Bing rings changes for Stags on road

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

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

M Mansfi

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