Stags boss Cox warns his side to respect FA Cup minnows

Mansfield Manager Paul Cox by Tina Jenner Chesterfield  v Mansfield Town
Mansfield Manager Paul Cox by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Mansfield Town

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has warned his players must respect the opposition for their potentially tricky FA Cup trip to Southern League Premier club St Albans Town or become giantkilling victims

The game will be played at Clarence Park over the weekend of the 9th/10th November.

The Saints ply their trade three levels below Mansfield, but Stags boss Paul Cox warned: “No matter who you play you have to respect the fixture.

“This is one of the sort of games you’d expect at this stage of the competition. All the games will be tight and you have to go out there and earn the right.

“I know people are getting cheesed off with me talking about mindset but this one will be all about mindset.

“I have been a giantkiller in the past at my previous club and we beat some massive clubs. If you are not clued into what it’s all about, that’s what happens.

“It has been good here so far, respecting opposition and going places and grinding out results. We may need to do that again at St Albans.”

He added: “Just look how we pushed Liverpool, one of the biggest clubs in the world, last season in this competition.

“The St Albans of this world are champing at the bit to take someone’s scalp. It’s all about going there, being strong and expecting everything that is going to come our way – the bobbly pitch, a dressing room that is less than brilliant with a wet floor and all the kidology that can affect mindset. We have to plough through that.

“Whether we play well or badly, all that matters is that we are in the hat for the next round.”

Before that Stags have the small matter of a trip to Southend United in League Two on Friday.