Stags fan Greg Taylor reflects on the opening two games of the 2012-13 season...
Well where do I start... Two games gone, no points and eight goals conceded – not the start to the season the fans expected, myself included! Before the season started the expectation of Paul Cox’s newly formed squad was very high and I can speak for almost every stags fan when I say I thought we were going to start off the season flying and put down our marker to the rest of the clubs in our league.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out our problem in these two games and that is bad defending! This came as a huge shock to me when I saw how we defended against Newport, most fans thought that our defence would be our strong point and it would almost hold our side together, but that isn’t the case at all, our defence is costing us. I keep saying to my dad and friends, we can't defend like we have in these two games and expect to finish mid table , never mind the promotion challenge we expect!
A problem that I noticed was the inability of our defence to win balls in the air, which caused huge problems at the back, we looked like we would struggle any time a ball was put into the box, which shouldn’t happen for any team, never mind a so called ' top five side'.
I'm not going to hide how I feel at this moment in time, I’m very frustrated and angry, which is the most reoccurring feeling I’ve had in the last 10 years of watching the stags. Things need to be sorted out quickly or it could be too late. We expect to finish in the top five at least, as supporters may know when you finish in the top five, you don’t lose many all season and we have lost two games already! If we lose again Saturday, due to a similar performance to the first two matches, I feel that Cox will start to lose the backing of most of the fans and rightly so, because this isn’t acceptable and things must pick up. These two losses have changed the whole mood of the supporters; we need to spring some results together to regain the belief of the fans because if this carries on, I’m afraid Paul Cox will be looking at an early exit.
I am loyal supporter and I will be making the trip to Kidderminster on Saturday, hoping and praying for a change. The club needs our support and we need to stick with them, because I do believe we will still be up there at the end of season.
Come on the stags! I still believe in you.
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