At home, I would agree with you @Laundryman. However, it will be a snot and sawdust type battle tomorrow. The Mansfield ground is quite high up and gets very windswept and cold. Cook and Maynard are threats but with ‘spoilers’ in midfield, we can disrupt their flow. I also think Bates and Holden can run and I forgot Osadebe in my original squad, who could be a good option.
The weather forecast tomorrow is horrible and as a former midfielder himself, Clarke will know that it will have to be percentage football tomorrow rather than creative flair.
My argument for including the two new boys up front is so that our main strikers get a rest and can come off the bench in the last 30 if needed.
Under Dickie Dosh, Hector Sam rarely played 90 mins but he and Butler did a lot of work and we had some decent squad players chipping in with goals (ironically, a goal scoring midfielder like Keates would be a Godsend for this particular squad).
I think we need to avoid defeat tomorrow and try and tighten up (avoiding penalties and red cards).
Every week, someone predicts Scarr to score. personally I don’t think he could hit a barn door with a banjo; however, I would love to see Scarr score from a Bates corner, spinning Cook to lose his marker and slam one in with his head at point blank range.
I also remember Benning’s over the top celebrations for Mansfield last season so hopefully, that’s the team talk sorted.
I honestly expect at least one red card tomorrow… (hopefully Cook!)