ALTHOUGH playing it down, Stags boss Paul Cox could barely disguise his delight at last night’s unexpected 2-1 friendly win over Championship neighbours Derby County.
Trailing to a Theo Robinson penalty kick, Mansfield hit back with two goals in six minutes after the break through Matt Green and Lindon Meikle and Cox said: “That was a great result.
“I thought the lads worked extremely hard and there were some excellent individual performances.
“More importantly we looked good as a unit, kept our shape and passed the ball well while closing them down in good areas.
“The work we’ve done on the training ground is coming to fruition.
“It was Derby’s first game this season so we may have caught them a bit cold with this result.
“They are a fabulous side and Nigel Clough has done a great job. I am sure they will do really well in the Championship.”
He added: “The result is insignificant, though it does breed confidence. More important is that some good signs came out of it. We can still improve on a lot of things.
“One or two players got through 75 minutes last night and, if I am honest, looked really sharp.
“We are not getting carried away, though I know one or two will be shouting from the rooftops. Expectations here are high and we want to reach those expectations.”
For the second time in a week, Stags midfielder Lee Stevenson ended the night at hospital, this time with a suspected leg fracture.
However, this morning, Stevenson tweeted: “Legs still in one piece, just! Thanks for the messages people.”
Stags have more Championship opposition on Saturday when Nottingham Forest visit the One Call Stadium for a behind-closed-doors friendly.