Craig Priest’s Mansfield Town blog: Stags need to be more ruthless in front of goal

Have you ever been left with the feeling of ‘what if’? After the initial frustration of not winning the game had cleared I began to wonder, what if we had scored, what if we had burst up like a firework in the sky with a million colours rather than faltered like a naff sparkler brought from the back of Del Trotter’s three-wheeled van?

For me I was pleased with the way we played. As a unit we moved the ball with freedom and urgency, we kept our shape in yet another new formation and defended well enough – I know it’s been said by Murray and Cox in the week that the players have been reluctant to ‘pick a pass.’

On Saturday it was a case of not picking a shot, at times we seemed too kind to Slough. If we are to do something to climb the table, progress in cups etc then please Mansfield Town let it be by being ruthless in front of goal.

What if we had scored one, who else feels the flood gates would have opened? The fact is, now we have a fixture we didn’t want nor need, we just have to get on with it and be ruthless and knock out the lowest ranked team remaining in the competition.

Before we can focus on that we have two league games, Nuneaton tomorrow (Tuesday) and Southport on Saturday. The former are currently bottom of the table, it is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that ruthlessness and sort our dire away form out!

Selection wise, I hope we keep the changes to a minimum, Speight for Green, who to be fair, hasn’t come close to repeating last season’s lightening form – once again, the question of ‘what if?’ lingers!