Midfielder George Lapslie has lauded the Stags’ fans as ‘unreal’ and the atmosphere at One Call Stadium ‘incredible’ ahead of Mansfield’s Sky Bet League Two encounter tomorrow night at home to Newport County.
The 25-year-old has been an integral part of the Mansfield squad that currently sits fourth in Sky Bet League Two, scoring six times in all competitions so far this campaign.
The London-born midfielder will come up against Graham Coughlan’s side tomorrow evening, the manager who brought him to the Stags in 2020 prior to the appointment of Nigel Clough.
And speaking to iFollow Stags at a news conference this morning, George can’t wait to be playing in front of the Mansfield faithful: “The fans are unreal and the atmosphere is incredible,” said Lapslie. “I’m so grateful to them.
“Hopefully they will stick with us.
“We have two big games now, Tuesday-Saturday. These two will be huge for us.”
When asked about his performances so far this season, the ex-Charlton man said: “I think I’ve done alright.
“I think the team is playing well.
“I’m getting a lot of opportunities to create and score goals.
“It’s a team game so I wouldn’t say I’m doing amazing.
“I’d say the boys are getting me into good positions and I'm managing to put them away.”
Stags’ unbeaten away run of four league games came to an end on Saturday as they were defeated 3-2 by Crawley at Broadfield Stadium.
“[It’s] frustrating obviously.'' said Lapslie.
“Going away from home you want to come back with something.
“We obviously haven't started sharp enough.
“They’ve had two goals which we’ve done relatively little to stop.
“It is frustrating for the whole team to go 2-0 down that early on.
“It’s the whole team not just individuals [at fault for the goals].
“We showed good character to bounce back and should’ve gone in at half-time winning the game.”
“We were saying to each other on the pitch, ‘just try and get one [goal]’.
“Then once we got one [goal]… just try and get in at half-time drawing.
“Obviously we’ve come in at half-time and they’ve scored straight away [in the second-half].”
“It is what it is and we’ve got a chance to put it right tomorrow night.”
Lapslie netted the equalising goal after Jordan Bowery converted from the penalty spot.
“I don’t think I could’ve missed, Ell [Elliott Hewitt] put it on a plate for me.
“[He did that] a few weeks back as well against [Manchester] City.
“He does that well when he drives down the right [hand-side of the pitch] and obviously just puts in a great cross.
“He did the same against Walsall the other day.”
Tomorrow evening the amber and blue welcome Newport to One Call Stadium as they look to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat.
“You want a game straight after a loss,” said Lapslie.
“We can hopefully get back to winning ways tomorrow.”