Potter: We must win both games at all costs

Alfie Potter (right) and Alex MacDonald celebrate Stags' goal.
Alfie Potter (right) and Alex MacDonald celebrate Stags' goal.

Mansfield Town winger Alfie Potter said the Stags must ensure they win both their last games to be in prime position to capitalise on their rivals dropping points, as he expects they will.

Potter was speaking after a late Port Vale goal saw today's game end up in a 1-1 draw and two valuable points dropped.

“It felt like a loss. But it's not over. There are still games to play,” he said.

“Coventry and Lincoln have to play each other and Lincoln have got to go to Accrington.

“Points are going to be dropped and we just have to make sure we take six points out of six.

“Anything else and it's game over for us. I genuinely believe other teams will drop points and it will go to the last day. If that's the case we have to make sure we've done our side.”

Potter admitted poor finishing had proved costly today.

“It's a hard one to take. We did enough to win two or three games today but the last little bit just let us down,” he said.

“It's killed us today as it has done many other times this season.

“From box to box we were very good – as good as we've been for a while. But we just didn't put the game to bed.

“We got into so many good positions. But all of us were guilty today of either making wrong decisions or not finishing the chance.”

He added: “We needed the first goal today and got it. We should have been one or two up at half-time, but it didn't come.

“If we'd had to wait much longer it would have felt like desperation. So when we did score it was a huge relief and I fully expected us to go on and get two or three more.

“We haven't and it's cost us.”