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Ambitious Atkinson sets sights on further honours

12 October 2017

Three-time promotion-winning midfielder Will Atkinson is hungry for more success and believes everyone around the club shares his ambition.

The 28-year-old joined the Stags from League One Southend United in the summer and previously won three promotions from League Two with Rochdale, Bradford City and the Shrimpers, respectively.

And speaking to the local media at One Call Stadium this morning, Atkinson revealed he opted to move to One Call Stadium because he wanted to achieve more promotions.

"I came here because I want more success. I want to experience more things like that; promotions, playing at Wembley and the success, you just want more.

"That's why I came here, that's why Steve Evans twisted my arm to come here and since I've been here, I can really see in the other players and people around the place, everyone's pulling together in the right direction. Everyone's got that hunger, so it's a really good place to be."

Stags are unbeaten in six league games at One Call Stadium this season and the former Hull City midfielder believes the Oldest Professional Football Ground in the World can become 'a fortress' this season.

"I can really see in the other players and people around the place, everyone's pulling together in the right direction."

Will Atkinson, midfielder

"We want to make it like a fortress here and we've started to do that and we just need to try and rectify our away form. Not so much the form, but turning performances into results away from home and then if we can put a run together, we won't go far wrong.

"We want to stop that theme of going away from home and maybe not being as strong as we are at home.

"We've got to start at home to Swindon, hopefully get a positive result and then we can really concentrate on going away, changing things around there and putting a run together.

"We don't want to be one of those teams that are strong at home but then go away and teams think they can turn us over."

Saturday's match against the Robins provides Stags with another tough test against a side who were hotly-tipped for promotion prior to the campaign, but Atkinson believes there are no easy games in Sky Bet League Two.

"They (Swindon) have started slow but what's been proven this year so far is there's no mugs in this league. If you're not on your game, you get turned over. We need to be on top of our game to get the three points.

"It's a marathon, as the manager says, and we've got to dust ourselves down and try and get three points on Saturday."

Supporters will be able to view Will Atkinson's full news conference on iFollow Stags later today.


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