‘We let the fans down’, blasts Stags boss after FA Trophy draw with Matlock

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MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox was angry to see his side forced into an unwanted FA Trophy replay at Matlock on Tuesday night after being held 1-1 at home in the first round tie today.

Stags looked tired in their third game in seven days on a very heavy pitch and were endebted to Shane Redmond in the end for some good goalkeeping, including a penalty save.

Manager Cox said: “We let ourselves down today and we let the supporters down.

“That was poor. It was lacklustre and quite an arrogant display if I’m honest. We didn’t deserve anything out of it.

“It was a third game in seven days on heavy pitches. But that’s no excuse. These players are paid to play football.

“It is human nature to have games like that. But all the good things we have done in the last two or three weeks mean nothing today. We showed a few bad habits coming back in to bite us on the backside.”

“It was a good performance and that’s what we came here to do,” said a delighted Matlock manager Mark Atkins.

“We are disappointed we didn’t win the game but overall we are very happy and I was delighted with the way we tried to play the game.

“We had two or three opportunities in the second half which were good chances and with a bit of luck something might have fallen our way.

“Now we have another great game at home on Tuesday which will be reward for our fans who were absolutely fantastic today.”