quite comfortable today. To be fair to Mansfield, they kept battling and kept coming at us.”

And Timlin admits bringing in Jacub Sokolik - back to Southend on loan from Yeovil Town - was a big boost ahead of the game in Nottinghamshire.

“Sometimes a fresh face can galvanise the players,” he said.

“We know what Jacub can do and he knows us as well. He's a great defender and I felt he played really well today.”



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