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GARNER & SWAN PREVIEW WREXHAM GAME
30th March 2024 19:07


Coach: We'll give it everything in final seven
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 26 March 2024

First team coach Andy Garner says Stags will work as hard as they possibly can to deliver success in the remaining seven games of the season as Mansfield prepare for an important Easter double header.

The amber and blue, sitting top of the table, travel to third-placed Wrexham on Good Friday before hosting Accrington Stanley at One Call Stadium on Easter Monday.

The first team coach today applauded the Stags’ faithful for their support this season and said the squad will do their utmost to finish the season in the top three.

When asked to deliver a message to the fanbase, he said: “Keep supporting us like you have been doing home and away.

“The amount of fans that go to the away games is staggering. We appreciate that.

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“There’s no better feeling for us to go and clap them and thank them for their efforts.

“They have to keep supporting us, keep cheering us on and helping us, because we’ll need it. We just want them to keep supporting us the best they can because we’re going to try as hard as we possibly can to get promoted.

“We’ll keep them level-headed and as calm as we possibly can.”

Stags head to Wrexham with only three points separating the two sides and both having seven games remaining.

“We look forward to training and having a little bit of fun, but also working incredibly hard. The players know what we have to do, we know what we have to do. It’s about getting three points at the minute.

“We want to play well, of course we do, but at the minute it’s about getting three points.

“We’re going to Wrexham, we’re top of the league, are playing well at the moment and are looking forward to the game and that’s what we’ll be telling the players. We’re top of the league for a reason. We’re a good side and hopefully the Wrexham game will be a good one.

“Both teams will be trying very hard to win the football match. It’s an important stage of the season. If we can’t win it, then don’t lose it, that’ll be our message. But we’ll certainly be going for it, that’s for sure.”

The coach has been impressed with the upturn in form of forward Will Swan, who has netted eight goals in 13 matches this calendar year.

“I think at the minute we’re seeing the real Swanny and why we’ve signed him. He’s a good player.

“In the last few weeks I’ve had the opportunity of having a sit down with him and a talk to him, simply because we needed more from him. We needed more in terms of holding the ball up and scrapping and fighting.

“We know he can do all the running and can score us a goal but his whole game needed to improve a bit and in the last two games it’s really shown. He’s been fighting for the ball and we need that. You can’t just let the centre-halves have the ball easily or win the ball easily. You have to be fighting and scrapping and he’s doing that now. His all-round game right now is very good.”

Meanwhile, Baily Cargil is set to undergo a scan on his knee, while fellow defenders George Williams and Callum Johnson are in light training but are doubts for Friday’s trip to North Wales.

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Massive Easter weekend looming for promotion-chasing Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tues 26 Mar 2024

Mansfield Town first team coach Andy Garner said results not performances were key now and the table-topping squad was in good heart ahead of a huge Easter weekend.

Held 1-1 at home by Colchester United last weekend, Stags now head for a live televised game at third-placed rivals Wrexham on Good Friday before facing Accrington Stanley at the One Call Stadium on Easter Monday.

With only seven games to play, Stags sit six points clear of fourth-placed MK Dons in the automatic promotion spots with a game in hand and Garner, who has enjoyed promotions with boss Nigel Clough before, said: “All we can do is bring that experience to the players and keep them level-headed and as calm as we possibly can.

“We have been there and done it at teams like Burton.

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“We look forward to training and have a bit of fun, but also we're working incredibly hard. We know what we've got to do and the players know what we've got to do.

“It's just about getting three points at the minute. Sometimes you can forget the performance, though we do want to play well every week.”

He continued: “We go to Wrexham in good heart. We're top of the league and playing well at the minute. We're looking forward to the game and that's what we're going to tell the players.

“We are top for a reason - we are a good side and hopefully the Wrexham game will be a good game. Let's go and see what we've got.

“We've only lost six games all season which is an incredible record with only seven games to go.

“We have had a good season so far and we need to maintain those standards for the next seven games. It will come down to courage, quality and character.”

He added: “We will be on the front foot and keep playing our stuff. Hopefully the Wrexham pitch is a bit better than ours and the conditions will be a bit better than last weekend.

“We're really looking forward to it. You have to look forward to games like Wrexham - a full house and good support for us there, us top of the league - let's get at them.

“Both teams will be trying very hard to win the match at this important stage of the season and, if we can't win it, then don't lose it. That will be our message.

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In-form Mansfield Town striker Swan excited for big Easter weekend clashes as promotion push hots up
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tues 26 Mar 2024

In-form Mansfield Town striker Will Swan can't wait for the huge Easter weekend games as the table-toppers aim to take more big steps towards promotion.

Stags are at Wrexham on Good Friday and host Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday and Swan said: “It is a big weekend for us.

“But every game at this stage of the season is important, so we won't treat the Wrexham game any differently. We will go there with the objective of getting three points.

“The big games are always enjoyable to play in. Being on Sky as well there will be a lot of people watching. It's exciting, but we will treat it like any other game in this run towards the end of the season.

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“The dressing room mood is very positive. We're trying not to get ahead of ourselves. We're taking it one game at a time. We know every game is important and the sooner we string a few wins together, the sooner we can get it wrapped up.

“This is only my second or third year playing in the league and my first time being involved in any sort of promotion push, so it is very exciting for me.”

Swan struggled for form in the first half of the campaign but has now hit his stride with eight goals in 11 games to take him into double figures.

“I found it quite tough,” he admitted.

“Obviously, after doing quite well when I was on loan here last season and then coming here permanently, not hitting the ground running like I was expecting to put me on the back foot and knocked my confidence a bit.

“I know I have the ability to play like that so it was about not getting too frustrated and losing my patience, just knowing it was just a matter of time before I started to hit the net again.”

He continued: “I seem to have found a bit of form since the start of this year thankfully.

“I am just happy I am back getting more game time and helping the team out in any way I can.

“I think it's just been about getting a run of games. And I think that first goal against Wimbledon boosted my confidence and I have started finding the net again.

“Getting more time on the pitch has allowed me to get more chances - and obviously the more chances you get, the easier it is to score goals.

“You walk onto the pitch with more confidence when it is going into the back of the net for you. When you're not scoring it feels like you're not going to.

“Once you get a run of two or three goals it feels like every time you play you will score.

“Coming into the end of the season when every game is crucial it's really good I have managed to start scoring at this time of the season.”

Mansfield Town are seeing the real Will Swan at last, says first team coach Andy Garner.

Swan was in fine form on loan from Forest last season and made the move permanent in the summer.

And, after a disappointing first half to this season he has suddenly hit eight goals in 11 games to reach double figures and hit form at the perfect time with promotion beckoning.

“At the minute we're seeing the real Swanny and why we signed him. He is a good player,” said Garner, a former striker himself.

“Over the last couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to have a little sit down with him and talk to him as we simply needed more from him.

“We needed more in terms of holding the ball up from him and more scrapping and fighting. We know he can do all the running - he has pace about him and we know can score us a goal.

“But it was his whole game that needed to improve a bit and I think in the last few games it's really shown.

“He's been fighting for the ball, and it drops for you with genuine challenges. We need that - you just can't let centre halves have or win the ball easily.

“You have to be fighting and scrapping, and he is doing that now and his all-round game at the moment is really good.”

On Swan's poor first half to the campaign, Garner said: “In the first few months he had very few opportunities.

“We chose other personnel rather than him, and that is not very easy for him.

“Also, he couldn't buy a goal. As a forward, if chances are being created and you don't put them away it's on your mind all the time - even in training.

“He will be the first to admit that even in training he was putting them wide or the keeper was saving them.

“But you have to keep encouraging him to get into those situations in the box as it will turn eventually.

“Through his hard work and his professionalism he has got through that and now it's paying dividends for him. He is playing well now and scoring goals.”

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Forward excited at prospect of ‘big weekend’
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 26 March 2024

Forward Will Swan has described Stags’ Easter ‘big weekend’ as ‘important’ as Mansfield prepare to take on Wrexham and Accrington Stanley in the space of four days.

As the race for promotion hots up, Swan - and the rest of the squad - are aware of the opportunity that positive results will have on Stags’ season with seven matches left to play.

The in-form striker has highlighted the importance of Friday’s trip to third placed Wrexham, live on Sky Sports (3pm kick-off).

Speaking to iFollow Stags in a news conference at RH Academy, Swan said: “It’s an important one and a big weekend.

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“Every game at this stage of the season is important - we’re not going to treat it any differently.

“We’re going to go there with the objective of getting three points.

“The big games are always enjoyable to play in - the ones that are on Sky as well.

“There’s a lot of people going to be watching. We’re going to treat it like any other game this season.”

The former Nottingham Forest frontman has netted seven goals in his last nine matches - showcasing himself as one of the division’s most potent goalscorers in recent months.

“I seem to have found a bit of form at the start of this year, thankfully,” he said.

“I’m just happy that I’m back getting more game time and helping the team out in any way that I can.

“I think that first goal against Wimbledon - I think that was the first one this year - getting a run of games after that has boosted my confidence and I’m starting to find the net again.”

The 23-year-old went on: “Getting more time on the pitch has allowed me to get more chances.

“The more chances you get, the easier it is to score goals.

“Maybe the first one against Harrogate is my favourite one. That gave me a lot of confidence scoring from outside the box and then getting a second one as well.

“I’m used to scoring one goal but I’ve not had an awful lot of braces so that was a nice feeling.

“[I’m] Walking on to the pitch with more confidence.

“When you’re not scoring it feels like you’re not going to.

“When you get a run of one, two or three goals it feels like whenever you play, you’re going to score.”

Heading into the final seven games, he said: “It’s coming to the end of the season where every game is crucial,” said Swan.

“It’s really good that I have managed to start scoring at this time of the season.

“Nobody is getting ahead of themselves; we’re just taking it one game at a time.”

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