Manager Paul Cox was in philosophical mood after today’s FA Cup Third Round clash with Liverpool, despite substitute Luis Suarez’s hotly-contested winner handing the Reds victory.
The Uruguayan handled inside the area to put the visitors 2-0 ahead on the hour mark, though Cox believes the incident is just part and parcel of what happens in football.
View all of the post match press conference following today's defeat at home to Liverpool.
See reaction from Reds' boss Brendan Rodgers along with Stags' players Matt Green and Alan Marriott, along with manager Paul Cox.
“To be honest, I don’t think he did anything wrong. It was instinctive. I don’t want to be too hard on him [Suarez], as I think he’s a fabulous talent,” said our boss.
“What we should do is embrace the football talent that he has, rather than this incident. His body language afterwards, in not celebrating, told me that he was expecting to be flagged [offside].
“But I’m a little bit gutted if I’m totally honest. In the second half, I thought we were excellent and played on the front foot and should have got something from the game.”
He added: “If we can replicate that performance into our league form, then I think we’ll be in and amongst the pack [come the end of the season].”