Jamie McGuire challenges Mansfield Town to make One Call Stadium a fortress

Mansfield Town's Jamie McGuire & Newport County's Lee Minshull.
Mansfield Town's Jamie McGuire & Newport County's Lee Minshull.

Midfielder Jamie McGuire wants Mansfield Town to make the One Call Stadium a fortress.

Stags have won their first two home matches of the season against Oxford United and Newport County.

And the tough-tacking midfielder is now challenging his team-mates to repeat the form shown by the Conference title-winning side of two seasons ago.

“Doing well at home is a must,” said McGuire. “The team were fantastic at home when they won the Conference and went on a tremendous run after Christmas.

“Last season we struggled a bit at home and that is something we need to improve upon.

“We have had a good start so far winning our first two home games and we want to make this ground a fortress.

“This is a very competitive league and you always have to fight and battle for the points. Fighting and battling is what League Two is about.

“There is great competition in the midfield this year and that is important. Simon Heslop has been a great signing, he has been there and done it and knows what League Two is all about.

“We all have to be on our toes to keep our places, but there is an excellent vibe about the place.

“Whoever is picked needs to fight hard for their place in the team.”

Mansfield face their stiffest home test a week on Saturday when they entertain promotion-chasing Burton Albion.

But before then they face a long away day on Saturday as they head to Dagenham looking to make it three wins on the spin.

Added McGuire: “It is going to be a long journey down to Dagenham. They are doing well at the moment, but so are we.

“Dagenham like to play the ball out from the back and I think they will be a similar test to Oxford.

“We will prepare for this game and do our homework, but it is all about what we do.

“We have had a good start and the main thing is to keep that going on Saturday and to build on our confidence.

“We were unlucky against Northampton in the opening game and having nine points out of 12 would be a fantastic start.

“We are going there to get the three points, but if we get a point it wont be the end of the world. The main thing is not to lose.”

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