Cox warns Stags players against a Barrow flop

PAUL Cox has quickly settled his players’ feet back on the floor ahead of Saturday’s home test with Barrow.

The Mansfield Town manager was delighted with his side’s efforts in Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw with championship-chasing leaders Fleetwood Town, Stags missing suspended midfield ace Gary Roberts and having several players on the field under the weather with flu.

Despite it all, and with great backing from the home fans, Stags took a point thanks to Exodus Geohaghon’s last ditch header and everyone was on a massive high at the end of a memorable night.

But Cox today warned: “Our feet must be back down on the floor now.

“Tuesday has gone and we must concentrate on Saturday and mirroring Tuesday’s performance, but with a better result.

“I don’t think the players will need lifting for the Barrow game as they really have the bit between their teeth at the minute. But I think everyone knows the scenario and it could be a case of ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ if we aren’t careful.

“I think that was the fourth time in six games we have come from behind to get a decent result. The lads are really putting in a shift and getting the rewards.

“We have nine cup finals now and must focus on Saturday, get it out the way and tick it off.”

Mansfield will again be without the suspended Roberts, but Cox is hoping a flu bug in the the dressing room will have cleared up.

“We had a bit of a bug in the camp on Tuesday which we didn’t want to disclose to anyone before the game and there were a lot of lads running around with illness.” he said.

“They all had a day off to rest yesterday and I hope in the next 48 hours we can get a clean bill of health.”

Adam Smith is back fit and available while fellow winger Louis Briscoe will be hoping for a recall after being sacrificed to allow Cox to play 4-3-3 and match up Fleetwood’s formation on Tuesday.

Stags will be hoping there are no repercussions over the pitch invasion from a small number over-excited fans when Stags grabbed their late equaliser which the referee has reported.

“I know there is a fine line you can’t cross, but you can’t buy that kind of support,” said Cox. “To see people enjoying themselves like they did on Tuesday was amazing. The adrenalin rush was why we are all in this game.”

Non-contract defender Sam Craven has signed dual registration forms with Hednesford Town to try to get fit after a slight groin tear in time to be part of Stags’ run-in.