Mansfield Town boss plays down AFC Telford friendly defeat

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BOSS Paul Cox says Stags fans should not read too much into Tuesday night’s heavy friendly defeat against AFC Telford.

A young Mansfield side, made up of youth players aged between 16 and 19-years-old and fringe players, crashed to a 5-0 loss against the Blue Square Premier outfit.

But according to Cox the fixture presented the perfect opportunity for his young hopefuls to pit their wits against tough opposition.

“We had a good work-out at Sutton Coldfield previously and on Tuesday night against AFC Telford. We gave the youth and fringe players a chance and it was a good run out.

“We had a lot of young players and it was a good chance to learn more about them. Results always matter and nobody likes losing, but I would much rather these players experience defeat like this in a friendly so we can pick up the pieces and deal with it than in a league match in front of two or three thousand fans.

“We can do training and fitness work, but nothing compares to a full blown game. Telford had their best team out and it was a good experience for our younger players.

“We have to take the positives out of the game”