Stags manager Paul Cox says ‘it’s back to the drawing board’ after 4-1 drubbing at Grimsby

Stags manager Paul Cox
Stags manager Paul Cox

STAGS manager Paul Cox threatened to make big changes this week after seeing his side lose and concede four goals for a third time in five games with a 4-1 defeat at Grimsby Town today.

Cox said: “This job is a lonely place right now but I will turn things round.

“If I am honest I knew things weren’t right going into this game which is why I was trying to do things this week. The two wins have probably papered over the cracks.

“It’s back to the drawing board. You can’t defend like we have been defending and expect success.

“All the players will be in at 9am tomorrow and I will be talking to them. I am not going to air my dirty linen in public.

“It needs drastic changes and I have some big decisions to make this week.

“What upsets me most is that last year some people were moaning and groaning about the way we played. But we were organised, structured and hard to beat.

“Today Grimsby did to us what we did to other teams last season. We got bullied and beaten up all over the park and couldn’t defend set pieces.”

He added: “I thought we competed well for the first 35 minutes and had a couple of good chances. Their first goal was a top corner wonder goal but it was the penalty just before half-time that killed us.

“It was a stupid penalty to give away. He (Jake Speight) didn’t have to dive in like that.”

Cox refused to confirm he was trying to lure Exodus Geohaghon back from Kidderminster after his successful loan spell last season but said: “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what we need.

“The statistics so far this season tell the story. I can’t brush it up or put any gloss on it. We can’t have days like this and the buck stops with me.”