ADAM Murray blasted himself into contention for a place in Saturday’s side to face Woking after coming through 90 minutes in last night’s opening Central League 1-0 reserves defeat by Port Vale at the One Call Stadium.
The influential midfielder, last season’ skipper, has been left behind everyone else in pre-season after a summer knee operation but last night caught the eye.
“Of course Adam comes into my thoughts now for Saturday though I wouldn’t thrown him to the lions,” said boss Paul Cox.
“It was a massive plus for us to see Adam play 90 minutes, even though he probably felt a bit rusty. We have missed a bit of leadership in the middle of the park.”
Murray’s availability would be perfectly timed with Gary Roberts out serving a one-game ban, though Jamie Hand and Godfrey Poku can also fill the gap.
On the overall display last night, Cox added: “It was an excellent performance against a strong Port Vale line-up. There were some very good individual performances and one or two really made me think about this Saturday.
Stags’ reserves dominated the clash and forced plenty of chances, but the only goal came from Gareth Owen from a 12th minute corner for the visitors.
New signing, centre half, Ryan Tafazolli, impressed both in the air and with his quality on the ball but had to go off early in the second half with a tight hamstring.