Louis Briscoe reckons the lack of expectation on Mansfield Town’s shoulders will help them on their return to the Football League this season.
Briscoe (25), who will be hoping to make the team for tomorrow’s opener at Scunthorpe United, said: “It’s more about anticipation than expectation this seasons. The fans are happy to be in the Football League.
“It is a good start at Scunthorpe and it will be a test for us.
“As a team, the pressure is off for play-offs, though I do think we have a good enough squad to get there.
“In the Conference everyone was looking at us winning the league or getting into play-offs, which we did for the last two seasons. No one expects that now, the pressure is off and that’s not a bad thing. No one expects us to go and win it.
“We can concentrate on our own performances and get as many points on the board as we can early doors.”
He added: “Pre-season was very difficult, but now we know we have that in the bank.
“We have the nucleus of the squad from last year, too. We had a big turnover last summer but three or four months in we went back to what had done us well the year before. We have one or two good additions this year and everyone has gelled well and are raring to go.”
Briscoe played four League games for Port Vale before ending up moving around the non-League. But now he is back and hopeful he can make his mark second time around.
“I was nice to get a goal at Gainsborough on Tuesday as I have had a few niggles and not had that many minutes,” he said. “I hope to be in and around the squad on Saturday. It’s nice to have a couple of extra spaces on the bench in the League.”