Riley enjoying run in Stags side

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CENTRE half Martin Riley, more than once the forgotten man this season, is enjoying his latest run in the Stags side after two successive clean sheets.

“There is nothing more pleasing than a clean sheet and I think we have deserved them. We have looked solid,” he said.

It has been a good week and now we need to push on again. There is a good feeling around the place, a lot of confidence.

“It has been a bit frustrating for me being in and out. It’s something I’ve not really been used to in the past as I knew at Cheltenham I would play every week.

“But it does spur you on. I know if I am not doing what the gaffer wants me to do I won’t keep my place. He wants lads who are hungry and show commitment.

“I always need fresh challenges which is why I left Cheltenham in the summer.

“The gaffer picks teams to win games and I’ve agreed with him 90 per cent of the time. There has been a couple of times I have been left out when I have been in to see him for a chat. But it’s a man’s game and if you can’t take what he says to you, you shouldn’t be in it.”

Riley knows this week’s two games are both very winnable on paper, but warned: “Another six points would be massive - but it’s up to us to produce the goods and be focused.”