Just enjoy the play-off chase, says Stags boss

MANSFIELD Town boss Cox today tried to ease the stress and worry of trying to get into the play-offs this season by simply telling players and fans to ‘enjoy it’.

Stags’ 5-2 home win over Darlington on Tuesday leaves them just three points off the play-offs with a game in hand and 14 matches to go, the next two at home.

That represents a fabulous chance of making the annual Wembley jamboree in his first season in charge.

But, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Tamworth (3pm), Cox said: “Once you start getting uptight and thinking too much about it, then it becomes a tough job.

“I want our supporters, the players and everyone at this club to just enjoy it now.

“Anything can happen between now and the end of the season. We won’t go all the way through without losing again and there will be twists and turns. But we have given ourselves a great opportunity.

“We have put a smile back on everyone’s faces. And when the lads are enjoying their football, that is when we are at our best. If we are anxious or uptight then we become a bit erratic.

“Our supporters can make a massive difference like they did on Tuesday. A bad performance or a mistake can create anxiety which, when it sets in, we’ve seen in the past has a detrimental effect on the players.

“If you are fourth from bottom then this business is a horrible place. But we are tucked nicely in the pack and might be successful this season. Let’s just enjoy the whole scenario and see what happens.”

Stags are trying to sort out a centre half on loan in time for the weekend with John Dempster’s loan spell from Crawley ending in midweek.

Paul Edwards plays his final game on loan from Fleetwood at left back, but Stags will speak to Fleetwood and the player on Monday to see if that can be extended.