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Stags’ boss on first away game of new season

8 August 2018

Stags' boss David Flitcroft has looked ahead to his side's clash against Yeovil Town at Huish Park this weekend, in what will be Mansfield's first away fixture of the 2018-19 league campaign.

Stags faced Darren Way's side in the final away fixture of last season, winning 3-2 in dramatic fashion, coming back from a losing position on two occasions.

But Mansfield boss Flitcroft is expecting a new challenge this time around, and believes his players will have to contend with a different atmopshere in the Glovers' first home fixture of the campaign.

"It's the start of the season and it's their first home game," he said. "You have that to contend with, a bit like the atmopshere we had here on Saturday. It was outstanding.

"The fans turned out, but not just in numbers, in voice. It was a brilliant atmosphere on Saturday.

"Yeovil have had a tough start in terms of two of their boys getting sent off, but it was a valiant effort up at Gigg Lane. There's a spirit there.

"From last season, they're obviously going to miss Otis. Any team would. Just to reiterate how professional Darren [Way] was and John Fry, they were outstanding. There were other clubs interested but we went quite early with it.

"You're going to miss a player like Otis Khan. We've benefited from that. 

"It [the game] is probably a good one to get out of the way. We've had a pre-season with a lot of home games. We've had no travel.

"Yeovil have had a tough start in terms of two of their boys getting sent off, but it was a valiant effort up at Gigg Lane. There's a spirit there."

David Flitcroft, manager

"The first start was a home game on Saturday. Now we get our travelling logistics done and get down to Yeovil and be super professional. Obviously the way we won last year stirs good memories."

The Stags' boss added that there are no new injuries to report, aside from forward Nyle Blake, who picked up a knock in Mansfield's under-21 fixture against Carlton Town last Friday.

"No [new injuries]. Just Nyle Blake who got a little knock from a game he played on Friday. But the rest of the players have reported really good. 

"When you're 3-0 up [against Newport], it allows you to bring Tyler Walker off, Otis and Craig Davies. We're monitoring [things like] that all of the time. It's really important that the squad remains fit for purpose.

"We've got the travel now, so we'll get down there and get this week sorted."

Stags face newly-promoted League One side Accrington Stanley in the first round of the Carabao Cup next Tuesday, and the gaffer has emphasised that he wants to go as far as possible in every competition, so will look to field a strong side.

"It's probably a bit early [to say what players will play]," he said. "We're looking at the data from pre-season and we're looking at the lads and we don't know what shift they're going to do.

"It's a difficult question to answer until Saturday after the game when we know exactly where the stats are, what the lads have got through and then what we need for the cup games.

"It's one of them where you're always trying to add up your figures and you're always trying to get in front of yourself with that.

"We've got fantastic back-up, we really have. If [needed] any of those players are ready to come in off the back of a good pre-season.

"I want to win every game of football. I believe you've always got a fair and equal chance of winning a game of football.

"Any cup we play in, as a manager, you want to go as far as you can. I think it builds a confidence and it builds a self-belief. This group of players know what's required of them and every game will definitely be competitive."

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