Stags boss Paul Cox looks ahead to Conference Play-Off semi with York City

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MANSFIELD Town learned on Saturday it will be York City who they must overcome in a two-legged semi-final to reach the Wembley play-off final.

Stags ended their season with a 3-0 win at Kidderminster while York beat Forest Green to finish fourth.

But the day was marred by Kidderminster player Anthony Malbon having to be flown to hospital by air ambulance after being flattened by Louis Briscoe.

The player stayed down, appearing unconcious, and left the field wearing a neck brace and oxygen mask.

Stags boss Paul Cox said: “We now know it’s York and we can’t promise anything in the play-offs as there are four sides who all think they are going to win them.

“But if we show the same mindset, desire and hunger we showed today we will give anyone a game. Sometimes then it’s down to Lady Luck.

“I made seven changes today and one or two of them may be a bit disappointed if they don’t play on Wednesday as there were some great performances right through the side. It’s a nice headache to have.

“We knew it would be tough here and that was a great result. Despite all the changes I told them I still expected a winning mentality and they were brilliant this afternoon.

“The hunger they all showed was immense and sometimes you need to pat them on the back. I said we wouldn’t come here and roll over.”

On the injured Malbon, he added: “We hope everything is okay with him, especially with what’s happened of late with players collapsing on the pitch. We hope he makes a speedy recovery.”