Cox disappointed with Scunthorpe’s decision-making

Iron manager Neil Cox was left frustrated with the entire team as his side fell to defeat once again at the Sands Venue Stadium.

George Lapslie flicked Mansfield in front in the 16th minute, before they doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark when the unfortunate Manny Onariase stuck out a leg and diverted Mal Benning’s low cross into his own net.

A Stags own goal gave Cox’s side, before Jordan Bowery restored the Stags’ two-goal cushion in the 60th minute. 

John McAtee’s goal ended up being nothing more than a mere consolation, and left United fans wishing they hadn’t bothered watching, and maybe rather play at the likes of the BetMGM mobile casino.

“I’m disappointed because I felt after the first 10 minutes they started the game well,” Cox told the official SUFC website.

“Then we started to get the ball down, play and get some good angles without really hurting them. We have to be better on the ball.

“We then conceded a sloppy first goal as the ball came into our box too easily, with us letting them cross it in. Manny (Onariase) misses it and we just didn’t defend it properly. We then conceded an own goal, which is difficult at any time.

“We got ourselves back in the game, as Gilly (Alex Gilliead) did well driving forward and we got some luck with an own goal.

“We came in at half-time and tried to calm the boys down, and relax them a little bit because they looked a little bit nervous. We came out in the second half and they stopped us from playing – we didn’t really make many angles or chances, and then conceded another sloppy goal from a set-play again. We have conceded too many sloppy goals lately.

“We then changed it by bringing some forward-thinking players on and got ourselves another goal for 3-2. We chased the game after that, but made bad decisions from set-plays and our delivery wasn’t very good.”

Speaking about the injury which forced Onariase to go off early in the second-half, Cox added: “Manny has been struggling for a couple of weeks with a groin problem and we’ve managed to get him through, but he’s injured his ankle now, so we’re down to the bare bones at the back really.

“Jordan (Clarke) has managed another 90 minutes, which was excellent, and he did really well for the team.”




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