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Boss expects exciting finish

15 April 2014

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox expects an exciting finish to the Sky Bet League Two season, following last Saturday’s thumping 3-0 win over Rochdale.

Our team moved to within six points of the Play-Offs courtesy of their fourth straight victory, which was earned thanks to goals from Martin Riley, Matt Rhead and Ryan Tafazolli.

Asked if it was our best performance of the campaign, Cox said: “I think when you look who we came up against, the season they’ve had and with the players they’ve got, then it’s got to rank up there.

“But we’re keeping our feet firmly on the ground. For us it was just another win and we’ve now got four massive games ahead of us.”

In regards to our Play-Off chances, Cox continued: “If you watch this league throughout the season, anybody with any kind of consistency is where they are and that’s probably in the top three.

“Permutations and whether we win all our remaining games don’t matter to me, because we’re going to go and enjoy the rest of the season.

“I’d rather have four games where we’ve got something to hang on to, than the season be over by now, and I’m hoping that the supporters can be excited.

“There’s four games [remaining] and for me, it’s still a large chunk of the season. I don’t want to ‘down tools’ and just finish for mid-table – I want to finish as high as possible and I’ll be pushing these boys to do that.”

Meanwhile, full-back Lee Beevers’ operation on his troublesome shoulder injury last week was a success.

The 30-year-old, who has made 28 appearances this season, dislocated his shoulder in the early exchanges of our 1-0 win over Morecambe at the Globe Arena earlier this month.

“[The operation] went fine,” added Cox. “Obviously he’ll be wearing a sling for the next four or five days, but from my talks with Chris Bowman [physio], it looks like he’s come through it well.”

Paul Cox’s full interview will be available on Stags Player later today. To subscribe to Stags Player, where you can view an extensive archive of video footage, click here.

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