Despite losing again, Mansfield Town can take some consolation at the moment that they at least have striker Ross Dyer back firing on all cylinders after a year’s lay-off when his career looked in doubt.
The dreadful knee injury in the first game of last season that saw him miss the whole campaign was a dreadful blow.
But Dyer bagged his second in two games after a successful loan spell at Hereford yesterday in the 2-1 home defeat by Morecambe and said he now felt as good as new.
“After all my injury problems I wasn’t as sharp as I thought I was for the first game back,” he said after making his first start since the season opener at Scunthorpe.
“But, out on loan, I have scored four in five games so that’s now six in seven for me and I am feeling good.
“I always had the confidence in myself and the gaffer has always shown confidence in me too so I hope I can now go on and score a few more.
“I feel now like the injury never happened to be honest which is credit to the surgeon and Simon, our physio. I feel just as good as I was before.”
While disappointed with yesterday’s second half fightback by the Shrimps after giving Stags an interval lead, Dyer didn’t think there was too much wrong at the moment and felt their luck would soon turn.
“As a game we got ourselves ahead and never looked like losing to be honest,” he said.
“But we did and that is three games on the trot when you can’t understand how we didn’t come away with any points.
“Maybe there was a bit of naivety from the players’ point of view. We tried to go on to win it in the second half when we should have been trying for a clean sheet.
“A bit of luck needs to turn then we will be fine if we keep working hard like we did today.
“There is a lot of talk about how we play football, but it was a long ball that carved out our goal today.
“I was pleased to score again. I am feeling confident at the moment and I hit it first time and it’s gone in.
“If we can all get a bit of confidence going through the team we will be fine.”