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11th September 2019 1:08

We have ‘team spirit’ to achieve success - boss
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 10 Sept 2019

Stags’ boss John Dempster says that there are ‘similarities’ between the back-to-back promotion-winning Crawley Town side he was a part of and the current Mansfield Town squad, ahead of Saturday’s clash between the Red Devils and the amber and blue.

The former defender featured in both of Crawley’s promotion-winning campaigns, from the Conference in 2010/11 and League Two in 2011/12.

He says the ‘ingredients’ and ‘team spirit’ of the Red Devils’ squads for their two highly successful campaigns can be seen in the current Mansfield ranks.

“I wasn’t there [Crawley] for a great length of time, but the time I had there I really enjoyed. They were really happy times,” he said in Tuesday morning’s news conference.

“We had an incredible team spirit and some brilliant characters. I look at this current [Mansfield] campaign and there are some similarities and ingredients that we have in our squad.


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Defence looking to assist with goal haul - centre-back
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 10 Sept 2019

Defender Matt Preston has revealed a ‘competition’ between himself and fellow centre-backs Krystian Pearce and Ryan Sweeney, to see who can add the most goals throughout the season.

Preston notched his first goal of the season on Saturday as he opened the scoring in Stags’ 2-0 home victory over Scunthorpe United.

He says that he wants to score ‘as many goals’ as possible, while adding that skipper Pearce has joked about catching top scorer Danny Rose’s total, with the former Bury striker currently leading the Sky Bet League Two scoring charts with six goals.

“It was a good feeling to get the win [on Saturday],” he said. “There are a lot of positives to take from winning but I feel like we can get better as a team.

“It’s just a matter of converting what we do in training and putting it on the pitch. Saying that, I think a lot of games aren’t going to be pretty, so it’s good to see that we can play the ugly side as well.

“[For my goal] originally I thought ‘I have to get back’ but I thought I’d take a risk and stay up. CJ [Hamilton] has put in a good ball for me and I’ve managed to stretch out a leg and put it to the opposite side of the ‘keeper.