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Cox upset by Stags display

Paul Cox was upset with the attitude of his Mansfield players, but said two defeats had helped make up his mind on his retained list.

A 3-1 defeat to Torquay, which was not enough to save the Gulls from relegation, means the Stags have lost their last two games.

Mansfield helped Torquay on the way to a win with an own goal by John Dempster and a red card for striker Matt Rhead after 44 minutes.

Ashley Yeoman opened the scoring for the visitors before Dempster's own goal. James Jennings pulled one back for the Stags right at the start of the second period but Shaquile Coulthirst made sure of victory by netting a third.

An irate Cox said: "With where we have come from since Christmas time, the last two performances are unacceptable and I was very disappointed with our attitude today to say the least.

"But everything happens for a reason and I am a bit philosophical about the last two games.

"To think we were closing in on the play-offs two games back seems laughable now.

"Part of me is glad the last two games have materialised how they have as it is as plain as the nose on your face what needs doing here.

"But, despite the two defeats, thinking with my head, I have to say we have had a very good season. If anyone had said we'd finish mid-table in our first season back in the league we'd have bitten their hand off.

"Now I have some big decisions to make, some of which will hurt me, but that is what I am paid to do. I don't want to stand still.

"It is heartbreaking for Torquay to go down as I thought they were excellent today.

"My heart goes out to them. They fully deserved their applause from our fans at the end and I am glad our supporters clapped them. Torquay showed desire and hunger.

"These two results were all about mindset and attitude and now how good they are as players.

"I get the feeling some of them are ready for the beach and holidays. Well they might be staying there for a while."