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Squad 'overjoyed' with Stevenage win - MacDonald

22 April 2017

Stags' first team squad are heading back to Mansfield 'overjoyed' with a hard-fought 1-0 win at play-off rivals Stevenage, said midfielder Alex MacDonald.

Steve Evans' men are only a point and place behind their Hertfordshire counterparts in Sky Bet League Two, who occupy seventh position.

Danny Rose's first half netbuster helped push the Stags closer to the play-offs and set up a mouth-watering final two games, at home to Portsmouth next Saturday followed by a journey to Crawley.

MacDonald contributed to this afternoon's vital victory with a tireless display, and speaking post-match he said: "Coming to these places at this time of the season, it's never going to be pretty but at the end of the day we've got the three points which is the most important thing and we get back on the bus as a very happy camp.

"After 20-25 minutes we came into the game a lot more and started to put our stamp on the game. We had a lot of chances on the counter, didn't play particularly great football. We know we should be better in the final third, myself included.

"We got the goal after that. We knew it was then going to be scrappy but the most important thing was the three points.

"It was exactly what we needed to do at this time of the season; a typical League Two away performances."

Rose blasted home his ninth goal of the season and received praise from MacDonald post match.

"I was just behind him [when he struck the ball] and he gave it everything. He deserves it because he works tirelessly for the team," said MacDonald.

"Sometimes it's a really hard role which he has up there. Both him and Shaq [Coulthirst] were magnificent today and they've worked their socks off all game. When you do that you give yourself a massive platform to win games."

He added: "We worked so hard today and got our just rewards. We're overjoyed."

Stags PlayerHD subscribers can view Alex MacDonald's interview in full later this evening.

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