Mansfield Town should be proud of avoiding relegation, says Ryan Tafazolli

Ryan Tafazolli -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Ryan Tafazolli -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Defender Ryan Tafazolli says Mansfield Town should be proud of avoiding relegation from the Football League.

Stags have endured a tough season in which they have floated dangerously close to the drop zone before victory over Tranmere Rovers virtually guaranteed their survival.

Mansfield, who had their budget slashed in the summer, slipped into the relegation zone on 31st January after a 2-1 defeat at Carlisle before they climbed up the table after rallying.

And the commanding centre-back, who is out of contract at the end of the season, believes it is something Stags should be proud of.

“It has been a bit of a stop start season, which has seen a lot of change,” he said.

“Our job was to stay in this league, we have done that and, in that sense, we should be proud of ourselves.

“After the Carlisle game we showed great team spirit to battle away from the relegation zone.

“It has been a frustrating season and no-one can really say they have had a great season.”

And, despite their disappointing final league position, Tafazolli is confident Murray’s men have what it takes to improve next time out.

“Training has been intense this week and is a great indiciation of what it will be like next season,” added Tafazolli.

“The young players have come in and done very well, especially Jack Thomas since he came in to the side.

“The boss has done a great job in how he has nurtured themn and brought them through.

“We need to find a more consistent form next season. Hopefully we can go out on a high with a win on Saturday.

“I have been here for three years and love every minute of it. I want to stay at Mansfield Town and I hope that will be confirmed on Tuesday when the retained list is announced.”

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