Stags boss Cox praises Mansfield Town’s battlers after late victory

Paul Cox
Paul Cox

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox believes Stags can only get better after watching his side come from behind to beat battling Tamworth.

Stags closed the gap on York City in the final play-off place to just two points after a deflected strike from Adam Smith and an 87th minute goal by top scorer Matt Green overturned Jean-Paul Marna’s thunderbolt effort for the visitors.

The vital win, Stags fifth in seven outings, also secured Mansfield’s fourth home win on the trot - the first time that has happened since the 2003/04 season.

But delighted Cox believes Mansfield will grow even stronger as the BSP season reaches its exciting climax.

“The players should get full credit for showing the desire to get the win,” he said.

“There is an excellent unity and team spirit in the team at the moment and I think we have more to come and can get a lot better as the season goes on.

“The performance was not great today, but the result was there and that is what counts.

“To come from behind against Tamworth, who are a good side, is impressive. This was a massive result for us.

“We had two perfectly good goals ruled out by the referee which I was not happy with, but we did not feel sorry for ourselves and battled back well.

“We have set ourselves mini-goals throughout the season, and one of the targets is to still be in the pack.”

Cox was also full of praise for match-winner Matt Green, who bagged his 22nd goal of the season and his fourth goal in the last two games.

“Matt was a bit quiet for us overall today, but he bagged a real poacher’s goal,” said Cox.

“For any team to be successful they need a big goalscorer and we have that in Matt Green.

“He is improving his game all the time and, like the team, is only going to get better as the season progresses.”

Stags face a mouth-watering local derby against former boss David Holdsworth’s Lincoln City side next weekend, when they will be hoping to make it five home wins on the bounce,