No knee-jerk reaction to defeat, says Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox insists there will be no knee-jerk reaction after his side's good run of form came to an abrupt end in south Wales.
The Stags headed to Newport on Tuesday night on the back of four straight wins and had collected seven victories from their last nine league games – scoring 13 in their previous two outings.
But, with a chance to leapfrog their opponents into the play-offs with victory, they came undone.
Two second-half goals saw them put to the sword 2-0 at Rodney Parade, following what was a very disappointing performance.
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But, with Cambridge United the visitors on Saturday and with Mansfield still three points off the top-five, Cox said: "What I don't want to do is panic.
"We have been putting in some excellent performances of late and winning a lot of games. It might be a bad day at the office.
"I don't want to make a knee-jerk reaction (in the loan market) and we have good players on the bench, also who did not travel.
"It might need freshening up a little, but nothing more.
"It is my job to make sure we don't go into a lull now and we will hope this is just a blip and we can get back to the kind of level we have set ourselves."
Mansfield now have two games in hand on fifth-placed Kidderminster, who they trail by three points, while Newport moved up to fourth in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
But Cox was just disappointed by the way his side never looked like winning at Newport.
"They ground a result out and we never got started," he said.
"We were sloppy all over the pitch and it brought one or two back down to earth.
"We were flat all over. At one stage I thought we were not going to lose the game but at the same time, I never felt like we were going to win it.
"We have been on a crest of a wave and getting all the plaudits and getting the pats on the back.
"We kept the same side, didn't prepare any differently but it was just flat and we never threaded three or four passes together.
"The standards we have set of late, we fell well below. We were way off the pace and I will have a look at the DVD and it might be a time to freshen it up to make sure we are back on track on Saturday."