Cox: Couldn’t ask for more

The pressure weighed heavily on the shoulders of the Mansfield side after eight games without a win and Chiedozie served early warning of his ability with a volley wide in the opening minutes.
But the Stags were ahead when a long Liam Marsden throw from the left was headed at goal by Matt Rhead and, in trying to deflect it away from danger, the head of Glozier succeeded only in putting the ball past his own keeper.
The Beachboys levelled immediately. There seemed little danger as Chiedozie looked up 30 yards from goal but he unleashed a venomous rising shot that beat Sasha Studer and found the top corner off the inside of the post.
Arsenal loanee keeper Josh Vickers then showed some excellent form to ensure they would bring Stags back to Canvey Island next week.
He denied Rakish Bingham at his near post in the first half and soon after the break got down full-length to his right to thwart the same player.
But Vickers saved the best until last as he threw himself to his right to keep out Chris Clements’ last-minute free-kick from 18 yards.
Over the 90 minutes Rangers had as much of the game as Mansfield and had Studer not acrobatically tipped over a close-range effort from Chiedozie after 64 minutes, the home side could have been even more embarrassed.
Inevitably they were booed from the field and manager Paul Cox said: “I don’t know what people want sometimes. We created chances but we came up against a keeper in top form and you can understand why he is at Arsenal.
“Their keeper pulled off three world-class saves, including Chris Clements’ free-kick right at the end. The one Rakish Bingham hit you usually see them flying into the back of the net.
“It was 1-1 which was the same as two years ago when we played Slough here. We had to go there and win that on penalties.
“I don’t think we played badly. We tried to pass the ball, though we did look a bit anxious. But I couldn’t really ask any more of my players.
“I know people will say in some scenarios we should have beaten them 7-0. But that doesn’t happen. Look at Worcester beating Coventry and Warrington beating Exeter. It was frustrating but not as frustrating as if we had lost at home.
“We are still in the cup and we will dust ourselves down and try to win away from home. It was never going to be easy and I thought we tried to be brave and do the right things.
“But their keeper made the difference and they scored a wonder goal. My only complaint was we fell asleep straight after we scored.”
Cox was upset by some of the booing directed at his young players during the game and said: “There are some aspects that are disappointing.
“I had some young players out there learning their trade and they tried to do the right things and I was disappointed with some of the responses they got from the sidelines. But there you go, that happens.
“The players are working hard to put things right. It is nine without a win but I think it was 13 last year and we still finished joint 10th. People can make of it what they will. It is sometimes hard to get out of a rut when you are low on confidence. You need people to get behind you and cheer you on.”
Rangers more then held their own in an exciting game in which Danny Glozier’s own goal which put Stags ahead after 17 minutes was wiped out by a 30-yard Jordan Chiedozie rocket shot within 45 seconds and boss Danny Cowley believes his side deserved a replay from their first-ever FA Cup tie.
Cowley said: “It is a special night for everyone. I am proud of everyone.
“We have come a long way. Eight years ago we couldn’t have dreamt of being in the FA Cup first round, let alone holding a league club.
“There were some colossal performances from players right at the top of their game. To come away to a Football League club you have got to have players at their best and that what we had.
“Will, desire, determination, we have got them all in abundance in that dressing room.
“We had a tough league game against the leaders on Saturday on a really heavy pitch which took a lot out of us but the players came through this which was a testament to their fitness and will.
“I thought if anyone was going to go on and win it it was us. In these games you need everything to go for you so when we scored an own goal you are concerned.
“But Jordan Chiedozie scored us a wonderful goal straight away. I am pleased for him as he is a special player who can have a very good career if he keeps working hard, which I am sure he will. We are very lucky to have him.
“Mansfield remain favourites but we will give it our very best shot, you can depend on that.”

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