Mansfield Town: "We have to get back on the horse," says boss Paul Cox
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox says his players have got to jump back on the horse – and he does not mean eating it!
The Stags face Cambridge United at home today in the Blue Square Bet Premier and Cox is demanding a response from his side after they lost 2-0 at Newport County on Tuesday night.
That defeat came just three days after Town thrashed Barrow 8-1 on home soil and Cox was given a flash Aston Martin car by the club's chairman John Radford.
"We were very poor over the 90 minutes, but I don't want to be too hard on the lads," said Cox.
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"I know it's an old cliché, but I want a response from them now.
"We've still got games in-hand and there is a lot of football to be played.
"I'm more concerned with how we bounce back and us not changing our mind-set.
"As a manager you can go into the dressing-room and throw a few things around, but they are a good set of boys.
"They are an honest set of lads and I just want to make sure that now we're not erratic in our mind-set and that we are focused on a big game today.
"When you fall off the horse you have just got to get back on it."
Mansfield are only one place and three points outside the play-offs, lying sixth in the table.
They have games in-hand on every team above them and Cox has not given up on catching leaders Grimsby, who are 11 points ahead of them but have played two more games.
Many Stags fans are starting to dream of a return to the Football League after seeing their side in the wilderness of non-league since 2008.
"We're in the pack and if we win our games in hand we will be very nicely placed," added Cox.
"We want to be where Grimsby are, that's our goal, but it's not as easy as that."