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Cox targets home comforts

Paul Cox hopes Mansfield's first home victory since September can be a springboard for further joy at One Call Stadium.

The Stags triumphed 2-1 over high-flying Southend to celebrate their first win on home soil in 12 attempts, Sam Clucas and James Jennings on target.

Southend were unbeaten in their previous eight but had substitute Conor Clifford sent off nine minutes from time for diving in on Matt Rhead, before grabbing a last-gasp consolation through Ryan Leonard on an afternoon of gusting gales and heavy downpours.

Delighted Stags boss Cox said: "We have broken the back of it now and need to push on and we have a big game ahead here on Tuesday (against Bury). We have got the monkey off our backs.

"I would be lying if I said our home form wasn't in the back of my mind and the players' minds.

"In the last two-and-a-half years we had made this place a fortress and had some great times and won some magnificent games. But we have been poor here this season.

"I thought the boys tried to play some good stuff in horrible conditions and we scored two very good goals.

"We probably got a bit nervous and a bit edgy near the end, which you expect when they hold up five added minutes, especially after what happened in the sixth added minute last week.

"But I thought we deserved the win against a very good Southend side."