The start to the season overall has been a promising one so far!
We went unbeaten for the first two games and were robbed of a point on the weekend by a stoppage time goal. We’ve already learnt a huge amount since the opening day of the season and we’re going to have to call on all of our experience, and pre-season training to give ourselves the best possible chance of promotion!
After a 2-2 draw on the opening day of the campaign we managed to clinch the whole three points in our game with Forest Green Rovers the following week, with goals from Danny Rose and Paul Anderson. There’s been a lot to take away from our first three games, all of which have ended differently, and we’re excited for this week’s game to apply what we’ve already learnt.
Despite last weekend’s loss, there are lots of positives to take from the game. We came back from a one goal deficit thanks to some slick play from Danny Rose and Lee Angol – who scored his first goal for the Stags! We kept 52% of possession and got nine shots away on goal, four more than Accrington Stanley, and only came out second best thanks to a stoppage time winner from Accrington player Billy Kee.
Although the end result was disappointing I think it’s important to remember that almost every league winning side, regardless of what level of English football you are playing at, have lost at least one game during the season – except of course Arsenal’s invincibles in the 05/06 season.
We’ve also just announced the signing of Kane Hemmings on a year-long loan deal from Oxford United. The frontman has been brought in to help bolster our attacking quartet of Danny Rose, Lee Angol, Jimmy Spencer and Omari Sterling-James.
There are 43 league games left this year, and a possible 129 points to get, and this week’s fixture brings Luton to the One Call Stadium! I’m confident we can bounce back from last weekend’s result and I can’t wait to see how the boys respond.