Stags manager Cox’s fury over late Macclesfield postponement

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox was furious over the late postponement of last night’s tough away game at a rain-soaked Macclesfield Town.

The match was called off at 5pm by which time the team and some fans had arrived at the Moss Rose to find there was no chance of the game taking place.

But Cox and assistant Adam Murray travelled up by car before the bus arrived to find the pitch already under water and were left fuming.

And speaking after the clash had been called off, the Stags’ manager said he was unhappy a decision could not have been made sooner.

“All it would have taken is a little bit of common sense with this one,” said Cox.

“With the rain we were having and the forecast, this game must have been in doubt before this and a decision could have been made much earlier.

“The lads were focused and were ready to play. We did everything right.

“Also we had a lot of supporters who were travelling up here tonight and many of them probably got halfway and then had to turn back home.

“There is an amber alert in this part of the country yet people have had to make an effort to try to get here.

“We have been stuck in some horrendous traffic.

“Some of the roads on the way up have been absolutely atrocious.

“We seem to have come through a couple of rivers at one stage.

“I just hope everyone gets home safely.”

Despite the postponement, there will be no rest for the players, Cox revealed.

He added: “The players will be in tomorrow, but if the game had been called off earlier we could have had them in today as well and had two days of good training.”

The postponement means that striker Matt Green will now have to wait until Saturday’s home clash with Hereford to complete his three-game suspension.

Cox had hoped to bring in a free agent or loan striker to bolster the squad last night with only two fit strikers available at the club.

With Nick Wright and Andy Todd both nearing fitness, the pressure may now be lifted on that score for the weekend, but the Stags’ manager is still hoping to get one in.

“There is nothing concrete at the moment but we are still in talks with players,” he said. “These deals can’t always be done overnight.”

Like Macclesfield, Saturday’s opponents Hereford were also relegated from the Football League last year and have made an identical start to the season to Mansfield, winning five, drawing one and losing four of the first 10 games to sit in 10th, one place behind the Stags.

For a full round-up of the latest goings-on at the One Call Stadium, see today’s Chad.