Exodus Geohaghon: Smaller squad will help Mansfield Town improve
STRIPPING back Mansfield Town's massive squad will bring about the togetherness to help lead the Stags up the Blue Square Bet Premier table.
That is the view of giant defender Exodus Geohaghon, who arrived on loan last season and saw first-hand how a core squad of players could come together as they lost once in their last 15 games to finish third and reach the play-offs.
But since he joined permanently at the end of August, the 27-year-old has seen the squad size increase dramatically, with 35 players on the books at one point.
They have since stuttered to 14th place after 16 games, ahead of hosting Southport this Saturday.
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Manager Paul Cox admits he made a mistake bolstering so much, but he has taken a decision to strip it back and will allow players to leave. meaning a smaller squad coming together for first-team training.
There was a much-improved performance in midweek, as Stags drew 1-1 at Nuneaton in a game they dominated.
And Geohaghon hopes the next couple of months will bear the fruits of Cox's decision, as he looks to name a consistent side.
Geohaghon said: "Sometimes the numbers are too big so it is hard to get your point across to all the players so the gaffer has decided to downsize again and it now feels like when I came here last season.
"You could see in the performance against Nuneaton it is starting to work and hopefully now the transformation will continue.
"We have not been beaten at home since I arrived so it is nice to get back there. But we need the win because we have to get up there.
"We will look to take the game to them."