Cox demands Stags improvement

Paul Cox: Left disappointed by defeat

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Mansfield manager Paul Cox had few complaints with the result after seeing Bury win 4-1 at the One Call Stadium.

Danny Mayor put the visitors into a half-time lead before Daniel Nardiello grabbed a quickfire brace to make it 3-0 just after the hour mark.

Sam Clucas pulled one back for the Stags but Jake Carroll quickly re-established Bury's three-goal advantage.

After beating promotion hopefuls Fleetwood on Saturday Cox did not see the result coming, but he admitted his team got exactly what they deserved.

"I am disappointed and the lads are disappointed and we need to get it out of our systems as quickly as possible. Saturday can't come quickly enough for me," said Cox.

"I thought there were a few tired bodies out there, though that's not an excuse as Bury played on Saturday too. Next time we play in midweek I may have to make some bigger and better decisions.

"Hindsight is brilliant but maybe coming into this game I should have probably made a few changes and freshened things up a bit."

"We didn't deserve anything. I would probably have booed that. You are going to have nights like this. Put in a bad display like that and you deserve the stick that comes your way.

"I have no complaints. We were beaten by a better side all round. We were a million miles off the pace and got what we deserved, which was a bit of a spanking.

"Everything that was right on Saturday was wrong here. We let them play and when you do that at this level you will get hurt. We never got close.

"Usually when we lose the opposition know they've been in a game. I don't believe Bury will think they've been in a game here. We stood back and admired them.

"I just hope one or two of my players don't think the job is done after a decent run of results as once you think that then you get a short, sharp kick in the backside.

"We are in a relegation battle and they have all summer to rest their legs."