Stags’ Swiss keeper Sasha Studer can’t wait for his first taste of the world famous English FA Cup tomorrow.
Stags host a visit from Conference South Concord Rangers in round one and Studer said: “I have always heard about it (the FA Cup). It is a big cup and I am really looking forward to the first round.
“I hope we can get through as I have heard we can have Premier League teams.
“It is the same in Switzerland, you can have much lower league teams that you’ve maybe never heard about. They are always hard to play against. They are 100 per cent motivated. They come here and can’t lose anything.
“But we have to win – nothing else. If we can’t score in the first half then it’s more pressure, more pressure, more pressure.
“We need to get back to winning. At least we had been drawing games and not losing. But last week we didn’t have that winning spirit in the first half. We got it after the goal but we need it earlier.”
Studer is still learning the game and admits his kicking was poor at York last month where he gifted the Minsterman a goal.
“I am always critical about my game, not just my kicking,” he said. “I want to improve everything. My kicking at York was horrible and I spoke to the gaffer who gave me help to train that which I appreciated.”
But Studer is a big hit with young fans at Mansfield, who appreciate his efforts to meet their requests for autographs.
“I do it for the kids. It is important to me as they come to see their idols and it makes me happy if they are happy,” he smiled.
Studer’s command of English is also rapidly improving and he added: “I have been here for three months and I can’t speak German to anyone so I need to speak English and that’s helped, but I can still improve it.”