We weren’t ruthless, says Mansfield Town boss after Fleetwood defeat

Paul Cox
Paul Cox
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PAUL Cox said today’s 2-0 win at Fleetwood Town could be a blessing in disguise as his Mansfield Town side’s eight-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt at the leaders.

Stags succumbed to two second half strikes and the Mansfield manager said: “That may be the best thing that’s happened to us this season.

“It will bring people’s feet back on the ground and focus us.

“I am gutted to lose a football match and it’s a long way home from here when you’ve lost.

“For the first half hour we were excellent and carried the game to Fleetwood. But when you play good sides you have to stick to the game plan and keep your structure and the things you’ve worked on for the whole 90 minutes.

“We had a number of chances in that first half hour which you need to score. If we’d scored it might have been different. Then I thought we became a bit lackadaisical in both boxes.

“When you play top teams and get chances you have to be ruthless and we weren’t ruthless enough. It disappointed me we lost our structure and discipline in what we are about. I think we took our eye off the ball a bit today. I think one or two minds went off the boil a bit and we paid the price.

“But Fleetwood and Wrexham are a cut above anything else in our league and something we have to emulate. Now we have to bounce back strongly on Saturday.

“It was the first game we’d lost in a while and I don’t want to happen again until the end of the season.

“There was a lot of media hype regarding myself and the club this week, but I have stayed focussed and kept my feet on the ground.”