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Manager Flitcroft knows only wins will get Stags fans onside with him

Mansfield Town v Port Vale.     'David Flitcroft after Saturday's game against Port Vale.
Mansfield Town v Port Vale. 'David Flitcroft after Saturday's game against Port Vale.

Under-pressure Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft said he knows the only way to get fans onside is to win matches.

Stags’ play-off push has dramatically faltered since the former Bury and Swindon boss took over eight weeks ago with some fans already saying he was the wrong man for the job.

Flitcroft and his players were also booed by some supporters at the end of last weekend’s disappointing home draw with Port Vale.

But, despite just one win in his 10 games in charge, Stags head to Yeovil on Saturday still in with a shout of the play-offs and Flitcroft said: “I know the environment I build is the right one.

“I know that players are inspired and motivated by that environment when it’s set and I win football matches.

“That’s what I have come here to do and will do. You are not going to please everyone.

“It doesn’t matter where you go or who the manager is. He won’t please every single fan. My job is to win football matches.

“There were some boos at the end last Saturday. But I think we are probably ignoring that for 98 per cent of the game this stadium was absolutely rocking.

“The support was incredible for that group of players and I can only thank the majority of supporters.”

He continued: “To get booed and called after a football match – well, I got booed by my own fans as a player. So I have learned to understand that without winning matches you are going to get that.

“But I believe in what we do and I believe in unity. Only winning football matches will bring that.

“I won’t change what I do. I set an environment up that’s conducive to everyone being able to flourish and improve. Over an amount of time the results will absolutely come.

“On Saturday I think the fans saw a team that was fighting for them and that was committed to winning a football match.

“Whether they support me or not they certainly supported the football team, and that’s really important to build a connection between the players and the supporters.

“But the only thing that will build a relationship with myself is winning football matches - that’s all people see. And I am obsessed with doing that.

“I’ve not been able to do that in my tenure at the minute.

“But that will change and go in a positive direction. When it does we will have that unity that I do believe you can build at a football club.”