Heslop holds up his hands for Stags error

Simon Heslop -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Simon Heslop -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Simon Heslop held up his hands for the mistake that cost Mansfield Town a goal at Cambridge in last weekend’s 2-2 FA Cup draw.

But ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Cheltenham, the midfielder said all the players were enjoying life under new manager Adam Murray
Heslop said: “It was a pretty even game, but we were really disappointed to concede late on, especially that close to winning. But, looking back, it was probably a fair result in the end.

“The first goal was my mistake. It one one of those things. No one means to make a mistake, but it should have gone back to Sasha (Studer) looking back.

“We are trying to get the ball down a bit more than we did under the previous manager and that’s there for all to see. But it’s all about making decisions - and that wasn’t one of my best decisions.

“He has his own ideas and all the lads are working really hard to take them on board and fit as much as we can in training sessions. We are looking to implement his ideas as soon as we can.

“I like to play. I like to get on the ball and pass it. I think most footballers like to do that. The lads are enjoying the new ideas put to us and I think fans will see that on Saturday. Everyone has bought into the new regime.

“There is still a long way to go in the season and we will take it game by game. Everyone is looking forward to Saturday.”

He added: “I have had a couple of niggling injuries so it’s been a bit of a stop-start season. But in the last four or five games I have just started to find a bit of fitness and I hope I can now get to the peak of my fitness and stay in the team.

“Before the Plymouth game I had only trained on the Friday. So it was great to get through 90 minutes personally. Now it’s just about topping it up.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are just £7 in advance so the players are hoping for a noisy backing.

“It does make a big difference as a player if the fans are getting behind you,” he said. “We have a cup replay coming up on Tuesday as well and it will be great if the atmosphere is rocking.

“I know a lot of fans were showing unrest with the old manager so this has given them a bit of relief. You could feel a change in the atmosphere.”