DELIGHTED Stags boss Paul Cox praised his side for grinding the results out after last night’s impressive 2-1 win at Cambridge United propelled Mansfield into the play-off places.
Goals from Ross Dyer and Louis Briscoe either side of half-time cancelled out James Jennings beautiful free-kick to seal the club’s fourth victory on the trot and move Stags two points above Southport and into fifth place.
It was nothing more than confident Mansfield deserved after they bossed vast periods of the game and never looked in danger of conceding from open play.
Speaking after the game Cox said: “I’m delighted with the will to win last night. The lads looked a bit jaded mentally and physically, but we grinded the result out as you have to do. The lads do not know when to roll over.
“There will be a lot of twists and turns still to come before the end of the season and we have to go to Tamworth now and continue this run with a good result.
“To come to a place like here against a good team and get all three points is excellent. The performance was not perfect, but it is all about results at this stage of the season.
“As a team we are working hard and we are becoming a hard team to break down and beat.
“We have got to continue playing with a smile and enjoying our football. We will have games where we do not play well, but we will always give it our very best and work hard.”
Delighted Cox was also full of praise for striker Ross Dyer who, as well as scoring the equaliser, gave another commanding performance in the air and providing a regular starting point for attacks.
“He has had some stick over the season. He has got qualities that a lot of players in football would like,” said Cox.
“He is still learning his trade and where to position himself. He has got a bright future if he continues to learn and develop as he is doing.”