Battling display for Stags earns Mitch Rose reward

Mansfield Town's Mitchell Rose
Picture by Dan Westwell

Mansfield Town's Mitchell Rose Picture by Dan Westwell

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Mitch Rose was delighted to walk away with the sponsors’ man of the match award yesterday after a display that boss Adam Murray described as superb in the 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.

“I’d like to hope that was one of my best displays in a Mansfield shirt with coming away with man of the match,”said the battling midfielder, who operated in a right-sided role.

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“But I don’t think it was about an individual performance today. It was about a collective performance as a team and how well the boys have done.

“These boys keep pushing me on every single day in training which helps me to be able to add something on a Saturday.

“Mentally this one was a really tough game, coming off the back of three defeats from which we felt we deserved a little bit more.”

Stags are now seven points shy of the play-off spots, but Rose said no one was giving up and the side just needed to play with confidence and enjoy the games left.

He said: “We’ve got nine games left so we have to just go out there and enjoy it. I think that’s what we did today – we just played free with confidence.

“To do that today after the last three games was unbelievable.

“We were just unfortunate with the goal we conceded today.

“I played a simple game. The manager gave me a disciplined role and I’d like to think I was able to do that today.

“We must just take it one game at a time now and not look beyond the next fixture.”

Chesterfield loanee Mani Dieseruvwe enjoyed an assist on his debut and Rose praised him, saying: “It’s always difficult coming in to a new set-up and he’s only been here two days, then coming straight in.

“It’s a great confidence booster for him.

“He is still very young and he just wants to go out and play games. He can take a lot of credit from that today.”