Will keeper Marriott become Stags’ play-off penalty hero?

WITH the BSBP play-off semi-final needing to be settled on Monday, Stags keeper Alan Marriott knows he may yet have the chance to become the hero in a penalty shoot-out.

Stags drew 1-1 at York City in last night’s first leg and will hope to see off Gary Mills’ men to book their place at Wembley over 90 minutes at the One Call Stadium on Monday (2pm).

But Marriott admitted: “I know it would be my chance to be a hero, but I’d rather win it in the 90 minutes.

“I have only been involved in one penalty shoot-out and I won that one.

“After last night we have got to be confident being at home on Monday where we have been fantastic these last six months. People now expect us to win it – and the bookies too.

“But we are not getting carried away. We must come in and get the job done as we are only halfway there. The fans will play a massive part for us.”

On last night’s first leg, he added: “We didn’t play as well as we can while that was probably one of York’s best performances of the season. But they couldn’t beat us, even when we went down to 10 men, which must give us confidence.

“They are a good team and we will given them respect.

“Most of my saves were routine which is always nice as a keeper.

“Their own goal was a bit of a mix-up between me and Exodus (Geohaghon). First Anthony Howell was fouled and then we let the ball come into our box.

“I made to come for it but in the end I stopped and Exodus was waiting for me . It was a mix-up in communication between the two of us.”