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Craig Priest’s Mansfield Town blog: What a difference six days can make in football

Mansfield Town v Kidderminster Harriers
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Mansfield Town v Kidderminster Harriers Green.

You know it’s funny how much difference six days can make in football. Last Sunday post Liverpool I sat in the press box as the ground began to empty and reflected on our moment in the spot light.

The passion and desire to fight made me proud to be a Stags supporter – six days on post Kidderminster, the feeling of pride had turned to disappointment once more.

For starters, I won’t take anything anyway from Kidderminster. They are a side in form with just one defeat in 11 games and they were on form.

What I do wonder is why there was little fight or desire to make a comeback, we showed the world last weekend what we can do when we fight. We need to repeat that week in week out.

The snow, which has swept Mansfield these last two days has given me an idea, why don’t we forget every game that’s past us and start afresh – like making that first footprint on untouched snow?

My point is starting a fresh on a blank canvas, there’s nothing behind us for us to reflect on or remember where we’ve come from, just a huge blank area in front of us which gives us a choice of direction.

Yes, I think there are one or two things which need to be tweaked, but I think that comes from within the person rather than ability, look at us against Alfreton and Macclesfield – unplayable and with a positive result.

Sometimes in football there’s fear – but it has two meanings, Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise – I hope Paul Cox and the players figure out the meaning of fear this January and ignite, we know they can and will back them all the way.

 

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