Bing rings changes for Stags on road
PAUL Cox warned there is more to come from deadline day signing Rakish Bingham after the striker fired Mansfield to their first away win and sent Exeter crashing to the foot of the table.
Former Wigan frontman Bingham, who spent pre-season with Bournemouth, showed his predatory instincts by gobbling up a rebound to put the Stags in front on 14 minutes.
Fergus Bell hit a screamer to double Mansfield’s lead before substitute Matt Grimes handed Exeter a lifeline with a tremendous second-half freekick.
But it was Bingham, 20, who stole the plaudits after terrorising the Exeter defence and Stags boss Cox is thankful he managed to persuade the pacey striker to join the Stags.
“People have talked about what potential he has got but he is only half fit at the moment,” said Cox.
“We have got ourselves a good player – someone who shouldn’t be playing at this level.We worked hard to get him to this football club but you have only seen 50 per cent of his potential.
“That was the best first half away from home for some time and we should have wrapped up the win in the first 45 minutes.”
Globetrotting Bell, who has had spells with clubs in Belgium and Italy coupled with a stint at the Glenn Hoddle Academy, set Bingham up for the opener.
His powerful drive brought a sprightly save out of Christy Pym but the ball fell invitingly for Bingham, who rammed home the rebound.
Bell doubled Mansfield’s advantage five minutes before the break with an explosive drive from the edge of the box.
Adam Murray’s corner was partially cleared and Bell let fly with a sumptuous drive.
Exeter rallied after the break thanks largely to the introduction of Matt Grimes. His fantastic freekick from the edge of the box hauled Exeter back into the contest but they were unable to salvage an equaliser.
Grecians boss Paul Tisdale labelled his side’s firsthalf display ‘woeful’ and admitted he was worried by their fall to the bottom.
“I am disappointed with the result but I am more disappointed with how we played in the first half,” he said.“Quite simply the first half was substandard and woeful.
“We have some concerns about where we sit in the table. I’m accountable for the result but the players have to be accountable for their performances.
“I have some thinking to do because that was just not good enough.We deserved a goal for our second half and it was a great strike by Matt Grimes, but does it matter? No, as we lost.”
STAR MAN RAKISH BINGHA