Stags striker Ross Dyer, who missed the whole of last season with a serious knee injury, had mixed feelings after bagging his first goal in the Football League but ending up on the wrong end of a 5-4 scoreline at Fleetwood Town.
Dyer came on as sub and notched a close range finish on 89 minutes which tied up the game at 4-4 and looked to have stolen an unlikely point until the Cod Army won it with a stoppage time penalty kick.
“Personally I was delighted obviously,” said Dyer. “It’s been a long road back for me from injury last season, then starting this season before ending up in the stands.
“I have been out on loan, scored goals and feel fresh.
“The gaffer threw me in and I thought we did well coming back. So to concede so late on was a hard pill to swallow.
“There won’t be many teams come here and score that many goals. We have just got to tighten up at the back.”
Dyer added: “I have always wanted to score in the Football League. I hope now I can get into the starting XI and score us a few more.
“It was one of those rare, scrappy goals and one of the easiest I will ever score. Sam Clucas had struck the ball well, the right back blocked it on the line and I just got round the backside of him and stuck it in the net.”
Dyer was not the only player returning yesterday with midfielder Chris Clements taking man of the match with a fine showing after a bad knee injury.
Dyer said: “I was delighted for Chris. He injured his knee and I can appreciate what he went through. He was unbelievable today, though he tired towards the end.”