Redmond hopes to take his chance in Stags’ cup tie with Slough

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GOALKEEPER Shane Redmond will be hoping to finally take his chance in the first team as he comes back in as one of two enforced changes for Saturday’s FA Cup home tie with minnows Slough Town (3pm).

Top scorer Jake Speight serves a one-match ban for accumulating five bookings while Notts County will not allow loanee keeper Liam Mitchell to become cup-tied which means Redmond will again get his chance to show what he can do.

With Mitchell’s loan up this weekend, Redmond’s display may convince manager Paul Cox what his next move should be on the goalkeeping front.

“It’s been difficult,” said Redmond. “I thought my chance had come when Alan Marriott was injured, but the gaffer went out and brought Liam in on loan and, to be fair to him, he’s done well.

“But Saturday is a chance for me to stake my claim and I would love to get my first clean sheet of the season.

“I hope the fans will stay patient as we don’t know when we will score – the first minute or the 89th minute. Everyone expects us to trounce Slough, but we know it won’t be easy.

“It is going to be a battle and we have to go out and do a professional job. We are at home so we know we will have a good pitch and I pray the weather is good too. Hopefully we will have the home fans behind us too.

“I love the competition. I got to the third round with Eastwood and it is a magic cup.”

Defender Ryan Tafazolli is definitely out with a hamstring problem while midfielder Adam Murray remains a doubt, despite an injection into an ankle injury.

However, there were several good displays in the reserves’ 1-1 draw at Rotherham in midweek and boss Paul Cox said: “I have one or two big decisions to make and I may have to upset one or two players which I am not scared to do. We need to be firing on all cylinders on Saturday.”

Cox hinted there could be other changes, saying: “Some of the players did well in the reserves and the front four of Wright, Meikle, Hutchinson and Briscoe looked absolutely out of this world. They’ve all given me food for thought. Sometimes hunger will come before ability.”