Mansfield Town’s frustrating start to the season continued last night as they exited the Carabao Cup on penalties.
Morecambe’s victory came off the back of holding one of the promotion favourites to a 2-2 draw at Field Mill on Saturday and leaves new Stags boss John Dempster still searching for his first victory in charge.
It can often take time for a new boss to get his ideas across but Mansfield supporters are desperate for League Two promotion after last season’s final day disappointment and playoff heartbreak and it appears frustration is already brewing at Field Mill.
It’s been a quieter summer than usual in Nottinghamshire with a fewer number of arrivals than usual and many of last seasons squad still in situ. Experienced goalkeeper Conrad Logan is one such player who played a part last season, and it appears he is fast becoming the fall guy amongst Stags supporters for their slow start.
Reports claim he was booed by a section of the home support before, during and after the action last night. While it is uncommon for Mansfield’s usually rock-solid defence to concede six goals in three games, some observers remain mystified as to what Logan has done wrong after struggling to blame him for any of the goals.
Many fans feel otherwise with some finding him at fault for Morecambe’s second goal on Saturday and their second last night.
And it appears they are certainly making their views heard on the current form of their under-fire keeper.
League Two can be an unforgiving arena when fans are on your back, but Logan is experienced enough to come through it.
Like all keepers, he’s made mistakes in his career but hearing boos from Mansfield fans will do nothing to improve his current confidence levels.
We never understand fans booing their team’s players and having watched football in the basement divisions of English football for many years. One thing is certain: it never helps.
Dempster needs a win and needs one quick before the boo-boys turn on him.