Stags keeper wants winning run to continue

Mansfield Town v Wrexham''Mansfield Town goalkeeper Alan Marriott celebrates his goal''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)
Mansfield Town v Wrexham''Mansfield Town goalkeeper Alan Marriott celebrates his goal''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)
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MANSFIELD Town goalkeeper Alan Marriott is looking for three points and a clean sheet against relegation battlers Barrow tomorrow (Saturday).

The 34-year-old shotstopper impressed in the 5-0 rout away at Dartford last weekend, but says sixth-placed Stags need to be wary of a side which will scrap for every point.

“Barrow are a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde team, they do fantastically well at home, they will come here and no-one will give them a chance and the expectation is for us to beat them but these sorts of games can be quite tricky, they can make or break your season,” he said.

“I think the bigger games suit us better as players as has been proven before when we have played the likes of Luton and Liverpool.

“We raise our game - I’m not saying we take other opposition lightly but sometimes, when the pressure is on us to win comfortably and convincingly it can be a bit of a burden on our backs.”

Stags have won eight out of 13 home league games this season and have won their last three matches scoring 10 and conceding just twice in the process.

“As a goalkeeper you are always judged on your clean sheets and it is something you should pride yourself on,” added Alan.

“But, ultimately, getting three points and keeping that run going - that’s the bigger picture, but personally I’d like more clean sheets.

“Our home form has been good and I don’t think we should fear anybody but there can be expectation from people for us to be 5-0 up at half time - that does not always happen at this level.”