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Cox post-Mansfield (A)

20 April 2021

First team manager Neil Cox spoke to iFollow Iron after a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Mansfield Town on Tuesday night.

He said: "We're disappointed again that we conceded another three goals. We looked leggy and not ready for the challenge. They looked fresher and sharper. We had to start the game off right but didn't, and they ran over us in midfield.

"We changed it to go man for man in midfield and they overran us again, so we had to be careful to sit in until half-time and get ourselves organised.

"We tried to come out in the second-half to keep in the game, and let their two full-backs have it more than their midfield players, and try to cause problems for them. We had a spell for five or ten minutes where we pushed and harried them.

"Manny (Onariase) had a great opportunity to make it 1-1 and after that their next goal came. It looked like it took a deflection, and then we were all over the place after that really. Our legs and organisation went. I took Manny off to avoid him getting sent off (he went close to a second booking), as we're going to need him.

"Prior to the last three games, we looked solid at the back, but we haven't had a settle side (due to injuries) and you can tell. We were poor again tonight.

"When we come in on Thursday morning, the focus will be on Saturday (when United take on Walsall), and we'll have a good luck around and see who really wants it. A lot of them are hurting, and really disappointed with the way the season has gone because they expected more from themselves. We'll pick them up ready for Saturday."

See much more from Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.


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