Stefan Pidluznyj Mansfield Town blog: The injury crisis cannot be used as an excuse for poor results

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In the 15 years or so that I have been a season ticket holder at Field Mill, I cannot remember an injury crisis like the one we are currently facing.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse on the injury front, we left Tranmere on Tuesday night with two more players sidelined.

Furthermore, players such as Simon Heslop and Fergus Bell are clearly on the pitch when in any other circumstances they would be resting or be on the treatment table.

However, I am glad that Paul Cox and Micky Moore are not using the crisis as an excuse for any poor performances and results.

The fact is, we must not go on a similar winless run to the one we had last season.

If we do, by Christmas we will be almost certainly in the bottom two, and it would be far more challenging to go on a good run of form in the New Year, as we have done in every season under Cox.

Confidence would be destroyed, and memories of this injury crisis would soon be forgotten, replaced with fears of returning to non-league obscurity, somewhere we never want to go again.

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Our game against York City will be another tough game, with the Minstermen out to impress new manager Russ Wilcox.

Over recent seasons, we have developed a bit of a rivalry with York, with games between the two sides being fiercely contested and evenly matched.

Who can forget Matt Green’s controversial sending off and defeat in extra time to York in the playoffs a few seasons ago?

Last season, with both clubs back in the Football League, hostilities were resumed, with the Stags winning at Bootham Crescent and the Minstermen gaining revenge later in the season, in a match marked by some perplexing refereeing decisions.

With York struggling near the foot of the table though, I hope we decide to be a bit more positive than we were on Tuesday night and go out on the front foot and aim to push them back.

Equally, with the sluggish John McCombe at the heart of their defence, I hope we can use Rakish Bingham’s pace to get in behind them.

If we can do this, and maintain our defensive solidity, I see no reason at all why we cannot record our second away win of the season.

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