Furious Stags boss orders players in for extra training after FA Trophy exit at Droylesden

Paul Cox
Paul Cox

PAUL Cox ordered his side into extra training tomorrow morning and apologised to fans after their poor showing in today’s 2-1 FA Trophy defeat at Conference North side Droylsden.

Cox was furious at the final whistle with what he perceived to be a lack of effort and application from his side until the last 15 minutes, when Matt Green pulled a goal back.

Cox was certainly not pulling any verbal punches and snapped: “That was our worst performance of the season.

“It was bad as we were at Gateshead and I will not accept a performance like that.

“They will be in tomorrow morning to do some running – simple as that.

“I apologise to fans and if I could afford it I would probably give them all their money back. They didn’t deserve what they saw today.

“I thought we were crap from start to finish. We only started to play for the last 15 minutes and you can’t expect to win games by only playing for the last 15 minutes.

“I want to field a side that wants to win things. But there were only two or three who looked like winners for us today and that’s not enough.

“When you come to places like this on a quagmire of a pitch in driving rain, you have to earn the right, not just turn up and expect to win.

“All I asked of them today were lungs, hearts, desire and application. Then if we wanted it as bad as Droylsden did I thought our extra quality would see us through.

“But I didn’t see any of those things today from us. We were lacklustre. Droylsden put their heads and bodies on the line. Their desire won them the game today.

“They ran harder, tackled harder and passed the ball better than us.

“We knew this was a potential banana skin today but good teams come to places like this and go away with a result.”

He added: “We have a big week ahead now and the January transfer window will soon be here.

“Players have to start working hard and doing what they are told. Or they will be gone. I will have them in Christmas Day if I have to.

“These lads are looked after well here, pampered in fact, and they have to start giving a little bit back.

“If need be I will pick a side that may lack a little quality but would run through a brick wall for the club and give 100 per cent.”

Debutant Marcus Kelly said: “We gave away two sloppy goals and it cost us.

“All we can do is work hard now to put things right.

“We are very disappointed but we all gave 100 per cent. The gaffer didn’t think we did but no player goes out there to chuck it in.

“The conditions were bad and it was almost impossible underfoot. But that is not an excuse.”