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Stags boss will galvanize spirit after loss

24 March 2018

Club News

Stags boss will galvanize spirit after loss

24 March 2018

Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft says he will galvanize the Stags' spirit ahead of a massive Easter double header.

The new boss oversaw a first defeat in charge this afternoon following a disappointing 2-0 loss at Forest Green Rovers.

Quickly on the horizon, Stags face a huge Easter weekend, hosting promotion rivals Accrington Stanley on Good Friday before a trip to Luton Town on Easter Monday.

Speaking after today's 2-0 loss at The Lawn in a poor showing for the amber and blue, the manager said: "We will make sure all the squad are on the same page. We will re-group them. We will galvanize our spirit and know the task we are in for.

"We will make sure the squad we pick is representative of Mansfield Town and are as passionate as our supporters and me as a person The players can only achieve if we're together and I'll make sure we are."

Commenting on the match in Gloucestershire, he said: "Disappointment is probably not a strong enough word to use.

"In the first half we huffed and puffed. We had some decent forward play, the movement was good and then we got into the last third and didn't really lay a glove on them.

"We didn't get enough shots on target it and there was no real impact or purpose to our work.

"I never felt threatened in the first half by the Forest Green team. [For] The second half, we asked the players to show more of an urgency, potency and purpose. It just didn't transpire.

"I was disappointed for our supporters. We missed out on three tackles close to our supporters. If you get that right, get your tackles and have a desire to what you do and lay a glove on them then you've got a very good chance of winning any football match.

"Ruben Reid and (Tahvon) Campbell [Forest Green Rovers' forwards] dominated us all afternoon. I was disappointed that we didn't have the same impact on their back four,

"The supporters came down in numbers for us today and that second half was unacceptable.

"We have to play with a forward momentum and we didn't do that in the second half. The energy and desire not to be beaten is something I will 100% instill into this group."

Meanwhile, leading goalscorer Danny Rose may have ligament damage after being forced off because of an injury sustained in the first 30 seconds of the match.

The manager, however, revealed that Rose will be assessed tomorrow and should know more about his injury status within the next 48 hours.

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