It is now two wins in two weeks for Duncan Russell and the games showed two sides to Mansfield Town.
The team put on a great performance to put the Welsh dragon to the sword to knock Newport out of the Trophy - and then the same line-up put in a work man like performance in against the bottom of the Blue Square Premier, Histon.
It is a funny old business football that a side that scored four goals against Newport just managed one against Histon there is a very good reason for that. Newport came to play football and wanted to take their place in the third round and as I guessed last week Histon came for a point and were not wanting to push forward unless on the break.
The boys should they had what they needed to beat both teams I am very happy at the moment that Paul Stonehouse has been put in at left back because this seems to have tighten things up at the back. A funny moment for me on Saturday was that Paul Stonehouse needed to reminder Kevin Sandwith were he was playing as he played the ball forward from the left back position and didn’t seem to want to move back inside but Paul seem to sort it out. It was hard work watching the Stags because they could have had so much more from this game with several chances going to waste the boys must stop putting the ball over the top of the defenders if there is no one to pick it up. We were giving the ball back to Histon with far to much ease and also with their players moving into time wasting mode sometime just after the first whistle of the second half it was always going to be hard because you can’t really play football when the visitors just want to bang it forward or into row Z of the West Stand.
I have to say that the eight Histon fans that followed their team up to Nottinghamshire are real football fans and they need to be praised because it must be hard to pay your money out and know that the team may lose but fans of Histon I salute you.
Tuesday night will be interesting because I really want to see if the Stags are up for pushing towards the play-offs and beating a Darlington team just a few points behind us in the table I would love to see us come home with the three points from this trip North. I have never been to The Darlington Arena before so I am looking forward to another new ground to my ever growing list of away day venues. It has a capacity of 25,000 but it will has been limited to 10,000 I don’t think I will need that many seats I am on a diet and trying to get smaller not bigger.
So the sooner it is Tuesday for me the better because I am ready to go right now. Come On You Stags.