Some mornings we wake up haunted by the past, a photograph may remind you of a time that once was – but rather than get caught wallowing in sorrow as we all have been guilty of, eventually there comes a time where you stand up – and walk on.
For the past few games we’ve questioned the commitment of the players and the manager, a man wanted by every club going at times – today Steve Evans has nailed his colours to the mast, those colours are amber and blue.
What is more, Evans has admitted things haven’t been right both on and off the pitch in terms of systems, personnel and perhaps overloading instructions – so with a week practically on the road, there’s no better time than to come together and make some honey at the hive.
Barnet are a sticky team to tackle and whilst they struggle to face in your face football, up front they typically, have a player we declined to resign as he wasn’t lighting fires in the Amber and Blue in Shaq. Now he’s a serial arsonist with six of Barnet’s 16 goals so far – there’s no room for friendships tomorrow from any of the Stags players who played with the hit man during his loan spell last season.
Out away form hasn’t been great and we must get that out of our minds, let’s go back to battling for every scrap of the ball, running from the very first, to the very last whistle. Physiologically a win at Barnet is huge to get some belief back into the dressing room and a little bit more energy in the legs, ideal for Saturday’s trip to Newport followed by the short trip to Meadow Lane for the Checkatrade match.
Speaking in his press conference today, Evans said "We'll work hard; that's how we turn things. You have to keep the focus. I believe in this group of players. You learn more when you have days like Saturday than when you beat Notts County.”
He’s right, remember that old saying – fall down nine times, stand up ten. Well as the Stags head to the hive, it’s time to get our buzz back, bathe in honey and get this season back on the rails!
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