Savour seven-goal Barrow win but don’t get carried away, says Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox

Paul Cox applauds the Stags fans after the seven-goal rout of Barrow
Paul Cox applauds the Stags fans after the seven-goal rout of Barrow

MANSFIELD Town boss told his players and supporters to savour today’s sensational 7-0 demolition of Barrow at Field Mill but keep their feet on the floor.

Stags powered their way into third in the table with a Louis Briscoe hat-trick, Anthony Howell, Matt Rhead, Matt Green and Lindon Meikle adding the rest.

But Cox warned: “It is my job to keep their feet on the floor and all we’ve done today is win a football match. You don’t get any extra points for scoring seven.

“It is easy to get carried away with today’s result. I know I am sounding like Victor Meldrew again, but we have achieved nothing this season yet.

“But I am so pleased for the lads tonight and they deserve all the credit that comes their way for that result as Barrow are a very good side.

“We knew today would be a really tough game. But we the hunger and the way we went about our business today was tremendous. Just to win the game would have been good, but to score seven as well was excellent.

“We were utterly ruthless today and when we play like that we are a potent force. We did the horrible things well and won all the second balls.

“I know Louis Briscoe scored a hat-trick and is coming round the bend form-wise at the right time, But my defence kept me a clean sheet today and I don’t want to pick anyone out from what was a god team performance.

“It all bodes well going into Tuesday’s local derby.

“Sides that score five or six can easily take their foot off the pedal. But, out of possession we stayed hungry and got the ball back.

“I warned the players beforehand about this being possibly being an ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ after Tuesday but they rammed the words back down my throat with the performance and result and I hope they continue to do that for the rest of the season.”

Hat-trick hero Briscoe added: “We were brilliant as a team today from the off and to score seven at home in front of our fans was brilliant too.

“You don’t score a hat-trick very often so you have to enjoy it when it’s here.

“I think my confidence is returning and it’s nice to be confident and score goals.

“This is the best position we have been in since I’ve been here and we have got to enjoy it.

“It has been a difficult season for me with injury suspension and not being quite right. But I am coming into my best form now and I hope I can carry it on on Tuesday and for the rest of the season.”

Angry vBarrow boss Dave Bayliss said: “To say I am bitterly disappointed is very much an understatement. It was men against boys out there today.

“I don’t think I have ever witnessed a weaker performance against a very good side who tore us to shreds today.

“My players will be all in again tomorrow morning to watch the DVD and go through what I had to watch. I will dissect every throw-in, every second ball and every goal and show the players that every one of their goals could have been prevented today.

“Mansfield were exactly as we know they would be – strong and direct and they won every second ball as well as every third and fourth ball.

“To be honest losing seven-nil we’ve come off lightly. We’re lucky the keeper saved the penalty.

“The game was gone by half-time so I told them to at least go out there and win the second half – but it obviously fell on deaf ears.

“Today was not what we are about. We are fighters with big hearts. But, bar the two young keepers, no one came out of that with any credit.

“I think some of my players looked frightened today. I think it was a bit too much for in a big stadium with a lot of fans behind Mansfield.

“Mansfield’s players just wanted it more than we did. They were sharper and hungrier and want play-offs and promotions more than us.

“That’s definitely the end of our play-off hopes now and if we continue to play like that until the end of the season we will be lucky to pick up another point.”