AFTER weeks of talk about the size of the FA Cup tie with Liverpool, Stags assistant player-manager Adam Murray said the club’s ‘big game’ was now very much Saturday’s home clash with form side Kidderminster Harriers
Murray, who has come back from injury and illness to play in the last two games, said: “Saturday is the big game now.
“The Liverpool game was a great occasion and the club and supporters enjoyed the day and were given something to remember.
“Now the proper work starts and this big game is a million miles from Sunday’s. We have to come back down to earth to our walk of life and realise what we are about.
“There is bound to be a bit of a lull physically and mentally after a game like Sunday’s which is why we have had 48 hours off to get back on level pegging and prepare for the game.
“It comes down to being professional against Kidderminster. Anyone can raise their game in front of 8,000 fans. Saturday is when the proper players come out to play. Everyone will be judged and are fighting for their places and their careers.
“Kidderminster are absolutely flying. But they are a good side who know what they are about and have stuck to their philosophy for years.”
Stags have still not played half of their games and will need to play most midweeks to catch up, but Murray said: “I love playing Saturday/Tuesday as it really gets you in game mode and you don’t have time to think or maybe over-think things.
“You build your fitness quicker and, if you keep winning, everything becomes second nature.
“The second half of the season is when Paul Cox comes alive and his teams always hit the ground. That’s what we are looking to do. There is so much to play for and we must make sure we hit our targets.
“Fitness-wise I am now getting where I want to be. It’s now all about getting games under my belt and pushing on.”
He added: “Hopefully against Kidderminster the fans can try to recreate the kind of noise from the Liverpool game which was fantastic. But I know it is up to us to give them something to shout about.”