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Mirfin wants Stags to make statement at Carlisle

31 August 2017

Defender David Mirfin wants Stags to 'lay down a marker' in Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash against Carlisle United.

The 32-year-old joined the Stags from Scunthorpe United in the summer and has made three competitive appearances since the start of the campaign.

And the former Huddersfield Town man hopes Stags will make a statement to the rest of Sky Bet League Two against the Cumbrians this Saturday.

"We want to lay down a marker and show other teams what we're about," Mirfin said. "Going to these places are the places, you want to go and lay that marker down and it makes the other teams look up and notice that we're serious and it's not all talk and we want to do well this season.

"It's going to be a really tough place to go to but we've prepared and we're going to prepare right and proper and make sure we go there and get a result.

"We want to lay down a marker and show other teams what we're about."

David Mirfin, defender

"I think the home crowd make it a tough place to go; obviously it's quite open, a big pitch, but we go there as prepared as we are for any other game."

Stags will embark on the journey to the North East on Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's clash and Mirfin has been impressed by the club's professionalism in the build-up to games.

"When I spoke to the gaffer when I first came, he was very particular on doing things right and preparing right, especially for away games.

"I think if you take the worry out of an early start with the traffic on a Saturday morning, if you're a player in the hotel and you're relaxing, it's all concentrated towards the game the day after.

"The food's right and all the preparation is spot on and it's probably as 'high up' as I've ever been involved in.

"As a player, we're being looked after and there can be no complaints for us. It's up to us now as players, especially for away games when we've stayed over, that we start putting in the right performances.

"Every player who signed this summer has enjoyed their time up to now and can't wait to kick on with the season."

The two-time promotion-winner has praised the club's fans for their travelling support so far this season and he now wants to reward them with points on the road.

"When I walked out at Crewe on the first day of the season, I was surprised and shocked at how many Mansfield fans had come. It's such a good feeling to go away from home and have such good support and they've been brilliant away from home.

"You want to reward them with wins and points and it's up to us as players now to put that right on the pitch."

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