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Cox relieved after Stags victory

18 August 2013

Mansfield manager Paul Cox admitted he was relieved to finally get off the mark with a 1-0 win against Wycombe after Ollie Palmer scored his side's first goal since their Football League return.

The summer signing from Havant & Waterlooville struck nine minutes after coming off the bench when he tapped in after Chris Clements' free-kick was deflected against the post.

It was Palmer's first goal for the club and came 12 minutes from time after Wycombe goalkeeper Matt Ingram had earlier denied James Jennings.

And after witnessing the 21-year-old's strike, Cox tipped Palmer, who scored 25 times in the Conference South last season, for a bright future.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on the kid as he's got to get up to full fitness and he has a lot of learning to do," said Cox.

"But if he carries on the way he has started he has an excellent future ahead of him and not just with Mansfield Town but a career in football.

"He is an absolute dream to work with, as honest as the day is long and more importantly wants to be a top professional footballer.

"We had this monkey on our back where we hadn't scored a goal, but you saw what it meant to the players and more importantly to the fans and I'm glad that one is out the way.

"I thought the front two before Ollie came on did really well. It's nice to get a monkey off the back and more importantly get the three points and keep a clean sheet."

For Wycombe it was their second defeat of the season but Gareth Ainsworth's side failed to get going until they were behind.

They still had a chance to rescue a point but Jo Kuffour headed the best chance wide and Ainsworth claimed there were few positives to take from the game.

"We were unrecognisable, I didn't recognise a few of my players which is not nice," he said.

"We didn't start playing until Mansfield scored. We weren't good enough with the ball on the ground, we went long too many times and they have some big lads.

"We didn't deserve anything and we didn't get anything. We move on next week but believe me that performance isn't good enough for me and I'll be making sure that doesn't happen again.

"It's probably the worst performance under me for nearly a year now and I'm not happy.

"It's something you want put a finger on and we will be looking at the video.

"I'm not one to pick out individuals and that was a team performance that let down Wycombe. I'm gutted for the fans, there were bad decisions and no individuals to win the game.

"But we will get better, we will learn from this and we are going into a local derby and I'm up for that one."

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