Manager Paul Cox has heaped praise on our team for a ‘magnificent defensive display’ in our stunning 1-0 win at arch-rivals Chesterfield this afternoon.
Calvin Andrew’s header shortly before half-time earned us maximum points against the table-topping Spireites, who were unbeaten ahead of the match.
It’s our first victory against The Spireites in over a decade, but more importantly the three points have propelled us to third position in the Sky Bet League Two table.
“Every player that entered that field for us gave their heart for our supporters today,” said Cox.
“It was a magnificent defensive display and I thought that we came up against probably the best team that I’ve seen at this level of football.
“It was a pulsating local derby, but my boys don’t know when to lie down. They surpassed everything that was expected of them.”
Our boss continued: “Near the end we could have had two or three more goals, and we also had two stone-wall penalties turned down.
“But heart, desire, application - we got it today. I’m so proud of them. The supporters were also magnificent and they knew we were hanging on at the end.”
Cox also had praise for Andrew, whose match-winning goal was his first in a Mansfield Town shirt.
He added: “Calvin works extremely hard for the club. He’s started to understand what is expected of him now, and he will grow and grow.”
Our side continue their Sky Bet League Two campaign next Saturday, as we host Hartlepool United at One Call Stadium (3.00pm).