What a difference 45 minutes makes in a game of football. In the first half we were creating chances but not getting the rewards for our play and also had a off-side decision go against us when Louis Briscoe looked to have put us one in front just before the break.
But 0-0 it stayed and it would be up to Duncan Russell to find the spark which would get us the three points we had come looking for.
We stepped out onto the pitch with the faces of players that knew they could break down a strong Tamworth defence and it took time, but Ashley Cain would be rewarded with a goal for his hard work in and around the box and then it was Louis Briscoe’s turn to takes the bows.
The side seemed to come out with an extra appetite for the game like a person who had been without food for several days. The boys ramped it up and took the game to a new level. I saw many good performances from Kevin Sandwith, Adam Murray, Tom Naylor and David Grof,e who was called into action on several occasions and looked to have put the error he made at Chasetown behind him.
I can imagine he must have thought he would have been dropped with Alan Marriott being on the fringes of making it back from his injury, but Duncan made a very important decision and gave his loan keeper his backing and showed him he had confidence in the young keeper.
What a difference from the team that drew at Chasetown on Tuesday night and looked lacking in confidence. I feel it was the tag of favourites that were playing on some of the players mind that night and this is why we didn’t do what we should have done which was to win.
I feel we will beat Chasetown in the replay and set up the semi-final that no Stags fan wanted, which is Luton Town over two legs.
The Stags have Wembley in their sights for the first time in 24 years and, with the season that we have all had this year as a club, I think it would be a perfect end to a very hard season both on and off the field.
With the Trophy run and bad weather we have fourteen league games left and maybe another three games if we go all the way to Wembley so a grand total of 17 - both my wallet and I will be truly ready for a rest by May 7th.
The last thing I would like to say is that I make my radio debut on Friday night on Takeover Radio’s Stags Phone-In show with former Chad Blogger Craig Priest. I, along with Dan Worthington, will be his guests from 8pm and we would all love to hear your views.