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Quality at both ends pleases skipper in Vale victory

22 November 2017

Captain Zander Diamond says the Stags' resilience in defence and ruthlessness in attack were the side's main attributes in an outstanding 4-0 victory at Port Vale this evening.

The defender, who joined in the summer, scored his first league goals in Stags' colours as he got on the score-sheet either side of half-time.

Frontmen Danny Rose and Kane Hemmings rounded off the convincing win as Mansfield moved into the Sky Bet League Two play-off places.

Speaking post-match, Diamond said: "Port Vale are on a rich vein of form but we believed in ourselves that we could come here and put a performance on.

"I think they dominated us for the first 20 to 30 minutes but we dug in, were resilient, we get the goal, dusted ourselves down and get the second goal and from then on it was a decent night's work.

"We knew they were going to come at us. I thought they started really well on the front foot. We defended for our lives at times, as a team we've worked our socks off.

"We get the goal just before half-time and I think you could see from their reaction it 'knocked the stuffing out of them'. It's the perfect time to score so it was pleasing in that aspect.

"Conrad [Logan]'s made some fantastic saves at the end. I think as a team collectively we were at it tonight. At 65 minutes we could've easily said 'the game's won' but we defended really well and got the clean sheet. It's great that the momentum is with us at this moment in time.

"I think in recent weeks we've had chances and not taken them. Tonight we've done it at both ends. We've got the balance correct.

"To come away from home any time and score four goals and get a clean sheet, you'll take that. Tonight was really pleasing. I thought it came together really well and it's a good time to be a Mansfield player."

The 32-year-old Scot says confidence is high in the dressing room but is refusing to get carried away with more than half of the season still to play.

"These nights don't come along too often. When you're winning games of football it breathes confidence throughout the team individually and collectively.

"It's confidence without being arrogant. I've been in the game long enough; the game can bite you in the backside if you go overboard.

"We know this is a good result and it's only November but when you look back at the end of the season hopefully it's a decent result to take us where we want to be."

"It's confidence without being arrogant. I've been in the game long enough; the game can bite you in the backside if you go overboard."

Zander Diamond, captain

Diamond is relishing the upcoming derby with Chesterfield at One Call Stadium on Saturday and hopes the side's good run of form can continue.

"When I first came into the football club, they were saying about the fixture list coming out and I think Chesterfield was one of the first teams I looked at. I know a few players in the Chesterfield ranks; they'll be up for it as well.

"It's a derby game. I'm sure the fans will come out in full voice, get behind us and hopefully we can finish off a good week."

Supporters will be able to view Zander Diamond's post-match interview on iFollow Stags on Wednesday.

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