PAUL Cox hailed matchwinner Lindon Meikle’s superb late finish as Stags won 3-2 in a thriller at Barrow on Saturday - stretching their winning run to five matches..
Twice the gutsy home side levelled goals from Matt Green and Ben Futcher before electric pace from winger Meikle won the day nine minutes from time.
“Lindon deserved that goal as he has worked tremendously hard,” said Cox.
“Lindon knows he needs to work harder on his end product, but he works hard and puts the opposition on the back foot with his pace.
“If I’m honest I don’t think we played particularly well but the players worked very hard and we are starting to look a solid unit and team. Today they got their just rewards.
“You are between a rock and a hard place here as the two lads in charge have done an absolutely fantastic job. You can tell by their results at home this is not a very nice place to come and it’s not just the journey.
“We knew it was going to be tough. So there were no surprises, it was exactly as I envisaged.
“At 2-1 up we missed three chances that looked easier to score and I began to think it wasn’t going to be our day.
“I thought we were going to end up with a point apiece until Lindon’s goal. Credit to this group, they never know when to give up.
“It was a good competitive match with both teams at each other’s throats.
“Now I must keep the players’ feet on the floor.”
Goal hero Meikle added: “I got the ball across from Conns (Paul Connor) and the right back left me a massive gap.
“I just pushed the ball into it and ran. It was a race and I never lose races.
“Then it was just down to putting it in the back of the net. It was my first goal, though I’ve not really had that many chances like that clear-cut one on one. So I’m glad it found the back of the net.
“It was hard today with the pitch and the travel. But, like winning teams do, we played to the conditions today. We came here to do a job and we did that.”