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Winger wants positive home start

10 August 2017

Mansfield Town winger Paul Anderson says Stags are ready to 'hit the ground running' ahead of Saturday's first home game of the Sky Bet League Two season against Forest Green Rovers.

The Stags began their campaign with a 2-2 draw away to Crewe Alexandra last weekend, twice coming from behind to claim a point on the road.

And following an excellent second half display both against the Alex and at home to League One Rochdale on Tuesday night, Anderson is confident that the Stags have the quality to acquire a positive result at One Call Stadium on Saturday.

"Every game in the league is going to be a tough game – it's going to be a long season and we need to get that first win as soon as possible," said Anderson.

"Hopefully it'll be this weekend, I'm sure the manager will have in his thoughts what he's looking to do.

"We're creating a lot of opportunities and once one or two go for us, we'll hit the ground running."

Paul Anderson, winger

"We're not going to be worried about Forest Green; we're going to be focussing completely on ourselves and hopefully the three points will be ours and the fans will really see what we're trying to do.

"I think the fans who have been to the games will see that we've got something very good here and we're creating a lot of opportunities and once one or two go for us, we'll hit the ground running."

Like the Stags, Forest Green opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw – against Barnet – and also exited the Carabao Cup following a 1-0 defeat to League One opposition in the form of MK Dons.

And with the EFL newcomers also aiming to pick up their first victory, the former Nottingham Forest winger Anderson is eager to kick-start the Stags' season with a victory in front of a large One Call Stadium crowd.

"It comes from everyone; staff, players and fans – we all want it as much as each other. We want to show the fans exactly what we can do and give them something to cheer about.

"The chairman (John Radford) and the chief executive(Carolyn Radford) have done wonders to give us this opportunity of having such a good squad and pushing for, hopefully, to be near the top of the league. The sooner we can give everyone something to cheer about – especially ourselves – the better.

"I don't know too much about them [Forest Green] with their history, but you hear about it in the press – what they're doing with the club and the environmental side of things like with the veggie burgers.

"It's a great story and it's always nice to see teams that manage to get themselves into Football League and they've done brilliantly to get where they are, but we need to make sure that we don't let them continue [on Saturday].

"Hopefully we'll get a good amount of support here [at One Call Stadium] and we can give them something to cheer about. We're all looking forward to playing in front of our home fans and making it a bit of a stomping ground."

Stags' fans can login to iFollow Stags to view Paul Anderson's news conference at One Call Stadium.

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