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Squad is one of the best - Lapslie

26 April 2022

Midfielder George Lapslie says his Mansfield Town teammates are some of the best he’s worked with after the Stags professionally beat Stevenage 2-0 at One Call Stadium.

The 24-year-old praised the ‘unreal’ mood amongst the players and staff within the dressing room during an incredible season.  

Despite Lapslie’s 51st minute goal helping Stags to their second consecutive league victory and strengthening the team's position in the play-off places, he insists that there is ‘still work to do’.  

The midfielder netted Mansfield’s first of the game on 51 minutes, before Matty Longstaff added an injury time second to seal the contest. 

“[The ball] fell to me,” he said. “Lukey [Lucas Akins] did unreal, he held off the man for me [to] give me that time to switch it onto my left [foot] and make a clear path to the goal. 

“When you’re 1-0 up you don’t actually need that second goal but you obviously want it so you can relax a little bit.

“We would’ve liked to get it a little bit sooner so we could’ve enjoyed the last fifteen minutes more but the three points is all that mattered. 

“[It was] a big three points. It keeps us in the race for it [automatic promotion]. We go again on Monday.”  

The former Charlton Athletic man hailed the good feeling amongst the dressing room in spurring the Stags on this season.  

“We’ve been in a good mood all season,” Lapslie told iFollow Stags. “[They’re] an unbelievable group of lads to be honest. They’re probably one of the best I’ve been involved with. 

“The mood has been unreal all season, even when we weren’t on that good run [of form] the mood was high and we still believed we would achieve our goal of promotion, but we’ve still got a lot to play for. 

“Every game we have now is going to feel like ‘this one’s the most important one’. 

“I think we do need to be getting six points if we want to chase automatics but from where we’ve come from, we’re in a good position, we’ve got no pressure on us now. It’s just up to us to chase down the teams above us.”  

Lapslie admitted that the Stags’ fans were another key factor in the team’s strong performance this season. 

“[The fans are] unreal, they have been all season,” he said. 

“I’d just like to say ‘thank you’ to them. As a player when you’re not on a good run they stick with you, it’s an unbelievable feeling.  

“We were actually talking about it in the changing room before the game about how much we owe this [potential promotion] to them. We just [hope] they know we’re giving all we’ve got. 

“They’re going to be in full voice and we’ll see them there on Monday.” 

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