Stags striker Dyer rues miss, but delighted to be back after a year out injured

Ross Dyer.
Ross Dyer.

Ross Dyer was a happy man to be back on a football pitch 12 months after his dreadful knee injury – but admits his second half miss was costly in yesterday’s 2-0 defeat at Scunthorpe in Mansfield Town’s first game back in League football.

“It meant everything to me,” said the striker, who missed the whole of last season after a knee injury on the opening day. “It was a big day for the football club and a big day for me.

“This year has been really tough. So it was a dream come true for me today and an added bonus that it was in the Football League.

“My miss was probably our last snippet of hope. Lee Beevers put a class ball in and I tried a diving header. I should have put it in the back of the net but it went wide. It is something for me to work on.

“But I thought I did okay otherwise and I really enjoyed it.

“We came out like a house on fire and, had we put away out chances, it could have changed the game. But it was an uphill battle and very difficult to come back against a good, organised side. But there were still a lot of positives to come out of it for us.”