WAYNE: MORE OF THE SAME
BY IAN WILKERSON, Evening Post, 09 January 2003
Mansfield Town winger Wayne Corden believes it is vital for the Stags to put together another good run of results to push themselves out of the Division Two relegation zone.
Keith Curle's side clawed themselves off the bottom of the table following three successive wins in December and Corden believes it is time for more of the same, starting with the game against Wycombe on Saturday.
Corden, who scored two goals in Stags' last home match, a 4-2 victory over Stockport on Boxing Day, believes a win against a team in mid-table can track more teams into the relegation picture.
He said: "We have picked up ourselves in the last few weeks and I think it is a big game for both sides because if we win we will be right on their tails.
"If anybody had looked at the table three or four weeks ago, they would not have given us much of a chance.
"But we managed to pick up some big wins and we have given ourselves a good chance.
"At home recently, we have looked like a team capable of scoring goals, like we did last season and now we look a lot stronger at the back."
He has warned Lawrie Sanchez's side not to expect the slack defending that presented the Chairboys with a last-minute goal to grab a 3-3 draw when the two teams met at Adams Park in August.
He said: "When we played at their place, we got in front and then let in a goal right at the end and it was really down to a lack of concentration.
"With the gaffer playing in there now, we definitely look a lot more solid.
"He has brought a great deal of experience into the side, has organised the lads at the back and generally got everybody going.
"They got a good result when they beat Northampton 5-0 last week but we have been playing well the last few times we have been playing at home and should be able to get a result."
Corden is set for his best season of his career in terms of goals, as he is just one behind the total he managed last year.
He is the second-highest scorer at Field Mill, after Iyseden Christie and is one ahead of Liam Lawrence.
Corden believes he and Lawrence have been able to get forward more since Adam Eaton joined on loan from Preston and Bobby Hassell made a return to the squad.
He hopes they will help push the Stags on towards safety.
He said: "I have got eight goals up until now and I'm looking to get past nine, which is what I got last season.
"The sooner I get to double figures the better, but there is a bit of competition in the dressing room."