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Mansfield manager sympathises with CEO’s emotional plea

Mansfield Town v Port Vale.   'Krystian Pearce is yellow carded after Port Vale's equaliser.
Mansfield Town v Port Vale. 'Krystian Pearce is yellow carded after Port Vale's equaliser.

Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft said he shared and understood the frustrations of club owners John and Carolyn Radford as Stags’ play-off hopes hang by a thread going into the last two games.

After two more precious points were spilled when Port Vale equalised late in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw just as rivals Lincoln snatched a winner with 10 men, CEO Carolyn Radford issued an emotional statement demanding the the side play ‘like their lives depend on it’ for the last two games.

After just one win in 11 games and ahead of Saturday’s trip to Yeovil Town, Flitcroft said: “I spoke to the chairman yesterday and had a chat about the statement.

“When you actually strip down what they spoke about, it’s frustration from obviously conceding a late goal and probably what happened at Lincoln late on as well.

“I can understand that frustration. We’re all feeling it.

“But the reason I signed for this football club was the passion of the chairman and Carolyn – the passion they’ve had for this project and the money they’ve thrown at it over an 18-month period.

“The money thrown at the project has been incredible and their passion has been outstanding. So I do understand the frustration and disappointment and I share it. But I’ve only been in the job six weeks.

“They’ve been trying to drive progress for this club for seven years and the ultimate aim is promotion.”

Carolyn Radford’s heartfelt statement on Saturday read: “I am feeling massively disappointed by the outcome of today’s result. And that describes it lightly.

“Apart from our families and health, time is the most precious thing in life. And it is time, along with a substantial amount of money, which John and I have invested into our club this season in abundance.

“To see our season now pan out in such a fashion is disheartening for us.

“We have a minimum of 180 minutes of football remaining and I expect us to play like our lives depend on it.

“We have rebuilt our club from the ashes. Everyone can see the time and finance invested in every area of our club and we are immensely proud of the developments we are making off the field. “That time and endeavour must be matched to its absolute maximum in these next two matches.

“We have worked too hard for anything else. Thank you for your support.”