SHEFF WED PREVIEWS
KEEP IT UP, STAGS, MUGGLETON URGES
Evening Post , 26 July 2006
Carl Muggleton is hoping Mansfield can continue the impressive form they have shown in their pre-season friendlies so far against Sheffield Wednesday tonight.
The veteran goalkeeper only signed a one-year deal last week after training with the club and will offer competition to Jason White for the number one jersey.
But already Muggleton has seen enough to believe that the Stags have the credentials to perform well in League Two this season.
And he is hoping his team-mates will prove that again against another team from a higher division after positive friendly results against Derby County (1-1) and Nottingham Forest (1-0, abandoned).
"When I first came, I looked at the friendlies we had lined up against Derby, Forest and Wednesday and I thought that they were going to be a difficult few games," said Muggleton.
"But, so far, things have gone really well. We have applied ourselves in the right manner, with some decent results and performances. The way things went against Derby and Forest has lifted us and if we can keep it going when we play tonight, then it is going to stand us in good stead for the season to follow."
The 37-year-old has been impressed with the way the back line has performed - despite changing personnel to give everyone match practice.
Muggleton said: "Against Forest we had to be resilient at times when they came at us looking for an equaliser before the game was abandoned.
"But we did that well when we had to. The back lads in particular have done a good job and have all played their part.
"We have all struck up a good rapport and that is something we can build on in the future.
"If you are defending well, then it always gives you a chance and we made the most of it against Forest with Richie Barker's goal."
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