Stags boss Cox looks for reaction at Wrexham

MANAGER Paul Cox is looking for another reaction from his side at table-topping Wrexham tonight as the Stags lick their wounds following Saturday’s second defeat of the season.

After Mansfield’s previous defeat, 3-0 at Gateshead, Cox watched his side bounce back with a superb eight-game unbeaten run.

That came to an abrupt halt with a 3-0 home defeat by Kidderminster on Saturday and Cox said: “We know it’s going to be a tough game tonight, but I am looking for a response.

“After Gateshead I got a response, now we need to pick ourselves up and not feel sorry for ourselves. This game doesn’t feel sorry for you.

“We have only lost two all season and there are a lot of bigger clubs than us have lost more.”

Wrexham, despite massive financial problems and also losing manager Dean Saunders last week, won 3-1 at Grimsby on Saturday under caretaker boss Andy Morrell to regain top spot. And ex-Stags striker Jake Speight has already netted five times for the Welsh club.

Wrexham, like Kidderminster, play a 4-3-3 formation which means Cox must contemplate how best to combat that.

Cox had named an unchanged side for six successive games but has Tom Naylor, Martin Riley, Paul Bolland, and Jon Worthington banging the door down for a starting place too.