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Gaffer will not allow complacency – midfielder

12 April 2022

Experienced midfielder Stephen Quinn says that manager Nigel Clough will not allow any complacency in the squad as the Stags head into the final six games of the season.

The amber and blue were victorious on the road once more as they recorded a 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United last weekend to move up to fourth place in Sky Bet League Two.

And Quinn , who has worked with the gaffer previously, said: “The lads here won’t do that [get complacent] especially with a manager that has seen it and done it all before.

“After the early parts of the season, the lads won’t get too carried away. We are a good hard-working group so I have no doubt it will be hard work for these next few weeks.

“We cannot rely on anybody so we have to focus on ourselves. We’ve had a few injuries and niggles so we have to get everyone involved and that even goes to the fans to back us in these next six games because it is a mammoth effort we need.”

The 36-year-old spoke about how the fans have spurred on the players this term.

“I think the relationship between the fans and the players and the staff all season has just grown,” he said.

“You need that in football as we are all on this journey together so it is really important that everyone sticks together through the good and bad times and they did just that when we looked to be down and out but they galvanised us to keep going, especially at home.

“It is a special time at the moment and I love watching the fans celebrate.”

Ahead of Good Friday’s mouth-watering match at home to promotion rivals Sutton United, Quinn said: “It is massive [to be back at home]. Over the last couple of months, it just feels like we are constantly away from home with the fans travelling all over the country to watch us play.

“We know how strong we are at home and backed by the fans we have made it [One Call Stadium] a fortress this season.

“It’s the business end of the season and it is where minds and bodies are tired but we just need one big effort with everyone looking after their bodies and staying focused on the job at hand.”


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