Mansfield Town stalwart Adam Murray admitted getting promotion back to the Football League would be the highlight of his career.
Murray, now assistant manager and captain on his third spell with the club, will lead the side out for Saturday’s final day showdown with Wrexham at the One Call Stadium, knowing victory will see Mansfield crowned BSBP champions.
“If we win the league it will be the best moment of my life,” he said. “It is something I want more than anything.
“I talk to people here and have a real connection with the fans so I know what people want. It would be a big moment for me and I won’t let it slip away lightly.
“But no team will come here and lie down. Wrexham are a very good football team with some of the best players in the league. So we will go about things full throttle. We can’t leave anything in the tank.
“Saturday is a huge game and we are going to go at it with everything we’ve got. We learned lessons last weekend at Braintree.
“We will throw everything at it and hold nothing back. We will give 110 per cent with every challenge, tackle, run and pass.”
There were reports that ‘Stags’ thuggery prevailed’ in Tuesday’s crucial 2-1 win at Hereford, where the visitors took three booking. However, Murray said: “I thought that was a bit disrespectful. But we do like to get in people’s faces and we make things very uncomfortable for teams.
“We are never going to be a team that plays eight passes along the back and then plays it back to the keeper. But we are very effective at what we do.”
Murray can still savour the feeling when Matt Green’s winner hit the net on 90+2 minutes, saying: “That was a feeling of ecstasy. I have played for 16 years now and it was worth it for just two minutes of that feeling. It was amazing. But now it’s straight back down to earth.
“This week summed up football. After Saturday we were down in the dumps. Defeat was hard to take. We knew we had slipped up and didn’t take our chance.
“We had a bad weekend. But there wasn’t much time to feel sorry for ourselves and we came back in Monday bright and knowing we had to put it right on Tuesday.”
Boss Paul Cox will be going for a third promotion of a very successful managerial career so far. But Murray couldn’t explain what Cox’s X-Factor was.
“You can’t put your finger on it,” he said. “If you could, you’d sell it. But he is big on team spirit and unity. You know you can rely on the man next to you. We’ve built everything on that.”
Murray now can’t wait for Saturday to come.
“It is going to be a great occasion and a great atmosphere. But we can’t get caught up in all that. It is 11 versus 11 with three points at stake,” he said.