Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox over the moon with Tamworth win

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DELIGHTED Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox paid a glowing tribute to the fans and players after watching Stags tighten their grip on a play-off place.

Stags moved into fourth spot in the table above York City after Matt Green’s 23rd goal of the season sealed a hard-fought 1-0 win against Tamworth.

Flying Mansfield, who have now won eight of their last 10 matches, also took full advantage of defeats for Kidderminster and Gateshead to stretch the

Speaking after the game Cox said: “It was a tough game on a very poor pitch. Tamworth is always a hard place to come, they threw the kitchen sink at us at the end as we knew they would.

“We did not play very well. We stopped doing what we are good and did not play well in the second half, but it is the result that matters and the lads are over the moon to win here today.

“This is a massive result for us. Sometimes where you finish is in the hands of fate, but we will continue to work very hard.”

Cox was also had special praise for the Stags defence, which remained solid during a second-half onslought by The Lambs.

Said Cox: “The two centre-backs were excellent today. Exodus possibly had his best game, he is a real handful in both boxes for us. Ross Dyer is a real handful and a great target man for us. The players in front of the defence worked very hard to protect the defence and we looked strong.

“We have to keep our feet on the ground and maintain our focus for what will be a very tough game on Tuesday night. The expectation levels around the place are high now, but the players are embracing the expectations and are not frightened by them.

“The fans were a different class today. It was humbling to see the reaction from the fans at the final whistle, it meant a lot to the players. The support of the fans today just shows how big this club can become.”

Stags have now opened up a three point gap on the chasing pack will face the tough test of the season when they entertain Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.