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New signing salutes Stags’ ‘never say die’ attitude

4 February 2023

Club News

New signing salutes Stags’ ‘never say die’ attitude

4 February 2023

Debutant Davis Keillor-Dunn said his Mansfield Town teammates showed why they are ‘never out of games’ in their dramatic 1-1 draw away to Bradford City.

Stags were impaired by three first-half substitution-provoking injuries before their second-half rally was capped off by a thunderous Alfie Kilgour header in injury time. 

Keillor-Dunn replaced the injured Rhys Oates on 22 minutes to make his Mansfield Town debut after joining the club permanently from Burton Albion on deadline day. 

The attacker felt his new side showed strong character to overcome unavoidable challenges and clinch an important point against play-off challengers. 

“It’s definitely a hard place to come,” he said. 

“We are disappointed we didn’t get all three [points] but we take the positives out of it and go again next week. 

“I think even when we got the equaliser, we wanted the winner. It just shows you about our character. 

“I always think there are goals coming. I kept telling the strikers ‘there’s another chance [coming]’ and it just didn’t drop for us in the end to get the three points. I always stay confident in games, with the team we’ve got and the standard [we play at] we’re never out of games.” 

The 25-year-old was pleased to be given the opportunity to showcase his talent so early in his Mansfield Town career. 

“[It was] absolutely fantastic,” he said. “It would’ve been a perfect evening if we’d have gotten the three points, which I thought we deserved. 

“I thought we dominated large periods of the game. I thought we had the bigger chances in the game, hence why we’re disappointed but we can’t dwell on it. 

“I had a header and a couple of blocked shots. That’s just what I’m about, I want to get into the box, I want the ball to fall to me, I want to score goals and I want to create them.” 

Despite joining the club less than a week ago, Stags’ number 40 has been encouraged by his new surroundings.  

“Coming from League One I think we [Mansfield] are as good as [that level],” he told iFollow Stags.  

“The standard of training is fantastic. We’ve got some good players. There are some really good lads in there that know what it takes to get out of this league. 

“I’m relishing it. 

“We picked up a few injuries [today], [we’ve] been unlucky with that. You just have to adapt in games [sometimes] and keep plugging away. I think the results will definitely come if we keep doing the right things like that.”

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