MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox looks set to delve into the transfer market this week as he slammed the lack of ‘mental toughness’ of some of his players in today’s 2-0 home setback against in-form Kidderminster Harriers.
Cox spent all week telling his players to forget the Liverpool FA Cup tie heroics of last weekend and concentrate on the task in hand of gaining promotion. But he felt some failed to heed that warning and were still dreaming of the Liverpool tie as Harriers made it four seasons without defeat at the One Call Stadium.
“I thought we were an absolute disgrace in that first half today,” raged Cox.
“There were some harsh words at half-time and second half we were much better and gave it a right go. We needed one to go in early and then it might have been very different. But you can’t just turn up for one half.
“We set our standards against Liverpool and we were nowhere near them today.
“You need mental toughness, not just when the cameras and the big boys are in town.
“It looked like we were nowhere getting the Liverpool game out of our systems. One or two out there were still living on dreams. But dreams don’t win you championships or get you promotion. It is my job now to do something about it.”
He added: “We didn’t look hungry in the first half. Kidderminster looked hungry and they had come here for a football match while one or two of our side looked like they were still playing in front of the TV cameras and the bright lights.
“That was the halfway point of our season today and we still have a great chance to do something this season. But I need mentally tough players who, while not being brilliant every week, will be consistent and grind out results like we did last season.
“One or two need to wake up and smell the coffee and put down the signed shirts. Now it’s time to graft
“I want to see passion, desire and hunger like we showed against Liverpool.”
Harriers boss Steve Burr said: “It was a good first half and we played well. The pitch was heavy but I thought the lads did well and defended well when we were down to 10 men.
“The lads dug in and we are playing some great stuff at the moment. But the other side to our game is when we have to defend. When it gets scrappy we can mix it up as well.
“We scored two quick goals but I knew that wouldn’t necessarily kill the game off, as I told them at half-time.
“In the end it was backs to the