Exodus test for stuttering Mansfield Town at Kidderminster in clash of ‘pointless’ clubs

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WITH Mansfield Town’s current inability to defend balls into the box, the last thing they need this weekend is to have to face up to ex-Stag Exodus Geohaghon’s long throws at Kidderminster on Saturday.

Mansfield have conceded four goals in both opening fixtures, losing 4-3 at home to Newport and 4-1 at Gateshead on Tuesday , and manager Paul Cox has threatened changes for the weekend.

“It has been an awful week,” he said. “They are just basic schoolboy errors that are costing us. We are never going to win a football match if we keep making them.

“I have made some decisions in my head about players. We have conceded eight goals in two games so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what needs doing.

“We did well in pre-season and that seems to have tickled our bellies a bit. But once the season starts and you are playing for points, you expect players to step up to the mantle and they haven’t done that in the first two games.

“As we are one of the bookies’ favourites, teams will raise their game against you. We have just got to get back to basics all over the park.”

He added: “We know what to expect on Saturday, having had Exodus here last season, and I just want my players to go out there, defend, and enjoy the game. We are not a million miles away from being a half-decent side if we can tidy up on one or two things and give ourselves a base. We can’t keep conceding stupid goals.”

Stags will be without the injured Ross Dyer and suspended pair Lee Beevers and Jamie Hand.

It is believed Dyer has a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament. How bad that tear is will determine if he plays again this season.

“The early signs are that’s it’s not looking good,” said Cox. “We will take professional advice and hope to get Ross back as quickly as possible. I feel sorry for the lad.”

Stags also announced today that physio Ian Pearce has handed in his notice and are now looking for a replacement.