STAGS boss Paul Cox was relieved to see his play-off chasers skip over another potential banana skin and relegate his former club Kettering Town with a 3-0 away win today.
“We knew it was going to be tough coming down here and I thought we stuttered in our performance,” he said.
“But I was over the moon with the result. We stuck to our task. It wasn’t pretty and the pitch made it a bit of a non-entity as a spectacle. We were sloppy in both boxes.
“But we came here to try to win it – and that’s what we did.
“We were quite average at times in the first half, but we did up the ante after the break.
“And this looks a very important three points with the way the other results went for us.
“We had some tired legs and tired minds out there today but they still gave me 100 per cent for 90 minutes against a side fighting for their lives.”
He added: “We are nearly there, but nearly can leave you flat at the end of the season. I don’t want them taking their foot off the gas until we are there.
“The fans were absolutely magnificent again. The vocal support was superb and I can’t thank them enough.”
Cox also said: “It was sad to see Kettering relegated as I have quite an affinity with the club.
“I am not gloating over this, but I had to be ruthless today as we are chasing our own dream and something had to give.
“It is a great club and I hope they bounce back at the first opportunity as there are too many good people here.”
Matt Green took his season’s goals tally to 28 for Stags and said: “That was a difficult game though the scoreline says something different.
“They were defensive and in the end it was a great result and we’re moving in the right direction.
“We missed a couple of chances early on and the boys were getting impatient. But then we took our chances and credit to the boys for sticking at it.
“This is my best season ever in my career and I am relishing it.
“I am being well looked after by the club but I would like to play in every game left if I can. The fans are coming out and it is a great atmosphere, so it’s a great time to be playing every game.
“But I am sure the gaffer knows what’s best for me and it will be up to him.
“Everyone is hungry and we are all looking forward to Monday now.”