MORE REACTION FROM OLDHAM GAME
Finishing power is big need for stags
Evening Post, 16/08/2007
Dan Martin hopes Mansfield can take a leaf out of Oldham's book by finding the cutting edge to go with their promising approach play.
The Stags were knocked out of the Carling Cup in the first round at Boundary Park on Tuesday night, losing 4-1.
The game was much closer than the scoreline suggested and Martin felt the main difference was the standard of finishing.
And he believes, if Mansfield can improve theirs, victories will start to follow.
"I thought we played well in spells but they were able to put the ball in the back of the net better than us," said Martin.
"We have created chances against a League One side, which can only be a good thing.
"When we start putting those away, then we are going to start picking up results."
With Alex John-Baptiste nursing a back injury, Johnny Mullins was given a chance at right-back.
Martin was particularly impressed by the former Reading man's contribution and reckons it bodes well for the rest of the season.
Another player making his first start of the season, Nathan Arnold, felt the score flattered Oldham. "We created chances," he said.
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