Stags Fan Greg Taylor shares his views from the terraces....
Saturday was just a huge sigh of relief for me and all stags fans, as we finally got our first win of the season, it wasn't a sparkling performance but was still three points. Before the game, when I was in the bar at Kidderminster, I checked the starting eleven and me and the others were just in shock.
I was in complete disbelief with the selection of midfield, after Paul Cox hyping up all the players he'd signed, alot of them being midfielders, and not one of them were in the team. In my opinion the midfield we started with on Saturday was worse than last season’s best midfield, this is nothing against Andy Todd, he’s a good experienced player, but I feel there is much more quality in the squad. A point I must raise is, where is Stevo? He had a great pre season and we would benefit a great deal with having a type of player that can play behind the striker or if not Stevo, why not Chris Clements.
The first half for me was very poor, I didn’t enjoy watching it at all, the midfield seemed weak and powerless and the defence, just looked very poor as they struggled with balls into the area and struggled with Marvin Johnson running at them down the wing. We were lucky to have scored and be level at the break. At the start of the second half, I didn’t see much difference in our players or our system and this showed as we conceded to go behind once more.
The one player that had caught my eye from the beginning of the match was Lindon Meikle as he had not put a foot wrong all game and neither had Matt Green as we are used to. Lindon and Matt carried on to show why they are so feared by other teams in this league and put their link up play to effect as Green set up Meikle with a fine pass, matched by a well taken goal. This goal seemed to have changed the game and Kidderminster were on the back foot, but then a strange move from Paul Cox to take Matt Green off for Nick Wright puzzled all Stags fans and they turned on manager.
The game was still ours to be won and we piled on the pressure, Nick Wright was doing a great job since he had come on, which showed up his strike partner Matt Rhead, as Wright was proving to us all that whatever Rhead could do, he could do better.
Eventually a darting run from Lindon Meikle saw us grab what proved the winner as he skipped through the defence and around the keeper to slot home, this was just what we needed to build some confidence and get us back to our old ways.
The referee ended the game and I was just glad it was over. The performance itself wasn’t great, but it was three points. A clean sheet in the next game is what we need, because the performance at the back against Kiddy still hasn’t given me full confidence in us defensively.
On the whole though it was a good win, now it’s time to look towards Hyde and a great opportunity to give our fans the belief back on home turf – Come on you stags!
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