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Confidence is sky high - Rawson

4 March 2022

Club News

Confidence is sky high - Rawson

4 March 2022

Defender Farrend Rawson says that confidence in the camp is sky high after his first goal for the club helped Mansfield equal a club record with victory over Exeter.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring on a night when Nigel Clough’s side earned a tenth straight home league win to equal a club record set in 1949 following a 2-1 triumph against the in-form Grecians.

The Nottingham-born man says he was disorientated when the ball first came to him, but his instincts helped him to poke the ball over the line.  

“It was a weird one, a bit of a blur,” he said. 

“It was one of those ones, I just tapped it in, didn’t even know how I ended up there.

“It was amazing striker movement [made] to lose my man,” he said humourously.

“[The] most important thing [was that] the ball hit the back of the net. The goal was coming. I think we built the momentum. 

“It’s my little girl’s second birthday on Monday so that was for her.” 

The Mansfield number six spoke about how the club’s tenth successive league victory at One Call Stadium prolongs the good feeling amongst the squad.  

“[I’m] buzzing with the goal but more importantly I’m buzzing with the win,” Rawson told iFollow Stags. “It keeps the momentum going. 

“[We’re taking it] a game at a time but we’re all buzzing at the moment. Confidence is really high. 

“We’ve got a great squad, a great manager [and] I think the lads are all just buzzing now. Coming in every day [we] keep working hard, keep practicing the basics and keep pushing. We’ll see where it takes us.”  

The former Forest Green Rovers defender was inspired by the raucous atmosphere inside One Call Stadium and admits that the fans will play an important role in the closing stages of the season.  

“Until the end of the season every game is going to be massive,” he said. 

“It helps when you come here and you’ve got the fans bouncing, they pick you up [and] they push you on. [Like] last week at Bradford away we had 2,000 fans and it was absolutely rocking, it was amazing. That’s the kind of thing we’re going to need now until the end of the season to keep us going. 

“Out there it’s amazing to play, [it was a] great, great night. A great night for us and we go again, it’s all we can do. 

“There’s a real happiness around the place. A real buzz, and hopefully that continues, we’ll keep working hard to make sure it does.” 

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