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27th March 2018 0:30

Fans’ footage fires up Flitcroft’s men
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 20 March 2018

Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft has begun to fire up his promotion-chasing players for the three massive games ahead by showing them video footage of Stags fans celebrating last weekend. With a tough trip to Forest Green ahead on Saturday followed by Easter clashed with top two Accrington and Luton, Flitcroft wanted to emphasise what success means to their supporters.

Almost 4,200 Mansfield fans went crazy after the late equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 derby draw at Notts County and Flitcroft said: “It’s really important our players understand what it means to the supporters when you go toe to toe with a team. “When I took the job I knew there were some big games coming up - none bigger than the two over the Easter weekend.

“The players know how big the next three games are. “But I showed them some footage on Monday of our supporters celebrating after we scored through Kane Hemmings.”

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He explained: “We got some footage from mobile phones - there was a Youtube clip from a pub in Nottingham. It’s all about that connectivity. “I told the players they must run hard for our supporters and show the desire that the supporters showed to come and support us at Notts, which has left a lasting impression on me.

“They were going mad and singing the Kane Hemmings song after the game - that’s what supporters want. “They want those times. They want that feelgood factor. “That’s why they support the club through thick and thin. “The second half was a front foot performance and that’s what the Mansfield want to see. It’s important when you want to create chances and take a team to task that the energy comes from supporters. “There was a lot of energy afterwards in some of the bars in Nottingham from footage I’ve watched! “That’s what they are there for. That’s what they have travelled across for and we have to make sure we give them a lot more of those days.”


Flitcroft delighted with senior players in reserves’ cup triumph
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 20 March 2018

Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft was delighted with the application of his senior players in the reserves team today as they won the Central League Cup.

A very experienced Mansfield side won 3-0 in a game switched to opponents Wigan Athletic and said: “I was really pleased with the performance rather than the outcome.

“The minimum given at any football club should be honesty, hard work, sincerity in your performance. You have to you apply yourself.

“It was an experienced team. But I have seen experienced teams not put the shift in that is required. Today the lads have done that.”

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With the One Call Stadium pitch not recovered from the weekend snow and subsequent thaw, the decision was taken to move the game to Wigan’s training ground.

“It took us two and a half hours to get here,” said Flitcroft. “But I really wanted this game on as it gave me the chance to look at some of the players I’ve not seen in an 11 v 11 game, apart from training, and it was a fantastic workout.

“It was an inexperienced Wigan team but sometimes that makes it harder as you have to keep doing the right thing all the time. “The front three set the precedent. They set the energy level.”


Stags' boss determined to reward Mansfield fans

?Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft says the support from the fans at Notts County has left a 'lasting impression' on him and knows how much a promotion this season would mean to the Stags' faithful, speaking ahead of tomorrow's match at Forest Green.

Over 4,000 Stags' fans packed into the away end to watch Kane Hemmings score a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw last Saturday and the manager wants to give the supporters some more moments like that to celebrate.

“That is what the supporters want - they want that feel good factor," said the manager, referring to Hemmings' stoppage time leveller.


"That is why they support the club through thick and thin. We want to give them more days like that.”

Flitcroft, who led Bury to promotion from League Two in 2015, said: “I showed the players some footage of the supporters celebrating after we scored (against Notts County).

"I have told the players to run hard for our supporters. The desire they showed to come and support us at Notts has left a lasting impression on me. It is really important that the players understand what it means to them.”

The manager says that a promotion at One Call Stadium would change the lives of people around the club and Town. “There is only one thing that happens if we do well and are successful here. We can enhance people’s lives. That is what promotion brings.

“I have come here to gain another promotion. The fans are desperate for it. John and Carolyn Radford deserve it after all the support they have given.

"John has supported all the managers that he has had incredibly with resource and infrastructure. It is very important as a manager that we give back.”

The new manager is confident that he can use his experience from his previous managerial jobs to help the Stags finish the season strongly. When asked about the 'pressure' of the last nine games of the campaign, he said: “Pressure is something personally I cope well with.

"I took over a Barnsley team to end up staying up - the first time it ever happened from such a points deficit in the Championship. Pressure comes from the media, the supporters and from above.

"We have to make sure we understand the pressure and the prize we’re playing for - a place in League One.”

Previewing the last nine games, he said: “They are just nine games that you have got to be prepared for, 100% in every detail.

"You can’t let the emotion get the better of you. If you do then you stop your task and your game input. You must be in a controlled state with everything you do.”

Stags head to Gloucestershire tomorrow in fifth place in Sky Bet League Two, with kick-off at 3pm.



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