Following Saturdays unacceptable defeat to Hartlepool, Paul Coxs men must now pick themselves up and prepare for another battle with archrivals Chesterfield.
The competition is one which gains little interest on the calendar, however the fact we've been drawn against Chesterfield makes people's ears prick up and there eyes widen - each and every supporter wants to have the bragging rights in much the same way as ten days ago, a win Saturday would have been that extra confidence boost so to lose in the manor we did makes the next 24 hours or so nervy.
Cox's men showed so much courage a week last Saturday when Calvin Andrews solitary goahl grabbed Stags their first win over Chesterfield in ten years. The passion and desire to fight for the badge was evident throughout and so refreshing for us in the stands - move forward a week to the Hartlepool match and it was something totally different, something which can not happen again.We write that not just in relation to tomorrow night, but in general.
You have to fight for every point and stay focussed rather than slump like a mardy school child everytime something doesn't quite goto plan. People say that the JPT is a worthless competition but we disagree, now that the matches are settled on the night and without extra time it's not a huge interruption if you do happen to embark on a decent run.
With three or four wins, you can find yourself within a Wembley final and a chance to boost the club coffers, a trophy is a trophy and only Champions win them.So what are we, Champions or a side incapable of progression? Tomorrow night is the time for answering that question.
There's no doubt for us that Cox got it wrong on Saturday - but that's gone and can't be changed now, let's put it right with a victory over our rivals tomorrow, hopefully in a dominant, hungry and successful 4-4-2.
It will be a battle out there for sure, Paul Cooks men now not only have to avenge the defeat ten or so days ago but also have to win over the supporters, after letting a three goal lead slip to Morecambe at the weekend as they fell to back to back defeats
COYS! Time to be champions again...
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