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Zander Diamond says players are 'craving' victory for Stags' fans

5 April 2018

Skipper Zander Diamond has said the Stags are ‘craving’ a victory for the Mansfield Town fans, as he looked ahead to Saturday’s clash against Crewe at One Call Stadium.

Diamond featured in both of the games over the Easter weekend against Accrington and Luton respectively, after recently returning from injury.

The Stags’ captain explained that the side are desperate to put wins on the board for the fans, who he says have been excellent from the day he arrived at the club.

“The Stags faithful will be out in their numbers again and we need to reward them with three points,” he said. “We’re craving a victory for them.

“They [the fans] have been fantastic since I’ve walked through the door from day one, but we’ll probably need them more than ever [for the remaining games].

“Now it’s a real push, but that’s not just the fans, it’s everybody. We need to have one big push for the last six games to go to where we want to be.”

"The Stags faithful will be out in their numbers again and we need to reward them with three points. We’re craving a victory for them."

Zander Diamond, defender

The Stags’ defender also explained his belief that David Flitcroft’s side did enough to win at least one game over the Easter weekend, but added that missed chances were the main reason the Stags did not pick up any points.

“They [the remaining games] are huge, but first we need to focus on the next game,” he said. “We need to put an equal performance as we did at Luton and just finish our chances when they come along.

“We had chances over the weekend to win two games of football, never mind one. But training will be positive, it has been all week.

“After the game on Friday we tried to pick the positives from it. Performance-wise it was very good, and up until 60 minutes at Luton it was very good again.

“It’s not just the strikers though, I had a great chance as well against Luton so collectively we have to come together and get the result that we want.

“The performances were good, but performances don’t get points on the board, we need to start putting performances into wins.

“It’s a case of what happens in both boxes, we need to get that balance correct. We need to defend well, and ultimately, put the ball in the back of the net.”

Diamond also looked ahead to this weekend’s game at One Call Stadium against Crewe, and says that the Stags are a different side to the one that faced the Railwaymen on the opening day of the season.

“I think a lot of things have changed [since the last game against Crewe]. Going there at the beginning of the season we were a new team but we’ve bonded now eight months down the line.

“The gaffer will have a plan of action and we want to get a victory for us, but more importantly for the management team and the fans.

“We’ve got character in abundance. It’s now all about putting in good performances and getting the results. If we take our chances, I think we won’t be a million miles from where we want to be.”

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