Stags midfielder Howell keeps former stars on the sidelines

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ANTHONY Howell believes the calibre of player he is keeping out of the Mansfield Town side at the moment is the spur to his excellent displays in the last four games.

Howell, who has just begun his second spell with Mansfield, is expected to keep his place at Darlington tomorrow alongside Adam Murray which means experienced former Football League pair Paul Bolland and Jon Worthington will again be left frustrated.

“I was surprised to be included at Braintree,” he admitted. “But I was glad of the chance and it’s been fantastic.

“I have worked hard, done what I’ve been asked to do and given everything I can.

“Paul Bolland and Jon Worthington are great players and knowing I am in ahead of them is a real spur to keep my shirt.

“The first time I was here, things didn’t really go to plan at all. So I wanted to come back and fix that.

“The previous manager didn’t think I was good enough and kept changing things.

“I have known the current manager for more than a decade now. He’s given me the chance and I have shown him I can do the job, put in the work rate and get to the standard he wants.”