Midfielder George Maris says he and his teammates ‘never doubted themselves’ as Stags completed a memorable fightback to win 5-2 against AFC Wimbledon last night.
In a goal glut at One Call Stadium, Stags turned the game on its head after trailing 2-0 after just 16 minutes.
Maris put Stags 3-2 in front in the second-half and from there on in, Nigel Clough’s men never looked back.
“It [the game] was hectic, it was a really thrilling game,” said Maris, speaking to iFollow Stags.
“We were all looking around thinking, how the hell are we two nil down?
“We never doubted ourselves to get back in it and win the game.
“A lot of us have been together for a long time and we’ve proved we can come back, especially at home. We all just did our jobs.
“We needed a break, we had a few crosses and they caught the first man when we could’ve scored but to get the first, it created a real buzz around the place. As soon as we got the first I thought we’d win the game.”
“At half-time the gaffer said ‘go out and play the same stuff and we’ll get the goals’.”
Maris was one of five changes this evening and is aiming to cement a regular place in the lineup.
“Whenever the Gaffer [Nigel Clough] chooses me hopefully I can cause a headache, like I have tonight.
“Hopefully I can play well and now stay in the team.
“But I know we have got an abundance of good midfielders. We have got seven quality midfielders
“We had quality already so for them to come in it has just boosted it. You can see how good they are.”
He added: “I think we have to take it to Saturday now. Everyone knows we’re good here.
“We’ll want to start good against Stockport, better than we did tonight, and hopefully win the game again.”