Stags boss salutes battling Mansfield Town after FA Cup draw with Fleetwood

Mansfield Town V Bath '1st game of season
Mansfield Town V Bath '1st game of season

ALTHOUGH facing a tough FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay at Fleetwod Town after Saurday’s 1-1 draw, Mansfield boss Paul Cox was pleased with his side’s efforts and hoped their gutsy display shows his players can perform at home after recent failings.

He said: “Over the 90 minutes it was probably a fair result. I was really chuffed with the way they applied themselves today.

“I thought the lads were brave after last week as one or two could have shown a few signs of anxiety about playing at home.

“Hopefully we have put a few voodoos to bed about playing at home.

“I thought we played some decent stuff and maybe even overplayed it at times.

“I take nothing away from who we were up against today. When I saw their front four on the team sheet I was absolutely petrified to be honest.

“But the lads showed a good mindset and I don’t think Alan Marriott had had a shot to save before they scored. So I felt a bit sorry for them at half-time.

“We had a real good go at them later on. It’s the FA Cup so you may as well lose two or three nil as one nil. We just threw caution to the wind.”

Stags’ 70th minute equaliser came from Ross Dyer, who said: “It’s happened once or twice this season I have just snuck round the back.

“I got on the end of it and just managed to stick it in the net.

“After going 1-0 down at home again we have gt to be pleased with a draw.

“We have been better away from home so hopefully we can go up there, get a result and push on into the next round.

“If that had been a league game I think we’d have been pleased with a point.”

“We knew this would be a tough tie, but Mansfield paid us a lot of respect by playing five in midfield and one up front at home, added Cod Army boss Micky Mellon.

“It shows how far we have come as a football club.

“It was a good old-fashioned FA cup tie played in great spirit. We knew we’d have to be at our very best to get anything out of this today.

“I played with four strikers and you can’t be any more positive or show any more intent than that away from home.

“I have to be pleased with a draw as we came here wanting to make sure we were in the hat for the draw which we’ve managed.

“But, for a skin of paint on the crossbar, we’d probably have gone through today.

“Now we are looking forward to Tuesday night under the lights at our place with our fans behind us when we will try to close this tie out.”