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You can't beat these games

Crossley previews derby clash

16 March 2018

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Mark Crossley is excited at the prospect of Saturday's local derby against Mansfield Town.

The Stags come to Meadow Lane looking to leapfrog Notts in the Sky Bet League Two promotion race and the first-team coach cannot wait for the match to come around.

"You can't beat these games," he said. "There is no better way to start the run-in than with a local derby.

"We are at a pivotal point of the season where we need everybody onside to get behind us and help us.

"Mansfield are a good team with some good players and we respect that but they will respect us in the same manner.

"It's a brilliant occasion and hopefully things will go our way."

While the Stags have gone through a change of manager since the last meeting, replacing the departed Steve Evans with Swindon boss David Flitcroft, Crossley does not believe it will have much of a bearing on the final outcome on Saturday.

"David is a good manager but he won't have changed too much," he said. "It's difficult to go into an environment and change things when the team is doing well.

"But everything goes out of the window on derby day. You have to make sure you keep 11 men on the pitch with no silly red cards.

"There are times in the game where it will become hostile but the team who is most calm and controlled will be the ones who come out on top.

"We are going to be calm, collective and a unit. We will work together, encourage one another and get the crowd behind us to make it as difficult as possible for Mansfield to come and beat us."

With large queues expected on matchday, the club are strongly encouraging supporters to buy tickets online in advance. Click here for more details.

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