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We're determined to right our wrongs - goalkeeper

11 January 2020

Goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik declared that Mansfield Town are ‘100 percent’ determined to right their wrongs after today’s 4-3 defeat against Forest Green Rovers.

Goals from forward CJ Hamilton and striker Danny Rose had given the Stags a deserved lead until the visitors turned the contest on its head.

And while frontman Nicky Maynard thought he had rescued a point in the 90th minute, Mark Cooper’s side stole victory with Aaron Collins’ last-gasp strike.

Olejnik, who returned to the starting line-up this afternoon, was therefore adamant that the amber and blue would be fully committed to responding at Plymouth Argyle next Saturday.

“We fully understand we aren’t giving them [the fans] what they pay for and what they deserve, but we’re 100 percent trying to put it right,” the shot-stopper told iFollow Stags.

“This season has felt a little like it [rock bottom], certainly the dressing room feels like it. We’ve just had a long chat about things and just to concede at the death like that is never nice, especially the way the game’s gone.

“We’ve been doing this for a few weeks – not necessarily soul searching but talking amongst ourselves to try and put things right.”

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The Austrian then assessed the Sky Bet League Two encounter with Rovers after an action-packed encounter at One Call Stadium.

“To get back into the game against a top side and concede last minute is very frustrating. I think that sums our season up so far.

“I think there might have been a ‘let’s go again’ after we scored at the end but maybe some of the younger players can learn from such an experience.

“It wasn’t their fault, but as an older player you’ve been there a few times and you probably should take your foot off the gas.

“Maybe we got caught up with the fans a bit and it’s a lesson to be learnt, in a weird way it’s almost good to hit rock bottom because there’s nowhere else to go.”

And the 33-year old hopes manager Graham Coughlan (below) will now be able to fully implement his ideology after a hectic festive schedule. 

“It’s a new manager, he’s obviously trying to implement his things and it takes time,” Olejnik continued.

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“He [Graham Coughlan] came in at a time where there were a lot of games, so he didn’t have time to work on anything. Whereas having a Monday to Friday week gives you time to get things right.

“We’ve got a great squad and on paper we should be higher up. We have 100 percent bought into what he wants to do – some of the rules he’s laid down all of the lads are buying into it.

“If we’re meant to be at a meeting at quarter to, for example, we’re there at twenty-five to. We just want to do what he’s asking us to do.

“It is frustrating [the results] but with games now being Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, we will put things right by doing the work.”

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