The Big Kick-Off:Don’t read too much in to Mansfield Town’s pre-season form warns boss Paul Cox

Alex Fisher wheels away after  scoring for The Stags-Pic by: Richard Parkes
Alex Fisher wheels away after scoring for The Stags-Pic by: Richard Parkes

Mansfield Town fans should not read too much in to the club’s encouraging pre-season form.

That is the warning of boss Paul Cox as he gets his ready side to kick off their League Two campaign at Northampton on Saturday.

Stags have been in fine form in pre-season with their only defeat being at the hands of Premier League Aston Villa.

The run, which has also included wins over Leeds United and Notts County, has transformed the mood around the One Call Stadium and calmed fears that a decreased budget and squad would hit Stags hard.

“It has been a good pre-season results-wise, but it’s a fallacy to read too much into it,” said Cox.

“As long as the lads are fit and ready and have a bit of structure and organisation about them I am happy.

“It’s all about Saturday onwards. But the results we have had pre-season will have given the boys a bit of confidence,”

“We know how tough it will be on Saturday. I thought Northampton were a tough proposition last season. Obviously Chris (manager Wilder) has gone in there and taken a bit of time to implement his ideas.

“They have a lot of resources at the club and have brought in some very good players.

“We are going to have to cope and show resolve and mental toughness to come away with anything.”

During pre-season Stags won four matches and have also shown plenty of signs that they can improve on last season disappointing goal tally of just 49 league goals.

Mansfield finished in 11th spot last season following a late end-of-season surge away from the League Two trapdoor.