Small consolation as Stags boss Cox wins manager of the month

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Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has been named the Blue Square Bet Premier manager of the month for April and the play-offs.

Cox took his side into a two-legged play-off semi-final with York City off the back of five straight wins in the division during April.

A 2-0 home win over runners-up Wrexham was followed by a victory at Kidderminster Harriers on the final day of the season.

The Stags secured third place in the table and were cast as favourites to win the end of season shoot-out.

A draw at York in the first leg set up a tense second game where an extra-time goal from Matty Blair was the difference between the two sides.

Despite the disappointment, Cox signed a new two-year deal to remain at Field Mill and challenge for promotion in 2012/13.

Mansfield have been installed as the 11/2 second favourites to win the title by Blue Square for next season.