Stags’ forward Danny Rose says he is ‘very excited’ to be back in contention for Mansfield’s final four games of the season, following his recent return from the broken jaw he suffered in our trip to Newport County in February.
The 25-year-old has featured from the bench in Stags’ last two matches, at home to Cambridge and, more recently, away to Northampton.
Rose expressed his delight at being back involved after a ‘long two months out.’
“It’s good to be back involved,” said the striker. “The injury wasn’t ideal at the time. It was a long two months out for me, but it’s good to be back now for the last four games of the season.
“I’m very excited. It’s good to be back involved. I’m just hoping to be involved now for the next four games.
“I’ve not felt anything [in my jaw] since the injury. I feel good, and I’ve had a few challenges in the games which have all felt alright.
“There’s still a little bit of doubt [with the jaw], but I have to give 100% and try not to think about it. I can’t really think about the challenges, I just have to go in full force.
“I think looking back at it [chance against Northampton] now, it sat up a little for my head, but I thought to try and volley it in. I think it was a good point on the road.
"I’m very excited. It’s good to be back involved. I’m just hoping to be involved now for the next four games."
“With the injury that happened, I wasn’t fully confident. Maybe looking back, I should’ve gone with my head, but these things happen and we’ll move on."
Rose, who was the Stags’ top scorer last season with 17 goals, reflected on a difficult season so far from his perspective.
However, he says that his sights are set on making an impact on the four crucial upcoming fixtures for the Stags.
“Personally, it’s not been a good one [season] because of form and injuries,” he explained. “I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve not been good enough compared to last season.
“But I just have to give 100% for the next four games and try to get Mansfield over the line. I just have to forget about the season that’s happened and look forward to the next four games.
“There’s a lot on the line. It’s a promotion, which is one of the best prizes in League Two. We’re full of confidence now, and we’ll go into Morecambe full of confidence and looking to get the three points.
“I think we’re at that stage of the season where individual targets don’t really matter. It doesn’t matter who scores, as long as we get over the line and put Mansfield into League One.
“I just have to work hard in training and come on and make an impact.”
Mansfield welcome Morecambe to One Call Stadium on Good Friday, a side that Rose believes are ‘very good on their day.’
“They [Morecambe] are very unpredictable, and can be very good on their day. I don’t think they’ve got much to play for now, which could be dangerous.
“Crewe had nothing to play for, but they came with a game plan and executed it. I think if we turn up tomorrow, I think there should be no doubt that we get the three points.
“There’s a no-fear approach for them, and they can play with a lot of freedom. But it’s not about what they do, it’s about what we do on the day.
“If we turn up and play to our full potential, we should be fine.
“It’s a good pressure [promotion race]. I can think of much worse pressures to be under. We’ve got a very good opportunity to get into the top three and push towards League One.”
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