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Stags’ fans are ‘amazing’, says defender

9 April 2022

Mansfield Town defender Farrend Rawson described the Stags’ away support as ‘amazing’ as the amber and blue recorded their biggest victory of the season in an impressive 4-0 domination of Scunthorpe United.

The Stags cruised to victory thanks to an own goal from Anthony Grant as well as contributions from Mansfield men Stephen McLaughlin, Ryan Stirk and Stephen Quinn. 

Speaking of the 2,028 fans who made the trip, Rawson said: “They’ve got to be the best fans at this level. To have two-and-a-half-thousand, or whatever was here today, was amazing.  

“They didn’t stop singing and we’re going to need them. We’ve got six big games left, like [having] six cup finals. We’re going to need the fans every step of the way and I’m sure they’ll be there, they’ve never failed us. We’re all in it together.” 

The 25-year-old said that despite Scunthorpe’s rock-bottom position in the Sky Bet League Two table, they were always going to try and frustrate the high-flying Stags.  

“It was an all-round good performance, a good clean sheet and [it was] nice to get four goals,” he said. 

“These can be tough games. They’re scrapping for every point. They’re putting their bodies on the line and they’re giving it everything, so it can be tough.  

“The first 15 minutes they were on us but we got through it and our quality shone through in the end. 

“We go out there and enjoy ourselves and get on the ball with freedom, there was some good play [from us today].”  

“[The stoppage in play due to a pitch invasion by some of the home fans on 74 minutes] didn’t affect us. We knew what we had to do. If anything it gave us a bit of a breather, ten minutes to get our legs back and give it one last push to keep the clean sheet.” 

On the final run-in, Rawson said: “We’ve got to take it a game at a time, every game is massive now. This is where [in the table] you want to be fighting [for points]. It’s amazing, I think all the lads are buzzing and every game [we’re] looking forward to it. Hopefully it [our good feeling] continues.” 

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