More points at Field Mill is Cox’s aim

STAGS manager Paul Cox is hoping that his team can get their home form back on track starting with picking up three points against Grimsby Town on Saturday (3pm).

In their last two matches at Field Mill, Mansfield have lost to Kidderminster and drawn with Telford, but need to maintain consistent good form at home if they are to mount a promotion challenge this season.

Cox said that there is ‘no panic’ at the club because the team have made a good start to the season in general, but with four of the next five games at home, they need to pick up more points at Field Mill.

“It’s something that I am aware of,” he said.

“I don’t want to panic at the minute because we have only lost two games all season but if we want to be challenging we need a good home record and it’s something we need to improve on.”

Cox is expecting a hard game against fellow former Football League club Grimsby, whose squad includes four ex-Stags - including Rob Duffy and Gary Silk.

And with the Mariners guaranteed to bring more fans than most other Blue Square Bet Premier teams, it is set up for a good game.

Said Cox: “If you look at some of the ex-players that’s been at Mansfield, it just makes the tie tastier.

“It’s another really tough game for us and I want us to concentrate on getting a result at home.”

Cox has a slight selection headache with on-loan defender Ben Futcher back from suspension and Tom Naylor available again after returning from training with Championship side Burnley.

The Stags’ defence did not perform too badly in the 1-1 draw at Forest Green last week, with Martin Riley laying a claim to his inclusion in the central defensive pairing, but Cox is keeping quiet on who will be in the starting 11.

He said: “I have not really set a side out in my head yet.

“We will look today and tomorrow, especially tomorrow when we tend to do a lot of the shape and structure work, and make a decision tomorrow.”