MAKE no mistake, Paul Cox is taking Saturday’s first round FA Trophy tie at Droylsden very seriously indeed.
Cox may not have been manager when Stags had their moment in the sunshine last season in the final at Wembley.
But he assured fans today he won’t be making any unneccessary changes as he tried to steer the club towards a second successive final.
“I am taking the Droylsden game very seriously and I will be playing my strongest side available,” he said.
“It is a cup tie and I want to in every game whether it’s a league game, a cup game or a friendly.
“My hand may be forced on selection as we have illness in the camp at the moment.
“Aman Verma missed out with it on Tuesday and Matt Green and John Thompson were suffering and feeling under the weather.
“I am expecting Aman back today and we hope that with 48 hours rest everyone will be fine.”
Droylsden may not be pulling up any trees in Conference North, but their cup record at home in recent seasons speaks for itself.
“Dave Pace has a great reputation for giantkilling,” said Cox. “In the last three or four years they have had some great FA Cup runs.
“It is a hard place to go. They will come at us with pure football from the off.
“If any of my players think they can take their foot off the pedal they will find themselves sat in the stand watching the games over the Christmas period.”