Stags boss Cox delighted with first win of the season

Delighted Stags boss Paul Cox
Delighted Stags boss Paul Cox

DELIGHTED Stags boss Paul Cox was full of praise for his side after they picked up their first win of the season with a convincing 3-0 win at home to Kettering Town on Saturday, reports Stephen Thirkill.

Winger Louis Briscoe opened the scoring as early as the 11th minute with an easy tap in after fantastic work by captain Adam Murray to win the ball back.

Any fears that Stags would once again buckle and blow their lead were firmly dismissed on 51 minutes when Matt Green slotted home cooly after springing the offside trap.

It was game over on 64 minutes when Ross Dyer finished off a splendid flowing move involving Briscoe and man-of-the-match Matt Green.

Stags also tightened up at the back to record their first clean sheet in nine league outings.

Speaking after the match a pleased Cox said: “I thought the lads worked very hard again today, It was not our best performance, but we got the result.

“We created some good chances and defended well. I gave the team a bit of a mouthful at half-time because we got sloppy after we scored.

“In the second half we played very well and Matt Green was excellent today. It is still early days, but I believe we can continue to get better, especially our concentration levels when we get ahead.

“I want a settled side and this result is a reward for the team and their performances in the last few games. This is our first win and now it is important we do this consistently and to keep on winning.”

The result may have been very different had Kettering taken their chances during a first half purple patch.

George Taft came close to levelling on 26 minutes when his well-hit volley was cleared off the line by Ben Futcher after Mansfield struggled to clear a Tom Williams corner.

Taft then blew a glorious chance two minutes later when he headed a Jerel Ifil cross wide from inside the six yard box.

On 71 minutes Moses Ashikodi thundered a fierce drive against Marriott’s crossbar, but by then it was too little too late for misfiring Kettering.

Stags now travel to Stockport County on Bank Holiday Monday looking to record back to back victories.