There is an old saying which says that a week in a long time in politics I think the same can be said for the Stags.
Rob Duffy after a couple of false starts left for pastures new and joined Grimsby late on Friday. Kevin Pilkington was recalled by Luton Town due to his loan period being over and so our squad reduces in size a little more so the wage bill goes down a little more and Alan Marriott could be out for the rest of the season so my regular readers might be saying to yourself Tony’s blog is a little bleak this week.
But not because I always see things happening for a reason and all of the above have that same reasoning Rob leaving is good for him and for us. For us because he wasn’t happy being behind Paul Connor and Keigan Parker in the pecking order for selection and it showed at times in his play and better for him because he may get more first team starts with the Mariners.
Kevin Pilkington going back to Luton Town is good for Neil Collett has it shows that the club rate his ability to keep goal for the first team this is also a bonus for Alan Marriott because he has a chance to get himself right and then he will have a challenger to his jersey.
So to the game against Wrexham what a roll coaster of feelings first a down then an up and down again I can truly say I had my monies worth on Saturday it might not have been the right result but the boys put in a really good show especially to say they were a goal down after just seven minutes. The players really showed some passion when they fought there way back with a couple of cracking goals from Louis Briscoe and Tyrone Thompson it did go a little wayward from there when the boys let Wrexham back into the game with a couple of moments of not being switched on. The officials were not helping matters for Mansfield with allowing Wrexham to get away with blue murder in the way they were tacking our boys and then punishing the Stags when they made the same sort of challenge.
With the way that the linesman on the stand side of the pitch was Sian Massey will always been more welcome at Field Mill because she is an assistant referee that does know what offside is.
My man of the match award went to Louis Briscoe for is all over approach to playing with covering every blade of grass and scored a cracking strike to bring the Stags back to 2 – 1.
So yes we have dropped three points again at home but we just have to move on we are still in with a shout of the play-offs and by next Saturday we will have two games in hand on a few of the clubs around us in the table. Looking at the games we have left we have a couple of tricky away games at Crawley and AFC Wimbledon which we will be lucky to get a point from but other than the Visits of Luton Town and Grimsby Town we have a good run in to the play-offs but that is just my opinion.
We really need to get behind Duncan and the boys especially next week in the FA Trophy with the visit of Alfreton Town they we be seeing this game as a chance to put one over on us and they will bring a large number of supporters so we need to make sure they know it is us that is the home team and this is our ground.
I would just like to see one change to the side on Saturday and that would be Steven Istead coming back into midfield to beef it up a bit as Alfreton will be throwing the kitchen sink at us as neither of us what a replay really. Due to the positions that we are in with league fixtures and them stacking up due to the bad weather and us still being in the F.A. Trophy
So let’s see what happen down at the Mill this week I could be writing about the last day signings we have made but let’s see what happens UP THE STAGS