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Stirk confident Stags can keep climbing the table

13 November 2021

Midfielder Ryan Stirk says there is still much more to come as the youngster’s first goal for the club secured the Stags’ fourth consecutive win in all competitions this afternoon.

The on-loan Birmingham City midfielder added Mansfield’s 65th minute winning goal in a well-battled 2-1 victory over Stevenage at Lamex Stadium. 

The 21-year-old came on as a second-half substitute to grab the game’s decisive goal.

Stirk says that Mansfield are pleased with their first win on the road and there is more to come.

“We’re happy with it [the win] but we’re not satisfied yet,” he said. 

“We want to keep working, keep getting more wins and keep moving up the table. 

The youngster admitted that Stevenage didn’t make it easy for Mansfield but his teammates rose to the challenge.  

“You saw JJ [John-Joe O’Toole] winning every header today and he was excellent,” said Stirk. “He really showed us how many games he’s played in the league and what it takes to win a game of football when you come away and they make it scruffy and hard for you. 

“I thought we dealt with it really well. I think we can do both sides of the game.  

“We’ve got players that can scrap [and] win headers, then [there are] players like Quinny [Stephen Quinn] who get it down and play forward with quality. 

“It was a really good three points today and finally I got my first goal.” 

Stirk credited Mansfield’s 535 away supporters at Lamex Stadium and their contribution to the team’s display.

“They [the supporters] were excellent today as usual,” he said. “They never let us down away or at home. 

“[They were] singing all afternoon and I think having all of them there defeats the fact that we’re the away team. We acted like the home with them [all behind us].”              

The midfielder hopes the Stags can use their newfound momentum to push up the Sky Bet League Two table. 

“We’re not going to get carried away with the four wins.” Stirk said. “We’re going to win as many games as we can and see where it takes us. 

“We’ve got four games in November, big games as well. We’re going to try and get as many points on the board as we can and all the lads will push as hard as they can until Christmas and we’ll see where we are.” 

You can watch the midfielder's interview in full by clicking here.


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