Paul Cox vows to shake things up after struggling Mansfield Town are beaten by Southend United

Mansfield manager Paul Cox -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Mansfield manager Paul Cox -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox says a major shake-up is on the way after Stags’ woeful 2-1 defeat at home to Southend United.

Stags looked flat throughout and defensively fragile as their miserable winless run was extended to seven games.

Southend bossed virtually all the match and took a deserved lead on 16 minutes through Ryan Leonard, before David Worrall put United firmly in charge on 70 minutes.

Substitute Ollie Palmer gave Mansfield brief hope with a 77th minute goal, but it was far too little too late for toothless Stags.

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Speaking after the game a disappointed Paul Cox said: “You cannot fail to pay for 75 minutes and expect to win a game of football.

““It was very frustrating and we need to get our standards back to what they have been over the last three years.

“We have had chances at the end and looked more dynamic when we started to get the ball in the box.

“We looked much better when we switched to three at the back.

“We could have got something out of the game in the last 20 minutes, but we need to start playing much sooner than that.

“Today has made my mind up over a number of decisions. There will be decisions that upset a few people, but I am not bothered about that.

“I could sit here feeling sorry for myself, but that is not my way. A shake-up is needed and I have had discussions with the chairman.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel in terms of players, We will have players coming back with heart and desire.

“We need to return to consistency and not just win one and lose one.”

The defeat leaves Stags sitting in 18th spot, seven points above the relegation places.

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