Stags chase elusive home win
STAGS manager Carlton Palmer asked fans to remain patient over his team-building process and just enjoy watching his promising youngsters as they go in search of that elusive home win against Grimsby Town this Saturday (3pm).
Stags have been red hot away from home recently but at Field Mill it has been two draws and three defeats in the last five home games.
Palmer has promised a side bursting with youth and potential next season, but decided not to bring anyone in before the summer as transfer deadline day passed last Thursday while letting Adam Murray go.
But his side produced an unbeaten Easter with a dominant but scoreless performance in Good Friday's 0-0 home clash with Chester City before winning 3-1 at Kidderminster Harriers with a sparkling comeback on Easter Monday.
"The young boys are enjoying their football right now so come along on Saturday and enjoy watching them and we will try to give you that elusive home win," said Palmer.
"They have done ever so well and have been playing some good football."
Chairman Keith Haslam confirmed his manager has money available to chase his targets with this summer and said: "To me we are now back at the stage five years ago when we went to Blackpool and Billy Dearden blooded youngsters like Liam Lawrence, Craig Disley and Lee Williamson.
"We went on to get promotion the next season and hopefully Carlton will bring in the sort of players who can help us do that again."
The season is over for Stags midfielder Tom Curtis as he is to have a knee operation which will keep him out for three months. But Gareth Jelleyman (hamstring) and Colin Larkin (dead leg) should be fit for Saturday's visit of Grimsby.
Defender Dave Artell is not far behind and, if he comes through a planned reserve friendly next week, he could play at Yeovil on Saturday week.
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