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Cox hails team effort

Paul Cox hailed his players and supporters as Mansfield came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Wycombe.

In horrendous wind and rain, substitute Ollie Palmer was the hero as he bagged an 86th minute equaliser to complete a deserved comeback for a Mansfield side that has now not won any of their last 11 home games.

On another day the Stags might have won this with something to spare but Wycombe scored two excellent goals to take control and their goalkeeper Matt Ingram was in fine form with a string of top drawer saves.

"That was reminiscent of last season when teams came down here and got men behind the ball," said Cox, relieved that for once he and his side were not booed from the pitch at home.

"We were so on top and playing on the front foot from start to finish. That was probably the most one-sided game I've never won.

"I thought it was a miss-kick and it killed us as the momentum we were creating was incredible.

"But the boys have done something, they've got over a hurdle. From 2-0 down, instead of shrinking, we have grown in stature.

"That's only one defeat in six now and we are building a bit of momentum. We now need to carry this on when we play Bury on Tuesday and use it as a building block.

"The players' mindset is back in that dressing room and I must say a massive thank you to the the supporters. The majority really got behind the boys and really gave them a boost and deserve a massive pat on the back."