MANSFIELD Town are waiting anxiously on news of injuries suffered by defensive pair John Thompson and Exodus Geohaghon in the first half of a 4-1 defeat at Cambridge United this afternoon.
Initial fears are that Thompson may have suffered a broken leg and Geohaghon damaged ankle ligaments, but manager Paul Cox will be hoping for better news.
“We lost two experienced defenders with possible long term injuries today, but that’s no excuse for our defending in the second half,” said Cox.
“Although we conceded a sloppy goal in the first half I thought we kept out shape and looked quite dangerous on the counter.
“Straight away after the break we gave ourselves a mountain to climb and we keep letting in ‘nothing goals’.
“Our defending away from home has been our Achilles heel. You are never going to be successful if you have a soft underbelly.
“I don’t beat about the bush and our away record is horrendous. We can’t keep going away and capitulating like we do.
“Last season we went away and we were horrible, hard to beat and unsophisticated, but we kept getting results.
“This season we feel we have to entertain away from home and kick the back of the net down, scoring an incredible amount of goals which leaves us open. Sometimes you have got to come away and be ugly and grind out horrible results.”
With Thompson and Geohaghon out, another defender, Ryan Tafazolli, felt his hamstring, too, near the end as the injury toll mounts.
John Dempster’s loan spell a Tamworth ended today so he will be recalled for Tuesday’s home clash with Lincoln City.