Cox wants Stags concentration

Paul Cox has called for his Mansfield side to improve their concentration levels in the wake of the 4-1 FA Cup defeat to Oldham.

Last Updated: 18/12/13 at 12:07

Paul Cox: Calls for Stags focus

Paul Cox: Calls for Stags focus

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Ross Dyer's early opening goal had Stags fans dreaming of a third round tie against Liverpool for the second successive season, but four goals in a devastating 24-minute spell in the second half earned the Latics a trip to Anfield.

On a thoroughly miserable night for the League Two team, Ben Hutchinson and Sam Clucas were forced off through injury and skipper John Dempster was shown a straight red card late on.

"I thought for two-thirds of the game that we were in control," said Cox.

"We weren't under any pressure whatsoever and probably should have come in 2-0 up at half-time. (Sam) Clucas had a great effort what hit the post and could have probably done a little bit better.

"In the second half, their goalkeeper made a great save from Lindon Meikle and around the 60-minute mark I thought the game was very even.

"But we've got to be better. Our organisation and our structure has got us through the last two games, and 60 minutes in this game. At times you couldn't tell the difference between the two teams.

"Some of the lads said there were fouls in the lead up to two of their goals, but we've got to be stronger and our concentration levels have got to be better.

"I didn't see the 4-1 result coming because all we had to do was keep our shape and our organisation and more importantly, our discipline."

On the injury to Clucas, who was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, Cox added: "I think Sam jumped and came down on the back of his Achilles, so I'm hoping he's alright."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Diego Costa gets two assists Chelsea's 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem

Diego Costa grabbed two assists as Chelsea beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-1 on Wednesday

Women's football: Natasha Dowie says Fara Williams can earn 200 caps

Fara Williams has enough ability to earn 200 caps for England, according to Liverpool Ladies team-mate Natasha Dowie

Women's football: Dunia Susi and Rachel Brown-Finnis out of England's game with Sweden

England Women’s boss Mark Sampson has been hit by two withdrawals from his squad ahead of Sunday's game against Sweden

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property