Thank-you & Goodnight.

Nothing is ever simple with regards to Mansfield Town. After last week’s loss at Oxford United all talk of the play-offs had been crushed, but now the Stags pendulum takes another swing and the play-offs are more than possible again.

At the start of the season we all wanted promotion back to the football league after just one year away. By mid-November any hope of the play-offs had faded and once again Stags fans were facing the prospect of a relegation battle. But a managerial change in late December has worked wonders – just one loss in 2009, and now we can achieve our faded dream. Well, we can if we believe.

Each and every game brings a new challenge: we must keep hold of the ball and stop scraping through games with one goal, because one day we will get punished. Holdsworth has quickly put together a good squad, and a healthy balance of youth and experience is working wonders all over the pitch. Experienced Alan Marriott replaced youngster Paddy Gamble, now back at Forest warming the bench, and the young Scott Garner is learning and progressing every game thanks to the experience and leadership of Adie Moses. The midfield is a youthful one, but the back-up consists of Neil Mackenzie, Curtis Woodhouse and now Ryan Williams, who all have experienced both sides of football (promotion and relegation) and will help to bring the best out of the young lads currently occupying the midfield.

Upfront we have Rob Duffy who has plenty of experience alongside the youth of Aaron O’Connor, backed up by the experience of Mark Stallard.
With a 1-0 Victory away at Rushden & Diamonds, sealed by a Rob Duffy penalty in the 89th minute, helped along by outstanding contributions by Alan Marriott, Gary Silk, Scott Garner, Paul Mayo, Matt Somner and skipper Jon D’Laryea. The play-offs are not out of sight, but we must stay focussed and take every game as it comes. It’s obvious the players believe in their ability and it’s time that we did too, one defeat doesn’t mean it’s all over- it just means we have to start again. David Holdsworth looked relieved after the victory and long may it continue.

I would also like to thank you all for your comments for my ‘Meet the Manager’ special, quite a lot of people have came up to me and told me they enjoyed it, including one of the ‘three musketeers’, Steve Middleton. Its nice to know that everyone is enjoying my blog, I hope I can continue to deliver and you keep on enjoying the read. Also an extended thanks to a few others, whose contributions have been valuable over the past two weeks, you know who you are.

Three more points, thank you and goodnight.

Keep Reading, Craig (Rainworthstag14)

“Mansfield Town FC; the dream is still alive.”

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