STAGS BLOG: Catling’s Corner - Caton could be hero against Notts County, Mitchell Rose will be key, Kristian Pearce impresses

Mansfield Town v Leicester City.'Mitchell Rose.
Mansfield Town v Leicester City.'Mitchell Rose.
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Finally the season is underway.

As we started the week, a trip to Heanor brought about the final pre-season game of the summer.

Mansfield vs MK Dons - Krystian Pearce attempts to get a block in - Pic By James Williamson

Mansfield vs MK Dons - Krystian Pearce attempts to get a block in - Pic By James Williamson

I hope people don’t want me to write about the 11 who started because other than Luke Rodgers and the Stags staff that played I have no idea.

This game finished 3-2 to Heanor with Rodgers scoring two for us.

I don’t think he did enough to get a contract but I did rate the number 10 on the wing for the Stags, he was very good on the ball.

As the week went on it was like Christmas Eve with the new season upon us.

We got a new signing as well just before the game against Carlisle, this being James Caton from Shrewsbury – a huge welcome to him.

I hope he enjoys his stay here and scores Friday against Notts County. We’ll love him forever if he scores the winner.

During the first game we witnessed potentially the best goal of the season, with Malvind Benning scoring a sensational free-kick from over 30 yards.

Free-kick wise we had not seen one that good since Colin Daniel a few years ago.

I think if we had started with two strikers up front we would have thrashed Carlisle.

With ex Stags player Michael Raynes on a yellow card early on we should have played on him a lot more than we did and this was shown as Adi Yussuff and Craig Westcarr came on to no avail towards the end, it was too late.

The game finished 1-1 and as stated above if we’d have gone at them more than we did we would of won this easily.

I thought Krystian Pearce was fantastic, my Man of the Match, playing with Ryan Tafazoli instead of Lee Collins who was out through injury.

The two centre-halves did really well but Pearce was the outstanding player of the lot for me.

I do however think that during this season the most important player for us could be Mitchell Rose with his work rate, pace and versatility.

It is early on and hard to tell whether this was a good point or two points lost but at least we didn’t lose the first game of the season for a change.

We definitely are going to need to see a lot more on Tuesday and Friday this coming week against Sheffield Wednesday and Notts Clounty, oops I mean Count, but yes I am still very optimistic with this team.

I am going to finish my blog this week with a bit of sad news for myself as my grandad passed away on Tuesday so I’ll write this for him.

Love you grandad. Come on Adam Murray’s barmy army and COYS.