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More of the same says Stags manager
CHAD website, 21 September 2006
STAGS boss Peter Shirtliff has urged both players and fans to produce more of the same against Accrington Stanley on Saturday (3pm) after Tuesday night's narrow 2-1 home Carling Cup defeat by Portsmouth.
Mansfield went into the game on the back of two away defeats. But they produced a superb showing, roared on by an enthusiastic Field Mill crowd.
"I was really pleased with the reaction after Torquay because it looked liked they rolled their sleeves up and said: 'let's have a go' - and that's the attitude I want to see on Saturday," said Shirtliff.
"It was very positive and I would like to pay tribute to the supporters I though they were really, really good and it was a great atmosphere.
"It was clearly a big boost when you have the crowd behind you, encouraging you and driving you on.
"But to be fair they have been great all season and we would hope for more good backing from them on Saturday and Tuesday.
"I hope the supporters come back and support the boys again in our league matches because they were terrific.
"We were a bit unfortunate to lose but we have to pick ourselves up now and move forward into the league programme.
"The character was good because they didn't get disappointed about being two goals down at half-time. We kept going and we created lots of problems for Portsmouth and now we are hoping to take that into the Accrington game.
"We have not played badly all season, although it was a poor game at Torquay and we were all disappointed.
"We have to make Field Mill a difficult place for teams to come and if we perform anywhere near the levels we did on Tuesday then we are going to give teams a hard time.
"Accrington have done well and it shows you that the teams who have come up from the Conference are decent sides. We are going to have to respect them and play very well if we are going to get a result.
"The Portsmouth was an enjoyable occasion, but that is history now so we have to take the positives and start getting some results in the league."
Stags have a great chance to do that now as they also face Darlington at Field Mill on Tuesday night.
Central defender Jon Olav Hjelde continues to be a doubt with his groin strain and Simon Brown is sidelined with a knee injury.
But, otherwise, Shirtliff has plenty of options with Giles Coke and Michael Boulding contesting the left midfield slot, Danny Reet and Chris Beardsley battling for a place up front and on-loan Alan Sheehan, left out to avoid becoming cup-tied, back in contention with Gareth Jelleyman for the left back slot.
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