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Cox hints at changes

30 August 2012

Manager Paul Cox has hinted that he may make big changes to the side for Saturday’s Blue Square Bet Premier clash against Woking.

Our boss, speaking at his weekly press conference, also confirmed that the club are still in discussions with Kidderminster Harriers over the potential transfer of Exodus Geohaghon.

With the transfer window due to close at 11.00pm tomorrow night, Cox knows he will have to move quickly in order to bring the central defender back to One Call Stadium.

Paul Cox is in conversation with Jason Harrison (Mansfield 103.2) from this morning's press meeting.

Cox said: “It’s no secret that we want to bring Exodus Geohaghon back to the club.”

“Nothing much has changed over the last few days but from our part we’re looking for something to happen before the weekend.

“For one of two players to come in, we may also have to move a few out on elsewhere, so things could be busy for us before the deadline shuts tomorrow.”

Our manager watched from the stands last night as Andy Todd’s reserve succumbed to a narrow defeat against Port Vale in their opening Central League fixture of the new campaign.

And the Stags supremo was impressed with what he saw from a number of players.

He continued: “There were one or two players who impressed me enough last night to make me consider them for selection on Saturday.”

“Adam Murray was one. He is a massive player for us and it was important that he got through the 90 minutes, even though he probably felt a bit rusty and tired afterwards.

“We’ve been missing a bit of leadership in the middle of the park, so Adam does come into my thoughts for the game at the weekend.”

Definitely ruled out for the clash with Woking will be duo Andy Owens and Ben Hutchinson, who have groin and Achilles injuries respectively.

Ryan Tafazolli is also an injury doubt after he was taken off with a suspected hamstring problem five minutes into the second-half of our defeat by the Valiants yesterday.

However, the towering 20-year-old centre-back still played well enough during his minutes on the pitch to impress the boss.

Cox continued: “I thought Tafazolli did very well last night. Supporters who were at the game will have seen that he is a good player.”

“His distribution was good, he looked confident on the ball, won a lot of headers and did well, but he went off with a tightened hamstring.

“He’s been to see the physio today, so we’ll have to see what he says and then wait for a few days before can find out exactly what the issue is.”

Our opponents on Saturday crashed to a heavy home defeat against Braintree Town on Tuesday night, but our boss believes the manner of the Cards’ performance wasn’t reflected in the final scoreline.

“I went to Woking versus Braintree the other day and the game was much closer than the scoreline suggested,” continued the manager.

“Woking have lots of power and pace in their side and they have a very experienced manager in Garry Hill. Nobody should turn their nose up or underestimate them at all.”

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