Paul Cox furious after Mansfield Town held
FURIOUS boss Paul Cox said he could have no excuses about 'arrogant' Mansfield Town being held by Matlock Town in the FA Trophy.
But he said his side now has to rediscover their ruthless side to progress in tomorrow night's first round replay at Causeway Lane.
The Stags were poor in the 1-1 draw with the Gladiators and Cox said: "It was dire, as simple as that. I cannot use any more words to describe it. We were poor from back to front.
"It is Matlock's cup final and a potential banana skin like it was against Slough and it was a bad day at the office.
"It was lacklustre and quite an arrogant display and we deserved nothing from it.
"It is up to us to put it right. It is human nature to have days like this but what I am more worried about is our level of performance.
"Is it down to a lot of games in quick succession or something else? We are better than that. They let themselves down and they let the supporters down.
"All the good things we have done over the last few weeks and games mean nothing because we showed a few bad habits there that bit us on the backside earlier in the season.
"That was our third game in a week but the lads are paid to play football so no excuses, it was a bad performance. We were just not good enough. The only thing I can do is write it off."