Craig Priest, Emily Sykes and Wayne Briggs write...
As the closing of the transfer window beckons, we sit here and reflect as giant defender Exodus Geohaghon rejoins from Kidderminster whilst midfielder Godfrey Poku departs without making an appearance for the first team, Poku destination being his former club Southport.
Undoubtedly there will be more player movement as we approach the 11pm deadline, however Paul Cox may not do any more business after capturing his main target. That said who knows the way football works there may well be a surprise or two in store before tomorrow’s game against Woking, which is where our attentions now lie.
There no hiding the fact that Monday’s game was a massive disappointment and a far from acceptable display, something Paul Cox and his playing Staff will be itching to put right. After Wednesday evening’s loss to Port Vale in the reserve league, Cox has plenty of things to mull over following several impressive performances. Before we mention influential Player Assistant Murray, one man worth considering is Ryan Tafazolli the only down side being the former Southampton trainees injury, which he picked up during the match. Another avenue worth exploring is the partnership between Stevenson and Rhead which looked lively until the latter was substituted. Stevenson is a player who after each game has been mentioned by the supporters as “the one we’ve missed” with 90 minutes under his belt could this be a springboard to a first team bow in the 2012/13 campaign.
As mentioned player assistant Adam Murray completed a full 90 minutes against the Valliant’s, as time went on he looked sharper and more confident- it was like seeing the Adam Murray we know and love become slowly reborn onto the hallowed turf, we’ve all said how much his influence has been missed – this showed in our performance on Wednesday. Whether or not the midfielder will be ready for action tomorrow or not is another question, however Paul Cox could be tempted to use his number two as tough tackling midfielder Gary Roberts serves a one match ban. After five games we have collected six points, the exact same amount as this time last term – the only concerning factor this time round is the alarming fact we have already shipped 15 goals this term. Today’s addition of Geohaghon could spark the turning point however for us the move may see us look back to last term rather than forward to this one, this is not a dig at the capture of Geohaghon who brings with him an ora with the fans seem to soak up, one thing’s for sure we need that positive atmosphere back to motivate the players on the pitch.
Tomorrow’s opponents Woking sit one place above us in the table, enduring an indifferent start to life in the conference after three seasons away, collecting two wins and three defeats so far – they too with a sloppy back line conceding 11 so far. Garry Hills boys won the conference South last term by 9 clear points – they gained a tough side to break down loosing just five matches all season keeping 15 clean sheets. This term the Conference South champions have kept the nucleolus of the successful squad, adding a number of promising young players with conference and football league experience.
LAST TIME WE MET
The two sides have met just twice over the course of history, the two matches taking place during the Stags debut season in the conference. At Field Mill as was, the cards ran out 1-0 winners against the Stags, the reverse fixture at the back end of the season a 2-2 draw at the Kingfield Stadium with Rob Duffy netting twice in Mansfield’s final away game of the season, a game which all but sealed Woking’s relegation fate.
New signing Exodus Geohaghon will be in contention for his second Stags debut after rejoining from Kidderminster whilst Tafazolli could miss out after an injury during the reserve game on Wednesday, Tuesday’s home fixture with Tamworth could be a more realistic target.
If you can’t get to the One Call Stadium tomorrow then join Craig Priest and Wayne Briggs for regular updates throughout the afternoon, build up beings at 2pm on our MM-LIVE page and on Takeover Radio 106.9FM.
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