Battling display for Stags earns Mitch Rose reward

Mansfield Town's Mitchell Rose'Picture by Dan Westwell
Mansfield Town's Mitchell Rose'Picture by Dan Westwell

Mitch Rose was delighted to walk away with the sponsors’ man of the match award yesterday after a display that boss Adam Murray described as superb in the 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.

“I’d like to hope that was one of my best displays in a Mansfield shirt with coming away with man of the match,”said the battling midfielder, who operated in a right-sided role.

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“But I don’t think it was about an individual performance today. It was about a collective performance as a team and how well the boys have done.

“These boys keep pushing me on every single day in training which helps me to be able to add something on a Saturday.

“Mentally this one was a really tough game, coming off the back of three defeats from which we felt we deserved a little bit more.”

Stags are now seven points shy of the play-off spots, but Rose said no one was giving up and the side just needed to play with confidence and enjoy the games left.

He said: “We’ve got nine games left so we have to just go out there and enjoy it. I think that’s what we did today – we just played free with confidence.

“To do that today after the last three games was unbelievable.

“We were just unfortunate with the goal we conceded today.

“I played a simple game. The manager gave me a disciplined role and I’d like to think I was able to do that today.

“We must just take it one game at a time now and not look beyond the next fixture.”

Chesterfield loanee Mani Dieseruvwe enjoyed an assist on his debut and Rose praised him, saying: “It’s always difficult coming in to a new set-up and he’s only been here two days, then coming straight in.

“It’s a great confidence booster for him.

“He is still very young and he just wants to go out and play games. He can take a lot of credit from that today.”