Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox frustrated by Stags’ ‘mixed bag’ in 1-1 Hereford draw

NEAALC100828G12 Eastwood Manager Paul Cox
NEAALC100828G12 Eastwood Manager Paul Cox

Mansfield boss Paul Cox was left frustrated this afternoon as visitors Hereford United shut up shop in a one-sided second half to deny Stags a win in a 1-1 draw.

Cox said: “It was a mixed bag really. I can only remember Hereford having one shot at goal and they scored from it.

“We gave the ball away sloppily in a bad area which put us on the back foot.

“We probably had 70 per cent of the territorial possession, but that doesn’t win you football matches.

“We got back in the game but they just put 10 men behind the ball and made us work really hard to try to break them down.

“We got the ball into good areas on several occasions but failed to take a gamble. We just needed some quality and once again we looked anxious.

“We should have worked their keeper with more efforts. At least we will have more firepower with Matt Green back from suspension next week.”

Hereford boss Martin Foyle said: “The way that Paul (Cox) sets up and with the long throw in their armoury, I would probably do it myself if I could as it’s effective. But we stood up to it fantastically today.

“Allowing Mansfield to score just before half-time gave them a lift but it also gave us a wake-up call for the second half.

“There was heart and commitment and I can’t fault them. We just need to be a bit more streetwise.”