Cox vows to battle on

Paul Cox kept his Mansfield players in the dressing room for more than an hour after their 3-0 defeat at Rochdale.

It was the struggling Stags' sixth defeat in their last seven League Two fixtures and heaped more pressure on the under-fire boss.

"We are going through a bad spell right now and there haven't been too many spells like that over the last two and a half years of success," he said.

"We need to strengthen in January, but we have a lot of winners in the dressing room and it's just about getting them to believe.

"The players know we are underachieving but I believe we have the players to get ourselves out of this.

"I don't kid myself, I know we are in a relegation fight, but I always try to stay level through the highs and lows. I didn't shot about it when we won championships and I won't get too excited now. We are low and anxious right now and we need the supporters more than ever."

The home side dominated the opening 45 minutes and were good value for their two-goal lead by the interval.

Scott Hogan opened the scoring after six minutes when he rose between two Mansfield defenders to meet Graham Cummins' cross and send a firm header into the top corner of Alan Marriott's goal.

Dale doubled their lead on 13 minutes when Peter Vincenti's low delivery across the face of goal was turned into the net by Matt Lund at the back post.

And the home side wrapped up a comfortable win when the third came five minutes into the second half, Michael Rose crossing towards the near post and Hogan turning the ball past Marriott for his second.