Stags boss Cox will strengthen squad after goalless AFC Telford draw

STAGS manager Paul Cox is on a mission to strengthen his squad this week after misfiring in front of goal in a 0-0 draw at AFC Telford on Saturday.

“I had a positive chat with the chairman yesterday and have the green light to go out and spend a bit of cash.

“Next week is a big week for us as I believe the loan window closes next Saturday.

“If our two loan players go back we have a squad of 20 which is 10 or 11 short of what the other teams up there with us have.”

He added: “We are not in a bad position and we even managed to go up a place today. As long as we are on the tails of the so-called bigger clubs by Christmas I will be happy.

“I am a football manager, not a miracle worker, and this is going to take time. It is a building process.

“I am not going to sign 75 players and get rid of this 11. We have a group here whose honesty sometimes gets the better of them.

“If we nurture some of these young lads we might have some gems in the next 10-18 months. But they sometimes need a bit of a rest to get their form or mindset back and you then need quality to go in which we don’t have in depth at the moment.”

On the 0-0 draw, he added: “I thought we played some good football today, especially in the second period, without having an end product – simple as that.

“We had a couple of scare in the first 20 minutes but, apart from that, I thought we were comfortable.

“I thought only one team was going to win it, but our final ball or our final shot were a bit sloppy and if you don’t score a goal you don’t win games.

“It wasn’t just the forwards, our end product from wide areas wasn’t good enough either.

“Lindon Meikle has flown back from England C duty and looked a bit leggy. He worked his socks off today but his end product was a bit erratic. I feel quite sorry for him as he is quite down in there right now.

“The lads worked hard and did all I asked of them. They just need to work on their end product. I think that will come with bringing more quality into the squad. Our decision-making needs to be better and we are relying too much on individuals to win matches at the moment.

“I thought John Thompson was absolutely outstanding. We played the ball out of the back and got the full backs forward. John was a massive positive today.”