BOSS HEAPS PRAISE ON BIG ANDY
Andy White, who won the man-of-the-match award against Bristol Rovers, has been backed by Stuart Watkiss following recent criticism from fans.
And now the lanky youngster, so often the target of the terrace boo-boys if he has an off day, is hoping to keep his place in the Stags side who hope to terrorise promotion rivals Cheltenham Town tomorrow.
White came back into the first team at Luton last Monday and retained his place on Saturday, when he scored in the crucial victory over Bristol Rovers.
"Andy has just confirmed what we knew he could do and I am delighted for him," said Watkiss.
"He has taken some stick but fans should look back at the games he has played in and see that in most of them we have scored goals.
"I have had mail asking me what the hell I am doing playing him, but that is very unfair."
White said: "I am a big lad, I'm gangly and not the prettiest player to watch.
"Us tall lads will always get some stick - even Niall Quinn gets it. But I hope Saturday's performance will go some way to rectifying what I've done in the past.
"David Kelly told me you can talk yourself into scoring goals and that's what I was doing all last week.
"We have some very experienced players at this club now and you have to take on board everything they tell you as they have been around. I have nothing but respect for them.
"Saturday has been a long time coming for me and meant a lot to me.
"Now I can't wait for tomorrow. It's a massive game against Cheltenham. But, after they lost on Saturday and we won, it gives us everything to play for.
"The gaffer said before Saturday he believed four wins would put us up and I think we can do it."
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