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Stags' midfielder predicts success next term

5 May 2018

Stags' midfielder Alex MacDonald says that the club will succeed under manager David Flitcroft next season.

Stags' season came to a close today, as a 1-1 draw against Crawley Town at One Call Stadium was not enough to secure them a top-seven finish.

"We know the type of player and the type of team he [David Flitcroft] wants and I'm sure that he'll build that," he said. 

"We are all fully behind that and whatever the manager sees to do.

"Although we have fallen short [this season], it's an exciting time for Mansfield Town Football Club. We have a new training ground opening and a chairman who is driving it for the community.

"We need to improve on where we have come up short this year, and that's when we've drawn too many games and not taken our chances.

"We'll all go away and look back on the season as a whole and see where we can improve.

"It sort of summed us up this season where we've dominated games and come off drawing them, sometimes by giving sloppy goals away and many-a-time by not putting our chances away.

"We're guilty of our own downfall at times and at the end of the day the table doesn't lie. We have to take our medicine and get better over the summer to come back next year all guns blazing.

"It's frustrating really, to be in the position we were in and to finish off where we are gives an overriding feeling of frustration to be honest."

The midfielder also gave a reflection on the season as a whole, including his verdict on his performances over the course of the 2017/18 campaign.

"I try and do as much as I can every game, it's part of me and part of the player I am.

"I try to be as energetic as I can. Unfortunately today we just came up that little bit short.

"I have played well this year and feel like I've given it everything to try and get this club where we want to be. It's no good standing here and saying I was happy with my season personally because as a team we have come up short and that's the most upsetting thing.

"I had a dip in form for about five or six weeks where I feel I wasn't what I had been for the four or five months before that. It's a frustrating one for me but I felt like I picked up over the back end of the season.

"Individually I think I've done well but I'm disappointed in my form dropping.

"I'm going to spend some time with the family now, it's important to recharge the batteries. It's been a long, hard season for me personally. I've had to do a lot of things away from the football club to keep me where I am."

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