SKIPPER Adam Murray, soldiering on with his ankle injury, is determined to lead Stags to local derby victory over visiting Alfreton Town tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).
As he prepared for his second local derby in five days, he said: “It’s another local game so it will be a bit spicey.
“We had two eventful games with them last season and this will be another battle. It will be a great game to play in and the fans can really be a 12th man for us.
“Nicky Law sides are always big and always organised. Results haven’t been going for them but they are always a dangerous team.
“It is the same in local derbies across the country. It’s all about bragging rights. No one wants to go into work on a Monday morning and get hammered by their mates. We don’t want to let people down in that department.”
Stags followed a poor 3-1 home loss to Southport with a 1-1 draw at Lincoln and Murray said: “Last Saturday wasn’t good enough. We let ourselves down, the gaffer down and the fans down. That wasn’t us out there. We we got the right reaction on Tuesday. We had enough chances on Tuesday to win two games
“Seeing the amount of fans that travelled to Lincoln on Tuesday was fantastic. It was like playing at home and the atmosphere was brilliant.
“This Saturday we are going to have to give them something to shout about and repay that support.
“A couple of wins and we are back in the mix. If some teams are going to break away we need to stay with them.”
On his nagging ankle injury, which requires pain-killing injections to get him through games and really needs an operation on it, he said: “You just get your head down and get through it.
“You just play until you drop basically. It is one of those things in football. This is my job and I love playing football, especially for this club. It is a short career so as long as I can do that, I will.”
Central defender Ritchie Sutton also felt the Sags fans deserved a good win against Alfreton to thank them for their support at Lincoln after the Southport defeat.
“I was quite surprised to see so many at Lincoln after the performance on Saturday,” he said.
“They stuck with us and gave us that extra boost to get the result on Tuesday. We felt like we were at home as our fans were making more noise than theirs We came out and showed what we are capable of.”
On the visit of Alfreton, he added: “It will be exciting and everyone is up for it as I’m sure they will be.
“I know they are down at the bottom but it will be a tight game and we will need to give 100 per cent to get a result.
“There are no easy games in this league and we have to be professional about it and make sure we do the right things.”