Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox believes Stags can cope with increasing expectation levels

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Stags boss Paul Cox believes his side are more than capable of coping with the growing expectation levels around the club.

A biggest home crowd of the season of nearly 5,000 saw Mansfield defeat David Holdsworth’s Lincoln City with second-half strikes from Ross Dyer and Gary Roberts.

It was the first time Mansfield, who have now won five home games on the trot, had beaten Lincoln at Field Mill since winning 2-1 on September 2001.

The victory, the sixth in Mansfield’s last eight outings, was the perfect way to finish one of the most memorable weeks in the club’s recent history following John Radford’s purchase of Field Mill.

Speaking after the game Cox said: “The expectations around the club are rising, but that is something we are all aware of.

“We enjoy the thrill of the chase and we are in a good position at the moment.

“We have gone into the game enjoying our football today and that has shown. We had a good control of the match throughout.

“The lads have done really well today. Martin Riley, Anthony Howell and Ross Dyer were all excellent for very different reasons and gave us an excellent spine to the team.

“Ross Dyer is only a young player, but he has lots of potential and that shone through today.

“It is a team game and today that was a good team performance.”

“The ground deal on Friday has put a smile on everyone’s faces and it showed.”

Stags are now just one point off Southport in the last play-off place with a game in hand and could go into the top five for the first time since 27th September if they can beat Cambridge United on Tuesday night.