Craig Priest’s Mansfield Town blog: Exodus Geohaghon was the weak link against Matlock

Stags v Matlock Town.
Stags v Matlock Town.

After Tuesday’s excellent victory over Macclesfield I have to admit to a feeling of frustration this morning as I write this and reflect on the weekend.

Those in attendance at Moss Rose will know that everything clicked and, as such, we expected an easy afternoon against Matlock – If only.

Credit to the visiting Gladiators, they were excellent and any watching neutral would have found it difficult to establish who was the blue square premier side. The question is am I worried? Not really.

Before you all wonder if I’ve eaten some dodgy coco-pops this morning, I have to say that obviously a 1-1 draw with Matlock and the subsequent need for a replay is not on, but flipping the coin, at least we haven’t been beaten and dented our fragile confidence.

Looking back on the highlights from Saturday I am very disappointed with our defensive efforts. We we’re solid against Macclesfield but very poor against Matlock. I know I’ll get some stick for this, but I’ll happily re-watch the entire DVD to back my views up – Exodus Geohaghon was the weak link.

Every time he stepped forward to challenge he has been beaten and turned, but rather than track back and win possession back which he’s done so expertly in recent weeks, he remained static and, as such, everyone has been dragged here, there and everywhere.

Ex is a class act, but he’s one of those players that has to form a partnership. With Dempster he’s been excellent, with Jones a little shaky, which is a huge shame as Jones is solid too.

Before I sign off this week, I want to give a special mention to Shane Redmond. He Is really hitting form now, proving the doubters wrong and growing in confidence – what an excellent asset to have.

Nobody wanted a replay, we can’t do anything but go and get the job done now – a picturesque ground awaits the Stags. I just hope a place in round two does too. COYS