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

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."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Champions League: Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart left to rue late Bayern Munich winner

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted Jerome Boateng's late winner for Bayern Munich felt like a kick in the teeth.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

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