Fox's Mint

DAVID Fox’s first Argyle strike might have been a bit long in coming, according to the midfielder himself, but there was little wrong with the timing.

Foxy’s winner in the 2-1 Emirates FA Cup first-round victory at Mansfield came ten minutes from the end and proved the difference between the two sides after Jordan Slew’s first-half strike had been levelled by former Pilgrim Ashley Hemmings.

“It’s nice for it to have a little bit of importance and for it to mean something,” said the scorer. “It’s taken us through to the next round and obviously I’m delighted.

“It’s taken me longer than I'd hoped but it’s a start and – like a lot of the other players - I need to chip in with goals.

“It was nice to contribute to the win and hopefully I can pop up with a couple more.”

The goal came after Jordan had profited from some good work by Jimmy Spencer on the left.

Foxy said: “It fell for Slewy and I thought ‘I’m in a bit of space on the edge of the box’. He picked me out great and, as I’ve had my touch, I’m looking at passing it because I’m expecting to be closed down but I had a little bit of space and made sure I hit the target. Luckily for me, it went in.”

The strike decided a windblown cup-tie in which the result and manner in which it was achieved will stand longer in the memory than the match itself.

“We knew it would be difficult,” said Foxy. “I don’t think the conditions helped us. With the wind, we knew it would be very difficult out there. [Mansfield] are a good team. They pressed us well.

“It was a scrappy game but the manager said ‘We are here to be in the next round of the Cup’ and that’s what we’ve done. We have got a good habit of grinding out wins.”