Mansfield manager Cox looking for reaction from players at Stockport

STAGS boss Paul Cox is hoping for an immediate reaction from his players at Stockport County tomorrow night after Saturday’s home flop against Kidderminster.

Cox had called on his players to forget the Liverpool FA Cup tie glamour and get back down to earth for the promotion push, but he felt that didn’t seem to happen until after Harriers had woken them up with a quick two-goal salvo in the first half in their eventual 2-0 win.

Cox was livid immediately after the game, but had calmed down enough on Monday to acknowledge that, apart from the first half-hour, his side had not played badly.

“After the game the adrenalin is racing through you,” he said. “But I still maintain we were poor in that first half-hour and that was our downfall.

“There was only one team in it in the second half with wave after wave. And, even in that first half we had three or four good chances to score.

“I hope now we have that FA Cup game out of our systems once and for all.

“It was an amazing day and an amazing week. So if it took us half a game to get it out of our systems then I will accept that.

“We played well in the second half and their keeper had a good game, making some amazing saves.

“Now I want to see a reaction from my players and get three points on the board at Stockport tomorrow.”

He added: “This could still be a fantastic season for us. We need to be hungry, win the games we have in hand and leapfrog the sides above us into the chasing pack. Consistency will be the key.”

Although it was snowing heavily in Mansfield this morning, Stockport, protected by the Pennines, was seeing only rain showers and the pitch was fine as of midday.

A County spokesman said the nearest place to see any snow to them currently was Oldham and there were no worries or plans for a pitch inspection at the moment, though advised fans to keep an eye on the situation overnight in case there were any drastic changes.

Another postponement would further burden the Stags, who already have a massive midweek backlog and now face yet another rearrangement with Wrexham still in the FA Trophy, which means the game at the Racecourse Ground a week on Saturday is off.

Jake Speight (knee) and Exodus Geohaghon (hamstring) are the two worries for tomorrow and were having treatment this morning.

Cox is closing in on some of his January transfer window targets, though has not agreed anything. But he has allowed troubled midfield ace Gary Roberts to fly out to Malta on loan for the rest of the season to play for Floriana, pending international clearance.