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Pidgeley wants to keep home a fortress

26 February 2015

Goalkeeper believes our team are in a good position to build on their solid home form.

Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley is adamant that Mansfield Town can put their last result behind them as focus switches to another important fixture, this time against Dagenham & Redbridge at One Call Stadium this weekend.

Not wanting to dwell on the team’s defeat at Oxford United last time out, Pidgeley said: “It’s disappointing to lose any game 3-0. After the little run we have put together recently we were going into the game in decent form so it was disappointing not to come away with something at the end.

“It wasn’t a good game, but you just have to move on. We are all focussed on Saturday’s match against Dagenham & Redbridge and our home form. We need to get back on track.

“It is tight at the bottom of the table and if you can put a run of results together it can give you some breathing space and confidence. Looking at the table at Christmas time, it looked like Dagenham would be down there and scrapping, but they have put some good results together. If we win on Saturday we can go above them."

When asked about the Stags’ current away form, the custodian said: “I think we can start winning away from home. I think we were pretty unlucky at Morecambe. Your bread and butter is your home form and every team I have played for have prided themselves on making their home ground a fortress. 

"We're doing that at the minute, so as long as it continue it gives us a platform to go to away games and get results." 

After signing on loan from Newport County in January, Pidgeley is content with his current position: “I turned 31 this month and it’s a great age for a goalkeeper. At this stage of my career, I just want to be playing games consistently. At the moment I’m happy here and I’m concentrating on keeping Mansfield in the league."

Looking further ahead to Tuesday’s away trip to parent club Newport County, Pidgeley said he was happy to provide advice to fellow goalkeeper Sascha Studer, who is expected to step into the team due to the conditions of Pidgeley’s loan move: “Sascha has been really good in training since I got here. He is keeping himself sharp so I have confidence that he will come in and do a good job.”

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