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Goalkeeper targets home points haul

25 April 2019

Stags’ goalkeeper Conrad Logan says that Mansfield are targeting 50 points achieved at home this term, as we approach the season’s final game at One Call Stadium, against Stevenage on Saturday.

The Stags currently boast the joint-best home form in Sky Bet League Two - along with second-placed Bury - having accumulated 47 points from 22 games, with 14 wins, five draws and three losses.

Logan says that the Stags ‘take pride’ in their impressive home form.

“It [home record] has been brilliant,” said the shot-stopper. “We’ve had 47 points so far at home this season, which is a great total.

“It’s something that everyone at the club prides themselves on. We want to finish that off in the best way and get to that 50 mark.

“It’s just about having confidence when you’re at home. When you start off the season like we did against Newport [3-0 win], it was a really strong performance.

“You have to make your home ground a fortress in any league, no matter what you’re doing. Once you get those first couple of wins on the board early in the season, confidence is high and everyone looks forward to it [home games].”

"It’s something that everyone at the club prides themselves on. We want to finish that off in the best way and get to that 50 mark."

Conrad Logan, goalkeeper

With the Stags sitting in the automatic promotion spots with two games remaining in the Sky Bet League Two campaign, Logan explained the positives of having destiny ‘in your own hands.’

“I know it’s [MK Dons game] only next week, but it’s a million miles away,” he added. “A lot can happen on Saturday, and by five o’clock, there could have been a lot of twists and turns.

“If we do our job, it doesn’t really matter what happens elsewhere. We’re fully focused on doing our job.

“Hopefully, everything will then take care of itself on the final day. The good thing is, it’s in our hands.

“We’re the team that’s in third – if we win our two games, we’ll be promoted. When it’s in your hands, then it’s a lot better.

“When you have to start worrying about what is happening elsewhere, you can maybe take your eye off the ball, as such.

“When it’s in your own hands, you can have a 100 percent focus on what you’re doing.”

The 33-year-old is expecting a tough game at One Call Stadium on Saturday, with Stevenage currently unbeaten in their last six away games and in the hunt for a play-off spot.

“Just the same as we’ve been doing all season [will get us over the line]. We’ll need to bring what we’ve brought to the table all season and not rest on our laurels.

“It was a spirited comeback [against Oldham], considering the situation. But it’s gone now, there are a lot of games that have gone this season and mean nothing.

“All that we can do now is focus on what’s coming up and look forward to Saturday and trying to get those three points.

“The race for seventh position, there are a lot of teams looking for that. No-one is going to come to our ground and roll over. They’ll [Stevenage] come here full throttle, and we know that.

“That will probably make for a good game, because both teams have something to play for.”

Logan says that the Stags currently boast the best defensive record in Sky Bet League Two because of a team-wide effort on the pitch.

“It’s not just what we do defensively. What we do further up the pitch takes a bit of pressure off the lads at the back.

“We’re mostly a high-pressing team, and if we can cut things out at source, then it helps the lads at the back.

“When they do get through, the lads have been resilient and strong all season. It’s been a good tally of clean sheets, and hopefully we can add to it in the next couple of games.

“I would have liked to play more games, but it doesn’t really matter at this stage. At the moment, I’m in the team, and I’m fully focused on getting promoted and getting over the line.”

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