Sutton hoping Plymouth haul is not in vain

Ritchie Sutton
Ritchie Sutton

With snow and heavy rain forecast, Stags defender Ritchie Sutton is hoping the long haul down to Plymouth today for tomorrow’s League Two clash with Argyle doesn’t become the second Mansfield game to fall victim to the weather this week.

Said Sutton: “We have been down to Exeter and Portsmouth this month when the games were in doubt but were on. So I hope the same happens against Plymouth.

“I am confident we can go there and pick up something. I feel we can go anywhere at the moment. We went away to a club as strong as Portsmouth and I was confident we were going to win, though we were held to a draw, and we had great wins at Chesterfield and Exeter.

“We have some great talents in the squad and there is more than enough in that changing room to get us out of the position we are in.

“We know the task in hand from now to the end of the season. We have broken the games down and set ourselves targets

“Going three at the back means more places for me to play so I am happy. We picked up some good results like that early in the season. But then we changed it and things didn’t go to plan.”

Last weekend the Stags showed their mettle by coming back from 2-0 down to draw at home with Wycombe.

“We had more than enough chances to come in at the break two or three up,” he said. “But, coming off the pitch at the end, we were happy to have fought back from 2-0 down. We showed good character, though it was disappointing to go 2-0 down and disappointing not to win the game.

“I think the first goal took us all by surprise as we were on top.

“We were confident of getting one back before half-time, but we didn’t. We came back out with a game plan and, before we knew it, we were 2-0 down. But we put on a lot of pressure after that and scored twice and, on another day, we could have won it 4-2.”

Then on Tuesday, the home clash with Bury was called off.

“It was one of those things,” he said. “After a game like Wycombe, when we were on top, you just want to get back out on the field as soon as possible. It wasn’t to be and we just have to continue it this weekend now.”