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Collins believes spirit of Stags was key to win

26 January 2016

Defender Lee Collins believes the ‘self-pride’ which is instilled in his team-mates was paramount to their win over Morecambe this evening.

The Stags had to come from behind after Paul Mullin put the Shrimps ahead from the penalty spot, before goals from Chris Clements and Adi Yussuf secured all three points for Adam Murray’s side. 

Collins, who slotted in at left-back tonight for the first time this season, believes that the players ‘dug in deep’ to turn the game around.

“There was a lot of self-pride. The lads didn’t want to go home with a loss in the manner that it was, so we dug in deep and managed to get our just rewards.

“It’s picked us back up. We didn’t have a great performance [on] Saturday, but we’ve turned it around today and we showed how much quality’s there.

“They’re the games we should live for, especially away from home. You nick the win like that in the last three minutes and you’ve got a three-hour trip ahead of you, it makes your day. It shows our depth with the starting eleven and the subs coming on.”

The former Northampton man said he enjoyed playing on the left-side of defence at the Globe Arena and the aim now is to keep his place in the side. 

“I thought I did alright. [I was] steady in the first half but I tried to get more involved up the pitch [in the] second half and luckily played a part in the goals.

“I’d like to play there [on] Saturday. We’ve got superb options in there – we’ve brought Kav (Sean Kavanagh) in and obviously we’ve got Mal coming back. Hoepfully he comes back sooner rather than later because he was a great addition at the start of the season."

After seeing the Shrimps begin to dominate the game in the second half, manager Adam Murray made his substitutions and Collins believes that the gaffer deserves credit for making the changes when he did.

“He got them (the substitutions) spot on. Hopefully he gets his just rewards for that. 

“It’s easy to get in an accidental negative mode when you’re on the bench because you want to come on but for the lads to come on and show what they’ve got it really is a good credit to themselves.”

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