Mansfield boss Cox delighted with defensive resolve
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox was delighted to see his side continue to look solid at the back as they recorded an important win against Southport.
The Stags won 1-0 courtesy of Ben Hutchinson's early goal and it saw the Stags move up four places to tenth in the Blue Square Premier.
It means they have conceded just once in their last three matches and at home, they have not lost since the opening day and only let in six goals in nine league matches.
It is their poor away form that sees them out of the play-off places but Cox is confident, now they are defending well as a team, that they can move up the table.
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He said: "The boys are starting to grab the concept of defending as a team. Every one of them worked their socks off for the team and that is all I have ever wanted. I want to get back to the standards of last season.
"We needed that. You look at some other results and you see how wide open this league is so it was very important we got the win.
"The first half we were excellent. The way we passed the ball, our movement, we did well. The second half we knew they would come out and make a game of it but we defended well.
"Credit to the lads and it was another good team performance and that is what I am most happy about.
"If you look historically, my teams always come good after Christmas. What I would like us to do is be consistent in our performances and results and start to climb the table. I am chuffed with the lads and they really deserve the three points."
Mansfield travel to Slough for a FA Cup first round replay tomorrow and will now face Luton on Sunday at the One Call Stadium, a game rearranged for a third time.
It was moved to Thursday for television but then put back to Saturday because of the cup replay. But on police advice, because of Forest's game with Sheffield Wednesday and Carl Froch's world title fight with Yusaf Mack later that night, it has been put back to Sunday at 1pm.
But Cox is unhappy, as Mansfield face Macclesfield away two days later.
Cox said: "The league are now making us play on a Sunday which is absolutely mental. Why we could not play on a Friday night I don't know. It puts us at a disadvantage when we play Macclesfield. But I don't want to look beyond this game with Slough."