Mansfield Town boss Cox happy with Grimsby draw

NMAC11-2053-1  Stags manager Paul Cox
NMAC11-2053-1 Stags manager Paul Cox

STAGS manager Paul Cox was very happy to leave Blundell Park with a point and a clean sheet after a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night.

Home side Grimsby Town had the better chances on the night, but couldn’t find a way past the superb Alan Marriot while home keeper James McDonald also played his part in preserving the stalemate.

“It was a game for keepers tonight and I was very happy with Alan’s performance,” said Cox.

“He kept us in the game and got a clean sheet which is what we pay him for.

“There are times this season when he hasn’t been called on at all during matches, but tonight he came here and put in an exceptional performance.

“The game was a bit on a non-entity tonight. But we have to be pleased on a freezing cold night, coming away to a good side on a good run of form and taking away a point and a clean sheet.

“I think this will be a very difficult place for other teams to come between now and the end of the season.”

He added: “I thought we were sloppy in possession tonight and not as good going forward as we have in our last two games. We looked solid but had lost a bit of sharpness going forward.

“Having said that Matt Green might have scored when through one on one. And their keeper has saved well from Louis Briscoe at the end.

“We seem to be looking more coherent as a side and settled in playing our parts and roles in the 4-3-3 shape. We are looking hard to beat.”